Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci 100% Silicone Pacifier

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

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Overall Take

Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci 100% Silicone Pacifier comes designed with a nipple that most resembles the company's bottle nipple. That way, babies don't get confused when moving from feeding to resting. Since the nipple is hollow, you won't have to worry about trapped water that can potentially grow bacteria. When it comes to the pacifier's shield, you'll find a contoured butterfly-shaped curve that offers a better fit around baby's nose and cheeks. We like the addition of the hook for easy grabbing. In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Dr. Brown’s Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci 100% Silicone Pacifier placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.6
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
836 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It uses the same little venting holes, is BPA-free and latex-free, and is made of 100% silicone. Just like the Philips, it's easy to dishwash, steam, or boil, and has a hollow nipple that won't trap water inside.
- Mommy Hood 101
The one piece design is very hygienic and doesn’t have any cracks or joints where bacteria can get in and cause a hazard for your baby.
- Thoroughly Reviewed
What experts didn't like
The only down-fall of that loop is that babies can accidentally (randomly) swing their hands up and pull it out of their mouth.
- Mommy Hood 101

From The Manufacturer

Soothing baby is simplified with Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci - the soft silicone pacifier shaped like Dr. Brown’s bottle nipple. Introducing baby to a pacifier is made easy with the familiar Dr. Brown’s shape baby is used to. Plus, moms love the one-piece construction of the HappyPaci. This lightweight, 100% silicone pacifier features a contoured butterfly-shaped shield that curves away from baby’s face for comfort, providing plenty of room for little noses and cheeks. Easy clean, dishwasher (top rack) and sterilizer safe. Comes in a variety of colors. BPA free. 0m+

Overall Product Rankings

1. MAM Glow In the Dark Pacifiers
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
3. WubbaNub Infant Pacifier
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 10
4. Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci 100% Silicone Pacifier
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
5. RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
6. The First Years Gumdrop Newborn Pacifier
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Ryan & Rose Cutie PAT All-in-One Pacifier
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
8. BIBS BPA-Free Natural Rubber Baby Pacifier
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
9. Nookums Paci-Plushies Buddies Pacifier Holder
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Pacifiers

Pacifiers, sometimes referred to as binkies or dummies, are a source of comfort for babies. Parents who choose to provide their infants and toddlers with a pacifier will want to do a little research before deciding which one is best.

First, pacifiers are sold in several different sizes that are based on the age of the child. You’ll find them in newborn, 0 to 6 months, 6+ months, 12+ months and 18+ months.

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Once you identify the binkies in your baby’s size, check the material that the product is made from. Most are made of silicone, but you also want to check the label to make sure there aren’t any toxic chemicals. For example, the WubbaNub Infant Pacifier states that it is latex, BPA, PVC and phthalate-free.

Next, examine the shape of the binky’s nipple and shield. Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci 100% Silicone Pacifier has a contoured butterfly-shaped shield that curves from nose and cheeks. Other pacifier models have nipples and shields that are the same no matter which way you turn them. That saves a parent from having to flip the binky if the baby puts the pacifier in her mouth upside down.

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Check to see if the pacifier has any recommendations from specialists in the industry. Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, for instance, is not only the pacifier of choice among 2,000 U.S. hospitals, but its design also adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for newborns. That means parents can feel confident when choosing this brand.

Finally, consider any extras that the pacifier may offer. Do the binkies come in a variety of colors or do they have fun animals or recognizable characters on the front of their shields? MAM Glow In the Dark Pacifiers actually light up at night, which is helpful for parents in the event that the baby drops the binky. Parents don’t want to turn on the lights to hunt for the pacifier and risk waking up their sleeping baby.

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DYWM Fun Fact

Since pacifiers were first mentioned in a German book called “A Guide on Young Children” back in 1473, they have undergone a number of changes. They evolved from sugar or poppy seeds wrapped in a linen cloth to rubber nipples with shields made of bone or ivory. Today, pacifiers are made with either silicone or latex nipples and plastic shields. Some models also added a plastic ring to the shield.

Sears was the first company to sell pacifiers on a large scale out of its 1902 catalog. Now, parents can purchase pacifiers at any grocery store, department store, pharmacy, baby retailer or through a host of online outlets.

The Pacifier Buying Guide

  • There are a few different ways to clean and sterilize your infant’s pacifier. You can soak it in a solution that contains 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Another option is to boil a cup of water in the microwave or on the stovetop and let the binky soak in it for about 4 to 5 minutes. Always rinse the pacifier off after cleaning, and make sure it is back to room temperature before giving it to your little one.
  • Giving your baby a pacifier during naps and at bedtime lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by more than 50 percent.
  • Many toddlers give up pacifiers on their own between the ages of two and four. Since the risk of developing dental problems increases in older children who use binkies, this is a good time to start helping your child wean from the pacifier if he or she has a hard time giving it up on their own.
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  • Always check pacifiers for wear, as they tend to last just a few months before becoming torn or scratched. If the pacifier isn’t made using a one-piece construction, the nipple may even detach. Once the nipples become worn enough to break off, it poses a choking risk to your baby. It’s best to toss the pacifier and purchase a new one.
  • When comparing pacifier prices, you’ll need to look at how many pacifiers are in each pack. On the higher end is the WubbaNub Infant Pacifier at around $14 for just one. In the middle is MAM Glow In the Dark Pacifiers, which come in a 2-pack for approximately $14, making them $7 a piece. Tied for the most affordable pacifier is the Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier 2-count for $4, or $2 a piece, and Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci 100% Silicone Pacifier 3-count for $5, or about $1.50 each.