The 7 Best Pacifiers of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Philips Avent Soothie at Amazon

"Made from medical-grade BPA-free silicone."

Best Soothing: WubbaNub Brown Monkey Pacifier at Amazon

"Everything you love about the Soothie but with an added friend."

Best for Breastfed Babies: Evenflo Feeding Balance Pacifier at Amazon

"Shape helps to mimic breastfeeding."

Best for Newborns: Dr. Brown's Newborn Pacifier at Walmart

"Fits the shape of a baby's nose."

Best for Older Babies: Nanobebe Pacifiers 3+ Month Pacifier at Amazon

"Free of harmful chemicals."

Easiest to Clean: NUK One-Piece Silicone Pacifier at Amazon

"Shape resists moisture from getting stuck inside."

Best Silicone: First Years GumDrop Silicone Pacifier at Amazon

"Allows baby to comfortably suck."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Philips Avent Soothie

The Philips Avent Soothie is the one you’ll schlep home with you from the hospital after the baby’s born (along with tons of other stuff!) and there’s a reason for that—not only are these excellent soothers for babies, but they’re made from medical-grade BPA-free silicone.

These top-rated orthodontic pacifiers come in packs of two, are very reasonably priced, and can be purchased in multiple colors. They’re durable, easy to handle and easy to clean, too. The nipple is shaped similarly to the breast, which reduces nipple confusion.

Best Soothing: WubbaNub Brown Monkey Pacifier

If you are a new parent you may have noticed these funny looking pacifiers around and never really thought about them. This must-have registry item is a pacifier that has an attached stuffed animal which will not only help keep the pacifier in their mouth, but it'll also be easier for baby (or parents) to find when it slips out in the middle of the night.

WubbaNubs are connected to a Philips Avent Soothie so you'll get everything you love about the Soothie but with an added furry friend. These come in an endless array of animals from a lobster, to a unicorn, and more. While parents might have a favorite, we're sure your baby will quickly pick theirs as well, so be sure to stock up on multiples.

This pacifier is suited for newborns until 6 months old or once they start getting teeth, which can damage the Soothie part. They can be thrown in the wash but we recommend soaping up the pacifier part after you take it out of the laundry for an extra level of clean.

Best for Breastfed Babies: Evenflo Feeding Balance Pacifier

With accurate shape and flexibility, we found the Evenflo Feeding Balance pacifier to be one of the best pacifiers for breastfed babies. According to Evenflo, “For the 0–6-month baby, the cylindrical shape pacifier allows for the baby to mimic the tongue shape they make while breastfeeding.”

This similarity will help reduce nipple confusion, allowing you to effectively establish breastfeeding without having to wait too long to introduce the pacifier (which reduces the likelihood that your baby will accept a pacifier). We also love that these silicone pacifiers are one piece, making them easy to clean and less likely to fall apart.

Looking for more options? Take a peek at our roundup of the best bottles for breastfed babies.

Best for Newborns: Dr. Brown's Newborn Pacifier

Dr. Brown's

 Courtesy of Walmart

With a shape mimicking a bottle nipple, the Dr. Brown's Newborn Pacifier helps ease the transition to a pacifier for infants. Designed for babies 0 months and older, this dishwasher-safe binky is contoured to fit the shape of your baby's nose and cheeks, giving her a comfortable fit. It's made out of 100 percent medical-grade silicone and is BPA-free.

Need more ideas for your newborn? Read our article on the best diapers for newborns.

Best for Older Babies: Nanobebe Pacifiers 3+ Month Pacifier

If you have a baby over 3 months on your hands, the Nanobebe 3+ Month Pacifier is a great choice. This extra-soft paci was designed to help prevent nipple confusion, easing your baby's transition to a pacifier. The ergonomic shape is made to fit comfortably around your baby's mouth, promoting healthy oral development. These binkies are BPA- and Phthalate-free and come in four fun colors.

Have a teething little one? Check out our reviews of the best baby teethers.

Easiest to Clean: NUK One-Piece Silicone Pacifier

We love the NUK one-piece silicone pacifier for its unique, heart-shaped design. This allows it to sit comfortably under your baby’s nose, allowing proper airflow. The pacifier is also lightweight and easy for even the youngest babies to use. And we love that these are easy to clean, with a shape that resists moisture from getting stuck inside, thus resisting mold growth.

Best Silicone: First Years GumDrop Silicone Pacifier

Similar to but slightly smaller than the Philips Avent Soothie is the First Years GumDrop silicone pacifier. It’s our choice for the best silicone pacifier for its breastfeeding-friendly, unique shape that allows baby to comfortably suck without it covering his little nose. This is a one-piece pacifier made of BPA-free, medical-grade silicone. And if the First Years GumDrop becomes baby’s favorite, you’re in luck, since these come in larger sizes for older babies as well.

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