Latex soothers: Everything you need to know about the natural rubber soother
If you are looking for a new favourite soother for your little darling, besides choosing one of the many cute designs, you will also be able selects its material. In most cases, the soother teats are made of either silicone or latex. To help you choose the right soother with a feel-good factor for your child, you will find everything you need to know about the popular latex soothers here.
Three good reasons for a latex soother
Many parents choose honey-yellow soothers when choosing between silicone and latex soothers, because NUK latex soothers are ...
- natural: The soother teats are made of natural latex from the milk of the rubber tree. Latex soothers are, therefore, a particularly natural product for your child.
- soft: soothers made of natural rubber are flexible and also particularly soft. This makes sucking on the latex soother particularly pleasant for your little darling.
- bite-resistant: NUK latex soothers are particularly popular with teething children. The hard-wearing material can also withstand the nibbling of small children's teeth and is much more durable than a silicone soother.
Tip: The latex soother's material has a light, natural taste of its own. Some babies like this taste, but others do not and, therefore, reject the soother. Do not force things and let your baby decide for himself whether he prefers a latex or silicone soother.
What should you pay attention to with latex soothers?
There are also a few things to pay attention to when using and cleaning natural rubber soothers, so that your child can use the latex soother for as long as possible:
Beware of latex allergies in babies: As with many natural raw materials, latex occasionally carries the risk of an allergic reaction. Some children and adults are allergic to certain protein components of natural rubber. If you notice rashes, sniffing, asthma or other signs of allergy in your baby after using the latex soother, you should have your paediatrician check the possibility of your baby being allergic to latex. If the suspicion is confirmed, you can easily switch to an NUK silicone soother in future.
Boil the latex soother: In order not to put too much strain on the natural material of the NUK latex soother, despite it needing cleaning and disinfecting several times a day, you should boil the soother for a maximum of two minutes. Boiling the soother too long will cause the latex soother to age more quickly and make it necessary to replace the rubber soother more often.
Replace it regularly: Using the NUK latex soother daily boiling it regularly will make the natural material brittle after a while. As soon as you notice small cracks in the soother material, you should immediately give your child a new NUK latex soother! Otherwise there is a risk that small latex particles will come loose and be swallowed by your child. However, it is recommended - even if no cracks form in the material - to replace the latex soother after two or three months for hygienic reasons. Or as soon as the rubber soother's material becomes slightly sticky.
Storage: The natural material can become porous from heat and sunlight. It is, therefore, recommended that you store the latex soother in the box provided when it is not in use.