BIBS Dummies & Pacifiers FAQs - Nature's Little Ones
Where to buy BIBS dummies?
Great news! You can buy a range of BIBS dummies right here at Nature's Little Ones. We stock both BIBS latex and silicone pacifiers, as well as BIBS glow in the dark dummies which are perfect for night time. We stock both the traditional round or 'cherry' shape pacifiers as well as the orthodontic teat shape dummy.
Where are BIBS pacifiers made?
All BIBS pacifiers are designed and manufactured in Denmark, EU.
What are BIBS dummies made from?
The shields on BIBS pacifiers are made from the 100% food safe material polypropylene.
All BIBS dummies are:
Completely FREE from BPAs, PVC, and phthalates
Comply with the European Standard EN 1400+A2
Are available in both silicone and natural rubber latex
Are BIBS pacifiers safe?
Yes! All BIBS pacifiers are completely FREE from BPA, PVC, and phthalates. All BIBS pacifiers are certified to conform to the EU directive concerned with safety, health, and environment: EN 1400+A2.
The standard is divided into three parts:
General safety requirements Mechanical requirements Chemical requirements specifically safety requirements relating to the materials, construction, performance, packaging, and product information for soothers.
All BIBS latex soother and bottle teats conform with the European standard for N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances EN 12868. Both the “soother standard” EN1400 and the “bottle standard” EN14350 refer to the “Nitrosamine standard” EN 12868 for latex parts.
Testing & Quality Control
The machines at the BIBS production facilities in Denmark test all components they produce and sort out errors automatically so no defective components leave the factory.
Quality is incredibly important to the BIBS brand. All products go through incredibly strict quality processes and testing procedures. Among other things, the pacifiers are pulled, pushed, boiled, microwaved, and much more to ensure their durability.
The way they test their pacifiers is in a 'push/pull' machine, which pushes and pulls on the dummy's teat and shield to make sure that components do not fall apart or in other ways are damaged.
Random samples among the finished products are also regularly taken.
How to clean BIBS dummies
Part of good dummy hygiene is frequent cleaning. It's important to protect your little ones from bacteria because a baby's immune system has not yet managed to get acquainted with all the different kinds of bacteria, and therefore it will not have learned to “defend” against them yet.
You should sterilise your baby’s dummies on a regular basis, but not excessively. Sterilisation can be harsh on dummies, depending on the method, therefore our general recommendation is to scald the pacifiers once a day.
Before first use:
It's important to remember to clean the dummies before first use. The recommended method to do this is by putting the pacifiers in plenty of boiling water on a stove top for 5 minutes. This applies to both latex and silicone pacifiers.
Pacifiers are not meant to be boiled repeatedly and can be destroyed by continual exposure to high heat. This boiling method is only recommended for sterilisation before first use. After which, scalding the dummies using the method below will be sufficient.
Can BIBS dummies be sterilised?
Can BIBS pacifiers be sterilised? The answer is a big YES! There are few methods to sterilise BIBS dummies which are outlined below.
Sterilisation by scalding
This is the recommended method for cleaning both the BIBS latex and silicone pacifiers:
Put the pacifiers in a clean bowl. Pour boiling water over the pacifiers.
Let the pacifiers soak for approx. 5 min.
Pick them up and let them dry on a clean towel.
This method is gentle, but still rids the dummy of bacteria without compromising the durability of the dummy.
Sterilisation by microwave
Can BIBS dummies be sterilised in a microwave? Yes, but there are some important things to note. Latex will break down in temperatures over 100°C/212°F, therefore, wedo notrecommend microwave sterilisation of natural rubber latex dummies.
Silicone can endure higher temperatures than latex, therefore microwave sterilisation can be used for silicone pacifiers. However, make sure that the temperature does not exceed 110°C/230°F as the pacifier shield is made of PP, which will break if temperatures exceed this. Furthermore, repeatedly exposing pacifiers to temperatures above 100°C/212°F can be harsh on them, and it will adversely affect their durability and lifespan.
In most microwaves to comply with the above temperate requirements, this usually means that the pacifiers should be heated for a maximum of 60 seconds at max. 800W. You will need to refer to and follow the manufacturer instructions to confirm this.
Always remember to put the pacifiers in water in a dummy sterilisation box made for this purpose. You should never place the pacifiers in the microwave without!
Why is there water in the dummy teat after cleaning/sterilising?
After cleaning it is not unusual for water remains in the teat. This is because all BIBS dummy teats have a valve that lets out air when the baby closes down on the teat. This ventilation system causes the air from inside the teat to be pushed out through the valve thereby flattening the teat to shape naturally after the baby's oral cavity.
This valve is also the reason why water can be present inside the teat after cleaning and sterilisation. If this is the case, simply just squeeze the teat flat to press out the excess water. If water drops remain, just let the pacifier air-dry.