As children go through different stages of growth, their physiology changes and their sucking urge and capacity increases. That’s why Difrax offers five different sizes of pacifier, based on age, to suit every child’s needs as they grow. This range spans from pacifiers for newborns to pacifiers for kids over 20 months old. As the age and size increase, the pacifier shield becomes bigger and the teat becomes firmer. But when is the right time to upgrade? Is age the only indicator or are there more factors that reveal if your child is ready to move up a size? Read on to find out.
First and foremost, every child is unique. As a parent, you should be keeping a close eye on your child’s behaviour. You’re the best judge of what your child needs. If their pacifier seems to be getting uncomfortable or too small for them, upgrade it to a bigger one.
Our pacifiers do come with an age indication – as a reference. This makes it easy for you to choose the right pacifier for your child. However, it’s important to note that it’s just an indication. If your child is bigger or smaller than average, for example, a pacifier for their age range may well be the incorrect size. Again, we recommend using your discretion as a parent.
Here are some signs that your child might be struggling to hold their pacifier in their mouth:
If your child shows any of these signs, we recommend switching to a larger pacifier.
Please note that it’s important to inspect your child’s pacifier for damage every day. To do this, firmly pull the teat and check to see if it is damaged in any way. If it is, replace it immediately. For a little help with how to safely use a pacifier, follow this link.