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Best Pacifier

Choosing the best pacifier for your infant will probably involve some trial and error. Though they may not be able to express their opinions, babies will let you know when a pacifier works well for them (and when it doesn't). Most parents find that pacifiers are invaluable in the first few months of life. In addition to soothing infants, some experts believe that pacifier use can also reduce the risk of SIDS. Whether you need a pacifier for a newborn, a breastfeeding infant, or an older baby, the products on these lists are all top-rated by parents and designed for babies at various stages of development. 

Nuby Natural Flex Pacifiers

Nuby Natural Flex Pacifiers

Nuby’s Natural Flex pacifier is a great choice for your breastfed baby because they’re designed to flex and stretch much like mom’s breast does. The movement of the nipple and the flex encourages the natural suckling reflex which is very soothing for babies. This pacifier also features patented nubs that gently massages the gums in order to provide additional comfort during teething. The orthodontic nipple fits the natural shape of your little one’s mouth and the pacifiers butterfly design minimizing contact with babies face, preventing the development of rashes. It comes in 2 sizes from 0-6 months to 6+ months along with five vibrant colors to choose from.

The First Years Gumdrop Pacifier

The Gumdrop Pacifier from First Years is one of the leading pacifiers chosen by hospitals nationwide. Made with BPA, latex, and phthalate-free materials, this pacifiers one-piece design is made of soft, durable, silicone. The nipple shape closely mimics moms, so there’s less of a chance of baby experiencing nipple confusion and it also promotes healthy oral development. This pacifier also features a butterfly design to minimize contact with your child’s face and reduce the likelihood of irritation. It’s designed for babies between the ages of 0 and 6 months and available in several different colors and fun patterns.

NUK Advanced Orthodontic 100% Silicone Pacifier

The Nuk Silicone Pacifier features a nipple designed to conform to baby’s mouth, just like mom’s breast does. The orthodontic design allows baby to gently suckle without disrupting the development of their teeth. The pacifier also features the unique Nuk Air System which allows the nipple to adjust on its own, providing a proper fit for baby’s mouth. There are also grooves in the pacifier shield which enable air to flow through it, preventing the development of any irritation on baby’s skin.  As with our other picks, there are several colors and designs to choose from.

Philips Avent BPA Free Contemporary Freeflow Pacifier

Avent’s Contemporary Free Flow Pacifier features an orthodontic, symmetrical, collapsible nipple that conforms to baby’s mouth the same mom’s breast does, thereby preventing nipple confusion. Made of soft, odorless silicone, this BPA-free pacifier will allow your baby to enjoy the sensation of soothing suckling. The nipple shield is curved and designed with vents that allow for extra airflow, thus reducing the development of irritation. These pacifiers come in an array of colors and designs and they also have a snap-on nipple cover to protect it from germs when not in use.

Natursutten BPA Free Natural Rubber Pacifier

The Natursutten Butterfly Pacifier is the only pacifier on the market made completely from natural materials. Instead of silicone or latex, this pacifier is made of natural rubber drawn from the Hevea brasiliensis tree. The design of the nipple mimics the shape of mom’s nipple and comfortably conforms to the shape of baby’s mouth and won't contribute to problems with tooth development down the line. The pacifiers butterfly design creates more space for baby’s nose, thus upping the comfort factor as well as helping expand airflow. The pacifier shield also contains two air vents, which prevents the development of a rash by improving airflow while baby is suckling.

MAM Start Pacifier

Designed to promote healthy jaw development, the MAM start pacifier has been with a nipple made with the softest silicone for a natural silky feeling. The pacifiers orthodontic nipple also mimics the shape and feel of mom's nipple to prevent any instances of nipple confusion. Additionally, there is no correct up or down as the shape of the nipple is designed so it’s always in baby's mouth correctly. Plus, because of the innovative curved design of this pacifier, it’s easy for little ones to keep the MAM start in their mouths. Moms love these pacifiers come with a convenient case which doubles as a microwave-safe sterilizer and the included pacifier clips can be attached to prevent accidental loss. This pacifier comes in a selection of pleasant pastel colors and sweet designs to match your little bundle of joy.

NUK Advanced Orthodontic 100% Silicone Pacifier

The Nuk Silicone Pacifier features a nipple designed to conform to baby’s mouth, just like mom’s breast does. The orthodontic design allows baby to gently suckle without disrupting the development of their teeth. The pacifier also features the unique Nuk Air System which allows the nipple to adjust on its own, providing a proper fit for baby’s mouth. There are also grooves in the pacifier shield which enable air to flow through it, preventing the development of any irritation on baby’s skin.  As with our other picks, there are several colors and designs to choose from.

The First Years Gumdrop Pacifier

The Gumdrop Pacifier from First Years is one of the leading pacifiers chosen by hospitals nationwide. Made with BPA, latex, and phthalate-free materials, this pacifiers one-piece design is made of soft, durable, silicone. The nipple shape closely mimics moms, so there’s less of a chance of baby experiencing nipple confusion and it also promotes healthy oral development. This pacifier also features a butterfly design to minimize contact with your child’s face and reduce the likelihood of irritation. It’s designed for babies between the ages of 0 and 6 months and available in several different colors and fun patterns.

Munchkin Latch Lightweight Pacifier

Moms and pediatric dentists worked together to design the BPA-free Munckin Latch Pacifier so there’s no worry of nipple confusion or potential disruption of proper tooth development. The natural-shaped nipple mimics moms, allowing baby to create a natural latch which helps to ease the eventual transition from breast to pacifier. The one-piece silicone design of this pacifier is super lightweight, making it easier for a newborn to hold onto while the heart-shaped shield creates a comfortable fit around baby’s mouth. This pacifier itself is clear but there are pleasing color options for the border around the pacifiers shield.

Philips Avent BPA Free Contemporary Freeflow Pacifier

Avent’s Contemporary Free Flow Pacifier features an orthodontic, symmetrical, collapsible nipple that conforms to baby’s mouth the same mom’s breast does, thereby preventing nipple confusion. Made of soft, odorless silicone, this BPA-free pacifier will allow your baby to enjoy the sensation of soothing suckling. The nipple shield is curved and designed with vents that allow for extra airflow, thus reducing the development of irritation. These pacifiers come in an array of colors and designs and they also have a snap-on nipple cover to protect it from germs when not in use.

Playtex OrthoPro Silicone Pacifier

Designed by dentists, the Playtex OrthoPro Pacifier is an orthodontic pacifier that won’t negatively affect the alignment of your baby’s teeth. Thanks to the ultra-thin, wavy stem, the pacifier exerts reduced pressure on your little one’s developing gums as well. The pacificer also features an AirComfort Shield which allows for enhanced air flow while preventing moisture-related skin irritation on babies face. There's also the Snug ‘N Place technology which stops the ring from moving around and making noise while your child is sleeping. This pacifier is available in silicone as well as latex in addition to an array of colors and designs.

NUK Advanced Orthodontic 100% Silicone Pacifier

The Nuk Silicone Pacifier features a nipple designed to conform to baby’s mouth, just like mom’s breast does. The orthodontic design allows baby to gently suckle without disrupting the development of their teeth. The pacifier also features the unique Nuk Air System which allows the nipple to adjust on its own, providing a proper fit for baby’s mouth. There are also grooves in the pacifier shield which enable air to flow through it, preventing the development of any irritation on baby’s skin.  As with our other picks, there are several colors and designs to choose from.

MAM Air Silicone Pacifier

Because they work closely with pediatric dentists and orthodontists, MAM pacifiers won’t disturb the alignment of your baby’s developing teeth at all stages. In fact, this pacifier comes in 4 different shapes specific to newborns, 0-6 months, 6+ moths, and 16+ months. These pacifiers are anatomically correct to accommodate the contours of bay’s mouth and ensure they're always in the proper position. The curved shield, large air holes, and an innovative, non-irritating surface means these pacifiers can be enjoyed by baby in total comfort. A soft silicone nipple also makes this a good choice for breastfed and bottle fed babies alike. Thanks to the anti-slip surface, these pacifiers stay in place better and you’ll love the wide selection of colors and designs that are available to choose from.

Dr. Brown's PreVent Design Pacifier

Designed by a pediatric dentist, the Dr. Brown's PreVent Pacifier won’t get in the way of your baby’s developing teeth. Additionally, the PreVent design lowers the pressure inside baby’s mouth while sucking on this pacifier, so there’s less of a chance that you will have to deal with dental issues down the road. There's also less palatial pressure thanks to the patented "suction-free air channel" which reduces the suction effect while in use so baby has a more comfortable pacifier experience. The pacifer has also been designed with a thin stem design which is minimally intrusive upon your little one’s mouth. As with our other picks, this pacifier comes in a large selection of cute designs and fun colors.

RazBaby Keep-it-Clean Pacifier

Thanks to the built-in closing shield that is attached to the RazBaby Keep It Kleen Pacifier, you’ll never have to worry about it getting covered in germs if it drops on. That’s because this contoursd shield instantly closes around the pacifier in the event it's dropped on the ground. Because it's attached to the pacifier, you also won’t have to worry about losing the cover. The entire pacifier also flexes to fit baby’s mouth perfectly, providing him or her with maximum comfort. Ventilation holes allow for improved air circulation around baby's mouth while also working to prevent irritation as well. The orthodontic, vented silicone nipple is soft and won’t negatively affect your baby’s developing teeth. There are also several colors and designs to choose from which baby is sure to love!

Bridget Galbreath
As a mother to two young and very spunky boys, I have first-hand experience with virtually every baby and young child product on the market. From strollers to carriers, I can tell you everything you need to know about the best quality and the best priced baby products.
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