Babies enjoy sucking on pacifiers for comfort and stress relief when they feel sad, anxious or scared. Pacifiers collect dirt and germs from your child's mouth and the floor when he drops them, but regular cleaning can keep those things at bay. "Parents" magazine recommends sterilizing a new pacifier with boiling water before giving it to your child. You should also boil any pacifier your child used while sick.
Fill a pot halfway with tap water. Put the put on the stove and turn the heat up to medium-high.
Allow the water to come to a full boil.
Drop the pacifiers into the water one at a time. Take care not to burn yourself with splashing water.
Boil the pacifiers for five to 10 minutes, then remove the pot from the stove.
Pour the water into the sink and take the pacifiers out of the pot.
Inspect the pacifiers and discard any that cracked during boiling.
Lay the pacifiers out on a towel and wait for them to dry. Ensure that they have cooled completely before giving them to your child.
- To sterilize pacifiers in the dishwasher, put them in the silverware container and run the machine on a very hot water cycle.
- You don't need to sterilize your child's pacifier every time he uses it. Wiping the pacifier with a wet, soapy towel is sufficient for killing germs.
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