The 7 Best Pacifiers for Newborns of 2023

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Best Pacifiers for Newborns

Verywell / Sabrina Jiang

Among the long list of must-have items for newborns: pacifiers. Not only are they good for soothing fussy babies, but they're also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use during naps and bedtime to reduce the risk of SIDS. Pacifiers for newborns are great additions to a baby registry.

However, you can’t toss just any pacifier into your cart—it needs to be newborn-specific. When purchasing a pacifier for a newborn, make sure to check that the age range recommended on the packaging includes newborns, says Jennifer Horne, the director of product management and an international board-certified lactation consultant at The Lactation Network. This is to ensure the baby's safety and avoid potential choking hazards.

Pacifiers come in a variety of different shapes, and some newborns may require a little trial and error to find the right one. We carefully considered design, material, value, age recommendations, and pacifier safety when reviewing products.

A physician double board-certified in neonatology and pediatrics on our Review Board also reviewed this article for medical accuracy and integrity surrounding what to look for when purchasing pacifiers, as well as their proper use and safety

Recall Update

On January 19th, 2022, Mushie & Co announced a recall of their FRIGG Silicone Pacifiers citing a potential choking hazard. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), "Mushie & Co has received eight reports of the silicone nipple detaching from the plastic shield of the pacifier. In addition, the manufacturer has received about 200 reports from outside the U.S. of the silicone nipple detaching from the plastic shield of the pacifier. No injuries have been reported."

For more information on the recall and what to do if you have a FRIGG Silicone Pacifier, visit the CPSC website to review the official recall letter.

Best Overall

MAM Newborn Pacifier

MAM Newborn Pacifier


The MAM Newborn Pacifier is our top pick because it's designed specifically with newborns in mind; from its young age recommendation to special design for the tiniest of babies. This pacifier is safe to use from birth to 2 months old. It’s super lightweight and has a uniquely designed shield that allows for air circulation, won’t irritate the skin, and keeps the nose free for baby's breathing.

The pacifier orthodontic nipple is made from silicone that is soft and flexible and has an anti-slip texture to help the pacifier stay in place. Unfortunately, this pacifier isn’t dishwasher-safe. However, it can be sterilized in the microwave with the reusable storage case (which is included with purchase). 

Price at time of publication: $7

Best for Soothing

Nanobebe Baby Pacifier

Nanobebe Baby Pacifier


For fussy babies that need some soothing, the Nanobebe pacifier is an excellent option. It’s lightweight, soft, and flexible, making it extremely comfortable for little ones, and it has an ergonomic shape to help it stay in the mouth.

The pacifier nipple is orthodontically shaped to support mouth development and is made from super-soft silicone that is designed to avoid nipple confusion. Finally, this pacifier is dishwasher-safe (top rack) and is safe for babies from birth to 3 months old. 

Price at time of publication: $5

Best for Breastfeeding Babies

Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier

Philips AVENT Soothie Pacifier


Horne says there is no research that has definitively proven one type of pacifier to be better for nursing babies than others. However, she does recommend the Soothie because its wide base more closely mimics a breast and a baby is more likely to keep its tongue in a natural position with it because of its straight nipple.

The pacifier is all one piece, made from silicone, and dishwasher-safe. The Philips AVENT Soothie is what many hospitals provide to new parents, and the newborn size is safe for babies from birth to 3 months old.

Price at time of publication: $5

Best Design

Boon Jewl Pacifier

Boon Jewl Pacifier


Not only are these pacifiers super cute, but they’re also well made (and dishwasher safe!). The stage one is safe for newborns and up, is all one piece, and made from 100% silicone. What makes it stand out from other pacifiers is its unique gem-shaped nipple that’s designed for a more comfortable fit and to encourage proper tongue placement.

Price at time of publication: $11

Best Silicone

Chicco PhysioForma Silicone Pacifier

Chicco PhysioForma Silicone Pacifier


This one-piece pacifier is made from 100% silicone and is BPA- and latex-free. It’s designed to support oral development with its nipple that has a slight curve to help evenly distribute a baby’s tongue pressure against the roof of its mouth.

In addition to its orthodontic shape, the nipple also has a satin-like texture to help it stay in place and provide even more comfort. Finally, its shield is designed to prevent saliva build-up as well as allow air circulation.

Price at time of publication: $7

Best for Colic

BIBS Assorted Try-It Pack

BIBS Assorted Try-It Pack


A lot of babies require some pacifier trial and error before they find the one that’s right for them, but parents of colicky babies will especially benefit from this “try-it pack” because it will allow them to quickly switch styles up as needed (to hopefully calm the baby down faster).

It comes with four pacifiers with different designs, all of which are safe for newborns, including round, symmetric, and anatomical-shaped nipples. The “Colour” and “Couture” pacifiers are made from natural rubber latex, while the “De Luxe” and “Supreme” are made from silicone. While this “try-it” four-pack is exclusively sold at Nordstrom, you can purchase the different pacifiers individually at a variety of retailers.

Price at time of publication: $28

Best Orthodontic

NUK Orthodontic Pacifier

NUK Orthodontic Pacifier


This pacifier has an orthodontic design, which means the nipple is specifically shaped to support the development of babies' mouths. The nipples are made from silicone, so they’re soft and flexible to mimic a breast’s nipple. It also has a heart-shaped shield that sits right under the baby’s nose to offer easy breathing as well as comfort.

Plus, parents and caregivers will love how easy to clean these pacifiers are. To clean these pacifiers, simply run the dishwasher with them on the top rack.

Price at time of publication: $7

What to Look for in Newborn Pacifiers 


Pacifiers come in a variety of different shapes, and some newborns may require a little trial and error to find the right one (just like with bottle nipples). While there is no single pacifier shape that has proven to be better for breastfeeding babies than others, some shapes more closely mimic the shape of a breast/nipple than others.

Pacifier nipples that are straight, flat, orthodontic, and bulb-shaped are perfectly safe for newborns. An orthodontic pacifier is designed like a natural nipple, flatter and slightly square, and is intended to accommodate the motion a baby makes with their tongue when nursing. Non-orthodontic options have the classic bulb shape. If you have concerns about nipple confusion, you may opt for the orthodontic style.

Lactation consultant Jennifer Horne, ICBLC, says she recommends "finding a pacifier that helps babies latch and use their tongue in the same way they do when breastfeeding," such as the Philips AVENT Soothie, which has a wide base. Horne explains, “Wide-base pacifiers will keep the baby’s lips and mouth open during pacifier suckling, which is how it should be at the breast."

Another shape Horne says is good for nursing babies is straight, because this design is “more likely to keep the baby’s tongue in a natural position.” If you plan to breastfeed, Horne recommends waiting to introduce a pacifier until a few weeks after your baby is born so that they feed more, helping establish your milk supply and potentially minimizing newborn weight loss.

Design and Materials

Many pacifiers are made from silicone, which is what Horne suggests, but natural rubber and latex are also options. All of these materials are BPA-free. Natural rubber pacifiers are also free of PVC, phthalates, parabens, and other chemicals, but they are much less flexible than latex and silicone. Be aware that some babies (and parents) may have latex allergies.

In addition to the materials of the pacifier, parents should also pay attention to its design. “Consider pacifiers that are one whole piece rather than pacifiers made of multiple parts, as these may pose a choking hazard,” says Horne. Additionally, she suggests purchasing pacifiers that are dishwasher-safe since it’s important to “wash them regularly to reduce bacteria growth.” 


Whatever pacifier you offer your newborn should be made for their small size. The pacifier packaging should be clearly marked as either “0+ Months,” “NB to 3M,” or some other variation that makes it clear that it is safe for newborns. Pacifiers that are too large can pose a choking hazard.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are pacifiers safe for newborns?

    Yes, pacifiers are safe for newborns if the pacifier is newborn-specific, which depends on its size, weight, design, and the manufacturer's recommended age range. The standard nipple shapes of pacifiers that are safe for newborns are also safe for older babies, but there are some pacifier shapes and designs, such as teething or feeding pacifiers, that are safe for older babies and toddlers, but not for newborns.

    Additionally, newborn pacifiers are smaller in size and are typically more lightweight to better support developing mouths.

  • Can a newborn use a regular pacifier?

    No. Pacifiers for older babies are a choking hazard for newborns. Likewise, an older baby or toddler should not use a newborn-sized pacifier because a too-small pacifier that a child can fit entirely into its mouth is also a choking hazard. Parents should always follow the age recommendation on the pacifier's packaging for safety.

  • How long should a newborn use a pacifier?

    Unless your baby’s pacifier is affecting their ability to feed or speak (and provided that you replace it with a new, age-appropriate one as they grow), your little one can use a pacifier until they reach 3 years old. Pediatricians, dentists, and speech therapists point out that using a pacifier beyond this age can result in incorrect teeth alignment and, subsequently, cause problems with speech development.

  • Do pacifiers help with gas?

    While sucking on a pacifier won’t help your baby pass any trapped gas, it can help soothe their symptoms. Pacifiers are a source of comfort to babies, with studies indicating that non-nutritive sucking (which means sucking without feeding) can help them manage pain or discomfort.

    However, a pacifier that is too big or too small can actually cause your baby to swallow air, which could end up becoming trapped and uncomfortable. As such, ensure that your baby’s pacifier is the right size in relation to their age.

  • Should I remove the pacifier once my newborn is asleep?

    No, you should not remove your baby's pacifier once they have fallen asleep. Not only can a pacifier help soothe a baby back to sleep should they wake, multiple studies have also found that pacifiers can reduce the risk of SIDS. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a pacifier still offers some layer of protection against SIDS even if it falls out once your baby has nodded off.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Ashley Ziegler is a full-time parenting writer, and mom to a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. When choosing the pacifiers for this roundup, Ashley considered her personal experience (both of her children used pacifiers as newborns), product safety and design, and user reviews. She also consulted with breastfeeding expert Jennifer Horne, a consultant relations manager and international board certified lactation consultant at The Lactation Network, on the best pacifiers for nursing babies.

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