I have always encouraged my babies to use dummies. I believe babies need to suck to soothe and if they are not offered a dummy they will suck thumbs or fingers. It has been my experience that throwing away or ‘losing’ the dummy is way easier than discouraging thumb or finger sucking. There is also research to suggest that sucking a dummy reduces SIDS.
Öko Afrika sent me one of their NATURSUTTEN Butterfly rounded pacifiers. Their dummies are made from 100% pure natural rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensis. They are very soft and are very hygienic because they are moulded in one piece without joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria can accumulate.
The design, the company and the idea is Danish and the products are manufactured exclusively in Italy.
The BUTTERFLY dummy I was sent is different from the original in that the original NATURSUTTEN pacifier was designed with a large shield which touches baby’s nose gently therefore simulating the same secure feeling that a he/ she has during breastfeeding. The BUTTERLY is shaped a little under the nose. I liked that it does not leave marks on my baby’s face’ that it is a natural product and that it is environmentally friendly. My baby took to it immediately, and was quite happy with it once she got over the novelty of pulling on the loop which does stick out quite prominently.
I did, however, find that the dummy tends to stick to itself over time and go a little flat, and the rubber has developed a crack along the teat. The company does recommend replacing them every 6-8 weeks though, so mine has lasted quite well.