Sterilising Pacifiers and newborns

(8 Posts)
pabsalottles Wed 11-Sep-13 18:34:06

We have a 1 week old newborn who has completely got her daytime and nightime back to front. We're expecting her to be awake for periods throughout the night but she is awake from 8pm till 5-6am and then sleeping all day. We've been struggling to try and turn this around and our midwife has suggested using a pacifier in the short-term at night to try and help with the process.
Can anyone tell me if I need to sterilise the pacifier before each and every use? What if it falls out, can I put it straight back in or does it need re-sterilising etc?
Any help would be much appreciated as both me and my partner are definitely struggling!

gallicgirl Wed 11-Sep-13 18:36:29

Definitely need to sterilise every day and if it falls on the floor.
We didnt know this and week old haby got oral thrush which was difficult to treat due to her age.

She might nt even take it. Mine didn't. Was keen first till he realised that nothing came out of it.

But yes you need to sterilise. Easiest thing to do is have a few on the go.

pabsalottles Wed 11-Sep-13 18:40:19

Thanks so much for the answer. I take it that if it just falls out into her moses basket that's okay to put straight back in? Other than that I'll definitely sterilise each day and if it falls on the floor etc.

RobotHamster Wed 11-Sep-13 18:41:50

Get a few so you've always got one to hand (if she takes it, that is)

StuckOnARollercoaster Thu 12-Sep-13 07:27:42

I will only swap to a clean pacifier if it falls on floor, usually just falls onto sofa/bed then I just pop it back in. I will just run it under boiling water if it's a quick drop on floor in our house and picked up straightaway.
Whether or not it's been dropped it will only get used for half a day before I swap so it can be properly sterilized.
Get plenty of spares of the type you decide to go for.
Oh and I chose the same brand and shape as the bottles I use.

Tee2072 Thu 12-Sep-13 07:36:26

I would not sterilize the newborn. grin

I used to just have loads and change out for a clean one when it dropped on the floor (not into the pram or into the cot/moses basket) and then sterilize them all at once.

MiaowTheCat Thu 12-Sep-13 11:58:31

I just had a pot full of them I swapped my way through over the course of the day. Your standards drop as they get a bit older though. Both of mine have them - DD2 only seems to need hers to get off to sleep for daytime naps and will settle fine on a night without it... DD1 would rob a bank if it had a dummy in the window.

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