Suckling is soothing for babies and can help calm their stress. However, with so many pacifiers (dummies) out there, finding the right one can be a bit overwhelming. We've put together a guide, explaining our collection and, we hope, answering some of your questions, like, 'Which are best for developing teeth?', 'Are they they made of plastic?' and 'What about all the sterilising?' Here’s what you need to know.
With pacifiers having a fairly short lifespan - most brands recommending replacing them every 8 weeks - plastic options are pretty polluting. This has led to a new wave of natural rubber designs coming to market, as sustainable alternatives, which you sterilise in boiling water. Hevea is the original leader in rubber dummies, with Sophie la girafe following suit too. Once their days are over, they can be recycled at home, or Hevea offers an upcycling service for their pacifiers, giving the rubber a second life.
With dummies often being used from birth, you want to be sure you're giving your newborn a design that's 100% safe to be in their mouth, and comfortable against their face. Shields which are soft to the touch, made from BPA-free or totally plastic-free materials, and shaped to sit comfortably between their noses and chins are perfect - like the BIBs and Hevea designs. Hevea's new colourful pacifier range also uses natural mineral pigments, making them kind on the environment too.
Just because they're created for soothing doesn't mean pacifiers can't look great as well. After all, they become an everyday accessory for many babies. Where previously you could only find babyish designs, often in baby pink or blues, now you can treat your little one to a contemporary cool pick instead. From one with a vintage aesthetic like BIBS dummies, to ones with a modern shapes and colours like doddle & co, you can find something for every outfit change.
As well as choosing a pacifier to suit their wardrobe, you can pick a complementary dummy clip as well. We stock great options from Hevea, Franck & Fischer, Liewood and Sebra. Nibbling and Nattou make fun designs with silicone beads on the clip that double as teethers too. Clever.
A SIZE FOR ALL
Just like babies need a different size nappy as they grow, they may need a different size pacifier. Subtly different in shape and size, you'll often find dummies with smaller teats to cater from birth and larger sizes to suit from around three months onwards. Orthodontic designed pacifiers are created to be best for their developing teeth, these have a flatter teat so it doesn't put as much pressure on the their new pearly whites. If your baby rejects a dummy at first, you may want to persevere or try a different size or design as every brand feels different for them.
Pacifiers have been around for at least 120 years, but brands are still able to find ways to improve on the basic idea. Innovative brand doddle & co have created the Pop & Go, which closes in on itself if it drops onto the floor, saving you from having to sterilise it in a hurry, or find a spare. The silicone nipple is always extended when babies stop sucking too, so if they take a break from suckling while they sleep, it will be right there for them if they stir.
Check out our whole range of pacifiers here and, if you're still stumped, pop us a message on our live chat. We'd love to help.