For new parents, a baby shower is a great time to introduce your little one to the world of pacifiers. They can help baby get to sleep, soothe babies during uncomfortable situations and aid in teething pain, according to Tina Nguyen, D.D.S., a board-certified pediatric dentist in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
There are many different types of baby pacifiers available, and it can take some trial and error to find the right one for your child. There are round nipples, orthodontic nipples and even ones with cute animal prints. Some parents have reported that their baby has a preference for certain styles, so it’s a good idea to purchase several options and try them out before settling on the best one.
If you’re looking for a simple, standard pacifier that will last, look no further than the Phillips Avent Soothie. This pacifier is specifically designed for newborns up to 3 months old and is made of BPA-free silicone that you can clean in the dishwasher or sterilizer.
Another breast-like option, the Closure to Nature pacifier from Tommee Tippee claims to mimic a mother’s breast to help your baby make a seamless transition between the bottle, pacifier and breast. It’s made of soft, medical-grade silicone that’s safe for newborns and comes in a variety of colors to match your baby’s clothing.
This pacifier also comes in a few different sizes, so it’s a good choice for newborns or older babies who may be ready for a more substantial option. Its rounded nipple is also shaped to fit the contour of baby’s mouth, so your little one won’t have to worry about sucking it in the wrong way. It also comes in a nighttime version that glows in the dark, so searching for your baby’s binky won’t be as nerve-wracking anymore.