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 hopefully answering some of your big questions like, 'which are best for developing teeth? Are they they made of plastic? What about all the sterilising?' Here’s what you need to know...

PLANET FRIENDLY

With pacifiers having a fairly short lifespan - most brands recommending replacing them every 8 weeks - plastic options are pretty polluting. This has lead to a new wave of natural rubber designs coming to market, as sustainable alternatives, which sterilise simply in boiling water. Hevea is the original leader in rubber dummies, with Sophie la girafe following suit too. Once their done days are over, they can be recycled at home or for Hevea designs, they offer an upcycling service for their pacifiers, giving the rubber a second life.

KIND DESIGN

With dummies often being used from birth, you want to ensure the tiniest bundles are given designs that are 100% safe to be in their mouths and comfortable against their faces. 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 utilises natural mineral pigments, making it totally kind for little ones and the environment.

GOOD LOOKIN'

Created for soothing but that doesn't mean pacifiers can't look great as well, after all, they become an everyday accessory for many babies. Where you would typically 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 or a pacifier with a modern shape and colour like doddle & co, there is something for every outfit change, plus you can pick a complementary dummy clip as well.

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.

GENIUS DESIGN

Pacifiers have been around for at least 120 years but brands are still able to find ways to redesign the humble dummy to make them even better. 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 desperately sterilise it 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 are still stumped, pop us a message on our live chat function - we'd love to be able to help.

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Our IDEAS articles are based on our own experiences as parents & a need to find gorgeous, genuinely useful stuff for baby. That’s why you’ll always find our fave picks below our tips. Yes, we’re good to you ;)