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How to Find the Right Pacifier to Happily Soothe Your Baby

Written by Jennifer Traynor

Babies have a natural need to suck as it provides a calming, soothing effect for them. Using a pacifier can help calm a fussy baby, provide comfort when falling asleep or ease discomfort when flying on a plane.

There are many pacifiers on the market and picking the right one for your baby may require some trial and error. Here are some of our PLN staff favourites.


For Babies Up to Six Months Old

This Philips Avent Soothie pacifier is made with hospital grade silicone, has an orthodontic nipple and is sterilizer and dishwasher safe. This pacifier two-pack from The First Years has a unique silicone design and a nipple shape that helps promote healthy oral development. These one-piece, heart shape silicone pacifiers from Munchkin Latch are designed by pediatric dentists (and is also available for ages six months and up). MAM has these adorable mini air pacifiers in blue or pink with a curved design for breathability and comes with a storage case. Worried about baby dropping the pacifier? MAM also has a two-pack that comes with a pacifier clip.


For Babies Six Months and Older

I personally used these orthodontic pacifiers from Philips Avent. The fact they are glow in the dark made them easy to find during the night. I also liked the snap on cap that comes with these soothers. MAM also offers glow in the dark pacifiers in pink or blue that are designed with a curved shield and big air holes to help prevent skin irritation. The butterfly shape of these Dr. Brown’s pacifiers, in blue or pink, were designed by pediatric dentists and the nipple is designed for low-pressure comfort as baby sucks.


A Pacie and a Lovey in One

Many babies like to have a little lovey — a blankie or stuffed animal — to keep close at hand for comfort. Why not combine that with a soother? Well, you can if you choose one of the many small plush animals with pacifier combinations offered from Wabbanub or Nookums.


Pacifier Holders and Clips

Want a pacifier holder that can also double as a sweet little stuffed animal for your little one? Pick either the dog or elephant from Nissi & Jireh. The plush toy has a pacifier holder and a pocket to store them.

I personally used these great JJ Cole pacifier pods that have a velcro closure and these pacifier clips to keep the pacifier from falling on the floor if my baby spit it out. Ah Goo Baby has similar products with different patterns. Their pacifier tote has a zipper closure and their pacifier clips are available in a variety of fun colours.

I hope these examples of pacifiers helps you find the right match for your baby. Have a soother suggestion of your own? Share it with us below in the comments.


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