The chronology of pacifier hygiene

newborn: sterilize in boiling water after each use.
1 month: sterilize in microwave once daily.
2 months: soak in hot, soapy water as needed.
3 months: rub vigorously between thumb and forefinger under running water.
4 months: immerse in water glass at the diner.
5 months: put in own mouth.
6 months: wipe on jeans.
7 months: wipe on jeans that didn't make it in the hamper last week on laundry day.
(photo: gerry_brt @ flickr)


Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Wha? I have never sterilized a pacifier. I was doing the pant wipe at day three. Shit. My kid is doomed.

2/9/06, 12:50 AM  
Blogger Binky said...

It took me till month 4 to convince my husband that a pacifier wasn't going to have a disproportionately negative effect on our daughter's orthodontic life (and that I was going to go crazy if we didn't do something to help her fall asleep, and fast!). I've also read studies that say kids without pacifiers or finger sucking inclinations end up with oral fixations later in life. That one scared my husband but good. And that's not something any father of a beautiful girl wants to hear.

2/9/06, 9:48 AM  

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