How to Give the Best Baby Bath Ever

best baby bath how toGiving your baby a bath is one of those things that seems like it should be so simple. A little water, a little soap, a soft washcloth, and you’re done, right? Unfortunately, lots of things can go wrong. Giving the perfect baby bath is important, because it will make your little one look forward to baths instead of dreading them. Babies all react differently to water; you want this to be as comfortable and fun of an experience as possible. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way about giving the perfect baby bath.

Bath Safety Tips

First, a few things that you probably know already about baby bath safety:

  • Never, ever leave your baby alone in or near the bathtub while there’s any water in it. Babies can drown so quickly, and so easily. Promise yourself that you won’t leave to answer the phone or the door, to do a load of laundry, or anything. Besides, you should enjoy your baby’s bath time, too.
  • baby bath spout cover

    Whale Spout Cover

    Probably the biggest threat to your baby’s head is the big metal water spout featured in most bathtubs. It’s right at the level where your baby will crack his or her head (or get poked in the eye). Get a playful spout cover — like the ever-popular whale — and then the spout becomes a toy instead of a hazard.

  • Watch for slips and falls. Wet, hard surfaces in the bathroom can cause either you or your baby (or both) to slip. The bathtub and floor are the most common slip areas.

Setting Up the Baby Bath

It’s always better to get the bath set up ahead of time, so that you’re not juggling a crying (and possibly naked) baby while trying to get everything ready. We usually divide and conquer: one of us goes up to get the bath ready, while the other starts herding the kids upstairs.

The Baby Bathtub

Baby collapsible bath tub

Collapsible Baby Bathtub

Until your baby reaches the toddler years, you’ll probably want a little baby bathtub that you can set on the table or inside the larger bathtub. I’ll give you a few reasons why:

  • Baby bathtubs are softer than the hard ceramic/porcelain tubs, so they’re safer against bumps and bruises.
  • They take much less water to fill, so it’s a faster and easier process.
  • Only the baby fits in the tub, so his or her parents/siblings/pets won’t get it dirty

Of course, you do have to store the baby bathtub, which is why I like the Naked Baby Collapsible Tub from Boon.

Get Yourself Comfortable

Baby bath elbow rest

Bathtub Elbow Rest

One of our biggest complaints about giving the baby a bath is that it’s physically demanding: you have to kneel on a hard surface, bend over the tub edge, lift a wet squirming baby… it’s a lot of work. Therefore you’re better off making the bath as comfortable for you as it is for the baby.

I highly recommend getting a thick floor mat or the whale bath kneeler shown in the header image to save your knees. Equally useful is a bathtub elbow rest that cushions your arm while you bathe and lift the baby.

Find the Right Water Temperature for Baby

Baby bath thermometer

Baby Bath Thermometer

Getting the water temperature right is probably the trickiest thing for me personally. Maybe our faucet just doesn’t have the finesse of control necessary to hit that perfect temperature, which is generally between 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit.

A good baby bath thermometer like the Aquatopia audible thermometer is a must for each and every bath; sure, it will tell you if the water’s too cold, but more importantly it will tell you if the water is too hot for a baby. The wrong temp either way is going to make the bath uncomfortable. Keep in mind also that bath water will cool over time, especially if you spend a lot of time playing.

Giving Baby the Bath

Penguin soap dispenser

Penguin Soap Dispenser

Now that the bath is ready, the water’s just right, and you’re as comfortable as possible, it’s baby time! Here are some tips for getting the most out of the experience:

  • Ease your baby in, feet or bottom first. Let them play a bit before getting them wet. Usually you want to save the hair and face washing for the very end, as most babies won’t enjoy this.
  • Soaking the bottom is one of the most important parts of the bath. At least five minutes in the warm, soapy water will help with diaper rashes and other discomfort.
  • Use a soft washcloth and make sure you get all of the nooks and crannies, especially under the chin and around the neck, as well as the diaper area (under and around everything). Ask your spouse for guidance if the anatomy of what needs to be cleaned is, you know, not as familiar.
duck baby wash mitt

Duck Wash Mitt

The washing part can be a lot of fun for you and your baby, especially if you have a cute wash mitt like the ducky one at left. You get to tickle and wash your baby at the same time. Remember, you want this to come off as a fun and special activity, not a chore.

Bath toy organizer

Bath Toy Organizer Set

Don’t forget to have some fun bath toys to pass the time as well. We like the soft, squeezy ones that are shaped like different animals (each of which can have a different voice and personality, if you’re into that sort of thing). Remember to squeeze all of the water out and hang them up to dry when you’re finished. Munchkin’s bath toy organizer set is a good choice for this, because it includes a drying net that hangs in the corner.

When the Bath is Over

hooded baby bath towel

Lion Hooded Towel

It’s tempting to make the bath go too long, especially when you and your baby are having a lot of fun. But once the baby is clean and the water starts to cool, it’s time to wrap up. If your baby protests, it’s a good thing – it means you’ve made the bath an enjoyable activity, and it will be welcomed in the future.

There may be some crying, especially when you pluck your little one out of the warm water. The most important thing to do is have a soft, fluffy towel waiting. We love the hooded animal towels because they keep the head warm. After that, the most important thing is to have warm milk waiting at the diaper changer. This comforts and distracts the little one while you get him or her dried off, diapered, and dressed.

Within a couple of minutes, your baby will be comfortably snuggled in bed. Probably fast asleep. Remember to hang the toys, wash cloths, and towels up to dry afterward.

Why not take a bath yourself? You deserve it!

 

How and Why to Use A Diaper Genie

how and why to use diaper genieIf you don’t currently own a diaper genie, the concept of one could seem a bit puzzling to you. What is this strange device that swallows diapers and outputs long chains of shrink-wrapped bundles like sausage links? It might seem like one of those frivolous baby products, a needless or pointless expense. But it’s not. Your diaper genie will become one of the most important things in the nursery.

At the newborn stage, babies are on, essentially, a liquid diet. Their poops are almost cute. There are much darker days ahead. Between the introduction of solid food and potty training, you will encounter things in diapers that are unspeakable. Unless you want your home to smell like a public outhouse, you’ll want a diaper genie right next to the diaper changer. Aside from taking every single diaper out to the outside garbage cans after every change, there is no substitute. And let’s be honest, that’s not going to happen when you’re changing 8-10 diapers per day.

how diaper genie worksHow a Diaper Genie Works

The Diaper Genie is essentially a self-closing, odor-neutralizing, sophisticated trash can. You open the lid and push the rolled-up diaper down into the plastic. This separates the clamp, allowing the diaper to drop into the plastic bag in the body of the diaper genie. Then the clamp pushes the plastic closed again, essentially sealing the soiled cargo off from the world, which is a very good thing.

The Diaper Genie II (also called the Diaper Genie Elite) functions in a similar manner, except that you don’t have to lift the lid. Instead, you push down on the foot pedal, which simultaneously lifts the lid and opens the clamps. Then you drop the diaper in, lift your foot, and it closes back up again.

Emptying the Diaper Genie

When the Diaper Genie is full, you’ll know it because you won’t be able to shove any more diapers down in it (or you can, but then it won’t close). At this point you have to open it by pushing the button on the front-middle. You use the built-in cutter to cut the plastic a few inches above the top of the diaper roll. Make sure you leave enough for you to tie it off.

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Emptying the diaper genie

Then you lift out the diaper sausage, and (importantly), tie the bottom of the open plastic before closing the genie. If you don’t do this, the diapers fall right through and you probably won’t realize it until the next time you change it. Bingo! Your Diaper Genie is now ready to accept another load of stinkers. The one you removed should be tied at both ends (we usually call this a “diaper sausage”) and should be taken as far away as soon as possible.

Why the Diaper Genie Works

There are essentially two reasons that Diaper Genies are so popular and so essential (in my opinion) for day-to-day baby care. We even take ours along for weekend trips; that’s how important it is.

  1. Odor control. The clamp mechanism is a big part of that, because it seals off the diapers and doesn’t let much air escape (I still recommend holding your breath when you add a diaper to a near-full genie). The plastic refills are a big part of this too; usually they have additives that help neutralize odors.
  2. Dirty diaper stash. It’s good to have a single, central location to put your dirty diapers. That way, you never forget one in an odd place only to find it days or weeks later. Yech. And it also puts the diapers out of sight, too, which everyone in the house appreciates.

Diaper Genie Tips

diaper genie refill

Diaper Genie Refill Pack

Our kids have collectively been through around 15,000 diapers. That’s not a ballpark, that’s a real calculation based on diapers per day and age of potty training. Since we’ve had a couple of Diaper Genies and obviously used them quite a bit, I can pass a few tips along.

  • Wrap diapers first. After removing a diaper, I wrap it around itself into a tight ball and use the velcro straps to hold it. This takes up much less volume, which translates to more diapers in the genie.
  • Beware the loose bag. If you forget to tie the bottom, or the knot comes undone, the diapers will disappear but the odor won’t. If you smell strong odors from your genie, double-check the bag by popping it open.
  • Empty early and often. It’s always tempting to stuff a few more in, but when the genie is full (or reeks) you gotta empty it. Luckily it takes only a minute during which you’ll probably want to hold your breath.
  • Stock up on refills. There really is no way to estimate how much plastic you have left on your refill ring. All you can do is be prepared and make sure you have another one to put in after that.

Choosing A Diaper Genie

It might surprise you to learn that there are a couple different kinds of diaper genies. There’s your classic diaper genie with the lid that you lift. The middle option is an “Elite” pail with foot pedal that comes with a bonus mini pail. Then there’s the Diaper Genie II which has a foot pedal and a higher diaper capacity.

Diaper Genie Essentials Pail

Diaper Genie Essential

Diaper Genie Elite Pail

Diaper Genie Elite Pail

Diaper II Elite Pail

Diaper Genie II Elite Pail

21.7 x 11.8 x 10.5 inches 22.3 x 11.0 x 11.1 inches 27.1 x 11.8 x 10.5 inches
The original Diaper Genie with flip-up lid. This is the one we use on a day-to-day basis; it doesn’t have the big capacity but it works well for odor control. And it’s durable: ours has lasted 4 years. The Elite pail features the foot pedal that lifts the lid for hands-free operation. This one comes with a bonus mini pail that you can take on trips or leave with grandma & grandpa. The Diaper Genie II is the current top of the line. It’s got the foot pedal, the 5-layer odor control with double-lock seal, and perhaps most importantly, it’s about 5″ taller so it has more capacity.
Buy Diaper Genie Essential Buy Diaper Genie Elite Buy Diaper Genie II

Breathe easy and good luck! May your diaper sausages always be well-tied.

Avoid Getting Peed On and Other Diapering Tips

avoid getting peed on diapering tipsOne of the simple realities of having a baby, as you’ve probably already discovered, is that you’re going to change a lot of diapers. Thousands of them, if you do your share. Depending on your technique, your baby’s gender, and a few other factors, you may also get peed on more times than you’d like to remember. The up-side to this is that it will harden you against life’s disgusting moments, most of which will pale in comparison to changing a 20-wipe blowout diaper that went all the way up your baby’s back by the time you discovered it.

Changing diapers is something you will quickly master from experience, but there are some tips worth sharing… things that can help you avoid blowouts, getting peed on, and other diaper change disasters.

Diapering Basics

Changing a diaper should be a straightforward exercise. You take off the old one, wipe clean, put on the new one, right? Only this can be complicated by lots of things: a squirming baby, a major poopy, an unforeseen shortage in wipes or clean diapers. Here are some basic diapering tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Diaper Changing TIps

Diaper Changing Tips from Best of Twins

  • Stock the supplies. Your diaper changing station should have plenty of clean diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, and everything you need within easy reach. I know it’s a chore, but being vigilant about keeping everything restocked pays off. You’ll learn this the hard way if you run out of diapers or wipes during a change.
  • New diaper under the old one. Everything in a baby’s diaper, especially at the newborn stage, is fairly liquid. You want a new diaper under the old one to catch anything that could ooze out, and as a landing pad for your baby’s bottom. Getting a bit of “the business” on a new diaper is vastly preferable to a skidmark on the diaper changer cover.
  • Flanges out! The number one mistake we made that lead to leaks or blowouts had to do with the flanges — the soft plastic ruffles along the edge of the diaper. These should face out, meaning not tucked in against the baby’s skin. Run your finger under the edge to be sure. Otherwise, the plastic will chafe and (worse) allow leaks.
  • As usual, size matters. Putting your baby in the correct-size diaper is best, but if you aren’t sure, go with the smaller diaper. This seems counter-intuitive, I know, but a diaper that’s too big will have gaps around your baby’s legs, and that’s bad news. A diaper that’s a bit too small still fits because the tabs and velcro straps provide enough reach to keep everything covered.

How To Avoid Getting Peed On

Getting peed on while changing diapers really has a way of taking you down a peg in life. There is no up-side to it. The wipe count skyrockets, diapers and clothes have to be changed again, and you feel pretty gross.

baby wipe warmer for diapering

Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer

The way I see it, there are three strategies to avoid getting peed on:

  1. Minimize exposure time. The longer your baby’s parts are exposed to cool air, the greater the urge to let loose. Have the new diaper ready, move quickly, and get the area covered as fast as you can. 
  2. Get a wipe warmer. This might seem like an extravagance to most, but I think that warm wipes really do make a difference and reduce your baby’s urge to pee on you. It seems to work better for girls than boys, but either way, it’s worthwhile.
  3. Get ready to block. If you have a boy, treat every diaper change like a battle. Expect the counterattack, and be ready to block it. Gross? Sure. But it minimizes the splash damage. If you have the new diaper ready, it works well for this.

I have seen, on Pinterest and elsewhere, this little cone-shaped device that’s supposed to prevent a baby boy from peeing on you. After talking to parents who’ve tried them, I think it’s too good to be true. It won’t work any better than a diaper or your own hand.

Handling Diaper Rash

Diaper rashes are common even for the most fervent diaper-changing parents. These things can gross you out, and they can make your baby fairly miserable too. Medically speaking, it’s unusual for a diaper rash to become severe enough that you’d have to go see the pediatrician, but you should take action to resolve it on your own:

diaper rash ointment

The best diaper rash ointment

  • Use a good diaper cream. I personally think the creams work better than gels, and I’ve never found a better ointment than Dr. Smith’s. It’s a bit pricey because it works.
  • Change diapers more often. Any time there’s a wet or dirty diaper, it irritates your baby’s skin further. Change whenever you think it’s not dry.
  • Avoid overheating the baby. This also seems to exacerbate diaper rash, especially when you have them in heavy pants or a warm car seat. Keep them in cool, loose fitting clothing.
  • A bath can help. A nice 10-minute soak in a warm bath (minimum or no soap) followed by patting dry can work wonders, especially right before bed. If you do this, don’t put on the diaper rash ointment… their fresh, clean skin will do better

Buy Diapers in Bulk

Diapers are going to be one of your biggest expenses over the next couple of years. There’s no avoiding this, but you can save a lot of money if you buy them in bulk. We usually shop for the best deal at Sam’s Club or at Amazon.com, both of which offer quick and free shipping. On Amazon the prices get even more competitive if you use Subscribe & Save, which essentially schedules diapers to be shipped to you at regular intervals (you can cancel any time).

Huggies Diapers on Amazon Pampers Diapers on Amazon
Huggies Diapers in Bulk Pampers Diapers in Bulk
Huggies baby diapers Pampers baby diapers
Buy Diapers in Bulk Buy Diapers in Bulk

When the price drops, we really stock up. What’s nice is that they come right to the door — no loading the big boxes into carts or trunks or anything.

The Complete Guide to Baby Shoes

complete guide baby shoesBaby shoes are one of the wonderful things about parenthood… they’re so cute, they’re so tiny, and they’re so… unlikely to fit your baby’s feet. In our boys’ room we literally have a basket filled with pairs of shoes, and of those there are about 3 pairs that actually fit. Until your baby starts walking, he or she doesn’t really need shoes, except for a few limited “special” uses. We’ll walk you through those here, and offer some suggestions about addressing common baby shoe problems along the way.
Contents:
Crib Shoes for Newborns
Pre Walker Shoes
First Walker Shoes
Toddler Running/Walking Shoes
Baby/Toddler Sandals

Crib Shoes for Newborns

converse baby crib shoes

Converse First Stars Crib Shoes

It’s tempting to put your baby in shoes even at the newborn stage. Truthfully they don’t need them for a number of reasons:

  • Warmth. Footed pajamas or onesies are better, and your baby will be swaddled most of the time anyway
  • Just like with hats, your baby won’t give up until he kicks both shoes off
  • It’s just more loose items to lose in the stroller, car, or nursery.
  • Your newborn is a long way from walking or even crawling, so the feet are the last thing that need protection

That said, the thing about newborn shoes is that they’re teeny-tiny and cute. As long as you don’t expect them to stay on, feel free to put on little shoes and snap a few photos. Or even get those little socks that look like shoes.

Pre-Walker Shoes

As your baby starts to move, roll, and crawl, putting him or her in shoes isn’t a bad idea. It will protect their feet and keep them a bit cleaner while they crawl around, and provide better traction as well. When it comes to choosing shoes for your pre-walker, here are some tips:

  • baby pre walker shoes

    Robeez Pre Walker Shoes

    Baby shoe sizes can’t be trusted. They seem to vary substantially between brands and almost never fit your baby’s feet they way they should. Trial and error is usually how we find a pair that fits, and then sticking with that brand usually keeps the shoe sizes consistent.

  • Laces are overrated. Shoelaces look cute because your baby seems grown-up, but they’re a headache for getting the shoes on and off. Slip-ons are good, but velcro is even better.
  • Shoes are short-lived. Few things grow faster than a baby’s feet, or so it seems. Plan on getting a new pair every couple of months. Hey, I’ll bet shoes for your pre-walker don’t seem as important now, do they?

Baby First Walker Shoes

It’s a special moment when your baby starts making those first hesitant, teetering steps on his own. Once that happens, they seem to improve quickly, and you need to start thinking about first walker shoes right away. First walkers are designed to protect your baby’s tender little feet, of course, but also to provide stability and support. This kind of baby shoe is one where the function might be more important than the appearance.

baby girl shoes

Stride Rite Duckling shoes

Case in point: our daughter was a bit of a late walker (18 months). Her first walker shoes were white in color and rather plain in appearance — both of which seem like poor ideas for a baby’s shoe — but they were Stride Rites. This is a premium brand of baby shoe and it shows: the shoes had a nice wide base, were of solid (leather and rubber) construction, and held up really well despite being worn by a soon-to-be toddler.

Toddler Walking and Running Shoes

When your little one starts walking and running with confidence, you don’t have a baby any more. You have a toddler, and this is a game-changer in many ways. First of all, you need to take your babyproofing up a notch because toddlers can reach new, previously-safe places like tables and countertops.

new balance baby shoes

New Balance running shoes

Second, you’ll need to find a shoe that’s durable enough to withstand a toddler’s rambling lifestyle, while still providing good support and stability.

  • Find a pair of shoes that your toddler wants to wear. This is super important, because it’s at around this age that your toddler starts expressing his or her own desires, and if they want the shoes it’ll go much, much easier.
  • Laces are OK at this stage, but slip-ons are easier. There are few substitutes for laces when it comes to keeping the shoes firmly on your toddler’s feet. However, you add 30 seconds every time the shoes come on or off, and that can be 20 times a day.
  • Get the right size. A shoe that’s too big won’t stay on. A shoe that’s too small will cramp your little one’s feet and might do more harm than good.

Sandals for Babies and Toddlers

Last but not least, I should cover the open-toed-shoe department, namely sandals for babies and toddlers. On the surface it might not seem like a good idea to put your baby in a sandal rather than a regular shoe. Will a sandal offer the same support that a baby tennis shoe does? Probably not. But there are still some things to like about sandals:

  • stride rite sandals for baby

    Stride Rite baby sandals

    No socks required. Whenever your baby needs footwear — for a walk outside, or because something was broken, etc. — it’s always the socks that are the killer. We have a drawer stuffed full of them and I can never find a pair of matching weather-appropriate gender-appropriate socks. That’s one great thing to love about baby sandals.

  • Solid materials. Because your baby’s feet are chunky and haven’t grown much, baby sandals actually offer a fair amount of protection. Most of the foot is covered and they’re generally easy to put on.
  • Wet/dry friendly. A very good occasion to put your baby/toddler in sandals is if there’s a pool, water table, puddle, or other source of water nearby. Damp sandals dry MUCH faster than soaked shoes and socks.
  • Easier to fit. If you have a baby with chunky feet, like my older son, sandals offer a bit more room for that chunkiness to spread around.

15 Pacifier Tips

15 pacifier tipsThe pacifier may be the single most important tool in your baby care arsenal. It’s also one of the oldest — the first pacifiers were made of corn cobs and used in England in the 17th century! A pacifier at a crucial moment saved us more times than I can possibly name. Our boys are getting ready to give them up (little do they know), and that will be a sad day.

Call it what you will – a binky, a soother, a paci — this little rubber-and-plastic wonder has helped us ever since our first was born. It can help you, too. Here’s how.

Choosing A Pacifier

There are all  kinds of pacifiers out there, different types and sizes and every color imaginable. Here are a few tips on how to choose one.

1. Start with a Soothie. If your baby is born in the hospital, as most are, that’s probably where he or she will get the first pacifier. Hospitals have these amazing pacifiers (if ugly) called Soothies. They’re disc-shaped and usually too unwieldy to be kept in for long, but your newborn will love them. The nurse who taught our baby classes literally told us to take as many as we could get our hands on.

soothie newborn pacifier

The Soothie Pacifier

2. The uglier, the better.  You know those adorable ones you’ll love unwrapping at the baby shower and capturing in photos. Odds are these will be passed over for an ugly plain-jane pacifier like the aforementioned Soothie. I’m not sure why, but ugly pacifiers always seem to be the favorite with babies.

3. Your baby might be picky. As in most areas of life, your baby will have a preference for one type of pacifier above all. For our boys it was the low-profile Nuk pacifiers. Our niece prefers the Soothie, even though she’s well beyond her newborn months.

Stocking Up on Pacifiers

Pacifier pocket

Pacifier pocket

Pacifiers are like infant formula and diapers in that you never, ever want to run out of them completely. Here are some tips for preventing that catastrophe.

4. Find your baby’s favorite pacifier and stock up. Figure on two for the crib, two for the diaper bag, two for the car, two for the dishwasher, and two to be lost at any given time. That’s ten by my count, and it might just be enough. Be sure to restock when you seem to be running out.

5. Keep extra pacifiers handy. The more you have in reach, the better your chances of finding one when you really need it. We stock them in the diaper bag, glove compartment, on the shelf above the diaper changer, and in the kitchen. In a pinch I’ll even shove one in my pocket as we’re running out the door.

pacifier clip6. Use a pacifier clip. The downside of pacifiers is that they’re small and easy to lose. Nothing’s worse than the sound of a pacifier hitting the floor of a grocery store (or worse, public restroom). A pacifier clip attached to the stroller or your baby’s clothing will keep this from happening. We’ve even used them at night to avoid having to root around in the dark when the baby wakes up.

Pacifiers and Germs

Like anything that goes in your baby’s mouth, pacifiers can be a germophobe’s worst nightmare. Here are some tips for keeping your baby’s pacifiers reasonably sanitary.

pacifier wipes7. Ziplocs to travel. Whenever we’re traveling or taking the babies out in public, we bring pacifiers in a snack-sized ziploc bag. This not only make them easier to find, but keeps them relatively clean no matter what bag or pocket they’re shoved into.

8. Pack cleaning wipes. When a pacifier hits the ground, you have a couple of options. Toss it. Ignore it and re-insert. Wipe it off on something, like your shirt. A better option is to keep a little pack of pacifier wipes around. These single-use, disposable wipes do a pretty good job cleaning/sanitizing a pacifier of unknown cleanliness. In a pinch, hand sanitizer and a wet wipe work too.

9. Watch for mold. Pacifiers spend much of their time in a warm, moist place. Watch for condensation inside the rubber part or mold on the outside. Run them through the dishwasher regularly to help keep them clean.

Pacifiers for Teething

Baby teething pacifier

Razbaby Razberry Teethers

Teething often brings out the worst in any baby — they can’t eat, can’t drink, can’t do much more than fuss all of the time. A pacifier could help, or it could be just another thing that they bat away when you come near.

10. If your baby wakes up crying and refuses a pacifier, teething is usually the culprit. One reason this happens so often during the sleep cycle is that teeth grow at night.

11. Run the pacifier under cold water. The cool and wet pacifier soothes your baby’s gums and sometimes will do them enough to get them back to sleep. I find this works best with a new/clean pacifier, not the one they’re currently using.

12. Try a teething pacifier. They make a few pacifier that are specifically designed to help teething babies. The Razbaby Teether, for example, is textured to help massage the gums when your baby has it in his mouth.

Sleep Training with Pacifiers

A pacifier is incredibly useful for baby sleep training — both in helping your baby fall asleep and for soothing your little one after an unexpected wake-up.

glow in dark pacifiers

Glow in the Dark Pacifiers

13. Make the pacifier part of your bedtime routine. It’s just as important as a clean diaper and soft pajamas, in my book, the very last soothing touch before you leave the room.

14.For older babies, use a pacifier first to wean from nighttime feedings. This is on your pediatrician’s advice, of course, but the pacifier can help soothe your baby back to sleep without eating, a key step in teaching them to sleep through the night. Glow-in-the-dark pacifiers, if you can find them, are much easier to track down in a dark nursery.

15. Hit the snooze button. Countless times we’ve bought ourselves an extra hour of sleep in the morning by offering our early-riser a pacifier instead of getting him up. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s just as good as hitting the snooze button.

Have any pacifier tips of your own that I missed? Please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Other parents will appreciate it!