When you have a child, they can spend a lot of time feeding. But when they are done, they can still have that reflex to suck with their mouths and if they have nothing to suckle on, they can get fussy and cranky. Thankfully, using a pacifier can help appease that need and help calm and soothe your child, but how do you know what the best pacifier for your child is?
With that in mind, we decided to do some shopping for you and make a list of the 10 Best Pacifiers in 2018 to give you some ideas of the options out there to help your little one.
We hope that with our recommendations, we can make the process a bit easier for you and your baby so you can spend more quality time together.
Ready? Let’s get started.
How To Choose A Baby Pacifier – Buying Guide
When parents decide to buy a pacifier for their little one, there are more than enough choices out there on the market today.To narrow down that list to our 10 Best Pacifiers in 2018, we wanted to ensure that they met a certain set of criteria that not only met our standards but ones that when we recommended them would meet yours as well. Our criteria included:
When it comes to pacifiers, one size does not fit all. Pacifiers are grouped into age ranges
- Small – Ages six months and younger
- Medium – Ages six to 18 months
- Large – Ages 18 months and older
It can be recommended that instead of choosing a pacifier based on the brand, you should choose one by sticking to the recommended age group. Choosing a pacifier that is too big for your little one can be a choking hazard while picking one that is too small can cause your little one to reject it. Picking a correct pacifier not only can help calm your little one effectively, but is also safe to use.
Many pacifiers can be made up of more than just one piece. Choosing one that is constructed well will mean that it won’t fall apart easily and become a choking hazard for your little one. When buying a pacifier that may be more than one piece, pull on the nipple with a good tug, if it detaches, the likelihood that your little one can detach it as well is good.
A lot of pacifiers are designed to be a single piece and won’t fall or be pulled apart by your little one. This is why they are considered to be the safest pacifiers available on the market today.
When choosing the right pacifier for your little one, the right size and proper construction are just part of the equation. More than in the past, makers of pacifiers have started using different materials to make pacifiers out of. These include:
Silicone is the most commonly used material for pacifier nipplies. Being easy to clean and much less prone to retaining odors can make it an easy choice when purchasing a pacifier. These can generally be cleaned in your dishwasher, unless stated otherwise on the packaging.
Latex can be softer and much more flexible than silicone and many babies will prefer the feeling of latex over silicone. However, because of this, a latex nipple can wear down much quicker than ones made from other materials. Use caution when using this type, especially if you believe your little one may have a latex allergy.
These types of pacifiers are not normally recommended to be washed in a dishwasher unless it states that it can be on the packaging.
Hard Plastic is the least commonly used material when making pacifiers. While these types can last a very long time and are very easy to wash. However, many babies will reject a plastic pacifier nipple or worse, the plastic can crack and create a jagged edge, which can cut the inside of their tender mouths.
Type of guard
The guard or shield on a pacifier is there to help prevent your little one from sucking the nipple further into their mouth and choking. Typically guards should be at least 1 ½ inches and should contain ventilation holes that will allow air to circulate between their face and the guard to help prevent a rash from developing because of moisture.
A pacifier is going to end up spending a lot of time in your child’s mouth. When it does, you more than likely want to make sure that it is clean and sterile and that it’s easy to keep it that way, because they can get dirty very easily. Picking a pacifier that can either go through the dishwasher or quickly boiled to sterilize it will cut the cleaning time down significantly.
Let’s get this fact out of the way immediately. You will lose your child’s pacifier. It’s going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it. There, we said it. Now, with that being the case, not only do we recommend having more than one pacifier, you should make sure that they are colored and not completely clear. Having a clear pacifier can be almost impossible to find. If your little one tends to prefer one over another, by all means, stock up.
Benefits of pacifiers
For anyone who either hasn’t spent a lot of time around children or are becoming a first time parent themselves, might not be aware of the benefits that can come from owning and using a pacifier, while anyone that has been a parent will easily tout a pacifiers benefits, some may only see the one’s on the surface. Other benefits include:
Lower risk of SIDS
Using a pacifier while your little one takes a nap or sleeps at night can help to reduce the risk of SIDS, otherwise knows as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Doctor’s aren’t completely sure why it works, but by giving your child a pacifier while they’re asleep may actually lower their risk of SIDS by half.
Satisfying their suck reflex
Once born, your baby will have the natural urge to suck. Whether it be from bottle feeding or breast feeding, either of these can meet their need. However, sometimes this need can linger long after they have eaten. Using a pacifier can help this need. Just be sure that you’re not using a pacifier to replace meal time.
Pacifiers can be a great way to help your baby learn to self soothe. The sucking motion can help them control their feelings, help them relax and help them feel more secure when lying down or being held.That comfortable and secure feeling that can be obtained can also lead to another benefit, a calmer baby can lead to more sleep filled nights. Not only for your little one, but for you as well.
One of the best things about a pacifier is its small size. Not only does this make it easy to use with your little one, but it also makes it extremely easy to take with you. Whether you are going away for a weekend or out for only an hour, the small size of a pacifier keeps it from taking up too much room in a bag, purse or even your pocket so that if your little one needs it, you can easily have it on hand when ready.
Most pacifiers on the market today won’t cost more than a few dollars. Some, if your child prefers it and it is safe to use, may cost you less than that. A good pacifier offers a combination of quality and price. Even the best quality pacifiers should not cost you a lot of money.
Different types of Pacifiers
When you look around at the store for a pacifier, there are a lot of different options. Some you may recognize, and some you may not. These days there are a lot of different pacifiers, from their standard use to even novelty pacifiers. Here is a look at the different variations you may see:
Multiple Piece Pacifier
When many people picture a pacifier in their head, this is typically what they see. A Multiple Piece Pacifier is the most common pacifier on the market today. Named a Multiple Piece Pacifier due to the construction of the nipple, guard and handle all being done separately and then combined together before you purchase them. With this type, you will want to watch out for the nipple detaching from the rest of the pacifier and becoming a choking hazard.
Single Piece Pacifier
A Single Piece Pacifier, which can also be known as a one-piece pacifier are made from one single piece of plastic, silicone or latex and molded into the desired shape.Many parents and hospitals prefer this type of pacifier because unlike Multiple Piece Pacifiers, they cannot come apart and become a choking hazard.
Other types of Pacifiers
While the two types above are the standard bearers and the one’s you will most likely see on the market, more recently, companies have started offering different options that may come in creative shapes or designs. Some of these may include:
Stuffed Animal Pacifier
Every child has a favorite stuffed animal and it will become very likely that in a short period of time, they will have a preferred pacifier as well. Combining the two is a no brainer. This style hasn’t been available for very long, but is easily and quickly becoming a parent and child favorite.
While using a pacifier can help soothe your child when they’re cranky, a novelty pacifier can bring some smiles and laughs to those around you who may see your little one when you’re out somewhere. The options for novelty pacifiers can range from a mustache to crooked teeth and just about everything in between. These are a great way to dress your little one up for a costume party or even Halloween.
Once your child reaches six months of age, you can use a pacifier to feed your child as well. In the summer months, this type of pacifier can be perfect for feeding your little one a frozen fruity treat on a warm day.
Many parents feel that this can help their child transition to solid food, but also helps reduce the mess that needs to be cleaned up after mealtime.
Glow in the Dark Pacifier
As their name suggests, a glow in the dark pacifier will glow in the dark with a soft glow in a darkened room. There have been many parents who have commented that the soft glow given off by the pacifier can help their child sleep, much like a night light.
The glow is also a great way to find their pacifier if they happen to drop it in the dark.
My Babies Planet Overview
Choosing the best pacifier for your little one can be a lot to take in. With so many options and features related to their pacifier, choosing one can quickly become a headache. While material, cost and size are all important factors to consider when buying your child a pacifier, at the end of the day, the one you choose will come down to your personal preference.
Our hope is that with our list of the 10 Best Pacifiers in 2018, our recommendations have given you an idea of what to look for when choosing a stroller.
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