This is the first of many baby product reviews to come. But don't worry any followers who don't have kids, I will still be doing regular none baby posts too!
I know opinion is divided on the use of dummies/soothers/pacifiers - whatever you like to call them, but at times when your baby is very distressed or you are incredibly busy - in a rush to get somewhere - say a doctors appointment for your child, then they can be a lifesaver. Or those times at night when you are really, really struggling to stay awake with your child and they won't settle, sometimes you need to use one.
They have been helpful for Grace as she has had tummy problems and felt poorly/in pain since only a week old and now she is 7 weeks and still suffering. They have sometimes helped to soothe her when she is inconsolable and if something helps make her feel better that's fine by me.
I was worried about giving Grace one so soon, but felt better about it when I saw that they help prevent SID (sudden Infant Death Syndrome). They are FSID approved.We have a tub of soothers at home as before having my baby, I didn't know which would be best so brought Avent and MAM and was gifted some Tommee Tippee ones also.
|MAM website price: £4.58|
The first one we happened to give Grace was a MAM 'I Love My Daddy' soother and because she became used to the shape and feel of the design, they became her favourite and she was a bit fussy towards the other makes.
Another important reason I support the use of soothers is that many these days are orthodontically designed so support the healthy and proper growth of your children's teeth and gums.
MAM are one company who use this concept. ALL of their soothers are orthodontically designed.
We only has two packs to begin with, the Mummy and Daddy set pictured above and a 0 - 2 month pack pictured to the left, which has a smaller plastic frame with larger airholes.
We also had another single one I got free with a magazine - Practical Parenting & Pregnancy I think, which Grace is pictured with below:
At the Manchester Baby Show MAM had a special offer on - 3 packs of soothers/clips for £10. It was too good an offer to miss, especially as I'd been wanting some more MAM soothers for Grace, but also as proved by her spitting her dummy onto the floor at the show, having some clips would come in handy too.
I got the blue and pink/lilac Night soother packs (pictured below), partly because I love the designs on them, but also as they are glow in the dark, like the one above.
|MAM website price: £4.58|
I think this is a excellent idea, because if your baby uses a soother at night and it has fallen out into their basket/crib/cot somewhere, you don't have to blindly rummage around to find it and also they provide a soothing glow for the baby. I'd definitely recommend them.
Here is Grace with some of her new ones during the day:
The clips we got here are pictured below, and again not only are useful, but have a pleasing design.
|MAM website price: £4.38|
So here's what makes MAM soothers extra special:
- The soothers are 'good for the skin thanks to air holes and MAMs unique inside surface'.
- 'MAMs patented silk teat is silky soft and thanks to the anti slip surface the soother stays easily in baby's mouth'.
- 'The orthodontic teat is ideal for baby's jaw and teeth development'.
- They are BPA free
- They are FSID approved.
I also love that they don't have a handle to flap about, on top of the fact they are designed to benefit my baby as much as possible.
I don't plan to have her on them long term, but for now MAM soothers are the right ones for Grace.
As well as their website MAM soothers are also available at other retailers such as Asda and Boots.
MAM also have a Facebook page which runs regular competitions and is a good place to chat to other mums.
Do you use or plan to use soothers? If so which brand is your favourite?