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The best dummies for breastfed babies

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The best dummies for breastfed babies

Finding the best dummy for your baby isn't an easy task. Suckling is a basic instinct for newborn babies, both for feeding and comfort; if you are breastfeeding your baby, you'll want to find a baby soother that is similar to the texture of your nipples.

Sometimes babies can suffer from 'nipple confusion', as they struggle to switch from a dummy back to your nipple and vice-versa. 

To help you work out what is best for you and your baby, we've summed up the best dummies for breastfed babies on the market so that you can start shopping straight away:

The best dummies for breastfed babies

  • Made from BPA-free silicone
  • Orthodontic dummy has a symmetrical orthodontic nipple, specially designed to help baby's acceptance
  • Stars and planets design
  • Symmetrical orthodontic shape
  • The teat shape on the baby soother is more like a bottle teat for a more familiar feeling for a baby

  • Perfect for newborns
  • Made of hospital-grade silicone
  • It's super-soft
  • Respects the development of baby's teeth
  • Can be popped in the dishwasher
  • Perfect for newborns
  • Developed with your baby's palate, teeth and gums in mind
  • Features a snap-on cap to keep dummy clean
  • Handle makes it easy to take out of baby's mouth
  • Bright and colourful design
  • Suitable from birth
  • Made from soft silicone
  • They're great for healthy jaw and teeth development; they glows in the dark, making it easier for your little one (and you) to find at night-time
  • Includes a travel case to keep your dummies safe
  • Case can be used to sterilise dummies in the microwave
  • Available in a range of colours and designs 
  • It's best for babies over three months
  • Made from silicone
  • It’s super-soft
  • Ergonomically shaped with ventilation holes
  • Made of BPA-free, Latex-free and Phthalate-free silicone
  • It's super-soft
  • Hospital distributed brand
  • Good for newborns but best for babies aged 3 months and over
  • Specifically designed for premature or newborn babies aged between 0-2 months
  • Made from soft-flex silicone
  • Soft surface moulds gently against palate, giving the tongue plenty of space for natural sucking movements
  • BPA-free
  • Come with a reusable storage case
  • Luminous ring ensures you can find your little one's dummy quickly and easily in the dark
  • Specially designed orthodontic shape that adapts to the shape of baby’s mouth
  • BPA-free
  • 0-6 months 
  • Extra-large air openings maximise circulation, allowing skin to breathe; perfect for sensitive baby skin
  • Button emits a soft glow at night time for easy finding in the dark
  • Improved nuk original shape modelled on a mother’s nipple while breastfeeding for a natural, satisfying feel
  • Promotes the healthy development of teeth and jaw by exercising baby's lips, tongue and facial muscles

Is it safe to give my baby a dummy?

Yes! In fact, some special care units use dummies to comfort little and poorly babies while they are having tests or injections. Evidence shows that suckling eases pain and when your boob isn’t close at hand, a dummy will do nicely. 

If you're breastfeeding your baby, then it's generally recommended to hold off giving your newborn a dummy until about six weeks, to make sure they are settled suckling your breasts. 

Parenting expert Rachel Fitz-Desorgher is here to help with all your questions around dummies: read more about how safe newborn dummies are here. 

Are there any dummy risks?

To use a dummy safely, and to minimise any dummy risks, there are a few steps to take. Don’t tie the newborn dummy to your baby with strings or ribbons which could get tangled around your baby, and never dip it in sugar or foods of any kind. 

Make sure you sterilise your baby's dummy regularly, especially if it gets dropped when out and about. You can do this using a bottle steriliser, a microwave steriliser or by boiling the dummy to remove any contaminants. Some are dishwasher safe too. Make sure to let it completely cool before giving it to your baby.

Check your baby soother regularly to see if it has broken, or if there are any cracks, and replace it as soon as you see any damage. 

How do you choose the best newborn dummy for breastfed babies?

  • The dummies need to be made of latex, and be BPA- and phthalate-free
  • The dummies need to be sized and shaped for your baby's mouth - always check the advised age range
  • The dummies need to leave your baby's nose free
  • The dummies need to be taste-free and odourless
  • It’s better to invest in a dummy approved by the British Dental Health Foundation to ensure you purchase a safe and certified product.

baby sucking dummy

How to use dummies 

  • Limit how long your baby uses a dummy
  • Most experts advise starting to use a dummy only after your baby is at least one month old and preferably get them used to it once your baby is feeding well
  • Don’t give a dummy dipped in sweet foods, like honey or juices
  • Try to use an orthodontic or flat dummy; some research suggests they are better for tooth development
  • Don’t force your baby to use a dummy; if they don't want it, let it be.

If you aren’t sure how to use a dummy, read more here: when is it right or wrong to use a dummy?

Pros and cons of using a dummy for breastfed babies

Pros of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Dummies can prevent your baby from sucking their thumb
  • Dummies are also called pacifiers, as they can calm your baby
  • You can use a dummy to distract your baby during vaccinations
  • If your baby has colic, using a dummy can keep them calm
  • Most premature babies are given a dummy.

Cons of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Sometimes dummies can interfere with breastfeeding; to avoid this, you need to make sure your baby is feeding well and gaining weight before introducing a dummy
  • It can be really hard to break the habit of using a dummy
  • If your baby uses a dummy all day, it can be harder for them to communicate with you or begin to make sounds
  • Your baby could suffer from 'nipple confusion' as they struggle to transition between using the dummy and breastfeeding. A sign of this could be difficulty latching whilst breastfeeding. 

How to get your baby to take a dummy

Sarah Cantwell, mum of two, shares her popular tips and tricks for getting your baby to take a dummy. She used dummies for both her newborn babies to keep them comforted and to keep her nipples from getting too sore

Do you use a dummy for your baby? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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Georgia Aspinall is senior features writer at Grazia UK, formerly at The Debrief. She covers news and features across women's health and fitness, sex and relationships, real-life stories, travel and politics.

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Sophie Knight - Contributing Editor

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