Vivian is one of my first Pacifier Babies. She liked them before I weaned her, but since my surgery and her weaning she’s taken to them even more. So choosing the right pacifier was something I need to learn how to do, five kids later. Here are the 6 things to look for in a pacifier.
1. The right size pacifier for the right baby.
Look for pacifiers that are sized for newborns when you baby is little. And then go ahead and pick up larger sizes when they get older.
2. BPA-free plastic in both shield and nipple of the pacifier.
Babies chew on pacifiers as well as sucking on them so you want a paci that is free of BPA throughout it’s entire construction. Not only that but the pacifier should be totally baby safe and free from lead, PVC, and other potential harmful chemicals.
3. Easy to clean.
You can clean pacifiers by boiling them in hot water for five minutes. I like to clean any visible dirt or grime off them with a mild detergent first so any soap residue will be removed during the sterilization in the boiling water.
4. Portable for on-the-go use.
Vivian’s MAM Baby glow-in-dark pacifier helped keep her happy during our back-to-school shopping trip (only the first of many to come). There are fabulous holder straps that come with the pacifiers but when I took this photo one of the boys was using it for his spiderman toy.
5. Gentle to baby’s mouth.
I had always thought that pacifiers would change an infant’s bite but when I read more about MAM pacifiers I learned that their nipples are symmetrical so it doesn’t matter which way the baby put it in their mouths. And since the nipple collapses when it is sucked on, the pacifier molds to the shape of the baby’s mouth instead of changing the shape of their mouth. Brilliant.
6. Totally stinkin’ cute.
And of course, if your baby’s face is going to have something stuck on it you want it to be something cute! Did you see these new personalized pacifiers by MAM? If Adam keeps trying to steal Vivian’s I may have to resort to putting their names on them.
What do you look for in a pacifier? Check out all the MAM Baby products and join their Facebook page for more information about what makes a good pacifier.
I was provided incentives for this post but all opinions and words are original.
Alaina Frederick says
My oldest son was a “binkie” baby. For 2 years he was attached to that thing. Almost every picture we have of him has that pacifier in the picture somewhere. My two middle kids never once took a pacifier – even when I tried. My youngest is also anti-paci and I don’t mind but sometimes when you are sore, tired, and just ready to give up you wish you had a pacifier!
Clarissa Nassar says
We LOVE MAM!! As a first time mom I had no idea about the sizes– my poor baby was gagging on her paci! DUH mommy! The paci is such a lifesaver! Thanks for the tips! Great read for newbies and for experienced parents, too because things change so often in baby world. MAM always manages to keep on top of the safety aspects as well as keeping it cute 😉
Tricia Edgar says
My daughter just used a pacifier for a little while, but it was so important, since she liked to suck on things 24 hours a day and I was exhausted! I wish that there had been more BPA-free options when she was little. It was hard to find them!
Becca Bernstein says
I was actually pretty lucky in the fact that my kids never liked pacifiers. And for me, one less thing to carry is a WIN!
Jamie Muldrow says
We tried several different brands with our daughter, and hands down, Mam binks are the preferred choice in our home.
Wow you love MAM too? i also love MAM products, it is lifesaver! my girl love it too! i absolutely love when see this pacifier, i found here: http://mybabyneedthis.com/2015/09/22/orthodontic-glow-in-the-dark-pacifier
it is orthodontic pacifier with glow in the dark feature and it was made by MAM! Immediately i ordered that pacifier, and that is one of the best baby products i ever buy online. My little girl love it,especially it glow in the dark features, really capture her attention!
Oh, and thanks for great tips, this is good read for new parents. Keep up your good work! 🙂