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These 13 Soothing Pacifiers Can Calm Even the Fussiest Babies

by Bethany Braun-Silva


These 13 Soothing Pacifiers Can Calm Even the Fussiest Babies
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No matter what you call it, paci, bobo or binky, a pacifier can be the key to a calm baby and a restful night’s sleep. But what is the best pacifier in 2020? There are a number of different pacifiers out there, and it can be hard to know where to start. Truthfully, the best pacifier is the one your baby likes, and some babies don’t take to pacifiers at all, which you can easily find out through trial and error. Luckily, pacifiers are generally affordable and can make all the difference in comforting a fussy baby, so experimenting is worth the time and money. Experts tend to agree. 

 

“Pacifiers are soothing and, frankly, pacifying to a newborn or infant,” pediatrician and creator of Seattle Mama Doc blog Wendy Sue Swanson tells Parenting. “The sucking reflex is innate, and babies soothe and calm when sucking on a pacifier between feedings and during sleep initiation and periods of crying. They can be wonderful for infants and toddlers as they provide a way to calm and feel relaxed or at ease.” 

 

What to Consider When Choosing a Pacifier

 

There are a few different factors to think about when choosing a pacifier, and you may want to purchase several to see what type your baby will take to. There are different pacifiers depending on whether you’re bottle-feeding or breastfeeding, and if you’re worried about a potential latex allergy, it’s smart to consider a silicone pacifier. 

 

Because pacifiers are small and rely on your baby’s sucking to keep them in place, it’s also worth picking up a few pacifier clips. These clips help secure the pacifier to your baby’s clothes so it won’t drop to the floor if it falls out of your little one’s mouth. Plus, as babies get older, they will be able to put pacifiers back in their mouths on their own thanks to the pacifier clip. 

 

Another important factor to consider is pacifier weaning. Eventually, your baby will have to stop using one, and this can be a challenging time for everyone. “Getting rid of them at six months is ideal,” advises Dr. Swanson. “I wouldn’t recommend a pacifier after 18 months of age. If pacifiers are used past 18 months, often they can worsen an overbite in children leading to bucked teeth, so making sure they are out can also protect a child’s mouth and beautiful smile!” Eventually, your baby will wean and find a way to self-soothe (there’s even a pacifier for that!).

 

Below, we’ve rounded up the 13 best pacifiers for your baby.

 

Best Overall: Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers

Best for Preemies: Evenflo Feeding Balance Pacifier

Best for Newborn: Mam Orthodontic Pacifier

Best for Colic: Nuk Newborn Pacifier

Best for Breastfed: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Pacifier

Best for Bottle-fed: Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci

Best Orthodontic: Chicco PhysioForma Orthodontic Pacifiers

Best for Teething: Razbaby Silicone Teether

Best with Cover: Doodle & Co. Pop Pacifier

Best for Lip Tie: Boon Jewl

Best with Lovey: WubbaNub Pacifier

Best for Nighttime: Nuk Glow in the Dark Pacifier

Best Novelty Pacifier: Mustachifier The Gentleman Mustache Pacifier

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Best Overall

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers

Price:$5.00

These pacis are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics and are the ones most frequently used in hospitals. They are made from medical-grade silicone and are BPA-free. They are perfect for newborns and infants and help with proper tongue placement.

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Best for Preemies

Evenflo Feeding Balance Pacifier

Price:$10.00

The littlest babies will be able to use this pacifier that's made with soft, flexible silicone. Because the pacifier is lightweight, infants won't tire from using it, and the vent holes keep their skin safe and dry.

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Best for Newborns

Mam Orthodontic Pacifier

Price:$7.00

Best for Newborn: Mam Orthodontic Pacifier This pacifier is for babies newborn to 2 months old. It's small, and the anti-slip nipple stops the pacifier from falling out of your baby's mouth. The case is microwave-safe and makes storing and sterilizing the pacifiers easy.

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Best for Colic

Nuk Newborn Pacifier

Price:$6.00

Colicky babies may rely on a pacifier more than others, so it's best to choose one they can use for an extended period. This orthodontic pacifier simulates breastfeeding and naturally fits into your baby's mouth. The openings around the shield are large to protect against wetness and to allow comfortable airflow.

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Best for Breastfed

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Pacifier

Price:$16.00

This pacifier is perfect for breastfed babies. In-between breastfeeding, your baby can latch onto this pacifier while avoiding nipple confusion. The unique shape mimics mom's breast, and the pacifier bends and flexes for a natural feel.

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Best for Bottle-Fed

Dr. Brown's HappyPaci

Price:$5.00

Bottle-fed babies will love this pacifier because it's shaped just like the nipples on Dr. Brown's bottles. The shield is made to comfort babies and give them the maximum amount of room. Parents will love that it's both sterilizer- and dishwasher-safe.

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Best Orthodontic

Chicco PhysioForma Orthodontic Pacifiers

Price:$6.00

This pacifier is a popular choice among parents concerned with their baby's oral development. With this pacifier, your baby's top and bottom jaw and tongue positioning will be correct. Babies will also be able to close their mouths naturally around the pacifier, and the ergonomic shield features four vent holes for easy airflow.

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Best for Teething

Razbaby Silicone Teether

Price:$4.00

A pacifier can do double duty as a teether, and this one features food-grade silicone that feels good on baby gums. There’s also a convenient handle that can easily attach to a pacifier clip. Freeze the teether for additional soothing.

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Best with Cover

Doodle & Co. Pop Pacifier

Price:$19.00

Don't let a dropped pacifier become the bane of your existence. Aside from a pacifier clip, a pacifier with a built-in cover can save parents the trouble of having to clean it every few minutes. This innovative paci will cover itself when dropped, which is reason enough to buy it.

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Best for Lip Tie

Boon Jewl

Price:$11.00

Babies with a lip tie, tongue tie or cleft palate will have a hard time sucking, so they will need a pacifier that is large enough for their hands to grab and tongues to hold. This pacifier comes in two different sizes and encourages proper tongue placement with its gem-shaped nipple.

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Best with Lovey

WubbaNub Pacifier

Price:$15.00

This pacifier is as adorable as it is soothing. Babies can easily grab this pacifier because of the plush toy attached, and the rounded nipple helps baby suck with ease. Plus, we love this paci for weaning because the nipple can detach, and babies can continue to use the lovey. Genius!

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Best for Nighttime

Nuk Glow in the Dark Pacifier

Price:$7.00

This pacifier features a glow-in-the-dark shield that will make those middle of the night trips to the nursery that much easier. The pacifiers are BPA-free and replicate the feeling of a natural breast.

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Best Novelty Pacifier

Mustachifier The Gentleman Mustache Pacifier

Price:$10.00

This pacifier may look funny, but it’s serious when it comes to safety. It's BPA-free, made from food-grade silicone, and designed with an orthodontic shape for a natural fit. The only sound you will hear when baby is sucking this paci is your laughter.