8 Best Pacifiers of 2020

Best Pacifiers of 2020

January 10, 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 buy a bigger paci for 3 months+ or 6-12 months. All of the pacifiers that we recommend have orthodontic options.

Are Silicone or Latex Pacifiers Better?

Generally, we recommend silicone over latex pacifiers because your baby could have an allergy to latex.

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. But giving it a shot isn’t much of an investment and could pay off in a baby that can self-soothe and quickly settle into sleep.

Check out some of our favorite pacifiers.

Hospital's Choice Pacifier

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 soft, durable and safe. The shield goes below your baby’s nose for easier breathing, and the pacifier can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Stays Clean Pacifier

Many a parent has rushed to a bathroom sink or put a pacifier in their own mouth in a desperate attempt to clean one that’s fallen on the floor because…crying babies. But with the Pop pacifier, the minute sucking stops the nipple snaps back into the bubble like a turtle’s head, keeping it from touching any surfaces. Sucking action pulls the nipple back out. The drawback? Anytime your little one takes a sucking break or falls asleep, the pacifier will pop out their mouth too.

Pacifier Plus a Toy

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. 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.

Best Natural Pacifier

Some parents swear by this Danish-made natural pacifier, which is formed from rubber milk sustainably harvested from trees. Rubber is softer than silicone, and 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.

Pacifier and Teether

When babies start teething (as early as 3 months old), they turn into gnawing machines. The Cutie PAT is a pacifier that your baby can suck for soothing or safely gum for teething relief. Made from soft silicone, your little one can happily mouth the round nipple shield and beaded handle. Just be sure to push the retractable nipple into the shield during teething time.

Pacifier With Fun Designs

The hardest thing about picking out a Nuk pacifier is choosing from the numerous colors and designs. The most popular model is smaller and fits under baby’s nose. It comes with a pull handle, which is great for using with a pacifier clip (a tether that attaches the paci to your baby’s clothes so it doesn’t drop on the floor). The downside is that it’s harder to keep clean since it’s multiple-piece construction. Plan on replacing these more often or opting for Nuk’s one-piece-construction paci with fewer design options.

Best Pacifier for Newborns

The MAM pacifier is an extra small and lightweight pacifier that was created specifically for tiny newborn babies. Their claim to fame is a “unique anti-slip surface” that helps keep the pacifier in baby’s mouth. However, the design doesn’t come with a puller (or handle), so you can’t use it with a pacifier clip.

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