9 Best Pacifiers of 2020
Best Pacifiers of 2020
August 26, 2020

Best Pacifiers of 2020

Let’s be honest, the best pacifier is the one your baby will take, right?Best Pacifiers of 2020

Pacifiers can be total lifesavers, but it’s hard to know which one your baby will prefer. And let’s be honest, the best pacifier is the one your baby will take, right? Which means you’ll probably have to try a few to find the type your little one loves. So where to start? As you start shopping for pacifiers, here are some questions you may find yourself asking:

What is an Orthodontic Pacifier?

A buzzword you’ll frequently see on pacifier packaging is “orthodontic.” It means that both your baby’s top and bottom jaw are in the correct position when the pacifier is in their mouth, so it doesn’t interfere with jaw growth and development. As your baby grows, you’ll need to make sure the pacifiers do, too—a bigger paci is usually needed at three months and six months (you’ll see the age specifications on the packaging).

Are Silicone or Latex Pacifiers Better?

Silicone is firmer than natural latex, so silicone pacifiers are sturdy and long lasting, and they won’t break down as quickly as latex pacis. But since silicone is a synthetic material and sometimes undergoes chemical treatments, some parents prefer a more natural material like latex rubber (made from the sap of rubber trees). Latex pacifiers are eco friendly since they come from a sustainable source, and they’re softer than silicone ones, but latex also breaks down faster than silicone. Keep in mind that a latex allergy, although rare, is a possibility, so if you think your baby might be allergic to latex, you’ll need to stick with silicone pacifiers.

What About Pacifiers and Nipple Confusion?

Sucking on a pacifier, bottle and mom’s nipple are very different actions involving dozens of muscles in your baby’s face. To reduce the risk of confusion, pediatricians recommend waiting until breastfeeding is well established—around three or four weeks old—before introducing pacifiers or bottles.

Do All Babies Like Pacifiers?

Some babies don’t like pacifiers at all. You may try a few and find that the habit just doesn’t stick or that your child prefers their thumb. Thankfully, trying out a handful of pacifiers won’t break the bank, and the small investment could pay off in a baby who can easily self-soothe.

Check out some of our favorite pacifiers.

Hospital's Choice

This soft, medical-grade silicone pacifier is used in most hospitals. The rounded nipple is the same shape no matter what side your baby sucks (no having to flip it over to be in the correct position). It’s safe to clean in the dishwasher or sterilizer, and at this low price, you don’t have to think twice about stocking up your diaper bag, nightstand and car.

Best Bottle-Like Pacifier

If you have Dr. Brown’s bottles, try this pacifier first. The shape will be familiar to your baby, and since they’re 100% silicone and one-piece construction, these pacifiers are super durable. The shield goes below your baby’s nose for easier breathing, and the pacifier can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Best for Newborns

The nipple of the NUK pacifier is extra small and lightweight specifically for tiny newborn babies. The heart-shaped shield rests just under baby’s nose, and the larger holes won’t let sweat, saliva or anything else build up around those squishy cheeks. Once baby has passed the newborn stage, check out NUK’s slightly larger pacifiers—we love the wide open shield that allows for maximum airflow.

Sleek & Ergonomic

The Flexy pacifier’s design is more than just sleek and stylish—it’s also cleverly ergonomic. Unlike other pacifiers, the Flexy has a slightly curved shield that forms to your baby’s face, plus curves on the top and bottom to comfortably fit between baby’s nose and chin. The design helps the pacifier rest more naturally and snuggly against baby’s mouth, while the vents ensure airflow to prevent sweat and buildup. And just like with Nanobebe’s unique bottles, the pacifier’s nipple shape helps eliminate nipple confusion when breastfeeding.

Best Latex Pacifier

Some parents swear by this Danish-made natural pacifier. The oversized shield is designed to touch the baby’s nose, which more closely simulates breastfeeding. It’s pricey, and you’ll have to hand wash it—this pacifier can’t go in the dishwasher or sterilizer—but the tradeoff is a 100% natural, no-chemical pacifier.

For Breath Support

The unique nipple shape of this pacifier helps soothe baby while supporting their breathing by positioning the tongue forward for an open airway. The base is also more narrow than other pacifiers, so baby can close their mouth more naturally. The ergonomic shield won’t block baby’s nose, and it’s vented to prevent spitty buildup. This two-pack also comes with a sterilizing case—just pop it in the microwave for three minutes, then let it stand for five minutes and voila! Squeaky clean pacifier.

Double Duty

When babies start teething (around six months old), they turn into gnawing machines. Most pacifiers will start to tear and break down if gnawed on too much, but the Cutie PAT is made to do double duty as both a pacifier that your baby can suck for soothing and a teether they can safely chew on. Made from soft silicone, the beaded handle is perfect for gently releaving sore gums—just be sure to push the retractable nipple into the shield during teething time.

Nighttime Glow

Tired of searching through your little one’s crib in the dark for their lost pacifier, afraid to turn on any lights in fear of waking them up? Here’s a pacifier that’s easy to spot no matter how limited the light is…because it glows in the dark! As long as the plastic design on the outside of the shield gets enough exposure to brightness when the lights are on, it’ll create a gentle glow when the lights go out. The downside: this pacifier is constructed from multiple pieces (as opposed to single-piece construction), so it’s harder to keep clean. Plan on replacing these more often.

The +1 Pacifier

Part pacifier, part snuggly stuffed animal, WubbaNubs are pure genius. It’s a pacifier your baby can easily grab a hold of and hang onto. With a stuffy attached to the pacifier to help weigh it down, the WubbaNub miraculously stays in your baby’s mouth for longer than half a second, which makes it an easy choice for parents. Plus, they’re easy to spot in the diaper bag. The pacifier is a Philips Avent Soothie, so this is a good choice for babies already familiar with the Soothie’s shape. The downside: the animal doesn’t detach, so it can be difficult to get thoroughly clean. If you prefer to take the animal off, check out the Soothie Snuggle (which also uses the Soothie pacifier) and the Dr. Brown’s Lovey.

Best Pacifier Accessories

Like weaning your baby off of anything, pacifier weaning can be a struggle. Some baby’s can quit their pacis cold-turkey, but for those gripping to their soothies a little more tightly, this paci weaning system from FridaBaby is a life saver. The step-by-step system comes with five orthodontic-shaped pacifiers (with silicone nipples) that get progressively shorter—and therefore less satisfying for baby—gradually reducing the amount of anything to suck on, helping to wean your baby from the paci for good. There’s even a handy chart included so you know exactly how long to do each step, and the whole process takes about five to nine days. Keep in mind: This system is most effective on babies under 12 months, and it only works for babies who are used to orthodontic (not rounded) nipples.

Combining hard wood and soft silicone beads and varied sizes, this Moroccan-inspired clip keeps your baby’s binky close at hand (and off the floor). The beads are perfect for teething and exploring textures—the maple beads are treated with certified organic olive oil and organic beeswax to prevent splintering, so they’re safe to chew on—and the pastel colors are totally Instagram-ready. We also love Loulou Lollipop’s Darling Pacifier Clips, which feature brighter colors and cute characters like llama, avocado and sashimi.

This 100& cotton macrame pacifier clip fits in with any boho baby fashion, so your little one can keep their paci close in style. Need something a little sturdier but just as chic? The Ryan Cutie Clip is made of American leather and sealed with a non-toxic, baby-safe leather protectant.

Pacifier casualties are bound to happen while out and about (a paci tumbling from the stroller onto the street and into the gutter is not worth going back for), so you’ll want to have multiple on hand to keep any tantrums at bay. This compact paci holder attaches to your stroller or diaper bag so baby’s pacifier is always within easy reach, and it can hold up to two at a time.

Babies drop their pacifiers in dirty places at the worst times (like when you’re at a restaurant, baby is particularly fussy and you don’t have a backup paci). This portable Mini Sterilizer uses battery-operated UV LED lights to sanitize in under a minute, so you can clean a pacifier while virtually anywhere. It safely eliminates 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses using just UV light—no chemicals, heat or water needed. The handy strap clips onto your diaper bag or stroller, but the whole sterilizer is small enough to just be tossed into your purse or stroller storage basket for clean pacifiers on the go.

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