5 Best Pacifiers of 2021
- August 20, 2021
- by Melissa Lawrence
What Are Pacifiers For?
Hi there, moms and dads! From the Latin for peace, pacifiers are appropriately named. Besides my six babies, they’ve brought Mama a lot of peace over these past two decades. Experienced parents know that pacifiers are a good way to set fussy babies at ease. They’re handy in a wide variety of situations. I use one if my baby’s getting a shot at the doctor’s, or if the change in pressure on a flight makes them start bawling. The results are usually quick.
The downside, of course, is that babies can get attached to the pacifier. It can be hard with some kids to break the habit of them once they grow into toddlers. But it’s not climbing Mount Everest, and it’s hard to beat the convenience or low cost of a pacifier.
So, why don’t we take a survey of the best pacifiers on the market today?
Best Baby Pacifiers
1. Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier
$9 for four
- Pacifier used in hospitals nationwide
- Inexpensive and reliable
The Philips Avent Soothie might already look familiar to you, because they’ve got a near monopoly on hospitals! This pacifier, which adheres to American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, is specifically designed for babies from birth to three months. It’s made of hospital-grade silicone and is safe for the dishwasher.
Some parents say they like how you can put your finger in the nipple for added comfort. In any case, there’s not a lot to write home about with this pacifier, but it’s a safe, reliable, and inexpensive option that works for most newborns. Some parents report its being a little big for the mouths of very little babies.
2. Nanobébé Pacifier
$6 for two
- Pacifier ideal for breastfed babies
- Very dependable for picky babies
The Nanobébé pacifier is the best pacifier for breastfed babies. Its unique design is good for preventing nipple confusion, and it also comfortably conforms to your baby’s face. As a silicone pacifier, this item is also BPA- and phthalate-free. It can be had in sizes for babies from birth to three months or from three to six months. Parents find that it’s very dependable for picky babies.
3. Natursutten Rubber Pacifier
- Pacifier that mimics the breast with nose shield
- Good for babies with nipple confusion problems
Changing it up a little bit, the Natursutten is a Danish-made pacifier that’s made of rubber instead of silicone. In fact, it’s a natural rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensi. This makes it softer than silicone, preventing unsightly marks on your little one’s face! It’s also a great pacifier to consider for breastfed babies, because it’s designed to touch the nose a little, simulating the breast.
Parents say that this one doesn’t work for all babies, but for some, it can be the perfect product, especially if you’re having issues with nipple confusion. Unfortunately, this one has to be hand washed! But hey, it’s 100 percent natural.
4. Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci Silicone Pacifier
$6 for two
- Great pacifier for bottle-fed babies
- Good for babies who have breathing problems with other pacifiers
The Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci is a great pacifier for bottle-fed babies. It’s an especially good idea if you’re using Dr. Brown’s bottles, which I recommend as some of the best. These are 100 percent silicone, making them durable and safe in the dishwasher. If your baby has issues with breathing with other pacifiers, these can be a good try, because the shield goes below the nose.
5. WubbaNub Infant Pacifier
- Ingenious combination of plush animal and pacifier
- Easy for baby to hold
- Easy to find if dropped
I’m rounding off this line-up of the best pacifiers with a very unique one: the WubbaNub pacifier. First off, look at how cute this thing is! It’s an ingenious invention, combing a plush animal and a pacifier into one, baby-pleasing piece. Your baby will be able to grab and hang onto it very easily, and they love the added comfort of the plush.
Parents say that this is one of the favorite items they had on their baby registries. It’s really good for picky babies, and parents say that since their babies hold onto it better, it’s less likely to fall on the ground. Plus it’s easier to find if it does, since it’s not just a little piece of silicone. The only downside is that the animal is attached, so you’ll have to wash the pacifier by hand, or the whole thing with the laundry. Ah, yes, the price is kind of steep too—get the in-laws to buy this one!