BiBS Pacifier Information
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Care & Cleaning of BiBS Pacifiers
BiBS recommends sterilizing your new pacifiers. To do this place the pacifiers in a clean, heat resistant bowl and cover with boiling water for 5 minutes. DO NOT boil the pacifiers.
To dry, it is recommended to let them air dry or use a clean towel if you need them more quickly. If water is caught in the nipple you can press the nipple to squeeze out the excess water.
Make sure the pacifier is completely cool before giving to your baby. Keep it clean by washing it in clean, hot, soapy water after each use.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Can I use the microwave, UV light or other sterilizers for this process?
BiBS only recommends the method described above due to the natural rubber latex. Using other methods can cause defects and once this happens should no longer be used.
There is water still in the nipple of sterilizing and or cleaning?
This is not unusual and not a cause for alarm. As per the the “Care & Cleaning” instructions, you can squeeze the nipple to help force the water out. If some water is still caught BiBS recommend letting them air dry.
The pacifiers I received are smaller than the ones I currently have but the sizing matches?
The packet is marked with the size and assuming that matches the size you ordered then you have been issued the correct size. As and FYI the length of the stem (& bulb size) also indicates what size you have been sent (see image below).
From left, size 1 (0-6m), size 2 (6-18m) and size 3 (18-36m).
The BiBS pacifier you are comparing to has enlarged over time which is quite typical. This is common and is due to the natural rubber that BiBS uses. Being as they are manufactured using natural rubber they differ slightly from each other, even in the same size. Again to reiterate, the rubber will swell with regular use, which is why the bulb on the one your baby is currently using is as large as it is. Please note that we have had this query previously and periodically we check back with the manufacturer and the US distributor and their reply is the same. As an FYI, we also store the different sizes in different locations within our warehouse to ensure there is no chance to mix-up the size(s) ordered by our Customers.
To give you a level of confidence, we (bug + bean kids) are an official retail partner of BiBS pacifiers and buy directly from their US distributor who in turn receive them directly from BiBS (based in Denmark).
My baby is not taking to the new/replacement pacifiers I bought from them?
This generally happens when the previous pacifier is used too long. BiBS recommends replacing them every 4-6 weeks. As previously mentioned the natural rubber swells with use and after extended periods it can be quite large which if you move to the new pacifier will be unsettling for the baby. The advice given by most carers is to persist and they generally will take to it after a bit.
I recently purchased new BiBS pacifiers from you and when I sterilized them they filled with water, are they damaged?
This answer is taken directly from BiBS.
“Sometimes water may enter the inside of the nipple, this is because of a ventilation system that exists in the nipple and helps make the pacifier orthodontically correct. When the baby closes down on the nipple, the air from inside the nipple is pushed out through the ventilation system thereby flattening the nipple and adapting to the baby´s individual oral cavity. So, the ventilation hole is needed in order to allow for proper development of your baby's jaw and mouth. To remove the water squeeze out as much as possible with your fingers by pushing it down towards the loop. Then stand the pacifier upright in the loop to drain. Air circulation and evaporation will then clear the rest.”
How often should I replace BiBS pacifiers?
BiBS recommends checking the pacifier before each use (especially during teething) to make sure they are not damaged in any way from simple day to day use and activities, such as being dropped or getting caught at the bottom of bags etc. Any sign of damage or weakness, please STOP using them immediately. Also if the pacifier shows any signs of deterioration (peeling) STOP using them immediately and replace. This generally happens when left in the sun or in warm / hot spaces (not recommended).
If they are fine before each use then BiBS recommends replacing them every 4-6 weeks for hygienic reasons and depending on the amount of use. Typically the pacifier, due to them being made from natural rubber, will get darker and sticky after prolonged use. During use, the rubber will also swell and enlarge.
Why does the color of the “nipple” look different or milky / foggy to the pacifiers that I am replacing?
BiBS pacifiers are made from 100% natural rubber and the coloring, or should we say, discolorations that can occur is due to this fact. It contains no chemicals or anti-oxidants to keep the color even because it is an organic material and as such no two pacifiers will look the same and the rubber on a single pacifier can also change in color. The coloring can vary from light yellow to dark amber and even transparent and milky depending on the batch - it is all quite normal. The color can also change after use as well, this is because the rubber nipple enlarges or swells.
Why is the nipple getting sticky?
Stop using the pacifier immediately and replace them as soon as possible. Natural rubber latex is a natural material and is susceptible to sunlight, high temperatures and moisture which accelerates the aging of the product. Essentially the properties of the product have changed and can become either sticky or brittle.
The BiBS pacifier my baby is using makes a noise?
This generally happens when a little bit of water is left in the nipple. BiBS have advised that there is no issue if this does happen.
Can I freeze BiBS pacifiers for when my baby is teething?
BiBS does not recommend this.