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4 Best Dummies For Newborn Babies in Australia in 2022

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Expecting a newborn? Congratulations! One of the essentials we recommend you stock up on are dummies. A baby dummy can be incredibly helpful for soothing and calming your newborn and even help lull them to sleep. However, there are so many types to choose from so we understand it can get a bit overwhelming. Keep reading for our 101 guide to help you discover the best dummies for a newborn and our top picks in 2022.

What does a dummy do for a baby?

Let’s start with the basics of what a dummy actually does and why you might want to invest in one from the get-go. A dummy is sucked on by babies and helps them to self-soothe as it mimics the natural action of breastfeeding. It is also thought that using dummies when putting babies to sleep may also reduce the risk of SIDS. Whilst dummies can be extremely useful for newborns, you may want to start weaning your child off one from 8 months old to ensure they don’t become too dependent on them.

What are the types of dummies?

You might have heard the age old adage, there’s a shoe for every foot, and when it comes to dummies there is one for every baby! Let us help break down the different types of dummies in Australia.

Silicone Dummy

Silicone dummies are probably the most popular ones on the market. Be sure to only buy 100% food safe silicone. They’re a great option thanks to their durable nature and are dishwasher safe.

Latex Dummy

Latex dummies are often a little softer and more flexible than silicone dummies. However, they can be less durable.

Natural Rubber Dummy

Natural rubber dummies are the perfect choice for parents looking for more natural options and to help reduce your environmental footprint.

Cherry Shaped Dummy

Cherry shaped teats are round and most similar to a mother’s breast. They are recommended as the best dummies for newborns by lactation consultants to avoid nipple confusion.

Orthodontic Teat Dummy

Orthodontic teats instead have a round top and a flat bottom so your baby’s tongue rests flat against the bottom of the teat. They’re the preferred option by orthodontists, whilst lactation consultants suggest introducing it when babies are a little older around 6 months.

When to introduce a dummy pacifier?

The average age a baby starts using a pacifier is 4 months old. However, many parents introduce a dummy to newborns too. Conversely, the average age a baby weans off a pacifier is 36 months old.

How do you choose a dummy?

The best pacifier is the one that your baby takes to and is comfortable with. When it comes to choosing the best dummy for a newborn, there are a few things to consider. Have a think about:

  • Material: Choose between silicone, latex and natural rubber.
  • Size: Some dummies come in different sizes. The smaller ones are best for newborns and tend to be a little softer too.
  • Teat: Choose between a cherry teat and an orthodontic teat. Cherry is a good option for newborns. The nipple should be made of soft, pliable material and should have a smooth surface.
  • Safety: The base of the pacifier should be wide enough so that it won't fit all the way into your baby's mouth.
  • Single piece dummies: Are a good option to consider as they tend to be safer to use as they don’t come apart easily.

Best dummy for breastfed baby

When it comes to introducing dummies to a breastfed baby, it’s generally advised to wait until your child is around a month old. This is to give your baby time to get used to breastfeeding and avoid nipple confusion. Choose a dummy that best resembles the shape of the mother’s breast - any of the below four options are ideal for breastfed babies.

How to clean a baby dummy?

Dummies can be hot spots for bacteria and germs to develop, so it’s really important to keep close attention on sterilising and cleaning your dummies. We like the Philips Avent Microwave Steriliser as it’s quick and easy (and also sterilises bottles at the same time). Just pop your dummy inside the steriliser and then into the microwave to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Alternatively, you can use boiling hot water and soap to clean your child’s dummies.

How often do you replace a newborn dummy?

Make sure to regularly inspect your newborn dummy for any wear and tear which can become a safety issue. Generally, the rule is to replace a dummy every 4-6 weeks.

How to sterilize baby pacifiers?

We advise you to sterilize BIBS dummies after every use. Sterilising dummies will remove any bacteria and prevent your baby from developing an infection. It’s quick and easy to sterilise dummies, simply follow these steps:

  1. Pour boiling water over the dummy in a bowl and let it soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Let the dummy dry and cool off on a clean towel.
  3. Use the towel to press out any excess water inside the nipple.

We don’t recommend you put your pacifier or baby soother in the dishwasher as they often don’t reach a high enough temperature to properly sterilise the dummy. You can keep your dummy clean between sterilising it with warm soapy water.

Our List of the Best 4 Dummies in 2022

Ready to choose the best pacifier for your little one?

1. Dummy Duo Pack by Bibs Dummies

The number one bestseller at The Memo when it comes to dummies. We love this handy two-in-one pack because one’s sure to go missing sooner or later and you’ll know about it if you don’t have a backup ready! With a soft and round shape that resembles mum’s breast, these dummies are natural for babies to clamp onto and self-soothe. The teat is made from 100% natural rubber latex and they come with a convex shield which allows airflow to ventilate the delicate skin.

Features of Dummy Duo Pack:

  • 17 different shades
  • Two pack
  • 100% natural rubber latex
  • Round and soft shape
  • Convex shield
  • Choose from size 1(0-6 months) or size 2(6+months)
  • BPA & PVC Free, no Phthalates

2. Round Dummy Duo Pack by Natural Rubber Soother

If you’re specifically looking to reduce your environmental impact and keep things eco-friendly, then this is the dummy for you. It’s made from 100% sustainable natural rubber and is extremely hygienic. Nothing is compromised when it comes to the design or comfort either and the dummy has a round shape, large shield and soft natural rubber designed to replicate mum’s breast. This familiar shape makes it the perfect dummy for babies to take to.

Features of Round Dummy:

  • Made from 100% sustainable natural rubber
  • Round and soft shape
  • Comes in three sizes from 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6+ months
  • BPA, PVC and phthalates free
  • No chemical softeners

3. Night Glow Dummy Duo by Bibs Dummies

We love a multitasking duo, so this night light and dummy in one fits the bill perfectly! Our customers love this one too and in fact it was awarded Winner in the Sleep Superhero category in The Memos Awards 2022, as voted by thousands of Australian parents. It’s exactly the same as the regular dummy from Bibs Dummies but it has the added benefit of glowing in the dark. All you need to do is hold it in the light for 5 seconds to activate. Perfect for late night feeds without turning on all the lights in baby’s room.

Features of Night Glow Dummy:

  • Glows in the dark
  • Made from 100% natural rubber latex
  • Round and soft shape
  • BPA, PVC, and phthalates free

4. De Lux Silicone Dummy Duo by Bibs Dummies

Specifically looking for a silicone dummy? Then this is the one for your child. Some babies love rubber, but others prefer silicone so it just depends on your baby’s preference. The De Lux dummy from Bibs Dummies is the same round and soft shape as their other styles which resembles mum’s breast and helps them latch on easily.

Features of De Lux Silicone Dummy:

  • Made from 100% food-safe silicone
  • Round & soft
  • BPA, PVC, and phthalates free
  • 1 size option suitable for up to 36 months

Best dummy for newborn Australia

Ready to buy dummies for newborns in Australia? Discover our complete edit of the best dummies now including Bibs Dummies too. While you're at it, consider investing in a dummy chain to make sure you never lose it!

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