Frequently asked questions to nip soother

How long can nip soothers and teats be used for and how often should they be replaced?

For hygiene and safety reasons, you should replace soothers after one to two months. Always check them carefully before each use, especially if your child already has teeth. If you see any signs of damage, such as bite marks or any other defects, please throw the soother away immediately and replace it as necessary.

 

Statement regarding Bisphenol A in soothers

The environmental protection organisations BUND (Germany) and Global 2000 (Austria) presented the results of an investigation into soothers on 1 October 2009. The objective of this investigation was to detect any substances that are suspected of being harmful to health in the tested products. One of these substances is Bisphenol A (BPA). Studies have shown that soothers made by several well-known soother brands contain BPA. We accept the opinion of independent experts and challenge the suitability of the analysis process that was used. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is now investigating the test results of the Vienna-based Chemcon Technisches Büro für technische Chemie GmbH, which was appointed by Global 2000 to carry out the tests. The BfR believes that the values measured by the Vienna laboratory are too high by a factor of least ten and is warning against scaremongering.
Bisphenol A is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate (PC). The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the BfR share the view that baby soothers made from PC are harmless to the safety of small children. We are still convinced that polycarbonate soothers are safe and do not represent any danger to the health of children. However, whilst polycarbonate has been classified an non-harmful to health by the appropriate authorities and institutes, it is still harshly criticised by the public and we want to be able to reassure uncertain consumers that they will always be able to get high-quality, harmless goods from us. In view of this, we have converted all of our products to a BPA-free material and clearly advertise this for your safety. Current studies by the independent Fresenius Institute also confirm that the silicon and latex parts of nip soothers do not contain any BPA. Our products are regularly inspected by the Fresenius Institute. Our soothers bear the GS seal of safety from TÜV Rheinland.

Find out more at: http://www.bfr.bund.de

 

What is the difference between latex and silicone?

Latex is an amber-coloured natural material and is extracted as a milky fluid from the rubber tree. Its distinctive features are resilience, elasticity, and extreme tear resistance and tensile strength. Latex is antistatic and therefore does not attract dust and fluff. Silicon, on the other hand, is a transparent synthetic material. It is more durable than latex, heat-resistant, very soft and therefore easier to damage (e.g. by your child's first teeth).

 

Which materials are nip soothers and teats made from?

nip soothers and nip teats are available in both latex and silicon.

 

How often should I clean my child's soothers and teats and what should I use for this?

Before using them for the first time, you should sterilise soothers and teats. Place them in boiling water for five minutes, leave them to cool and then press any remaining water out of the teat. You should also rinse the teats under warm running water before each use and, if they are really dirty, sterilise them again in a water bath. Teats used for drinking should be washed after each meal under warm running water, using a teat brush and washing-up liquid, in order to avoid any obstruction. Do not use any strong detergents! Then rinse the teats in clean water. If the teat hole or vent in the teat is still obstructed, you can use a toothpick for latex teats or a cotton bud for silicon teats to remove any left-over food. Do not use any sharp or pointy objects such as knives or forks to clean teats - this can result in rips and cuts. Teats and soothers can also be cleaned by sterilisation or microwave sterilisation using standard sterilisation equipment.

NOT SUITABLE for: Cleaning in dishwashers.
Please do not lick the soother. You could pass on tooth decay to your child.

 

How should I choose the right soother or soother size for my child?

nip soothers are available in latex (natural material) and silicon (synthetic material). Choosing between these two materials will depend on your own preferences or those of your baby.
Latex and silicon teats are available in size 1 for children from 0-6 months, size 2 for children from 5-18 months and size 3 for children from 16-32 months. Thanks to their improved bite resistance, silicon soothers can now be used without hesitation until the child no longer uses a soother.
However, silicone is not completely bite resistant.

 

Why do the age ranges for nip soothers overlap?

The age ranges for nip soothers overlap on purpose to make it easier for you to choose the right soother. Babies do not all grow at the same rate and therefore it doesn't always make sense to move up to the next soother size at precisely 6 or 18 months. If your baby is already big for his age at 5 months, for example, you can move up to a size 2 soother without hesitation.

 

Soother or thumb?

As thumbs are hard and are not orthodontically shaped, thumb sucking can over time lead to tooth misalignment or malformations of the jaw that are difficult to correct. With a soother made from a soft, flexible material and with a shape that is adapted to suit the jaw, these risks are reduced considerably. In order to satisfy the sucking reflex, soothers should therefore always be chosen over thumbs. Soothers also have another serious advantage: You can wean your child off a soother simply by taking it away. Try doing that with a thumb....
nip soothers are orthodontically shaped and have a soft, flexible teat with a wide and flat shaft. Compared with a narrow, high shaft, the pressure caused by the teat on the teeth and jaw is reduced.

 

What is the best way of weaning my child off a soother?

There is no magic formula for this and you can give free rein to your imagination. We're sure that you will be able to come up with your own personal story to wean your child off his soother. But if you need a few tips as to how to make it easier for your child to part with his soother, you could take a look at our "Clever Solutions" page on this topic. We wish you lots of fun and great success!

 

When using a soother, should I be worried about my child swallowing it?

Don't worry, your child can NOT swallow a nip soother! Even though it could fit entirely inside the mouth, its shape makes it impossible for it to be swallowed. If your child does put the entire dummy inside his mouth, please keep calm. The many nip ventilation holes will mean that your baby can continue to breathe so there is no reason to panic.
Carefully remove the soother as gently as possible from your child's mouth.

 

At what age should I wean my child off the soother?

There are no hard and fast rules as to when you should wean your child off his soother. Most children will normally give up using a soother by their third year and only very few children continue using them until their fifth year. If your child cannot part with his soother or finds it very difficult, it is best to gradually wean him off it by the time he is 36 months old.