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A pacifier can be a real life saver during those cranky moments. Suckling on a pacifier can help calm and soothe a fussy baby, help them fall asleep and stay asleep. It has also been linked to lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Choosing a baby pacifier that your little one takes to, can be tricky. The key is to find one that suits your child’s age and development. A newborn pacifier may not be suitable for older children with a full set of teeth. The materials differ as well, but in the end it always comes down to baby’s own personal preference. Here are the different types of pacifiers to consider:

Round-tip pacifiers

These traditional pacifiers have a round shape that is supposed to mimic the form of an actual nipple, which is why these types of pacifiers are often suggested for breastfed newborn babies in order to prevent nipple confusion.

Orthodontic pacifiers

As the name suggests, these pacifiers are recommended for developing teeth. During sucking, these baby pacifiers flatten in baby’s mouth which provides the most natural sucking action and reduces pressure on developing teeth.

Latex pacifiers

Latex pacys are soft and more flexible, ideal for younger babies with no teeth yet. Although if your little one may have a latex allergy, it’s best to opt for silicone.

Silicone pacifiers

Silicone pacifiers are sturdier, easier to clean and more widely available.

Benefits of pacifiers for babies

Some parents may want avoid getting their baby too dependent on a baby pacifier as it might interfere with breast-feeding, cause dental problems or increase the rate of ear infections.

According to the research however, there are only benefits of pacifier use from 0 to 6 months. During this stage, it’s key to find one that closely matches the shape of your primary feeding method (mom’s nipple or bottle) so you can reduce difficulty switching between baby pacifier and feeding.

From 6 to 12 months, there might be a slight increase in the risk of ear infections so this would be a good time to transition away from the pacifier if that suits your baby. If not, then switch to an orthodontic pacifier.

From 12 to 36 months, if your toddler is still clinging to their pacifier, try to limit access and use only an orthodontic pacifier. Eventually try transitioning to something baby could chew and suck on while relaxing or falling asleep like a teether.

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