Sterilize, wash, or spit shine :)

Merry - posted on 06/17/2011 ( 53 moms have responded )

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When your babys pacifier/dummy falls on the floor what do you do?
Does the age of the baby matter in how you handle it?
Different types of floors- inside or outside?

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We never gave Ethan a dummy and haven't given Poppy one either. However, I was seriously over kill with the sterilising of Ethan's bottles - so if he had had a dummy I would have had a couple sterile ones on me constantly :-) I calmed down on the sterilizing as soon as he started picking up stuff and putting it in his mouth though. Now with Poppy I am far more relaxed regarding sterilizing as I figure my nipples aren't sterile they are just clean (without soap I don't want them to taste funny), so if Poppy had a dummy I would just rinse if dirty.

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First of all, a little dirt never hurt anyone. That's pretty much my philosophy when it comes to my son. I don't freak out about him putting anything in his mouth from the floor or I'd have spent the last 3 and a half years feaking out lol Myth Busters did a story once on the 5 second rule and they found that unless food (or anything that goes in our mouths) is left on the floor for extremely long amounts of time, then the risk of picking up any germs is minimal. When Jacob would drop his paci at home, I'd pick it up, look at it and if there was nothing on it, back in his mouth it went. I would sometimes have to rinse it because I have cats and didn't want to stick fur in my son's mouth lol If it fell out of his mouth in public, normally I had spares. If, for some reason, I had no spares and he dropped it in public, I'd find a sink and rinse it off. One thing I never did was to suck it myself and then put it back in. It just always seemed gross to me, kinda like sharing gum with someone. Ew lol!
As for the sterilizing thing? Everything got sterilized once, when it was brand new out of the package (bottles, pacifiers, etc). After that, a good wash in soapy warm water was good enough.

Kate CP - posted on 06/17/2011

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Emma: Yes, it can contribute to tooth decay because the bacteria grows and flourishes in the mouth regardless of whether or not there are teeth there.

Shannintipton - posted on 06/17/2011

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I heard for the first child if it falls on the floor, you wash it and sterilize it.

The second child wash it off.

The third child you spit shine it off.

The fourth child you rip it out of the dogs mouth and give it to them.

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Sarah - posted on 04/14/2012

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I wash it in the dishwasher, give her a fresh one (I always have spares). She's 20m and still has one, but we use a paci clip. It didn't matter what age. I would never pop it in my mouth to "clean" it for several reasons. #1 - GROSS! I would never lick the floor myself so why put something in my mouth that had just been there? #2 - Children aren't born with the bacteria that causes tooth decay, it is acquired. For this reason, I try not to put anything in my mouth than into my child's cause I want to help protect their teeth, not pass them harmful bacteria. #3 - It's not hard to keep spares around. The odd time I didn't have one or the spares all got used up, I go to the washroom and wash them with hot soapy water (almost anywhere I go will have a washroom). Not hard, and it protects my child from harm!

Tee - posted on 04/14/2012

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I only sterilized when they were first bought with all three. My oldest was a lost cause and wanted his thumb and the last time I tried to give it to him to ended up on the floor and the dog took it and laid down with it in her mouth needless to say that was the end for him.



The rare occasion that it would fall in public it was put away until it could be washed. But I am a firm believer in the holders that you clip on their clothes. At home it was either washed or spit shined depending on what room it fell in and what type floor surface.

Kaitlin - posted on 04/11/2012

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mostly, spit shine. Honestly, a child's immune system is ridiculously awesome, especially a BF'd baby. We aren't germaphobes around here.

However, premies or babies with a limited immune system, totally different. I would wash.

My 21/2 year old and my 1 1/2 year old eat grapes or other dropped snacks off of the (ew) grocery store floor every once in a while. Sigh. Oh well.

Sal - posted on 04/11/2012

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Or if it was too grotty ld probally buy a new one. I did try that once in desperation in the supermarket, and it didn't work I might add

Sal - posted on 04/11/2012

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Or if it was too grotty ld probally buy a new one. I did try that once in desperation in the supermarket, and it didn't work I might add

Sal - posted on 04/11/2012

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Depends where they dropped it.... If I was out and they were screaming a bit of a spit polish would be fine, it was never a big issue as none of my kids were keen on them anyway...

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/10/2012

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Never used one for either children but if I had, I would run it under water or dip in my glass if we were out.... ;)

User - posted on 04/10/2012

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i cant believe the amount of people who think its ok to give there child a dummie that has been on the floor????? and how many times have i heared the saying"if there is no visible marks then id give it back"??? dont people know that germs cant be seen by the naked eye??and as for sucking it yourself then giving it to your child well thats just insane??im shocked by the amount of people who do this.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/21/2011

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My older 2 girls would take theirs and hardly ever drop it and when they would i would wipe it off on my shirt then suck on it to clean it and give it back and wash it every night when they would be eating or sleeping. my last one refused to take it and if she would we have to hold it in cause we couldnt find one like the bottles that we used (the playtex drop in liner bottle) So if anyone kknows a brand of one that looks like that type of nipple let me know cause it might help with the next one

Elizabeth - posted on 06/19/2011

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I wish my little one would take a binky. I got tired of giving him the finger which I did sterilize. Ow. Fortunatly he has discovered his own fingers.



Years back, when with my daughter, I gave her a sterilized one every time she needed one, but then again she was a premie. After a few months, it depended on where we were. At home if there was no dirt on it, it would go back to her, if it had dirt or we were at a friends, it would get washed, at a public place, we had it attached. Every once in a while I would sterilize things and if she were sick, I'd sterilize daily.



I had to edit this because I meant to say that I don't sterilize my finger. Imagine boiling that in hot water for 5 minutes.

Stifler's - posted on 06/19/2011

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I stopped sterilising things when Logan turned 6 months. He was eating everything else anyway like the remote, toys off the floor and anything else he could get his hands on.

Kate CP - posted on 06/19/2011

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Actually, pacifiers help reduce the risk of SIDS and they help with colic. The down side is if they are used too much, in older babies and toddlers, they can cause dental problems and ear infections.

Vegemite - posted on 06/19/2011

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Bahaha I used to bite my babies finger nails but there was a real reason for it. When they are new and up to a few months the skin doesn't fold over and join underneath the finger nail. The nail needs to grow very long to get this kind of effect. So it's easier to bite them than cut without cutting the finger. I was told this little bit by the hospital I went to at prenatal classes. I thought that it was weird too, then I looked at my son's nail and could see what they meant so I bit. My mothers and grandmothers also told me to bite hehe

April - posted on 06/19/2011

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i can't say for sure what i would do because my son WOULD NOT take a paci. i was one of those that nursed around the clock in those early days! i guess i might just give if back if it wasn't visibly dirty. after all, i don't wash or sterilize my own nipples before each nursing session!

Stifler's - posted on 06/19/2011

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I didn't have any restless nights weaning my kid off his either. He gave it up on his own.

Louise Faith Donelan - posted on 06/19/2011

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I'm not quailified to say most babies don't need them but I personaly don't think they do, but thats whatI think, everyone is aloud there own view on things and that is mine. I know plenty of mum's that haven't used them and I haven't and it's been really easy. Laura thats why I've said most babies don't need them, you do get some babies that really do need them because of the need to suck. Like I said before sorry if I've upset anyone but that' just what I think and thats what this page is for to share and talk and thats what I've done. My Gabriel had really bad colic for the first thee months of his life and never had a dummy because of the fear of him getting more bad wind.

Merry - posted on 06/19/2011

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Louise, I'm sure most babies don't need them, but unless you want to be nursing round the clock most babies have a need to suck. Once they find their thumb that works just as good anyways

Louise Faith Donelan - posted on 06/19/2011

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My baby never has or will have a dummy. I personally think MOST (not all just most) babies don't need them. I think there dirty things. I can't believe how many people I see just picking them up off the floor when there baby has dropped them and either just put them back in the babies mouth or suck on them and give them back, the mouth carrys so many germs and bacteria it's unbelievable. But thats my personal view on it, and sorry if I've upset anyone, but I do believe that most babies don't need them, plus you never give you baby a dummy then you don't get the restless nights weaning baby of them.

Vegemite - posted on 06/19/2011

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I used to worry and get the boiling water out and stick them in that. Then I noticed my children would but their hands on the floor then suck their fingers and put them in their mouth. OH Well quick wipe will do.
If we were out they had one of those chain things for dummies.

Kate CP - posted on 06/18/2011

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A lot of moms actually recommend biting a baby's nails instead of using clippers so you won't cut the baby. Personally, I'm not comfortable gnawing on my kid. :P

Merry - posted on 06/18/2011

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I can't imagine a kid would sit and let their mom bite their nails! Eric hates getting his nails cut in general....and idk cuz I don't bite nails but isn't it sort of risky of cutting it too short and bleeding?

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WUT? Hahaha! Are you serious? I've done it in a pinch, but to actually sit and bite Roxanne's nails. LMFFAO! I can't stop laughing at that visual.

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This reminds me of a friend of mine who had her baby like 2 months after I had Jacob. We were visiting one day and she was sitting there biting her daughter's finger nails. I didn't say anything but I was sitting there thinking, "Um, why?" LOL I could almost understand if it was on the fly, in a hurry and you see a hang nail or something that could snag and hurt. But that's how she always did it, never owned nail clippers. And now she scolds her daughter for biting her nails.....lol She did the toes like that too when she was tiny.

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Yep, but ONLY when there's not another option and what's on the soother is worse that what's in my mouth. I'm not afraid of no stinkin' germs.

When I think about it, it's actually kinda gross so I'm just gonna go back to not thinking. Really works for me... ;)

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Sterilized.Only second baby got one, for comfort and something to suck on as i stopped b/f her.She was rid of it at 5mths.

Teresa - posted on 06/18/2011

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If it's anywhere but my home it gets soap and watered. At home I run it under hot water.

Stifler's - posted on 06/17/2011

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It's jusit that I do it all the time and last time I went to the dentist he told me my gums had receded and that's why my teeth are sensitive and I've heard that it's gingivitis that causes your gums to recede :S

Stifler's - posted on 06/17/2011

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My kids stopped with the dummy before they had any teeth though. Does it still contribute to cavities even if they have no teeth? Not being sarcastic, serious question?

Kate CP - posted on 06/17/2011

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Heather: There's bacteria in our mouths that cause tooth decay and that's why some people have worse cavities than others.

Depends on where I am if I'll give it back to them. At the vet's office or in the doctor's office it's off limits after it hits the floor. My house or my mom's house: I'll make sure there's no visible fur or dirt on it and then give it back. Other places I'll wash it off with some soap and water.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/17/2011

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Apparently the dentists don't want you to suck on it and hand it to the kid because it can contribute to cavities. I'm not sure how that works because I'm not a dentist, but that's just what they say.

Jodi - posted on 06/17/2011

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OK, I'm going to come clean......when I have been in a restaurant or at a function and it fell on the floor....I sterilised in my glass of wine :\

But seriously, that only happened a couple of times. I generally find some water and run it under a tap, or dip it in a glass. I don't sterilise it. Like Emma, I always used to carry spares, so if that wasn't possible, I had a clean one.

Stifler's - posted on 06/17/2011

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Suck on it and give it back. If it's like the shopping centre ew no I always have a spare lol not that either of my kids really like dummies

Lady Heather - posted on 06/17/2011

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Depends on age, time spent on floor, whether it looks gross or not, and whether or not it landed the right way up.

Usually these days it's only used in bed so I just pop it back in. Her bed isn't very dirty. Ha.

Rosie - posted on 06/17/2011

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if it was visibly dirty i'd rinse it off, not actually wash with soap or anything. if no dirt visible it got popped back in.

Merry - posted on 06/17/2011

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I felt a bit guilty for not washing off fierna's pacifier when it fell on the floor. :/ ah well
If it's not disgusting I just put it back in

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We rinsed the girls binkies off when they were visibly dirty from falling (like in the dirt or sand). Otherwise just popped them back in.... or not. Depending on if they 'needed' it at the moment.

At least I think that's how we handled it. Hard to remember since it's been so long. I know we never sterilized them and probably never washed w/ soap (again, hard to remember). Definitely never 'spit shined' them.

Dana - posted on 06/17/2011

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I would just wash my son's. Spit shine seems just as nasty as it picking up off the floor and popping it back in.



Same thing for indoors or outdoors.

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