Nothing soothes a fussy baby quite like a pacifier, and some can even soothe a baby’s teething stages.
We’ve tested dozens of pacifiers to find the best ones you can buy for every scenario, price, and age range.
The MAM Perfect Pacifier is our top pick because it’s an inexpensive and cute soother that won’t disrupt tooth alignment.
A pacifier will get you out of a lot of jams as a parent, especially when the breast or the bottle is not on the menu. As the mother of a former pacifier-obsessed baby, I know my way around the market.
Since there are so many kinds of pacifiers available now, choosing the right one for each stage and circumstance of babyhood can be confusing, but we did the research, consulted the trusted sources, and tested over a dozen kinds on my daughter.
The MAM Perfect Pacifier helps to reduce the risk of tooth misalignment with its soothing shape designed from extra thin BPA/BPS-free silicone.
Pros: Orthodontist-recommended design, 60% smaller nipple size than the average, BPA/BPS-free silicone nipple, helps to prevent tooth misalignment with a symmetrical shape, air holes in shield allow baby’s skin to breathe, self-sterilizing case,
Cons: The airflow design may leave a mark on extra chubby cheeks
The MAM Perfect Pacifier comes in different sizes for babies: ages 0 to 6 months, 6 months and up, and 16-months plus. From the moment my daughter was 3 months old to the day she put her pacifier down for good, MAM pacifiers were her favorite.
I bought pacifiers in bulk as their small size were easily misplaced at home, daycare, or on the go., After trying well over a dozen brands throughout my daughter’s infancy and early toddlerhood, we returned to MAM.
The round, soft shape and subtly bumpy silicone texture closely mimics a breast and felt most familiar to my daughter. The texture also helped keep the point from falling out of her mouth while she wasn’t actively sucking. The pacifiers come inside a self-sterilizing storage case, too. My daughter used the MAM “original” pacifier. Recently, the company has come out with a brand-new “perfect” pacifier made from the same ultra-soft patented silicone (BPA- and BPS-free), which is now even thinner and softer. Though the new design’s air holes may leave a mark on chubbier cheeks, the breathable, realistically-detailed design is well apt for effective use.
The pacifier is also thinner and softer than regular silicone pacifiers meaning it stays comfortably nestled in your baby’s mouth without causing extra pressure. I picked one up to check out the new design for this article and will definitely be keeping it on hand for my next baby.
The best pacifier for newborns
The Mary Meyer WubbaNub Pacifier is a two-in-one lifesaver: practical with its hospital-recommended design and playful with an affixed weighted plush animal, which keeps it from falling out.
Pros: Hospital-recommended design, added plush toy that prevents it from falling out, BPA- and PVC-free
Cons: Hard to disinfect, but machine washable
The Mary Meyer WubbaNub Pacifier pacifier is actually a two-for-one product. The inventor, momtrepreneur Carla Schneider, started with the hospital-recommended all-star newborn pacifier, the Philips Avent Soothie for newborns, and connected it with a wide variety of small bean-filled and adorable plush animals designed to rest on baby’s chest and keep the pacifier from falling out when babies fuss.
The struggle keeping a pacifier in my daughter’s mouth was real. Before my husband and I found the Wubbanub, we took turns popping the pacifier back in our sometimes-colicky tiny daughter’s mouth all night long. The Wubbanub isn’t a perfect solution for falling pacifiers, but the BPA- and PVC-free product is much better than the unweighted alternatives when you’re a desperate, sleep-deprived parent of a newborn.
One of the only drawbacks many parents discover is that the combination of a fabric plush with a silicone pacifier tip is rather hard to disinfect. Like WubbaNub recommends, I occasionally threw the whole thing in the washing machine and held just the silicone tip in boiling water as needed.
Cons: The design sometimes allows water to get trapped inside, may not stay put for babies younger than toddler age
The Tommee Tippee brand is a well-known maker of baby bottles that are built to resemble a breast, and their pacifiers follow the same design.
Instead of the round bulbous tip on the end like many pacifiers have, the Tommee Tippee “closer to nature” design is relatively larger at the tip, yet is symmetrical and narrows into the base This means that the shape and feel of the silicone are more like a real nipple. It won’t stay put in the baby’s mouth as well as brands that have a bulbous tip, but by the time your little one is a toddler, they can handle that part all on their own.
Pros: Hands-free, safe design for sucking or teething, texture stimulates active sucking to help relieve teething pain
Cons: None to speak of
The RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether has a nipple shape similar to that of your average pacifier, but with a nubbier, bumpier texture that feels like a large silicone raspberry. Teething infants love the varied texture, which also stimulates their gums and helps them massage the areas where their teeth are beginning to poke through. None of the other options I tried, like the Molar Muncher Hands-Free Teether, were hands-free or interesting enough texturally to encourage active sucking to ease her teething woes.
Naturally, the design of the Razbaby really shines. Because the shape and sucking function are very similar to a normal pacifier, my daughter could keep this in her mouth on her own and had plenty of opportunities to stimulate and soothe her gums. You can also stick it in the freezer for some cooling action on inflamed spots.
The double-duty capacity is great if you’re frequently on the go with the kids in tow, or if your child goes to daycare. Instead of packing or attaching both a pacifier and a teething toy to your teething baby’s shirt, you can make it all day with just one soothing object.
At first, I was worried that the glow so close to the baby’s face would keep her awake, but I never noticed any problems of that nature in actual usage. Other pacifier brands offer a glow-in-the-dark option, too. There’s the Philips Avent BPA Free Night Time Pacifier, which is affordable, but parents say that the glow-in-the-dark functionality barely works and runs out of charge very quickly. So, because of the good quality of the materials, the popular nature of the design, the widespread availability, and the good price, MAM is still the all-around best.
Though some have found it takes a very bright light to charge the MAM enough for it to really glow well all night, we still found that this brand glows better than other options. It comes in blue, pink, or green styles, and two different sizes for older or younger babies.
When it comes to choosing the right bottle for feeding your baby, it can be overwhelming. There are many different types of bottles, and the truth is, sometimes you may have to try more than one before you find the best baby bottle for your infant.
Different babies have different needs. For example, a strictly bottle-fed baby may prefer a specific nipple design, while a primarily breastfed baby may need a longer nipple or wider mouth. Or you may have a preemie baby, a baby with colic, or another situation that could warrant special features.
Even two babies with seemingly similar needs might have different preferences for a bottle. So if your breastfed baby doesn’t take to the bottle we’ve recommended here, consider our other picks. It can take some trial and error, and that’s completely normal.
As a parent, you may not have a problem with plastic bottles, or you may only want a glass or silicone nonplastic bottle. Some bottles are easier to wash and/or sanitize than others. Extra sanitizing precautions are recommended for babies younger than 3 months, those borne prematurely, or with a weakened immune system. The CDC provides guidance for washing bottles in the dishwasher or by hand, as well as instructions for sanitizing.
Ultimately, you have to find the baby bottle that works best for you and your family’s needs, so I have tested all different kinds of baby bottles to help you narrow down your search.
What makes me an expert to choose the best baby bottles for caregivers to use for their own babies? Well, for one, I’ve used bottles in almost all different types of feeding scenarios with my own five children, including strictly breastfed babies who needed a bottle when I wasn’t present, a full-time bottle-fed baby, a baby who had a mixture of formula and breast milk through a bottle, and a premature baby who had very different needs for a bottle. I’m also a registered nurse who worked in obstetrics for several years, where I had the opportunity to bottle-feed many babies.
To help you find the best baby bottle, I put together this guide by testing all of the bottles with my own baby, from the age of newborn through 8 months old. During that time, she was primarily bottle-fed, although we did attempt nursing at the breast as well. I tested everything from the leading and lesser-known brands of bottles and bottles for specific purposes, like for breastfed babies and formula-feeding. For more feeding-related guides, see the best bottle warmers and breast pumps.
Pros: Affordable, glass, versatile, removable vent system, anti-colic, durable, nipples interchangeable, easy to clean, easy to use, 4- and 8-ounce options, fits in standard diaper bag pouches, dishwasher safe
Cons: Vent system can leak if not used correctly, warming time is longer than plastic bottles
I use the Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options+ Glass Bottle for everyday use because it can withstand full sanitizing without breaking down the way that polycarbonate bottles do. One of the great things about Dr. Brown’s bottles is that the pieces are all interchangeable. They have both a narrow and a wide neck bottle type, but the tops are the same no matter which size you pick, unlike most other bottles.
Along with being premature, my daughter also suffered from severe colic attributed to acid reflux for the first few months of her life, to the point where her pediatrician wanted to temporarily put her on reflux medication. However, after her medication was taken off the market, this bottle helped reduce her symptoms. Depending on the cause of your child’s colic symptoms, this bottle may offer some relief, but of course, there is no guarantee.
I even removed the colic vent a few times to test if it was actually making a difference — and it sure was. Without the vent, my baby basically gulped air, the milk filled with bubbles, and she spit up and had more discomfort. These bottles with the vent were like magic for her. They significantly reduced the amount she spit up and she was much less fussy after eating.
There were a few times when I didn’t make sure the vent was completely flat before I fastened the nipple on the bottle. If you do this, the bottle will leak, so be sure the vent is inserted correctly before you feed your baby.
Dr. Brown’s bottles are quite affordable and sturdy. I have not had a single one of these bottles break, wear down, or show any signs of damage through multiple dishwashing cycles and microwave sanitizing.
The bottles also have add-on accessories, like silicone sleeves and handles that make holding the bottles easier for you or your baby. Like the nipples, the accessories are also interchangeable, so it doesn’t matter what size you’re using. I also really appreciate that the wider-neck glass bottles easily fit in a diaper bag bottle pouch.
Pros: 100% silicone, easy to use and clean, various nipple flow options, affordable, warms quickly, natural feel for breastfed babies, dishwasher safe
Cons: May not fit easily in standard diaper bag bottle pouches
Comotomo baby bottles are made of 100% silicone, so they’re a great option if you’re looking for something other than plastic for your baby. The bottles are offered in both 5- and 8-ounce sizes and the shape is wider at the top than the bottom, with squeezable silicone to mimic the feel of a breast.
The Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle is designed with a wide neck, which makes cleaning very easy. With some other types of bottles, it can be easy for debris from the dishwasher to get trapped in the crevices of bottle tops, but the Comotomo’s wide mouth prevents that. The top of the bottle also has a really convenient “tab” that makes putting the bottle together or dissembling it for cleaning super easy.
The nipples have two anti-colic vents, and I did notice significantly less air being “gulped” by my baby when using this bottle. You can also change the nipple type and flow as your baby grows, from one hole for slow flow for newborns, up to variable flow for infants over 6 months old — all without buying a new bottle.
For a silicone bottle, these bottles are reasonably priced. They can withstand wear and tear and are incredibly durable, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking. They don’t crack, and you can toss them in the dishwasher or sterilizer without worry.
Lastly, while the shape is designed to be helpful for breastfed babies, this bottle worked well for my baby who has been bottle-fed from the start.
Pros: High quality, affordable, fits in diaper bag bottle pouches, anti-colic, convenient for formula feeding, dishwasher safe
Cons: Many parts to clean, not user-friendly out of the box, all parts must be completely dry to use, slower to warm than standard plastic bottle
The PopYum 9-ounce Anti-Colic Formula Bottle is made of polypropylene while the nipple itself is composed of medical-grade silicone. It comes in 5- and 9-ounce sizes, but the for purpose of this review, I tested the larger bottle.
The bottle is designed so you can carry everything you need — both the water and the exact amount of formula — in just one bottle while on the go. You premeasure the formula in the top and fill the water in the bottom. A seal separates the two until you hit the button to allow the formula down into the water. It’s not your standard bottle, however, and I admit that it took me several “trial runs” before I felt confident in setting up the bottle properly.
Made for on-the-go convenience, the bottle has thoughtful design elements, including a wider-neck mouth and a nipple shape that mimics the breast. The wide neck makes it easy to clean. This is especially important for a bottle that uses formula, which can clump and get stuck inside bottles.
PopYum offers three different nipple types: slow, medium, and fast flow. The Stage 1 bottle (5 ounces) comes with three slow flow nipples, and Stage 2 (9 ounces) comes with three medium flow nipples. You can also purchase a two-pack of the slow, medium, or fast flow nipples. Although every baby has different needs, mine was not ready for the medium flow nipple until she was over 6 months old.
The price of approximately $12 per bottle is very reasonable, but the main draw of this bottle is that it’s convenient for use away from home. Because there are five components, it takes some time to clean. It also needs to be completely dry to avoid formula clumping, so it’s not ideal for use as an everyday bottle.
The bottle is easy to clean and you can sterilize it with a dishwasher, microwave, boiling water, or any baby bottle sterilizer. Both the mouth and the bottle itself are slimmer than the Comotomo silicone bottle, so it has a smaller profile.
I attribute Perry Mackin’s wider top and longer nipple design to really mimicking what a breastfed experience is like for a baby. The nipple shape on this bottle is longer than some of the others I tested for breastfed babies. Because it mimics an actual nipple, I found that my bottle-fed baby had a harder time using it since she has never nursed at the breast.
Perry Mackin offers four different nipple steps, starting with a one-hole nipple for newborns that has a slower flow and going up to a full-flow nipple at around 9 months. All the nipples feature a one-way colic vent to reduce air bubbles and fight colic.
I like the design of this bottle, especially because it has a special joint-locking system that makes it easier to secure the top and prevent leaks. Plus, it has several add-ons, including straws and handles for older babies.
But it’s also pricey, and for me, the biggest drawback was that my strictly bottle-fed baby had a hard time using it since it so closely mimics the breast. All things considered, it’s good for breastfed babies and may be a consideration for those who are strictly bottle-fed.
Depending on which size bottle you purchase, the three-pack comes with one of its many nipple flow options, from the specially designed preemie nipple for the 2-ounce bottle to the standard slow flow for the 4-ounce bottle. But as with all Dr. Brown bottles, all the nipple tops are interchangeable, so it’s easy to switch to the one your baby needs. All of the bottles come with a removable anti-colic vent (the insert part).
You definitely can’t beat the price of this bottle, and it is extremely durable, as well as dishwasher safe on the top rack. The only drawback I’ve found with these plastic bottles is if you wash them with them any tomato-based residue — such as pasta sauce — the bottles tend to take on an orangish hue that doesn’t fade after subsequent washings.
I first used this bottle on the recommendation of the NICU when my daughter was born five weeks early for its preemie flow nipple. Now that my daughter is 8 months old, we are still using the bottle — it has stood the test of time and met all of our different bottle-feeding needs. Although I prefer the glass option for everyday use, I stick to the standard plastic Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle for stashing in the diaper bag because of its slim profile.
What else we considered
In our testing, we also considered a few other baby bottles that didn’t quite meet our standards for the best of the best.
Nanobebe: This bottle designed to mimic the breast does have some admirable features like fast warming and breast pump adaptability, but I found it wasn’t as practical as the other bottles I tested. It doesn’t fit in diaper bag bottle pouches, transporting it in a cooler was cumbersome, and even holding it to feed my baby felt awkward.
Lifefactory 4-ounce BPA-Free Glass Baby Bottle With Protective Silicone Sleeve: This bottle gets an honorable mention as a glass option, and I really liked the sleeve, which makes it easy to hold. It was sturdy to transport without the risk of it breaking. However, the nipple on this bottle was the deal-breaker for me — my daughter could not get the hang of it. It seemed to have a longer shape than she was used to in most other bottles, so it didn’t work for us.
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