The Best Pacifiers on the Market

October 23, 2019
The use of pacifiers is a bit of a controversial subject. However, if you decide you'd like to use them, know what to keep in mind to be able to select the best pacifier for your baby.

If you’ve just had or are about to have a baby, at some point you may wonder how to select the best pacifiers. You’ll probably go after the highest quality you can find. However, this can be hard, because there’s a large variety out there. B

ut what do the so-called “experts” say?

Today, we’d like to share some tips on how to select the best pacifiers for your baby. It’s important to be informed and up-to-date in order to provide your child with what’s best for their health.

Pacifiers: Yay or nay?

Before getting a pacifier for your baby, you must consider whether or not you should buy it in the first place. This is a subject of much debate, as with everything in Babyland.

Pacifiers are very common in many cultures, as they’re a source of comfort for a baby. However, there are many different opinions in regard to their shape, material and even the amount of time they should use them.

In general, the biggest selling point of a pacifier lies in its soothing effect. Some people even claim that these objects can, in fact, reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

On the contrary, the opinions against argue the possibility that a habit of non-nutritive sucking may harm breastfeeding. Pacifiers are also connected to dental malformations, acute recurrent otitis, and an increased risk of accidents, among other things.

General recommendations

A woman holding a baby.
The consensus on pacifiers is that its use should not extend past the first year of a child’s life.

Despite the widespread debate, there’s consensus on three important things in regard to pacifiers:

  • Don’t give pacifiers to a baby during their first fifteen days of life.
  • Begin to gradually restrict them after 8 months.
  • Remove them completely when your child is a year old.

Read also: The Pros and Cons of Pacifiers

How to choose the best pacifiers for your baby

First of all, you should take into account some factors, such as age, if you have difficulties breastfeeding, etc, before selecting the best pacifiers for your baby.

There are some general indications in regard to form and materials and we’ll detail them below. Keep your baby’s specific needs in mind, though.

1. Shape

A close up of a pacifier.
The shape of the pacifier must be smooth, without gaps or spaces that would make it hard to clean properly.

When selecting a pacifier, you should consider whether it’s easy to clean. Make sure there aren’t holes or spaces that could retain moisture and promote the appearance of mold.

It’s also important for a pacifier to be made in one piece. That is, it shouldn’t be fabricated with several pieces that could separate and become a choking hazard to the baby.

2. Material

The most suitable material for a pacifier is medical-grade soft silicone, free of Bisphenol A (BPA free). This substance is directly connected to various conditions such as hormonal alterations and cancer.

Keep in mind that the pacifier will be at a warm and humid temperature and that these factors facilitate the release of this compound, together with other toxins. Thus, stay away from pacifiers with BPA.

It’s also important to consider the kind of material you’ll be cleaning. For example, bacteria like latex more than they like silicon.

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3. The best pacifiers – specific needs

A happy baby.
There are pacifiers for specific needs, such as facilitating breastfeeding and proper oral development.

There are some special pacifiers to facilitate breastfeeding. These objects mimic the shape of a mother’s nipple and even have a similar texture so they adapt well to the pressure of the baby’s mouth. These pacifiers force them to place their tongue in the same position as when they’re drinking their mother’s milk.

There are also pacifiers designed specifically for preemies, even for those were born before their 30th week of gestation. These objects are lighter, smaller and mimic the thumb shape of a tinier newborn.

Finally, there are orthodontic pacifiers in the market that promote the proper development of a baby’s oral cavity. They have the perfect shape for the good growth of the mouth and teeth. However, not all babies like them and if you change the position then it won’t be effective anymore.

So, the most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a pacifier is: your baby should like it. It’s possible that they’ll initially like the shape or its striking colors and yet they’ll hate it once they put it in their mouth. Thus, be patient.

We hope these tips will help you find the most perfect pacifier for your baby!

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