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10 Best Dummies And Soothers For Babies And Toddlers

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Dummies, soothers, pacifiers - whatever you want to call them, they've been around for centuries and are generally used to help settle down, calm, and soothe babies.

Whilst using a dummy is totally up to your own personal preference, many parents find them a great way to help satisfy a baby's natural sucking instinct when not feeding, to dissolve any discomfort they may be feeling, and to relax and settle them down for sleep during naps and at night. It's usually suggested that you wait until a baby is around a month old and breastfeeding has already been established before introducing a dummy or a soother, but they're very commonly used within at least the first six months and are even said to help premature babies with the switch from tube to bottle feeding.

All dummies and soothers are created with some sort of mouth shield to prevent choking or swallowing and with ventilation holes, and so are as safe as can be for newborns and babies to use. Many are also designed with special or unique functions and designs that are great for babies and toddlers of different ages and with different needs.

You'll tend to find that each and every baby takes to dummies differently and that there will usually be a specific selection of these that they'll actually like enough to accept. Finding the right one can be a real challenge for some parents, and it's not like your baby can speak up and tell you which one they want. What one baby may love, another may not be so fond of - so whilst finding the right fit can be a little tricky, it's definitely not impossible - though you may have to use a little trial and error. There are many aspects to consider when choosing; Are they made with silicone? Are they BPA free? Are they orthodontic? Are they a decent price?

With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of the 10 best dummies and soothers and their benefits below that we think you'll love, all in packs of two and all highly-recommend by mothers and/or medical staff. Check them out - and if you're after even more baby inspiration, why not take a look at our best moses baskets or our best baby high chairs?

Our Top Choice

Philips Avent Silicone Translucent Soother Two Pack

If you're looking for dummies for newborns, then this Philips Avent dummy set of two is the perfect buy. Orthodontic and with a super-soft small silicone teat to fit easily in the mouth, the dummy is great for everyday use and promotes natural suckling (the same way as when breastfeeding) whilst ensuring the natural development of healthy teeth and gums. It has a simple clear design and is a great size for both newborns and young babies - who you'll also find take to them very well. The set even comes with individual caps and a plastic case to keep the dummies hygienic and free from germs - a great purchase that's sure to become a staple in your baby's life!

  • Price: £4.99
  • Age: 0-6 months
  • Made with silicone

Best Dummy For Animal Lovers

Fun Animal Face Dummies - Nuby

Available in three different colours with three different sets of animal designs to pick from (cat/elephant, monkey/frog, or shark/bear) - this Nuby dummy set is not only great to look at, but it's also bright, cute, and will have both you and your little one smiling - perfect when trying to get them using a dummy. Recommended by 95% of mums, the orthodontic nipple cherry shaped teats support oral development and are made to feel like the breast when feeding. The dummies are BPA free, made with a soft silicone material, are fully sealed and easy to clean, and have a handle to hold for easy removal and to prevent dropping.

  • Price: £4.50
  • Age: 6-18 months
  • Made with silicone 

Best Dummy For Day And Night

Tommee Tippee Newborn Day/Night Soothers

The Tommee Tippee newborn dummies are an excellent, high-quality choice for your little one. Completely BPA free, this two set pack of day and night time soothers feature adorable designs of the moon, stars, and smiling clouds - and are designed with a smaller shield suitable for the faces of newborns. Each baby soother is orthodontic (meaning that it doesn't interfere with jaw or teeth development), comes with its own individual hygiene cover, and even has a guaranteed rate of acceptance for babies - a great set of soothers from a brand highly-recommend by mothers.

  • Price: £9.99
  • Age: 0-2 months
  • Made with silicone 

Best For Teething

NUK Genius Silicone Soother

This simple yet stylish two-pack of blue and white Nuk dummies is ideal for those aged 6 months and over. Packaged in a reusable box for convenient storage - the orthodontic soothers are modelled on the shape of a nipple during breastfeeding with a naturally soothing, soft and flexible baglet to encourage babies to accept and promote healthy teeth and jaws. The dummies are even bite-resistant and so make for a great teething dummy, with integrated groves included to ensure that saliva flows away from the mouth to avoid any possible skin irritations. The NUK air system also ensures that the teat remains flexible and soft, an aspect that is sure to be appreciated by your little ones!

  • Price: £5.49
  • Age: 6-18 months
  • Made with silicone and latex

Best For Newborns

Philips 2 Pack Avent Soothie

This two-pack of Philips Avent dummies are ideal for those up to 3 months old and are often used by medical professionals to calm and soothe newborns in the hospital. This particular set comes in gorgeous vibrant pink and purple colours, is 100% BPA free, and features a smaller teat suited for newborns and breastfed babies who will find familiarity in the shape of the teat. The one-piece baby dummy set is even suited to smaller babies so if you're struggling to find premature baby dummies then this Avent soothie pacifier is a great alternative - one that you and your baby will be sure to love.

  • Price: £8.79
  • Age: 0-3 months
  • Made with silicone 

Best For Night-Time

MAM Night Soother -MAM

This two-pack of MAM dummies are the perfect night soothers, with an excellent 94% acceptance rate for babies. Designed with an adorable moon, star, and a cute sleeping whale on them - not only is the grey design ideal for both boys and girls but the buttons even glow in the dark all night long, making them super easy to find with minimal disturbance. Suitable for those up to 6 months old, these newborn dummy MAM soothers are BPS and BPA free, orthodontically approved to promote healthy jaw and teeth development, have their own self-sterilising box included for easy cleaning, and even come in three extra sizes so that the babies' dummies can grow with them over time!

  • Price: £5
  • Age: 0+ months
  • Made with silicone 

Best For Soothing

Tommee Tippee Soothers

This two-pack of Tommee Tippee dummies are designed with an adorable blue and white lion-themed look with a handle. 100% BPA free, the baby soothers are also orthodontically approved with an orthodontic nipple - the perfect shape to fit comfortably in the mouth of your little one and to prevent nipple confusion. The teat of this Tommee Tippee dummy is also reversible with no right side up so your baby can put it in themselves, and is also totally taste-free and very easy to clean. The soother even has an acceptance guaranteed statement so your baby is sure to take to it. While the soothers are sure to be great no matter what, the seller does warn that depending on stock levels the design of the dummy may differ - so if you're looking for a specific design, you may want to consider one of our other options!

  • Price: £4
  • Age: 6-18 months
  • Made with silicone 

Best For A First Dummy

The First Years 2 Pack GumDrop Newborn Pacifier

Perfect for newborns up until a few months old, these two vibrant newborn dummies are made with a latex-free soft silicone that is specifically shaped and designed to fit the face and avoid blocking the nose, and are regularly distributed in hospitals. The teat is shaped for newborns to take to easily and is great for breastfed babies, and the one-piece design makes for a super simple clean, a perfect first dummy for your little one to settle down and suckle away with.

  • Price: £10.99
  • Age: 0-3 months
  • Made with silicone 

Best For Toddlers

Chicco Soft Ergonomic Silicone Pacifier

This Chicco dummy set comes in lovely bright pink and purple colours and is perfect for little girls, who will love the eye-catching design. There is also a green and blue coloured option which is equally appealing. 100% BPA free and orthodontically approved to protect the teeth and jaws - the dummies are made with an ergonomic shape and with ventilation holes for safety. The teats are also safe, soft, and chewable (with no breakage), easy to clean, and look great whilst in use. They're great for teething tots and are sure to be a much-loved purchase.

  • Price: £12.69
  • Age: 16-36 months
  • Made with silicone 

Best One-Piece Design

Nanobebe Flexy Pacifiers‍

With a vented design to help keep the dummy in your baby's mouth, this orthodontic set of clear white dummies not only looks great for both boys and girls but is also extremely durable with an extra-soft teat for the baby's comfort. Flexible, lightweight, and ergonomic - they help to promote healthy development in the mouth and are great for discouraging nipple confusion for breastfeeding mothers. They're also completely BPA free, designed to fit the contour of the face perfectly, are available in more colours, and stay in the mouth with ease.

Kidadl Best Buys selects a number of top-rated products available across the web for all kinds of families.  If you enjoyed our dummy and soother suggestions, you should take a look at our best baby handprint kits for delicate hands and feet, or our top baby bath seats and bath supports of the year!

  • Price: £10.89
  • Age: 3 months +
  • Made with silicone 
Written By
Rachel Garner

Rachel grew up in Switzerland and currently lives in north-west London. She is an avid reader, writer, and a real foodie and loves discovering new hotspots and trendy places to go in the city. She also enjoys planning days out for her family, she especially loves taking her little cousins swimming and to the park. When she has some free time she loves going to concerts, baking, or visiting her family at their home in Essex. She can sometimes be found travelling a bit further than Essex and loves meticulously planning and researching a trip before heading off to explore new places in Europe and further afield.

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