Pacifiers were invented in the early 20th century. In the past they were made of latex rubber. Today, they are made of either latex or silicone. A silicone pacifier is considered safe and efficient and is, thus, a good choice for your baby.
What makes it so good?
- A silicone pacifier contains NO latex, PVC, phthalates, parabens, or BPAs
- It is hypoallergenic.
- It will NOT wear out or discolor over time. Its strength makes it fit for babies who have started teething.
- It can be sterilized by boiling or thrown in the dishwasher
- It will most likely outlast your child’s babyhood and, therefore, can be used for multiple babies.
However there are also disadvantages
- A silicone pacifier needs to be sterilized properly.
- It is not “all natural” or biodegradable.
Natural rubber pacifiers
In case you want to go all natural, choose natural rubber pacifiers. They’re biodegradable and much softer if you compare them to a silicone pacifier and, therefore, may feel more like skin. However, they have their disadvantages:
- They may contain nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are carcinogens naturally found in rubber.
- They MUST be replaced after two months.
- They can dry out and crack.
- They contain latex, which can trigger an allergic reaction.
- They are NOT dishwasher-safe.
- They are relatively expensive.
So, which newborn pacifier should I choose?
The busy mother and father should opt for a silicone pacifier. Even though it’s not biodegradable or all-natural, it’ll last for years. This means the binky you buy now can be used with all your children. In addition, it can be easily cleaned and sterilized
While there certainly are advantages to natural rubber pacifiers, they’re not as convenient. In fact, to get the most out of using them, a parent has to spend more time and money, and let’s face it: when you have a baby, you’re definitely short on both.