My kids have never been pacifier babies. They always spit them out, cry about them, throw them on the floor. Nor have they ever been ones to get attached to a legitimate blankie.
That is, until I started to wear my favorite scarf on a daily basis during baby girl’s infant months. I loved that scarf. My sister bought it form a street vendor for five Euros and brought it back for me a few weeks after baby girl was born. It was soft, it was a cream color so it matched everything, it was long enough to do the whole trendy wrap around thing…it was perfect.
Well I guess from wearing it every day and it picking up my STENCH…just kidding… my smell, my daughter started to grab hold of it with her little hands, and literally stuff her face in it. Then she’s started to take as much of the scarf as she can, and put as much of it as she can inside of her mouth. It’s gotten to the point that when she’s fussy and tired, I just give her the scarf, and she does her thing with stuffing it in her mouth, then plants her face into the softest thing in the vicinity and tries to go to sleep. Like an instant cat nip — but for a baby girl. She’s laying on the carpet right now just dazing off and caressing the ends of the scarf, with the middle part stuffed into her mouth!
She loves this scarf so much, that she’s started to wean herself from breastfeeding. She just turned a year old, and I only really breastfeed her in the morning to buy myself an extra half hour of lazily lying around before having to be active for the day.
So it got me to thinking, maybe that’s a good solution for breastfed babies. My toddler boy was very tough to wean from breast feeding, and refused to ever go to sleep without it. He also refused to eat real food because he loved to breastfeed so much. And no one was able to watch him until he was completely weaned, because he would just go crazy wanting it when I was gone, and wouldn’t take a bottle or eat.
But baby girl seems to have just weaned herself right off of it and unto this scarf that’s now her blankie/ pacifier. If we’re out past her bed time or if someone is watching her and she needs to fall asleep, we just give her the scarf. And now even toddler boy wants in on holding the scarf when he’s tired. Who knew! I might as well cut the scarf in half now and give them each a half – it’s completely getting tattered. No worried. I’ve already sent my sister on a scarf hunt for the same exact scarf when she goes to Italy this summer.
A soon-to-be-mommy that I’ve known for years noticed that I didn’t have an entry about nipples for bottles 0n here, so I figured if she’s curious about it, so are others.
But here’s the beauty of it – there really isn’t much to write because the bottle manufacturers do the nipple thinking for you. You pretty much can only buy nipples that match the brand of bottles that you buy, otherwise the nipples won’t fit. But what you should know, the nipples come in different levels of milk flow that are appropriate for your child’s stage. A light trickle for newborns to three months, and then the flow intensity increases per stage. So be sure to pay attention to the stages that are marked on the nipples. Most bottle kits come with the first stage nipples. Which is actually kind of a pain when your baby is older and you’re looking into getting new bottles, but convenient for a baby shower registry.
You do want to make sure that the nipples are BPA free, and to boil them in hot water before using them for the first time. Also never put them in the dishwasher, otherwise they might rip. As soon as a nipple rips, you must toss it, because small particles of rubber can get into your child’s milk.
Also, you may want to hold off on going crazy on buying bottles and nipples if you are contemplating breast feeding. That’s because if you breastfeed and are with your babies most of the time, you really only need one or two bottles for when you absolutely have to leave them for more than a few hours. And even then, the breastfed baby might still refuse bottles. And if you are a breast feeding mom that works, you still want to hold off on buying too many bottles until you figure out which kind of bottle has a shape and nipple that is pleasing to your breast fed baby’s picky palate.
So at that point, you may want to look into nipples that have shorter tips to avoid bothering the sensitive gag reflexes that a breastfed baby is usually equipped with. I had good luck with this one. You will also see at the bottom of that entry that a friend of mine suggested a more inexpensive alternative for a bottle for breastfed babies.
Hope this helps, because to be honest if you Google “nipples for bottles,” the results aren’t that appropriate to your search…if ya know what I mean! Because I was trying to search for what kind of questions someone may have regarding them, and my eyes are a bit tainted now. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, if any of you have any other questions about nipples for bottles, feel free to ask on here, and I will be happy to answer them!