Generally speaking, all babies have a compelling need to suck that differs from their need to eat. They suck when they are sleepy, bored, or in need of comfort. In some cases, you may find babies sucking their thumbs even before they are born; while still as a foetus. And in other cases, some babies begin sucking immediately after they are born.
A soother is a rubber or plastic silicone nipple given to an infant to suck on. Baby soothers are sometimes also referred to as a pacifier, dummy, a binky or teether.
Babies who do not suck their thumbs or fingers often tend to rely on soothers for comfort. This is so because, with no doubt, breastfeeding is the best and truest way to calm a baby, but soothers can also be very helpful for grumpy babies who cannot or will not suck their thumbs or fingers
However, a soother should only be used to satisfy a baby’s urge to suck and not to delay or replace their nurturing or feeding.
Thus, we can essentially say that soothers can be used to soothe a baby to sleep, calm them when they are frightened, or get them to be quiet.
Teething is part of a baby’s development. While they are growing, they always want to put things into their mouth at an early age. This essentially encourages them to move their tongue inside their mouth.
Teethers are toys given to a teething baby to help soothe their inflamed gums during teething. Like soothers, they’re now made of plastic or rubbers; but formerly wooden. They are often filled with a fluid or gel that can be frozen or refrigerated. They are basically toys that babies can put into their mouth when they are growing new teeth.
This gives your baby awareness of his/her mouth.
Teething helps to lay the foundation for learning speech sounds as babies begin to babble, while learning to say their first words.
Oral hygiene and care
Maintaining a good oral hygiene is very important in keeping your baby’s teeth and gums clean. It helps to prevent dental disease.
Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are necessary in aiding a good oral hygiene. As well as several other cosmetic options, such as orthodontics (braces), whitening (both in-office and at-home) and bonding (veneers).
Especially for babies, it is important that their oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis and monitored. Their mouth be cleaned carefully with clean soft towels that won’t cause them harm.
Good oral health is important to the overall well-being of a person; and even more so – babies.
This is why we at Refined Toys also have other accessories essential for the good oral care of your little one. We offer the best brands of BPA free soothers, teethers & more. Be sure to browse through our catalogue of baby oral hygiene and care.