Can I give my newborn a pacifier? There are so many, which one should I choose? What’s the best pacifier for newborns? Don’t worry, mama. Here’s the inside info on all things paci.
Pacifiers have a lot to recommend them.
Of course, they help some babies settle faster and sleep better.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also says that they can reduce the risk of SIDS.
Not only that, they might even be able to help with acid reflux.
If you’re looking to introduce a binky, check out our advice on the best pacifiers for newborns.
In this article: 📝
- Do newborns need special pacifiers?
- What kind of pacifiers are best for newborns?
- What to look out for when choosing a pacifier
- What is the best pacifier for breastfed babies?
- What brand of pacifier is the best?
Do newborns need special pacifiers?
The short answer is yes.
Their little mouths are, well, little-er than other babies’, and so they need the correct size for a comfortable fit.
What kind of pacifiers are best for newborns?
Some pacifiers are made from latex and others from silicone.
Latex pacifiers have the eco advantage since they come from a sustainable source (sap from rubber trees).
But because they are softer than silicone, they don’t last as long.
Silicone, on the other hand, is more sturdy.
But it’s synthetic and chemically treated, so natural-minded mamas may prefer to use latex instead.
When it comes to what shape pacifier is best for newborns, look for pacifiers that are “approved by orthodontists.”
This means that the pacifier does not disturb the alignment and development of baby’s jaw.
What to look out for when choosing a pacifier
There are a couple of things to take into consideration when choosing a pacifier.
The AAP recommends the following,
- Ideally, they should be molded in one solid piece. Multi-part pacifiers can become a choking hazard if one part breaks off. One piece pacifiers are also easier to clean.
- Ensure that the pacifier is large enough that the baby cannot put the entire thing into its mouth. Replace them as soon as you see any wear or they are becoming too small.
- Make sure there are air holes on the parts that sit on the face to avoid the moisture that might irritate the sensitive skin underneath.
- It might be tempting if baby is partial to a particular bottle nipple to use it as a pacifier, but this could cause choking. It’s best to choose a pacifier specifically for the purpose.
What is the best pacifier for breastfed babies?
While pacifiers can be equally as helpful to breastfeeding mamas, the Lactation Network suggests you keep it for use after feeds.
The worry is that using the pacifier early on with a breastfed newborn may mean that you miss baby’s feeding cues while they’re sucking on a pacifier.
This could lead to fewer feeds, which may impact your supply and their weight gain.
If you aim to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to wait until your baby is 3-4 weeks old before introducing a pacifier.
In terms of the best pacifier for breastfeeding newborns, breastfed babies tend to prefer softer pacifiers, since they are similar to the softness of mama’s nipple.
Using a more rigid pacifier might confuse your baby.
What brand of pacifier is the best?
At the end of the day, there is no one best brand.
It just depends on baby’s preferences.
Trial and error, baby!
Your baby may love the first one you try.
Or they might need another option.
Most importantly, if they refuse a pacifier, you can offer it again every now and again.
But don’t force it.
Here are our best picks across various categories.
Best pacifier for breastfeeding newborn
Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months
$7.29 for four
This budget-friendly option is often distributed by hospitals. It’s one piece, orthodontic in design, and dishwasher safe.
$6 for two
An award-winning option specifically designed to avoid nipple confusion. Firmer nipple than the Phillips AVENT soothie, but well rated by moms as the best pacifier for breastfed newborns.
Best natural rubber pacifier
Simply Rubber pacifier
$19.99 for two
Eco-friendly, molded in one piece, and gently touches the nose to mimic BF. Must be washed by hand. Shorter, rounded nipple to prevent gagging.
Best pacifier for convenience
MAM Original Start Newborn Baby Pacifier
$6.99 for two
This 5-star rated pacifier has a symmetrical shape, which means there’s no need to get it “right side up” to fit in baby’s mouth. Cute and fun, it also sports a comfortable shield with openings to allow baby’s skin to breathe. Bonus: It comes with a self-sterilizing case.
Best pacifier for soothing
WubbaNub Baby Unicorn Pacifier
This cute little guy does double duty as a pacifier and lovey. The pacifier itself is a Philips Avent Soothie that comes with a variety of cuddlesome friends. It’s tricker to wash, though. The whole thing has to go into the washing machine and the nipple is sanitized separately. Not recommended for unsupervised sleep times.
Other than that, it’s a question of seeing what baby likes and what works for you.
The early days can feel like a minefield.
You and baby are both learning, and sometimes it can feel like too much.
That’s ok. It’s hard, mama.
Do what you need to do to get through the day and love your baby.
If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Peanut community.
We’re always happy to help.