Topic: The best pacifiers
Which pacifier is best?
Pacifiers are right up there with diapers as baby essentials. Pacifiers are designed to calm fussy babies — as well as parents’ nerves. Babies have a strong sucking reflex, and popping a pacifier in their mouth can satisfy and soothe crying little ones to sleep.
There’s no one-size-fits-all pacifier, and you need to select an age-appropriate model. Plus, there are different designs, nipple shapes, and materials to consider, all of which we’ve covered in this buying guide. We’ve also included our top recommendations, like the MAM Night Glow-in-the-Dark Pacifier, which helps you and your little one easily find it in the crib in the middle of the night.
Considerations when choosing pacifiers
Classic pacifiers have a round nipple shape, also called “cherry nipples,” which mimics a natural nipple. These are recommended for breastfed babies to avoid nipple confusion, which can result when switching between a breast and a pacifier/bottle.
Orthodontic nipples are shaped to keep your baby’s jaw in alignment to ensure proper bone development. They can either have an angled nipple or a flattened bottom with a round top; both nipple shapes only have one right side up.
Silicone is the most commonly used nipple material. It’s clear, firm, and easy to clean. Latex is used for a softer, more flexible nipple. Latex nipples are less durable and can create a choking hazard if a baby chews through them. Also, some babies are allergic to latex.
Topic Discussed: The best pacifiers
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