In today’s world, more and more of the products we use are ‘smart’. So why not for our little ones too? The Pacif-i bluetooth silicone pacifier enables you to check your baby’s temperature via your smartphone (IOS or Android). This thermometer pacifier works via an app, measuring your baby’s temperature and alerting you when to administer medication or warning you if your child wanders too far away via a proximity sensor. Should your child get lost, you can also locate them via their pacifier using the special app. This pacifier provides you with temperature curves for your child with no effort required. A soothing dummy for tech-savvy parents!
Reassure, calm, pacify, console… there are all sorts of ways to describe how you need to meet your child’s needs, having recently been unceremoniously expelled from the comfort of mummy’s tummy. Your new baby’s arrival in this brand new world means there are lots of things for you to learn.
Your first instinct is of course to pick them up and speak to them in a soft voice. This familiar sound makes your child feel safe, especially when combined with skin-to-skin contact and your own smell. They will already be familiar with these from when they were inside the womb. To calm your baby, they need to be in a warm and cosy cocoon that reminds them of the time before they were born. What could be more comforting than that tiny microcosm where they spent the first stages of their development and first began to be aware?
Swaddling a baby can replicate the womb and make them feel more comforted. They should not be swaddled for sleeping, however.
Another way to soothe your little angel is by the back-and-forth motion of rocking. Whether it’s in your arms, in the nursery or in their pushchair out for a walk, little ones absolutely love to be rocked.
It’s a general rule that applies to all babies! A parents, we quickly realise that our ways of soothing baby do not always have the desired effect at a particular time.
Going right back to basics, nothing beats breastfeeding as a baby stress-reliever. It’s more than just a primary need for food – it soothes little ones from their fingers to the tips of their toes.
Why does your child feel the need to suck their thumb or dummy? Doctors Lyonel Rossan (paediatrician) and Jacqueline Rossant-Lumbroso (GP) have both attempted to answer this question. They have both written books on children, including “The best diet for your baby from 0-3 years old”. In particular, they explain the reason why our children feel the need to suck. An article they wrote together also clearly explains this need that manifests itself really early:
All this speaks for itself! It’s clear that the act of sucking is not just for feeding. The foetus sucks its thumb, and newborns instinctively suck their fingers. Later on, the need to suck becomes associated with the need to feel reassured, then followed by the notion of sleep. Your child puts their fingers in their mouth and falls asleep.
A dummy is therefore a substitute. The usefulness of a dummy quickly becomes clear when your little one loses it. It’s the same as when they lose their comfort blanket: it’s like a global catastrophe and you have to send out a major search party to find this precious item.
But since interactive items are all the rage, you may as well go for a smart dummy.
For those of us who like to be at the cutting edge of new technology, a British company has brought out an interactive dummy known as the Pacif-i. This silicone dummy has several functions enabling you to obtain various data that is transmitted to an app that you can download to your smartphone (iOS or Android). It works via Bluetooth and connects to your smartphone for data transfer only, reducing emissions.
In terms of data, it’s a thermometer pacifier that enables you to check whether your little angel’s fever is getting better or worse, for example. You can track any changes in temperature via the app, illustrated in the form of a graph. It is also possible to programme reminders and alerts for taking medication, or if the child’s body temperature exceeds the threshold you have set.
Finally, this thermometer pacifier has an alarm that sounds in two situations. Firstly, you can trigger it from your smartphone if your baby loses their pacifier. This will enable you to find it quickly. Secondly, you can use it as a proximity sensor. Simply programme it to a maximum distance of 50 metres so you can be sure that your child does not wander off if you are momentarily distracted.
The manufacturer of the Pacif-i pacifier describes it as a parental aid, and it is not classed as a replacement for a medical device in Europe. In particular, it doesn’t have to be used all the time; you can simply use it when your child needs to take medication, for example.
The pacifier meets one of your little one’s needs. It reassures, pacifies and calms them down – one of the many ways to soothe your baby. A dummy or pacifier is a substitute for a teat, which is not only about a need for food as we have already seen in terms of sucking. In any event, one thing is certain: nothing can separate your baby from their dummy, whether it’s smart or not!
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