Nuby 2-Pack Soft-Flex Orthodontic Pacifiers
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We like

Air system can reduce skin irritation

Stimulates gums

Nice choice of colors

BPA free

We don’t like

You have to thoroughly clean it after each use

How it works

This pacifier product is targeted at babies from zero to six months and the makers claim it offers features such as natural flexibility to imitate a human nipple. It is fitted with nubs which can rub and stimulate the baby’s gums with a gentle massage type of sensation. The product has silicone based features which are gentle in terms of benefits for a baby’s hygiene needs. The bristle effect can bring a degree of relief for a teething baby as it applies a balanced amount of distributed pressure over the surface area of the gums. This consistent pressure can positively contribute towards giving relief during bouts of teething. Designed to standard orthodontic principles, this pacifier can fulfill the needs of a baby in sensory terms through a level of performance and application which is generally standard among brand pacifiers. Designed into this product is an air system which is in place to promote hygiene and reduce the chances of irritating delicate skin.

Teething is a natural developmental process which leads towards a baby gaining his/her first set of teeth. The process is barely noticeable among some babies, moderately uncomfortable for some babies and at times painful for others. It is unavoidable and will happen, the only question is how much discomfort will it cause for a particular baby and this is where pacifiers are very helpful.

Pacifiers are exactly what the product name says, they will pacify a baby and offer calming effects. The earliest records of man-made pacifiers go back to the second century in Italy where they were in the form of animal-shaped figures made from clay. These figures contained a small hole or cavity in which honey was placed so that the baby could suck out the honey. For modern dentists, this old style of pacifier simply does not meet the standards required nowadays. Prior to man-made pacifiers, babies sucked on their fingers and evidently, this worked well enough. In past years, pacifiers have been made from pearl, silver, gold and even materials dipped in Brandy.

Nubu pacifiers are still designed on the principle that a baby needs pacifying or relief during teething and natural oral development and these aims are achieved through the design and materials currently in use. The other design consideration which has effectively been applied is that these pacifiers do not have a negative effect on oral hygiene and do in fact promote positive oral development. This design incorporates a shape which is very easy for a baby’s mouth.

Materials

Materials

Constructed from BPA free materials this means zero risks from chemicals/toxins and a safe product, this pacifier certainly fulfills the material requirements for modern standards and allows for a good performing pacifier. This product incorporates natural flexing in the materials used and can imitate the feeling or movement of a human nipple during the process of feeding.

An innovative designed in air system promotes good hygiene value which in itself serves to bring down the potential of irritating delicate baby skin. This product features built on nubs which serve to gently massage and provide good blood flow and positive stimulation to the baby’s gums. This product is offered in a two-pack in a good variety of colors so there is always a useful reserve ready for use.
Durability

Durability

The durability of the baby safe silicone in making this pacifier means that this product is designed to serve its purpose effectively. Silicone is favored by all baby product makers because to date it is tried and trusted as being safe for babies while also being reliably hard wearing. The pacifiers will receive a lot of use from a child and they need to be up to performance and durability capability. A pacifier is not the sort of product that should break or fracture or release parts which can present a dangerous choking hazard for a very young baby. Silicone has proven itself to meet all safety requirements and is known for reliable durability which in turn assures a high level of safety.

Because this product comes in a two pack this means that use of it can be regularly rotated, this further saves on wear and tear while also pushing up the level of hygiene. More focus can be given towards keeping clean a pacifier, storing it in a good sterile environment and rotating the use of it. This product comes close to a natural shape though attentive cleaning after use is suggested to ensure that it remains sterile and free from any bacterial growth.
Safety

Safety

Safety shines through via several features, firstly BPA free silicone means that a baby is safe from any man-made contaminants because the type of silicone used in this product is regularly used across a very wide range of baby oral products. The product is easy enough to clean keep sterile though reviews from parents do suggest that it is a good idea to pay close attention to cleaning due to the shape of the product. The level of durability via silicone means that this will not break or shed parts and therefore no choking danger is evident in this model. Designed to mimic the actions of a human nipple this means that the pacifier fits comfortably into a baby’s mouth while he or she is teething.
Design

Design

The designers claim that this design does promote oral development though it can be said that all pacifiers built to standard safety designs and from the required standard for safe materials do achieve the same aim. Where this item steps forward for recognition is the inclusion of the hygienic air system for reducing potential irritation during use and the bristles/nubs which can and do create a massaging effect which is, of course, good for calming teething pains and promoting a good consistent blood supply into the babies gums. These additions also have another positive effect which is to clean the surface area of the gums which in turns contributes towards a good level of oral cleanliness.
Maintenance

Maintenance

The maintenance of a pacifier is very important, strong attention must be given to carrying out proper and thorough cleaning. All nooks or uneven surfaces must be carefully cleaned to a high sterile level to prevent bacteria from getting a hold as bacteria will rapidly multiply and is very dangerous towards babies. Mold can grow very quickly and this type of alien material must never be ingested by a young baby. The damage would be very bad to a child to the point of life-threatening. After cleaning maintenance choose a very sterile environment for storage, many parents will opt for a freezer to be doubly sure that sterility is maintained.

Clean this product with a known cleaning agent which is capable of sterilizing it and ensuring it stays safe for use. Because this brand offers two together this empowers a parent to double up on care, maintenance and safe hygiene and this offering by the maker is a good sound sensible option. The product can be passed through a dishwashing system though it is still smart to check how clean it is after this and the makers suggest putting this in the top rack of a dishwashing machine.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Very easy for a baby to use, the design is very specific for the age group 0-6-month-olds. It fits comfortably into the mouth due to its design and shape. The natural shape and flexibility encourage a baby to accept using this. The massaging benefits incorporated into the design are a plus, especially during periods of teething discomfort. Sore gums in receipt of the massaging benefits will help calm down a baby if she/he is experiencing discomfort. At only two point four ounces it is light and comfortable for a baby. The orthodontic design does encourage babies to accept and use this pacifier.
Versatility

Versatility

Evidence for versatility springs from the product's ability to mimic the shape of a nipple which will encourage a very young baby to accept and use the product. When you get two in the same package a parent gets versatility for regular maintenance and cleaning, not being restricted to the use of one but having another in reserve is of course very helpful and versatile.
Sizing

Sizing

Though at first, this concept might seem vague in relation to this product, it is in fact very important. If a product is too large a baby will reject it and choose to go through the discomfort of teething, the same situation applies if the item is too small. Add to sizing the need for shape and size which a baby naturally accepts as safe and this can present a challenge when designing a pacifier that can be offered on the market for babies under the age of six months.

Designers have so many factors to take into account when designing a modern pacifier which “all” babies will accept. Negative outcomes from history talk of drooling babies rejecting primitive versions of pacifiers and superstitious parents thinking the baby is possessed by a demon because it will not become calm. Thankfully we are more advanced now and designers know beastly what is required for the creation of a good product which can naturally be accepted and used by young babies.
Age Range

Age Range

The suggested age range goes up to six months old though customer reviews do state that a lot of parents have found this product works for babies a few months older than six months. Positive feedback is noted that the design of this product allows babies to hold it and even pick it up if it is accidentally ejected from the mouth.
Price Range

Price Range

In terms of value, you get two products which you can rotate for use, so this means that a reserve is always ready to be used. Cleaning and sterility can be maintained more easily and rotating these ensures the longevity and durability of the product. For the cost, this product does offer some extra useful features, though these features are evident in most brand pacifiers. Certainly, this product does fulfill its required performance standards and is a nice investment on behalf of a baby.

Bottom Line

When babies go through the teething process, the pacifier is a must have item. We have come a long way from the days when ancient Romans made clay pacifiers filled with honey. Gone are the days when a pacifier was made of any type of material which could be dipped in brandy. A modern pacifier offers a shape which has a human touch and feel about it, a high level of durable resilience due to the high tech use of appropriate baby safe silicone. How many parents have experienced sleepless nights because they did not have an appropriate baby pacifier close to hand or they had one but its purpose of design failed to satisfy or calm the baby.

Modern products have so much research put into them for safety, effectiveness, ease of use, and durability. Performance is always a paramount requisite, especially where babies are involved. The makers of this product have done their research, they have looked closely at design quality, they have ensured the use of baby safe materials and they have added some extra features to promote healthy gums in combination with an ability to calm a teething baby.

Maintenance has been carefully considered and the two pack deal ensures a lot more control over hygiene and regular maintenance. This item comes as a double product offer, it works, it is effective, it is user-friendly and safe. If you use this product say for example in the middle of the night to calm your baby, you will be very happy with your investment. Equally, during the day a baby is susceptible to going through teething stages when you have the right product close to hand, the situation can be dealt with quickly and your baby can go through a much calmer teething process.
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