For many parents - and infants - a pacifier is an important accessory. They keep babies calm and content. You might be surprised to learn how many different styles there are, but not all are created equally. From textures to size and styles, even to ones that have superheroes, you'll find lots to choose from. Our pacifier video reviews are here to help you find the best one - or several - for your child.
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How to Pick a Pacifier That Baby Will Love
Paci (pronounced passy), binky, soother, nuk, plug, there are many names for a pacifier, and many parents or caregivers may not be aware of how many are available, or which ones are best. There are a few key factors to look for as well as understanding the differences between the types of binkies. The guide below will walk you through the steps to help make picking the perfect paci easy.
Things to think about to find a good pacifier:
Virtually every pacifier serves the same function - to soothe baby as if he or she is feeding. It's really just a nipple on a holder, and for generations they've been used to comfort babies when they're not feeding. Here are a few things for you to consider as you're shopping.
Sizing is determined by age and average developmental growth. It's important to stick to the age recommendation. A pacifier that's either too big or too small won't be able to provide the comfort that your little one is seeking, and it can be a potential choking hazard.
Here is a standard size guide for pacifiers by age:
|Small||6 months and younger|
|Medium||6 - 18 months|
|Large||18 months and up|
*sizing may vary depending on brand.
A pacifier is made up of three basic parts, the nipple, the guard, and the handle. Each section can be made with different materials or the whole thing can be one. The two most commonly used options for the nipple are silicone and latex.
Here are a few of the differences between silicon and latex nipples:
- • Easy to clean
- • Less prone to retaining odor
- • Long lasting and won't wear down easily
*avoid latex pacifiers if you think that your baby might have a latex allergy.
When it comes to pacifiers, there are two different designs to choose from, a single piece or a multiple piece. But which is better?
What is the difference between a single and one-piece pacifiers?
Single or One-Piece:
- • Made from a single molded piece of rubber or silicone
- • Minimizes risk of choking because there are no pieces that can come apart
- • They can come in a variety of colors
Multiple or Three-piece:
- • Made up of three individual components that are manufactured individually and then combined
- • Because each piece is made separately there is a wider variety of colors and creative styles, including fun novelty binkies
Once you've found something that soothes your tiny tot, you might want to consider getting some pacifier problem solving items. If your baby keeps losing their 'plug' a pacifier clip can help to keep it in place. You may also want to consider buying pacifier wipes which are designed to quickly clean and disinfect so that your cute kid can get back to suckling.
In addition to pacifier wipes, check to see if your binky is dishwasher safe. That should usually be indicated on the packaging. For most pacifiers, you'll be able to clean and sterilize it the same way you do your baby's bottles. Be sure to read the labels.
You may also want to have a few extra on hand in your bag. After cleaning, put them in a snack'size plastic bag and toss in your diaper bag. We've all seen parents pick a binky up, wipe it on a shirt and stick it back in the baby's mouth. If you're not a parent who is willing to do that, having an extra on hand is probably a good idea.
With the help of TTPM's pacifier reviews, finding the right one to calm your cutie is just a click and a view away.