Did You Know?
The first pacifier was first introduced in the market around 1902, by its inventor James Meacham.
When a baby is fussy or cranky for no apparent reason at all, a pacifier works great to soothe the baby. These plastic or silicone nipples mounted on wide plastic shields are not only sanity savers for many moms, but are also known to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). As newborns are hardwired to enjoy non-nutritive sucking, which differs from feeding, pacifiers provide comfort to the child when he/she is bored or simply tired.

Baby pacifiers are available in a wide range of sizes and types. Some of them are specifically designed to accommodate the shape of the baby's developing jaws and palates. There are pacifiers that have handles, snap-on caps, and even glow-in-the-dark handles to enable parents to find the pacifier at night. With the different types of brands of pacifiers in the market, a walk down the pacifier aisle in a supermarket can be mind-boggling. So, how do you choose a perfect pacifier for your child? In this Buzzle article, we provide a list of some of the best baby pacifier brands out there.

The First Years GumDrop Pacifier

The First Years GumDrop Pacifier is popular for many reasons. Uniquely contoured to fit the baby's face without blocking his/her nose, these pacifiers are made of durable, latex-free silicone. The curved shape and the lightweight design along with availability of holes for pacifier attachers make this product a definite winner. The GumDrop Pacifiers are available in two sizes, newborn (0 to 3 months) and infant (3 months +). There are a number of colors that you can choose from, like playful green, blue, orange, pink, and purple.


MAM is known for their high quality products, and the pacifiers do not disappoint at all. If you have a fussy baby who is very choosy about the pacifiers he/she likes, then do try the MAM Air pacifier with its innovative design and curved shield that allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on the baby's face. The unique design also ensures that there is maximum air contact with the face, and the baby does not have to deal with rashes and chapped skin around the mouth.

The patented MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple with its soft silicone and anti-slip surface stays in the baby's mouth comfortably. While MAM Air is made for babies aged 6 months and above, you can try the MAM Air Mini for babies aged 0 to 6 months.

Playtex Binky Silicone Pacifier

The Playtex Binky Silicon Pacifier is a BPA-free pacifier with a soft teething edge and the trademark Air Comfort shield which allows greater air flow to prevent skin rashes. The nipples of these pacifiers are made to mimic mother's nipples. This prevents nipple confusion in babies.

The handles provide an easy grip and it clicks into place to keep sleeping babies asleep while using the pacifier. The best part about these pacifiers is the sterilizing carrying case which keeps dirt and germs away. It is available in silicone for babies aged 0 to 6 months and for babies aged 6 months and above. There is also a latex variant for babies in the age group of 0 to 6 months.

Philips AVENT Contemporary Freeflow Pacifier

This orthodontic pacifier with flat, drop-shaped nipple allows proper development of the baby's teeth and gums. It also has handles for easy removal of the pacifier at any given time. It also has a snap-on hygienic cap to prevent the pacifier from getting dirty. This pacifier can be sterilized and is dishwasher safe as well. This is one of the best pacifier for newborns and babies aged six months or less.

NUK Soft OrthoStar Advanced Orthodontic Silicone Pacifier

Made by #1 selling pacifier brand, the NUK Soft OrthoStar Advanced Orthodontic Pacifier boasts of a unique orthodontic silicon nipple that allows healthy oral development of babies. It has a flexible heart-shaped shield for greater comfort, natural-shaped nipple, and a scoop nipple cavity to maximize the movement of the tongue. The thinner neck of the pacifier ensures less strain on the jaws, while the integrated channels exert lesser pressure on the palate. These BPA-free pacifiers are also top-rack dishwasher safe.

tommee tippee Closer to Nature Clear Pacifiers

Designed by a pediatric dentist, the Closer to Nature pacifiers have a special orthodontic silicone nipple that expands across the roof of the mouth. The transparent shield has an all-natural look, and the pacifier is packed in a sterilizer capsule that you can use while traveling. The pacifier is available in three sizes for babies aged 0 to 3 months, 3 to 9 months, and 9 to 18 months.

WubbaNub Yellow Duck

Losing the pacifier when your child is all cranky and irritated can be one of the worst nightmares for any parent. Thankfully, there is one pacifier that you do not have to hunt around for. This pacifier features a colorful stuffed animal with a pacifier in its mouth. Not only is this adorable furry critter and pacifier combination difficult to lose, but also allows the babies to grasp and manipulate the pacifier themselves. While there are a range of stuffed animals and pacifier combinations in the market, the adorable WubbaNub Yellow Duck is just too cute to resist with its little wings that allow the baby to hold the pacifier close to the mouth.

All these pacifiers are PVC- and BPA-free. Along with the pacifiers, you can also opt for related accessories such as the MAM Fashion Clip and Extra Band which allows you to attach the baby pacifier to the baby's clothes. This keeps the pacifier clean, safe, and within reach. You can also invest in cleaning wipes such as the The First Years GumDrop Pacifier Wipes to keep the pacifiers clean and free of germs.