12 Best Pacifiers of 2022
Best Pacifiers of 2022
November 17, 2022

Best Pacifiers of 2022

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Best Pacifiers of 2022

A pacifier can be a total lifesaver. But paci pickiness is real, and it’s tough to know which one your baby will prefer. So where to start?

Here are some questions you may find yourself asking about pacifiers and our picks for the best pacifiers for newborns, older babies and more.

When is the Best Time to Introduce a Pacifier?

Babies are born with a sucking reflex. This need to suck is vital for eating, of course, but can also act as a soothing mechanism for most babies.

You can introduce a pacifier at any time. If you are breastfeeding, some experts recommend waiting three to four weeks after your baby is born to offer a pacifier in order not to disrupt your nursing routine. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, a study of pacifier use in healthy, full-term babies found no impact on the continuation of breastfeeding.

There is also some evidence that pacifiers may help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime is a good place to start.

What is the Best Pacifier?

The best pacifier is one that’s correctly sized for the age of your child and that meets the following safety guidelines as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

  • Has a shield that’s at least one and a half inches across. The shield should be made from firm plastic and have ventilation holes.
  • Molded from one solid piece of material and has a soft nipple.

Other safety tips to keep in mind while shopping for and using a pacifier:

  • Never tie a pacifier around your baby’s neck or hand.
  • Never use a bottle nipple as a pacifier.
  • Keep an eye on your pacifier over time to be sure it’s not deteriorating, torn or coming apart in any way, and replace it at the first sign of excessive wear.
  • Look for a pacifier that’s dishwasher-safe. During your baby’s first six months, clean your pacifier frequently. (You can boil your pacifier if you don’t have a dishwasher.) After six months, cleaning your paci with soap and water is fine.
  • Never force a pacifier on your baby. Some babies love pacis and take to them quickly and easily, and others don’t.

What Shape Pacifier is Best?

Pacifiers come in different shapes. Some are more rounded, while others look more square. The AAP doesn’t recommend one shape over another; they encourage trying different kinds of pacifiers until you find one that your baby likes.

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.

Are Silicone or Latex Pacifiers Better?

Silicone is firmer than natural latex, so silicone pacifiers are sturdy and long-lasting and 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 is the Best Pacifier for a Newborn?

Pacifiers come in different sizes for babies of different ages. It’s important to always use the recommended age range on the pacifier you choose, as an older baby can sometimes fit a pacifier sized for newborns in their mouth and choke.

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).

When is the Best Time to Wean Off a Pacifier?

You’ll want to wean your child from the pacifier between ages two and four. That’s because extended pacifier use can affect the shape of your child’s mouth or teeth alignment.

The AAP recommends these pacifier weaning tips:

  • Use praise and rewards like star charts or daily rewards, and don’t put too much pressure on your child.
  • Keep your child busy with other things in lieu of using a pacifier to relieve boredom.
  • Talk with your pediatrician or pediatric dentist for other tips and recommendations.

Babylist Picks for Best Pacifiers and Accessories

Best Pacifiers for Baby Registry

The best pacifier for your baby is the one that they’ll actually take. Give yourself the best chance of success with Babylist’s exclusive Pacifier Box. A “paci sampler pack” of sorts, this ingenious box comes with six different pacifiers so you can take each one for a test drive with your baby to see what comes out on top—then stock up so you’ll never be without your favorite. 

Best Pacifier for Newborn

This MAM pacifier is extra small and lightweight specifically for tiny newborn babies (it won’t fall out of their mouth like heavier pacifiers would). The butterfly-shaped shield leaves plenty of room for baby’s nose and chin, and the larger holes won’t let sweat, saliva or anything else build up around those squishy cheeks.

Best Pacifier for Babies Who Spit Them Out

There’s a reason 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 Pacifier That Won’t Fall Out

Part pacifier, part snuggly stuffed animal, WubbaNubs are pure genius. 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. (It’s also easy to grab and easy to spot in a diaper bag.) The pacifier is a Philips Avent Soothie, so this is a good choice for babies already familiar with the Soothie’s shape. This one doesn’t come apart from the stuffy, but WubbaNub does make a detachable pacifier if that’s your preference.

Best Natural Rubber Pacifier

Designed in Denmark with a classic shape, these pacifiers are made from natural rubber and are 100% free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. The shield and nipple shapes are similar to a breast to help support breastfeeding, and the Bibs pacis come in a variety of neutral colors. Interested in seeing which one baby prefers? Bibs has a try-it kit for that.

Best Lightweight Pacifier

A lighter pacifier often stays put better in baby’s mouth, especially a younger baby. This silicone paci from Tommee Tippe is their lightest pacifier ever. It’s soft, naturally anti-bacterial and has a curved shield that sits comfortably between baby’s chin and nose. It’s also reversible so there’s no “wrong” side.

Best Pacifiers for Breastfed Babies

Dr. Brown’s bottles are popular among babies who frequently switch from breast to bottle thanks to their natural nipple shape. These silicone pacifiers have the same nipples as Dr. Brown’s bottles, helping to avoid nipple confusion. They’re made from silicone and dip below your baby’s nose for easier breathing.

Best Orthodontic Pacifier

This orthodontic pacifier is made in Italy from 100% rubber with no BPA, phthalates or chemical softeners. The one-piece design is easy to clean and the orthodontic design is perfect for supporting the proper development of baby’s teeth, jaw and palate.

Best Ergonomic Pacifier

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.

Most Stylish Pacifier

These natural rubber pacifiers, made in Denmark, are about as cute as they come. They’ve available in a huge selection of stylish color combos and in several different shapes including round, rope and scalloped. The nipple is free from BPAs and phthalates and the shield has two air holes.

Best Pacifier and Teether

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.

Best 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.

Best Pacifier Weaning System

Pacifier weaning can be a struggle. Some babies quit 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), helping to wean your baby from the paci for good. There’s even a chart included so you know exactly how long to do each step, and the whole process takes about five to nine days.

Just 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.

Best Pacifier Clip

This Moroccan-inspired clip keeps your baby’s binky close at hand (and off the floor). The silicone beads are also perfect for teething and exploring textures. You’ll only find this exclusive color at Babylist.

We also love the brand’s Darling Pacifier Clips, which feature brighter colors and cute characters like a llama, an avocado and sashimi.

Best Pacifier Holder

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.

Best Pacifier Sterilizer

Babies drop their pacifiers in dirty places at the worst times. 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, and clips right onto your diaper bag or stroller.

Best Pacifier Wipes

If cleaning wipes are more your style, these disposable wipes are perfect for cleaning dropped, dirty pacis as well as bottles, cups, teething toys and more. The wipes don’t contain alcohol or harsh chemicals and the pack is small enough to easily fit into any bag.

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