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How to Pick the Best Pacifier for your Baby?

You might call it a dummy, a pacifier... in any case, this product is great at soothing your kid and making it feel happy. What’s more, a dummy will help your child sleep in the recommended position on the back. Find out how to pick the best dummy – it’s really no rocket science.

What Size Should You Go for?

Choosing the right size is one of the most important things when buying a dummy.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Pacifiers usually come in sizes from 0 to 18 months of age, but there are also dummies for kids who are 18 months or older.
  • A newborn dummy won’t be suitable for older babies – and vice versa. By choosing the right size of dummy, you will prevent your baby’s mouth from developing incorrectly.

Curved or Circle Shield?

Even though the shield rests outside the baby’s mouth, it is very important. It has ventilation openings which are crucial for optimal breathing and draining of any saliva.

  • A butterfly shield (or figure 8 shield) – with an upper and lower curve – allows you to place the dummy into your baby’s mouth from both sides.
  • A shield with a nose curve shows you the way to place the dummy into the baby’s mouth so that it fits perfectly.
  • A round shield will look really cute – but you have to make sure that it doesn’t press down on your baby’s nose.

Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Teat?

It all depends on what teat design your baby prefers. The best solution is to get both types and find out which shape suits your child the best.

  • An asymmetrical teat (anatomical dummy) has a flat side to better fit into the mouth. It should be inserted with the round side up.
  • A symmetrical teat (physiological dummy) is teardrop-shaped and resembles a nipple. There are also round (cherry-shaped) teats which also mimic the nipple.
  • Orthodontic dummies can be both asymmetrical and symmetrical. They ensure the correct position of the tongue and their shape promotes a correct development of the oral cavity.

Silicone or Natural Rubber?

You will most often find dummies made of 2 types of material: natural rubber or latex and medical-grade silicone. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages.

  • Latex dummy: Latex is made of natural rubber, which is why the dummy has a yellowish colour. Some babies like the characteristic taste of rubber, other don’t tolerate it well. This type is very soft and flexible, but the maintenance might be a bit harder than with silicone. Latex dummies are more eco-friendly.
  • Silicone dummy: It’s completely clear, without any taste or odour, and very easy to keep perfectly clean. A silicone dummy will also resist high temperatures, which gives it a better longevity. It tends to be less flexible than a latex dummy.

What Else Should You Buy with Your Dummy?

  • First of all, we strongly recommend buying more than one pacifier, because they get lost very easily.
  • Get also a nice dummy clip that you can attach to your baby’s clothing to make sure that won’t get lost or fall on the dirty ground when you’re outside. Dummy clips come in numerous beautiful designs.
  • Whenever you’re travelling, you’ll appreciate a dummy travel case that will keep the dummy always clean and ready for use.

A good dummy will make the first months much easier both for your baby and yourself. Just find a few options based on the criteria we’ve talked about, and let your baby pick the one they like best.