When babies are born they have a natural instinct to suck, and the mother’s breast provides a source of nutrition and comfort. Many breastfeeding mums find best dummy for breastfed baby is a convenient way to soothe a restless baby in between feeds.
When choosing a dummy it should be a similar shape to the nipple to avoid confusing your child. The wrong dummy could make breastfeeding more difficult so it is important to do your research before purchasing. Breastfeeding mothers who want to express may also like to check out our list of the best dummy for breastfed baby.
Top 10 best dummy for breastfed baby in UK 2021
If you are considering finding the best dummy for breastfed baby, we are here to make the decision-making process an easier one.
1. Tommee Tippee
There are two in the pack and they are suitable for both day and night time use. For extra cuteness and to help you locate them when the lights are out, they glow gently in the dark. These dummies have an orthodontic shape which is better for your little one’s developing gums, teeth, and jaw. Plus, the teats are designed to feel natural in your babies mouth. Because they are a similar shape and feel to Mama, there is less likely to be any nipple confusion.
2. NUK Space Orthodontic Pacifier
The pack comes as a set of two dummies, and there are three sizes to choose from. For newborns aged 0-6 months, the koala and tiger designs make these NUK soothers a cute fashion accessory. The nipples are a natural shape and the dummies come with a reusable, hygienic storage case. The NUK Space Orthodontic Pacifiers can even be placed in the top rack of your dishwasher for convenient cleaning. The brand also has a range of similar bottles to make the transition process a smoother one!
The RaZbaby are the best one-piece baby dummies in Australia. Due to their all-in-one design, these soothers are durable with no vulnerable joins. They are made in the USA, and you may be familiar with other products from the same company including Soothie and Gumdrop. Once again, you get an orthodontic shape that reduces the chance of nipple confusion, and this is why they are commonly used in hospital NICU units.
4. Philips Avent
They have one for babies that are under three months and another that is designed for babies that are three months and older.
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.
5. Giraffe Animal Dummy Pacifier Toy
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, …) . 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 Giraffe 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.
6. Little Sprouts Dummy Chain
For something a little different than a plastic round shape in the mouth why not try a dummy chain which has different shapes to help with teething, too. It doesn’t provide any of the sucking opportunities but if your baby is just looking for some relief from the pains of teething this could be a better solution than using a dummy like the other recommendations.
Some mums may opt to go for this dummy chain along with a traditional dummy to reduce the use of one over the other.
7. Chicco Soft ergonomic silicone dummy
We like this dummy as the super-soft silicone orthodontic nipple is designed to be placed in the top of the mouth which is the natural feeding position a breastfed baby is used to. On top of that, there are air holes to help your baby breathe if they are struggling or have a cold with a blocked nose. Available at a modest price and a great start to give a breastfed baby a dummy they may take to without much hassle.
8. Chicco Physio Comfort
The Chicco Soother is a beautiful product to behold, its design is exclusively researched and developed by Chicco, but very similar to the highly popular Jollypop dummy.
Given that the Chicco Soother ($6.48 per piece) is suitable for 0-6m, and the Jollypop Newborn Dummy ($5.98) is for 0-3m, the Chicco Soother is a better value for money considering you can use it for longer.
9. Philips Avent Bear Soothie 0-3M
Online reviews and customer feedback may be sparse for this particular dummy, but I am a firm believer in personal recommendations. So considering its affordable price and the fact that this is the highest voted dummy by real mums in UK, I have enough confidence to place it high on the list.
10. MAM dummy
The MAM dummy is also a brand that has perfect 5-star rating on ProductReview. It is a European brand that’s not easily available in Australia, but has received great feedback from those who did manage to get it, with night soothers – buttons are glow-in-the-dark and orthodontic teat for baby’s jaw and teeth development.
HOW TO FIND DUMMY FOR BREASTFED BABY
Here are tips to help you choose a dummy for your baby:
- Look for a one-piece model with a soft nipple. Dummies made in two pieces can break apart and become choking hazards.
- Check you can easily grip the dummy’s ring or handle so you can pull it out quickly if it becomes lodged in your baby’s mouth.
- Look for a firm plastic shield with air holes. Check the shield is more than 3.5 cm across so your baby can’t put the whole thing in their mouth.
- If your baby is younger than six months old, choose a dummy that can go into the dishwasher or be boiled.
- Check the labelling to make sure you have the right size for your baby’s age. Most dummies are labelled for babies either under or over six months.
- If you’re bottle-feeding, consider choosing a dummy from the same brand as the bottle. The teats are often the same.
Babies under six months should use dummies that have been sterilised. There are several ways to sterilise bottle-feeding equipment, which you can also use to sterilise dummies.
From about six months, your child will be more resistant to infections. This means you need only to wash the dummy with soap and water, rather than sterilising it. Just make sure to squeeze out any fluid that gets inside.