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The best dummies for breastfed babies | 2018

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Best dummies for breastfed babies

 

Finding the best dummies for breastfed babies is not an easy task. Suckling is a basic instinct for babies, both for feeding and comfort. If your baby is being breastfed, it can be more difficult to find a good dummy, one that will be similar to your nipples texture. Sometimes babies will suffer from 'nipple confusion', as your baby struggles 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. Before going into the options, please read some important information about everything you need to know before buying it:

What is a dummy for breastfed babies?

A dummy for breastfed babies is basically a nipple that babies can suck on. Those nipples are different from the ones used on bottles, as they just bring comfort to the baby. Mostly when your baby is crying for a long time and you don’t know what to do.

How do you know if your baby wants a dummy?

A good way to know if your baby wants a dummy is to decide his/her behaviour. If you see your baby trying to suck something when he/she is not hungry anymore, it’s a good clue to get a pacifier for breastfed babies.

What sort of dummies for breastfed babies is best?

The most important thing when you are sorting out what is the best dummy for breastfed babies is to choose a high-quality one. Then, your baby is going to be the one to decide it. This process maybe can take some time after some trials with different models.

How do you choose the best dummies for breastfed babies?

First of all, as breastfed babies have a different behaviour compared to the babies feed by bottles, it's important to follow some advice below:

 

  • The dummies need to be made of Latex, BPA and Phthalate Free. (Even the plastics ones are softer than the silicone ones, you can’t use any type of plastic).
  • The dummies need to be sized and shaped for your baby's mouth.
  • The dummies need to leave your baby's nose free.
  • The dummies need to be taste-free and odourless.
  • It’s better to invest on a dummy approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.
  • Before deciding on your baby’s dummy, take a good look at your nipples and try to buy the similar one.

Also, you need to be aware that dummies can vary in size, nipple materials and style.

  • Sizes of dummies for breastfed babies

There are many sizes of dummies, so you need to use your baby’s mouth size as a reference and also your nipples. In this article we have divided in the best dummies for breastfed babies from 0 to 3 months, from 3 months to 12 months and 12 months or up (usually to 18 months).

  • Materials of dummies for breastfed babies

The best dummies for breastfed babies are usually made of out of silicone or latex. The silicone ones can usually go into the dishwashers and the latex ones can sometimes end up in allergies. Also, the ones from silicone are easier to keep free from the germ.

  • Style of dummies for breastfed babies

Usually, the best dummies for breastfed babies are designed in 2 parts, such: the teat, that has a nipple shape, and the shield, that is the piece which stops your baby from sucking the dummy fully into his/her mouth avoiding any danger of choking.

  • Extra features of dummies for breastfed babies

Besides those two parts, some dummies for breastfed babies can have other features, such: orthodontic dummies are flatter than the traditional one, helping baby's first teeth development.

  • Price of dummies for breastfed babies

The price of the best dummies for breastfed babies tends to range from 2 pounds a unit to 15 pounds. When you are buying a package with more units they tend to be more expensive around 10 to 40 pounds.

How many dummies for breastfed babies do you need to buy?

After you find out what is the best dummy for your baby, you need to baby at least 3 dummies. Before knowing what is “the one”, you will need to buy different types to try on and see how it goes.

How to use the best dummies for breastfed babies?
 

  • Limit the time when your baby is using its dummy.
  • Where possible, use the dummy for breastfed babies before sleeping or when they are feeling unwell.
  • Most experts advise starting using a dummy only after the baby is at least one month old and preferably getting them used to it when your baby is eating well.
  • Most experts advise weaning your baby off his/her dummy around 12 months. Read also our article with 5 ways to wean your child of his/her dummy.
  • Don’t give a dummy dipped in sweet foods, like honey or juices, this can harm your baby.
  • Don’t give it when your baby is hungry as it only will make him/her more agitated.
  • Prefer to use an orthodontic or flat dummy, as some pieces of evidence show that its better for teeth development.
  • Don’t force your baby to use a dummy, if he/she doesn’t it, let it be.
  • A dummy can’t be a replacement for other baby needs. Use it wisely.

If you aren’t sure how to use the best dummies for breastfed babies, please read our article When is it right or wrong to use a pacifier?

When can you introduce a dummy for breastfed babies?

If you introduce dummy for breastfed babies to soon it can cause problems. The best time is when you and your baby are totally comfortable breastfeeding. If you realize you (or/and your baby) aren’t ready to start using it, hold on. There isn't a right date, but the one is better for you and the little one.

When can you wean your baby off his/her dummy for breastfed babies?

It's best to wean your baby off his/her dummy when he/she is between six months and 12 months old

How to care for the best dummies for breastfed babies?

As dummies are small and hang around with the baby, they get dirtier than other objects, so its necessary to take an extra care while using it.

  • Make sure to sterilize the dummy everyday day. (You can put boil them at home or use a portable sterilizer when on the go)
  • Check regularly for any cracks, splits, holes and discolouration of the teat.
  • Replace the dummy regularly, if possible try to replace every 4 weeks.

Do you need a dummy for a breastfed baby?

Using or not using a dummy is a personal decision (as many others that you will need to make as a parent) and you as a parent are free to do what you think is best for your baby. If you have doubts, you can always talk to your baby’s doctor. See also when its right or wrong to use a pacifier.

What are the pros and the cons of using a dummy for breastfed babies?

Although there are pros and cons of using dummies, many parents will turn to them at some point during their babies live. See below what are those pros and cons:

Cons of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Sometimes dummies can interfere with breastfeeding, to avoid this you need to make sure your baby is eating well and gaining weight.
  • There is an increased risk of inner-ear infections with the use of dummies.
  • Prolonged dummy use could lead to dental issues (even more after the 2 years old)
  • 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 him/her to try to talk to you or make sounds. So, limit the time to avoid interfering in his/her speech development.

Pros of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Dummies can help the baby from sucking their thumbs.
  • Dummies can prevent the baby from choking with their saliva.
  • Dummies are also called pacifiers as they can make your baby more calm to relax during the night, flights and everytime the feel really unwell.
  • You can use a pacifier to distract your baby during vaccinations appointments. See here more thing to do to keep your baby calm and happy during routine vaccinations.
  • If your baby has colic, one of the ways to make him/her calmer is using a pacifier.
  • Dummies can be used to help your baby settling to sleep.
  • Most premature babies are given a dummy.

Important points about dummies for breastfed baby safety

The new models of dummies are very safe, but their use requires some extra care:

Avoid tying the dummy to your baby, to the crib, to the stroller or anything else, it can cause strangulation. Another important thing is to make sure that your baby can breathe easily, as it can cause suffocation. If you see any part of the dummy missing, make sure you replace it. When first using the chosen dummy be alert how the baby reacts, sometimes, they can get their fingers stuck in the pacifier’s small roles.

Will using a dummy help prevent SIDS?

Some experts suggest that using a dummy may help to prevent SIDS, but you need to follow all the suggestions of usage above.

Does using a dummy interfere with breastfeeding?

As said before the best thing is first to have an established breastfeeding, this usually happens when your baby is one month older. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, relying on a dummy only will make it worse.

The best dummies for breastfed babies

The 4 best dummies for breastfed babies aged 0 to 3 months

If your baby is very new, the dummy should be the softer as possible. Below you can find some models: 

Phillips Avent Soothie (the favourite one for mums all around the world)

£1.45 Buy Now

 

  • Model: Perfect for newborns
  • Material: It's made of hospital-grade silicone
  • Softness: It's super-soft
  • Advantages: It helps the baby to develop teeth and gums

 

Munchkin Latch Newborn Soothers

  • Model: Perfect for newborn
  • Material: Lightweight design
  • Softness: It’s soft
  • Advantages: Natural shape to mimic your nipple designed by pediatric dentists working with mums

 

First Years GumDrop Newborn Pacifier

£12.59 Buy Now

 

  • Model: Perfect for newborns (better after 1-month-old)
  • Material: Made of BPA-free, Latex-free and Phthalate-free silicone, its one-piece design.
  • Softness: It's super-soft
  • Advantages: This pacifier prevents choking (making the babies breathe easier) and is easy to sterilize

 

 

Phillips Avent Translucent Orthodontic Infant Pacifier

£4.60 Buy Now

 

  • Model: Perfect for newborns
  • Material: Silicone Translucent Soothers
  • Softness: It's soft
  • Advantages: developed with your baby's palate, teeth and gums in mind

The best dummies for breastfed babies aged 3 to 12  months

As your baby starts to grow and to develop teeth you need to look for a dummy made for helping those matters. Below you can find some models:  
 

WubbaNub Infant Pacifier

£18.00 Buy Now

 

  • Model: Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Material: It's Latex, BPA and Phthalate-free
  • Softness: It’s soft
  • Advantages: Perfect for babies that have a hard time keep in their mouth, which avoids any stress related to losing the dummy. Also, there are different options of animals to attach to the teat.


 

MAM Night Soothers

£5.75 Buy Now

  • Model: Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Material: Made from soft silicone
  • Softness: It’s soft and easy to suck
  • Advantages: It’s great for healthy jaw and teeth development and it glows in the dark, making it easier for your little one to find at nighttime. (there are also models with different colours for girls and for boys)


 

NUK Genius Soothers

£5.49 Buy Now

  • Model: Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Material: Made from a soft, flexible silicone, the shield is heart shaped
  • Softness: With a soft, flexible teat
  • Advantages: Naturally shaped, this dummy is developed with dental health experts to simulate the feel of a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding, working as exercises for your baby’s tongue and jaw

 

 

Chicco Physio Soft Soother

  • Model: It's better for babies over 3 months
  • Material: Silicone
  • Softness: It’s super-soft
  • Advantages: It helps your baby's mouth and tongue action

 


 

The best dummies for breastfed babies aged over 12 months

 

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Soothers Fun

£3.99 Buy Now

 

 

  • Model: Babies aged over 12 months
  • Material: BPA free Silicone
  • Softness: It’s soft
  • Advantages: Symmetrical orthodontic nipple, specially designed to help baby acceptance

 

 

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