Pacifiers are those small, cute little soothers that babies suckle on, and that you should never underestimate! Besides helping to soothe cranky babies by fulfilling their natural suckling instinct, pacifiers help to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among children. It’s recommended by medical professionals for pacifiers to be introduced after 4 – 6 weeks of birth, when babies have become more adept at suckling, and the breastfeeding mom’s milk supply is well established.

There are so many pacifier choices out there, and it’s hard to say which is better than the other, since they all fulfill the same basic purpose. SO... we’ve set out to compile the top 5 pacifiers based on the additional benefits they offer, which will be a great addition to any mom’s arsenal!

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier

Phillip Avent Soothie PacifierThis is pretty much the McDonald’s of the pacifier world – affordable, reliable, and widely available. Its ergonomic shape fits comfortably into the mouths of newborns, and is made of durable, odorless, hospital-grade silicone for strength and smoothness. It’s also free of BPA, Latex, Phthalates, and all that nasty stuff, so YAY for that! Easy to clean due to its simple construction, this pacifier has become the default choice for many hospitals worldwide.

WubbaNub Pacifier

Wubbanub Infant Pacifier

How do you make a pacifier more appealing to your baby? By combining it with something she loves – like a soft toy! Voila! And that’s the story of how the popular WubbaNub was born. The stuffed animal makes it easy to spot your baby’s pacifier should it be misplaced, since it’s such a tiny thing.

Despite the connected stuffed animal, this pacifier is very easy to clean, and the pacifier is also made of medical grade, BPA-free and Phthalate-free silicone. The best thing is, there are sooo many designs of soft toys to choose from in a WubbaNub – plus points for that!

Philips Avent Translucent Orthodontic Infant Pacifier

Philips Avent Translucent Orthodontic Infant Pacifier

As its name indicates, this pacifier is designed specifically for healthy oral development in children. This is a medical grade pacifier that can help to calm and soothe babies, promote proper gum and teeth development, and assist in baby’s transition from suckling breasts to baby bottles.

The nipple is flat and drop-shaped to fit your baby’s palate, and the collapsible nipple is less intrusive for your baby. Otherwise, its features are similar to the standard Philips Avent pacifier, being made of durable silicone, and is free of harmful chemicals.

Playtex Ortho Pro Pacifier

Playtex Ortho Pro Pacifier

Playtex pacifiers are designed by a team of dentists, specifically to minimize tooth misalignment from pacifier use. The ultra-thin, wavy stem reduces pressure on developing gums and promotes natural oral development. It also has a unique feature which they call the “AirComfort Shield” that increases air flow through the pacifier and reduce skin irritation. BPA-free, this pacifier will be a fine choice for infants from 6 – 24 months.

Nuby Gum-Eez Teether

Nuby Gumeez Teether

Teething! The part of growing up that babies hate, but aren’t aware enough to realize it. This pacifier can help your baby as she goes through the uncomfortable and often painful teething period. The Nuby Gum-Eez (this name is so hard to pronounce) is textured to provide comfort to delicate gums, and can double-up as a pacifier too! Made of medical-grade silicone which is also BPA-free, this teether/pacifier is a fantastic addition to a baby’s supplies.

Pacifiers have many benefits, but extended usage of a pacifier is generally discouraged. Above the age of 2, pacifiers could interfere with the development of palate, and the top and bottom front teeth. Make sure the pacifier you choose is made of baby safe materials and is BPA / Phthalate-free, with good ventilation to reduce pressure when your baby is sucking. Ultimately, the best pacifier is the one that your baby takes to with glee!

This is an article in our series of Top 5 Picks, and you’ll find the other Top 5 Picks here - Top 5 Activity Gym Picks, Top 5 Breast Pump Picks, Top 5 Baby Carrier Picks, Top 5 Electric Sterilizer Picks, Top 5 Stylish Diaper Bag Picks, and Top 5 Playard Picks.


Happy Toddling!