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Welcome to ANAMAZEES!

The First & Only 5-in-1 Pacifier

What do ANAMAZEES do that no other pacifier holder does?

Two things:

  1. ANAMAZEES help launch your child on the first steps to learning the alphabet: they sing the “A-B-C” song for your little one to join in!
  2. ANAMAZEES shakes as a rattle, squeezes like the perfect squeak toy, comes complete with both a detachable pacifier & top, and sits cutely  — for display as a collectible treasure long after their usage years.

ANAMAZEES will truly AMAZE and DELIGHT your little one, from those first pacifier years on up.

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 One Happy Baby!

Pacifier Primer: Should My Baby Have One?

If there’s one thing you want to do as a new parent, it’s keep your baby comfortable — and for many babies, that means suckling. Many little ones are content with rocking and cuddling, wanting to suck only during feedings. Others seem to want to suckle all the time, even when they’re not hungry. There’s a good reason for that: it’s a great self-soothing method for your baby. So if your baby is one of those who loves to suck on something all the time, even if she’s full, pacifiers are just the thing.

Of course, a pacifier is not a good substitute if your baby really needs cuddling or feeding. But if you’ve tried everything — feeding, burping, cuddling, rocking, changing, playing — and she’s still fussy, don’t fret about using a pacifier. Besides being a handy way she can calm herself, a pacifier at bedtime or nap time can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, for your baby. The pacifier isn’t a preventive, but there is a strong correlation between its use and lower incidence of SIDS. And a pacifier habit is easier to break than thumb-sucking. You can get rid of a “binky”!

But What About…?

You may have been told to avoid a pacifier because it can lead to an increase in ear infections in your baby. However, your baby’s need to suckle is strongest in the first six months of his life, when coincidentally the risk of ear infections is drastically lower. So you won’t compromise your baby’s health if he uses a pacifier prior to the six-month mark. If he seems to be prone to ear infections, you may try to wean him away from the “binky” after that point. On the other hand, since many things can contribute to an infection, if the separation process becomes too stressful, don’t fret about it! Your baby may not be ready to give that comfort up for a little while yet.

You also may have heard that babies who use a pacifier are prone to “nipple confusion,” which can interfere with getting breastfeeding. Now, however, experts say the research is conflicting and inconclusive — so, once again, don’t stress about it if your baby shows no problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics does suggest waiting until your baby is a strong nurser to offer a pacifier, both for the sake of the baby and that of your milk supply. This could be after his one-month birthday, but even that’s just an approximation. If your baby is nursing well, gaining weight, and on a good schedule, you can give him a pacifier any time after a regular feeding.

Some parents get stressed about the pacifier habit, especially if their little one seems too dependent on having one.  If you don’t overuse a pacifier, or if your child is fine with it being taken away as time goes by, you can think about discontinuing it around one year or so. However, conversely, don’t worry if your baby’s first birthday passes and he/she raises a fuss without it. Give your child a little space and time, and you’ll be surprised: they all do give it up eventually!

Safe and Sane Pacifier Use: Some Tips

If you’re going to use a pacifier, here are some Dos and Don’ts:

DO

  • Let your baby lead the way on introducing it. If she takes to it right away, that’s fine. If she doesn’t want it, don’t try to force it. This is supposed to be about comfort, not another stress!
  • Offer the pacifier between feedings, when you know she’s had enough.
  • Try comforting a fussy baby in other ways first: rocking, cuddling, singing, or putting her in her car seat and taking a ride (a tried-and-true lullaby for many babies!). If a “binky” does the trick at naptime or bedtime, that’s fine; if it falls out of her mouth, however, don’t worry about putting it back in!
  • Make sure the pacifier is safe and appropriate for your baby, and keep it in good repair; replace it when it cracks or shows signs of wear.
  • Clean the pacifier frequently with warm water.

DON’T

  • Don’t use the pacifier to routinely comfort your baby or delay her feedings. Yes, there are some times when she might have to wait for a few minutes to be fed or comforted — and while a pacifier’s a godsend for those times, they shouldn’t be a habit.
  • Never tie a pacifier to your baby’s crib, or loop a cord with it around her neck: it’s a strangulation hazard. Instead, attach it to her clothes with a clip designed for that job.
  • Don’t “clean” a pacifier by putting it in your mouth! Adult saliva contains bacteria that can affect your baby’s teeth the moment they start to emerge from the gums.
  • Likewise, don’t dip the “binky” in juice or anything sweet; this can cause problems later.
  • As previously mentioned, don’t give a pacifier to a baby who’s not gaining weight well or who’s having trouble nursing. If you don’t want your baby to have a pacifier in the hospital, be sure to let your nurses know ahead of time (although a couple of days will probably not do any harm in the long run).

How about Pacifiers and Tooth Development?

If your child sucks on a pacifier clear into early childhood, you may wonder if s/he’ll ever let it go — but don’t worry too much about it damaging your child’s teeth. The years she’ll be using it are “baby tooth” years anyway. Using a pacifier up to age 3 generally will cause no problems at all.

That being said, the chances of impaired dental development increase the longer past the “baby teeth” stage your child goes with his/her “binky.” In that case, ask your child’s doctor or dentist to check and make sure everything is developing as it should. An ounce of prevention can take care of a ton of worry!

 


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