Many sanctimommies look down upon those of us who use pacifiers, but sometimes a dummy is the only thing that will soothe your baby and save your sanity.
Many babies will take a pacifier, but some moms have trouble getting their breastfed babies to take a pacifier or keep it in their mouth for any length of time.
I found that it took a few tries with different dummies to get my babies to accept them regularly.
If you’re looking for the best dummy for breastfed baby, I have some suggestions and helpful hints for you. Hopefully, your baby will take a dummy more easily than my babies did.
I will talk in this guide about:
- Five Dummies to try with your baby
- Two medical reasons to use a dummy
- When to Introduce a dummy?
- Two ugly truth about dummies
5 Best Dummy for Breastfed Baby to Try!
Like I said before, it is likely to take a few tries before you find the best dummy for breastfed baby. Here are five of the pacifiers that I and other moms have used to comfort and soothe our babies.
|Philips||Avent Soothie 0-3 Months||86%|
|Avent Soothie +3 Months||76%|
|WubbaNub||WubbaNub Infant Pacifier||87%|
|MAM||Orthodontic Pacifier 0-6 Months Girl||92%|
|Orthodontic Pacifier 0-6 Months Boy||92%|
|Orthodontic Pacifier 6+ Months Girl||92%|
|Orthodontic Pacifier 6+ Months Boy||93%|
**Some links in this page can take you to Amazon.com, where you can see prices, customer reviews, product specs, etc.
Philips Avent Soothie
The Soothie pacifier is often given to mothers of newborns when they leave the hospital. Most moms love that they are easy to sterilize and doesn’t seem to contribute to issues with the teeth and gums.
Some moms who have used these pacifiers have been concerned because they don’t have a cutout for the baby’s nose.
There is also a few babies have had trouble keeping the Avent Soothie pacifier in their mouths because of its shape.
You will find in this video what another mom think about this dummy:
WubbaNub Infant Pacifier
The third pacifier I suggest for mothers who want the best dummy for breastfed baby is the WubbaNub Infant Pacifier.
This pacifier is the same as the Philips Soothie, only it is attached to a cute stuffed animal. You can find various stuffed animal (Monkey, Lamb, Elephant, …) here.
Many parents love that the stuffed animal makes the pacifier easy to find, especially in the middle of the night.
Be forewarned that babies get attached to the WubbaNub pacifiers, so be sure to purchase a few extras so you won’t be scrambling to soothe your baby if you accidentally leave one somewhere.
The WubbaNub can be sanitized by putting the pacifier part in a cup of boiling water. You can also wash the entire thing in the washing machine, but remember to air dry.
Here’s a video review of 3 minutes :
Another video but just for fun 😀 :
MAM Orthodontic Pacifier
The fourth and fifth pacifiers on my list are the MAM orthodontic pacifiers. They are available in colors for boys or girls.
MAM has pacifiers designed for babies from birth to six months as well as those older than six months.
|MAM Orthodontic Dummies||0-6 Months||6+ Months|
|Girl||Check Price Here!||Check Price Here!|
|Boy||Check Price Here!||Check Price Here!|
MAM Orthodontic pacifiers are even available in colors that glow-in-the-dark, perfect for finding lost dummies in the middle of the night.
MAM orthodontic pacifiers are great for breastfed babies because they have a silicone nipple that is soft, just like mom’s nipple.
Most moms appreciate that the MAM orthodontic pacifiers are textured so they stay in the baby’s mouth well. They are also designed with air holes that allow baby’s skin to breathe.
Some parents have been disappointed in the glow-in-the-dark feature because they’ve found that it doesn’t last the entire night.
So, to give you an idea about the glow-in-the-dark feature,
I suggest you this mom’s video testing :
Why to Use a Pacifier
Pacifiers allow babies to use their natural sucking instinct to comfort themselves. One of the best reasons to use a pacifier is that the American Academy of Pediatrics have done studies that show pacifiers to reduce the risk of SIDS. The risk seems to be lower in both breastfed and bottle-fed babies.
Another great reason to give your baby a pacifier is that it lessens that chances that they will start sucking their thumbs.
Thumb sucking is more damaging to their teeth and gums than pacifier use, plus it is a harder habit to break. You can take away a dummy. You can’t take away a thumb.
When to Introduce a Pacifier?
If you are nursing your baby, it is good for you to wait until he or she is a month old before giving them a pacifier or a bottle.
This gives them the opportunity to get used to your nipples, while giving you time to establish a good supply of milk.
Disadvantages of Pacifier Use
Although pacifiers are a wonderful tool, they should be used with care. Giving your baby a pacifier too early in life can interfere with breastfeeding. Make sure that you have a strong feeding routine before introducing the pacifier.
Pacifier use is also linked to a higher risk of ear infections, especially in the inner ear. The risk is the highest between seven months and 18 months.
This is also the time when the risk of SIDS is the highest, and most doctors agree that the higher risk of ear infections doesn’t outweigh the lower risk of SIDS.
Extended use of a pacifier can lead to dental issues. Some children have had their teeth become misaligned and their palate development be affected because they used a pacifier after age 2.
It’s best to ask your dentist if you’re concerned about the development of your baby’s teeth, jaw, and palate.
Do’s and Don’ts of Pacifier Use
- Make sure your baby’s pacifier is clean. You can sterilize them in the dishwasher or with boiling water.
- Let your baby decide when to use the pacifier. Don’t try to force them to use it if they’re not interested.
- Offer the dummy when your baby is not hungry. They will get frustrated with an artificial nipple if they need a real one for food.
- Don’t put sugar on the nipple to get your baby to suck on it.
- Don’t use the pacifier when your baby clearly needs your attention.
- Tying the dummy to the crib or stroller is a bad idea. It may reduce your chances of losing it, but it is a strangulation risk.
You can also read about 3 fantastic sterilizer here
Giving your baby a pacifier can make life much easier for both of you, especially if your baby loves to suck when they are not hungry.
You may need to try several types of pacifiers before you find one that works for you and your baby, but the effort is worth it.
In addition to lowering the risk of SIDS, using a pacifier can make a stressful situation such as shopping or flying with your baby much easier and more pleasant for everyone.
If you have any experience with dummies, I would love to hear how its going for you. If you have any other questions or comments, please feel free to leave your thoughts below 🙂 .