Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Top 5 baby pacifiers for birth to 3 months

1. Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, 2-Pack, Pink/Purple

The Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier helps calm and soothe newborns. Designed for babies from birth to three months, the Soothie Pacifier is made of hospital-grade, BPA-free and latex-free silicone for strength, comfort, and durability. Its one-piece construction is specially sized and shaped for a newborn's mouth and adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.
 Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months




2. WubbaNub Giraffe

Fall in love with the WubbaNub™ Giraffe. Soft and cuddly, it's unique style allows pacifier to remain close and will easily position to baby.
 WubbaNub Giraffe





3. Mary Meyer Wubbanub Plush Pacifier, Cutsie Caterpillar

Get the security of Wubbanub, the experts in safe, birthing center approved pacifier toys, with comfort and cuteness of Mary Meyer. Exclusive Mary Meyer designs that coordinate with the rest of the Mary Meyer infant collection are combined with the patented design of WubbaNub. WubbaNub pioneered the way to a soft and cuddly pacifier that not only won't get lost, it will be loved. Made from latex-free, medical grade silicone. BPA and phthalate free. No pacifier cords or clips. All Wubbanubs are completely safety tested at independent testing facilities and meet or exceed all applicable safety standards as set forth by the regulatory bodies in the United States.




4. Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, Pink/Purple - 6 Pack

Soothie is premium pacifier designed for newborns and babies without teeth who are successfully bottle or breastfeeding a. Its one-piece construction adheres to the American Academy of Pediactric guidelines. Over 2,000 hospitals nationwide give newborns the Soothie pacifier.

 Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, Pink/Purple - 6 Pack




5. JollyPop 0-3 Months Pacifier 6 Pack Unscented - Orange

JollyPop Pacifiers comply with US Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for pacifiers. 0-3 Month Size: for newborn babies without teeth. Loop shaped handle with nubs. JollyPop Pacfier is not a teether. Replace after 2 months of use. TO CLEAN: Wash regularly in in hot water with mild detergent; rinse before use. Safe methods to sanitize: Place in boiling water for two minutes. Let cool before use. Place in top rack of home dishwasher or home sterilizer.

 JollyPop 0-3 Months Pacifier 6 Pack Unscented









JollyPop 0-3 Months Pacifier 6 Pack Unscented - Orange Review

JollyPop 0-3 Months Pacifier 6 Pack Unscented - Orange

JollyPop Pacifiers comply with US Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for pacifiers. 0-3 Month Size: for newborn babies without teeth. Loop shaped handle with nubs. JollyPop Pacfier is not a teether. Replace after 2 months of use. TO CLEAN: Wash regularly in in hot water with mild detergent; rinse before use. Safe methods to sanitize: Place in boiling water for two minutes. Let cool before use. Place in top rack of home dishwasher or home sterilizer.


  • Natural shape, textured nipple babies love; Easy-to-hold loop shaped handle with teething nubs
  • Soft & flexible - no hard inner guard; Comfortable, curved shape fits baby's face
  • Safe 100% silicone - won't crack, break or peel
  • Two-tone baby bright colors
  • Phthalate-free, latex-free, BPA-free, DEHP-free; This includes: 6 0-3 Months Pacifiers - Unscented, Sealed in a polybag
 JollyPop 0-3 Months Pacifier 6 Pack Unscented



Customer Reviews:


First- similarities: The nipples are the same size in 0-3 months.

Differences:

JollyPop silicone is medical grade so it has a matte finish vs. GunDrops shiny finish.

JollyPop does not have the hard plastic piece used as a form like the GumDrop, making the JollyPop much lighter and flexible.

The little nub on the back of the JollyPop is larger and has teething nubs vs. the GumDrop is a smaller nub.

All in all I prefer the JollyPop to the GumDrop because of the medical grade silicone, the packaging of the JollyPop's and the JollyPop is lighter so when my daughter falls asleep it doesn't immediately fall out of her mouth.
By L. Long

I used the Hawaii Medical Gum Drop pacifiers with my son and really liked them. So, with my second child, I went looking for them. I found the ones they sold on stores were not the same. This is the next generation. I like the one piece design that is recommended by pediatrician sand the high quality materials. They are made in the U.S. compared to China with the new Gum Drop pacifiers.
By Candice

These are, hands down, the best pacifiers on the market. We've used the vanilla scented and plain and both work amazingly! Baby tried several other pacifiers and they were all a fail. After doing a little research I decided to give these a try. Baby is now 6 months and still using these. I especially like that there is the cutout for baby's nose. I recommend these to everyone.
By bcard

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, Pink/Purple - 6 Pack Review

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, Pink/Purple - 6 Pack

Soothie is premium pacifier designed for newborns and babies without teeth who are successfully bottle or breastfeeding a. Its one-piece construction adheres to the American Academy of Pediactric guidelines. Over 2,000 hospitals nationwide give newborns the Soothie pacifier.


  • Sized and shaped for baby's mouth
  • Latex-free
  • Hospital-grade silicone
  • Durable, one-piece construction
 Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, Pink/Purple - 6 Pack



Customer Reviews:

So closely resemble a nipple and I believe easier to wean than other pacifiers. The only downside is that they bounce when they fall so they are always bouncing under furniture or other areas of the house so a six pack is definitely a necessity. You always find them eventual but they like to disappear.
By N. Johnson 

These pacifiers are very similar to the ones provided in the hospital NICU. (In fact, we have been in two different hospitals and both NICU's utilized this brand of pacifier). The only difference is that the hospital versions were vanilla scented and these are completely unscented. Our baby seemed to prefer the vanilla scented when they were new, but of course that wears off quickly after a couple of cleanings or a sterilization. Our baby spent a couple of months in the NICU, so it was important to find a product similar to what the hospital had been providing. The hospital versions were all green in color, so the blue made it easy which ones we had brought home and which were brand new. Overall, these have been a suitable replacement for the hospital versions. Also, these things do bounce like a super ball, so they will disappear under furniture, out the window, on the roof, etc. (I have seen week old preemies magically send these things flying into orbit down hospital corridors). So you will definitely need a few of these in reserve.
By Gravity's Gone

no hard shield, soothing for baby to suck. One piece so it can't come apart. Base is very nice for teething babies to chew. Doesn't leave marks on baby's face when sucking or if they fall asleep on it. Easy to sterilize.
By K. J. Brasda




Mary Meyer Wubbanub Plush Pacifier, Cutsie Caterpillar Review


Get the security of Wubbanub, the experts in safe, birthing center approved pacifier toys, with comfort and cuteness of Mary Meyer. Exclusive Mary Meyer designs that coordinate with the rest of the Mary Meyer infant collection are combined with the patented design of WubbaNub. WubbaNub pioneered the way to a soft and cuddly pacifier that not only won't get lost, it will be loved. Made from latex-free, medical grade silicone. BPA and phthalate free. No pacifier cords or clips. All Wubbanubs are completely safety tested at independent testing facilities and meet or exceed all applicable safety standards as set forth by the regulatory bodies in the United States.

  • 100% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Wubbanub pacifier with attached Cutsie Caterpillar plush holder
  • Super soft, 6-inch plush paci-and-holder all in one, reduce the chnace of losing your baby's pacifier
  • BPA and phthalate free, and made from latex free, medical grade silicone
  • Created to make it easy for baby to hold on to
  • Lasting value you expect from a family owned company that's been making toys since 1933
 Mary Meyer Wubbanub Plush Pacifier, Cutsie Caterpillar



Customer Reviews:

As first time parents, we were not aware of the wonders of "the pacifier". After getting the soothie brand at the hospital, we decided to stick with those. Unfortunately though, the pacifier would constantly fall out of our baby's mouth, and as a new parent, there are a lot of things that one needs to do without sitting there replacing the pacifier every two minutes. Here is where the Wubbanub comes in...Since the doll holds the pacifier and it rests on the baby's chest, there is no more need to keep on putting the pacifier in the baby's mouth. The only con is that the pacifier cannot be removed from the doll, so it makes it difficult to get it as clean as I would like, but besides that, we love it and bought a few different kinds!

Update: We bought the princess and the doggy wubbanub. By far, we like the princess one more. Our daughter LOVES to now hold onto the silky part of the princess's dress. Also, it stays on her chest much better than the doggy one. The doggy one tends to slide off and then the pacifier falls out of her mouth. Just an FYI!

Update 2: Baby #2 has come, so we have bought more Wubs, as we fondly call them. This go around we used the princess (which we love), the yellow duck and the red dog. The red dog is like the previously mentioned one where it slides off her chest, but the yellow duck stays put. Plus, baby loves the bright yellow color.
By KMF200

Wubbanubs are super cute and cuddly. My daughter has used them since birth and she doesn't know any other pacifier. By age 2 her teeth are still perfect and i don't see any indication at this point any teeth being crooked or anything like that. The pacifier is soft and a good quality, nothing your baby would chew and swallow.

Would recommend to all new mommy's and daddy's and grandmas too!

Ive seen ugly red marks on my friends babies faces from using other pacifiers..They are hard plastic so of course they do!!!!
Especially when they have been sucking on them all night!!!

Long lasting.. My daughter still has two she's had since birth and the nipple is still thick and perfect...

Great for teething

Helps baby find her paci easy!!
By Jillian Archer

WubbaNub Giraffe Reviews


Fall in love with the WubbaNub™ Giraffe. Soft and cuddly, it's unique style allows pacifier to remain close and will easily position to baby.

  • Distributed in hospitals, NICU and well-baby units nationwide
  • Made wth a Soothie™ medical grade, latex free pacifier
  • BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free
  • The durable one-piece construction means no germs hiding between cracks so the pacifier stays cleaner.
  • WubbaNub™ functions as one! Patented design prevents pacifier from being lost, dropped or even forgotten!
  • Carefully calculated weight and size of plush animal keeps the WubbaNub™ near baby's mouth, whether lying on side or back, the car seat, sling or stroller.
  • Plush animal makes it easy for baby to grasp and manipulate the pacifier.
  • Easy to clean: place in washing machine with baby's laundry, gentle cycle in mesh laundry bag. Allow to air dry.
 WubbaNub Giraffe



Customer Reviews:

We actually got two wubbanub's as gifts and ended up purchasing another because they are so great! All wubbanub animals aren't equal. The turtle is great for when your little one is lying/sitting fairly still since it can lay flat on their chest. We also have an elephant and a giraffe. We have the elephant in the crib since you can make it 'stand' for when she lies onber side, makeing it the perfect height (upside down worked best when very small). The giraffe as you would imagine has a long skinny neck so it flops around more. Great for when they can wrap their arms or hands around it to hold it in, but bad when they move their head alot as it tends to get flung or stuck under their head.
By Stephanie K. Maugham

Two kids later and we are still big believers in the wubbanub. Tuck the arms into carseat straps to keep from "i lost my binky" screaming fits in the car. Swaddle the animal in with baby to keep from waking over and over from a lost pacifier. And baby loves to hold and grasp at the animal, so they learn to get binky back into their own mouth much sooner. Our older son is still very attached to the monkey from his wubbanub, long after giving up the binky. The giraffe is our favorite wubbanub animal by far too - gets so many compliments oh how adorable it is. We recommend wubbanub to everyone who comments on it.

Do yourself a favor though and buy at least TWO from the get go, both the same style. Rotate them regularly so they both get the same wear to them. Over time our kids became very attached to their wubbanub, and if anything had happened to it man we would be in a jam! By purchasing two and rotating them regularly you ensure a backup wubbanub friend that smells and feels the way they have come to expect. It becomes a treasured lovie very quickly, so cover your bases and avoid a wubbanub crisis. :)
By Stephanie Tait 

Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, 2-Pack, Pink/Purple Reivew

 Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months, 2-Pack, Pink/Purple

The Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier helps calm and soothe newborns. Designed for babies from birth to three months, the Soothie Pacifier is made of hospital-grade, BPA-free and latex-free silicone for strength, comfort, and durability. Its one-piece construction is specially sized and shaped for a newborn's mouth and adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.


  • Sized and shaped for baby's mouth
  • Latex-free
  • Hospital-grade silicone
  • Durable, one-piece construction
  • Packaging may vary


 Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months



Customer Reviews:

I ordered this pacifier to use while my baby is in her car seat and swing. While she usually falls asleep after a few minutes of driving she doesn't like being in her car seat and gets really upset. The only thing that soothes her is letting her suck on my pinky but this won't work once Daddy goes back to work and I have to drive when we go out. I was reluctant to give her a pacifier since she is exclusively breastfed and I have heard pacifiers can create problems with latching. So far we have had no problems with her latch and she is calmed by this pacifier in the car or swing. Once she gets a good latch on it, which takes about 30 seconds of holding it for her, she is able to keep it in her mouth until she falls asleep. I don't plan to use this long-term. I know every infant is different but we have had success with this pacifier so far. Please keep in mind I only give it to her when she has a full tummy and needs to suck on something to fall asleep in her swing or car seat.
By Melissa A. Gonzalez
When my little one was discharged from her stay in the NICU, the NICU nurses threw together a bag for us with all kinds of stuff from their shelves. Included was about 30 of these. I think I'm good to go on pacifiers for the rest of her infanthood.

These little guys are great! We got several other brands of pacifiers at our baby shower, and my daughter rejects anything but these. She's not a huge fan of pacifiers in general, and only wants to take one when she is super, super fussy, or crying while she's waiting to eat. The Soothies are big enough and bold enough in color to find in the middle of the night in the crib, too, which is an extra bonus. They're also really easy to keep clean. I throw mine in the dishwasher. You can also stick your pinky finger in the little hole on the nipple part, and that really seems to be something my daughter likes a lot.

With all that said, the best part of all isn't advertised. These pacifiers are translucent, so when you put it in your baby's mouth, you can see the sucking action. It looks a bit like a lamprey, really. It's absolutely absurd and adorable. I never thought I'd find amusement in watching my kid suck on a pacifier, but it's strangely fascinating, and my husband and I both laugh at it every time. She's our little lamprey.
By Jennifer Cammorato

Friday, 3 October 2014

How to buy the perfect baby bottles

How to buy the perfect baby bottles, how to Choose the Perfect Baby Bottles.


Whether you're expecting or you've just welcomed that tiny bundle of joy, you're already attuned to the decisions a new parent is faced with. Some of those choices are huge, life altering even. Will I work or stay at home? If I do work, who is going to care for my baby? Who should my baby's doctor be? Other choices, though still important, just aren't as major. Which pattern for the nursery? Which outfit should baby go home in? And then there are those that fall right in the middle. Items like diapers, strollers, car seats, and baby bottles often land in that "just-point-and-pick-one" category. It's great to have options but for a new parent standing in the baby isle for the first time, it can be overwhelming.




A newborn has to eat, and the options are breast, bottle, or a combination of the two. When it comes to baby bottles, there are a myriad of choices regarding size, shape and feel of the nipple as well as the bottle itself. When this is combined with different vents and valves, all claiming to "keep baby's tummy happy," you'll need to make a spreadsheet just to keep up!

Based on valid concern of synthetic estrogen-mimicking chemicals in plastic, the options are quite varied when it comes to the materials in baby bottles. Is it really enough that most bottles on the market these days are BPA-free? (Read our related article, Are Plastics Safe for Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups?, for the full story.) Should you spend more and err on the side of an inert, safer material like glass?

We've assessed and weighed these many options for you. Read on to find out what you should be looking for in a baby bottle.

Leakage

Or more importantly, lack thereof. First of all, it's OK to cry over spilled milk! You work hard for that milk, whether pumping or mixing, it's a drag to watch it go to waste, especially due to a bottle malfunction. A bottle that's easy to assemble quickly or drowsily…in the dark…with a squirmy baby in hand (yes this will happen!) AND present a leak-free feeding experience is key. A new parent has enough to worry about besides making sure the bottle is put together properly, and once it is, having to watch for leaks. Usually, the more pieces (as in vents and valves) a bottle has, the more susceptible it is to leakage. We recommend starting out with a simple bottle at first like the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature or Lifefactory Glass to see if you can avoid the risk.

Another instance where leaks can be a hassle is on the go. You should be able to toss a full bottle in your diaper bag and be out the door. Most bags have a pocket for bottles specifically, which helps keep them upright, but just in case the bag tips or the bottle gets shoved somewhere else, you still want to be confident you'll end up with a dry bag and a meal for your baby. The best bottles have a travel cap that audibly "snaps" on and comes in contact with the top of the nipple. This "plugs" the nipple hole and should keep milk where it belongs.

To take the mystery out of whether a bottle leaks, you'll see that each bottle we've tested is given a 1-10 rating on leakage, which represents 30% of the bottle's overall score from our tests.

Nipple 

This is the part your baby actually acquires their sustenance from so it's very important to choose a good one! They come in all shapes and sizes but what you're looking for is that baby has a comfortable, solid latch. Baby shouldn't be gagging, smacking or leaking a lot of milk from the corners of their mouth. A nipple with a large base and supple feel will most closely mimic the breast and give baby that preferred latch. Our three highest rating bottles, Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature, Playtex Drop-ins and the Comotomo Natural Feel each have a nipple that meets the criteria, and that doesn't surprise us at all.

Nipple material is also important. Clear silicone is most popular, but you'll also come across bottles that have a latex option. Although softer than silicone, latex breaks down much more quickly which means it needs to be replaced often and should never be subjected to the high heat of a dishwasher. Some babies can also be allergic to it. Our recommendation is to avoid latex if you can.

The flow of the nipple is important as well. Newborn bottles (typically for age 0-3 months) come with a "slow flow" nipple and this can vary greatly between brands. Baby shouldn't be struggling or frustrated trying to get the milk out, nor should they be overwhelmed with a mouth full of milk they can't swallow fast enough.

We rated each bottle 1-10 on nipple quality and performance, representing 25% of the weighting in the overall scores.

Cleaning

A new baby needs to eat at least every 2-4 hours, which means an exclusively bottle-fed baby could be using over 12 bottles a day! Washing bottles every day will become part of your routine, and trust us, you don't want it to be a major part. The bottles we tested all recommend boiling for 5 minutes in a pot of water to sterilize them, then hand washing in warm soapy water. They all claim "top-rack dishwasher safe" as well, but hand washing will extend the life of your bottles and is recommended by manufacturers and experts alike, especially for plastic bottles and parts. Plastic is known to break down after repeated heat cycles of the dishwasher, which can lead to leaching of chemicals into milk or formula.

When it comes to washing bottles, we hold firmly to a "less is more" stance. That is, less parts to wash = more time for you. Many of the special valves and vents require extra time and care to wash due to tiny crevices and holes. Some of the pieces are also very small and/or clear and can easily be swept down the drain with a sink full of soapy water. As we stated regarding leakage, start out simple (Tommee Tippee, Medela BPA-free) to see if you can manage with out the hassle of all those parts.

One final tip: buy a bottle brush and a small brush for cleaning nipples and valves. A good set of bottle brushes makes bottle cleaning faster and more efficient. You'll be using them for years too, since hand washing is also recommended for the sippy cups in your future.

Each bottle tested was given a 1-10 score for ease of cleaning, which represents 20% of overall score.

Overall Ease-of-Use 

Feeding time, whether by breast or bottle, is one of the most tender and special times you'll have with your baby. Nothing should interrupt that, especially hassling with a bottle. A bottle should be easy to wash, assemble and fill, travel well, and most importantly, give baby and you a comfortable, uninterrupted meal.

You'll want to note if the bottle's shape and weight feels good "in-hand". Stainless steel and glass are heavier but probably worth it for the health benefits. Think about washing and filling it. A wider-mouthed bottle is much easier to dump breast milk or powdered formula into without making a mess. The bottle should be durable and have easy to read measures so you know exactly how much baby is getting. It should have a well-fitting travel cap that stays on and keeps milk in when on the go.

Each bottle was rated on ease of use, and that score factored in at 10% weight to the overall score.

Eco-Health 

As we learn more and more about the dangers of some chemicals, especially those found in plastics, we strongly urge caution. Yes, bottles on the market today carry a "BPA-free" label, but we're not confident that it's enough. We suggest you read our article Are Plastics Safe for Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups? to learn more about this important health issue. Glass, an old stand-by, is making a stealthy comeback in the baby bottle world. Three of the bottles we tested were glass and many companies are now producing a glass version of their product. Glass doesn't carry the risk of leaching potentially harmful chemicals into your baby's food, plus it's better for the environment as glass bottles tend to last longer and can be recycled.

There are some downsides to glass such as the fact that it's heavier than plastic and more prone to chip, crack or break. You can purchase special silicone sleeves to reduce this risk and some bottles, like the Lifefactory Glass, even come with one. Glass also heats faster than plastic so use caution and always check temperature before giving it to baby.

Another up-and-coming health conscious option is stainless steel. The Pura Kiki is a stainless steel bottle that made our finalist selection, and then proved itself by becoming the top scoring product. This was largely due to the fact that it is a 100% plastic-free system, negating risk of plastic chemical leaching. We also prefer the stainless steel material over glass because it is lighter, and there is no worry of it chipping, cracking or breaking.

We factored an eco-health rating of each bottle in at 15% weighting for overall scoring, knowing that for some parents this score will be a crucial differentiator, and others may consider it insignificant.

Conclusion

In conclusion we recommend buying just a few, basic bottles at first to see how your baby likes them. Every baby is different and you may need to adjust to their needs. What works for one might not be the go-to for another. That said, we hope that our rating and review process will help you make a smarter choice for you and your baby, saving you time and money.