The First Years Gumdrop Newborn Pacifier

Last updated date: June 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Pacifiers and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Mom Loves Best, BestReviews, The Bump, Savant Magazine, Net Parents, Verywell Family, Top 5 Best, Crib Mattress Hub, Baby Advisor and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pacifier you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 67 expert reviews, the The First Years The First Years Gumdrop Newborn Pacifier placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pacifier for a detailed review of all the top pacifiers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
1,432 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Gives your baby room to breathe.
- Mom Loves Best
February 6, 2019 | Full review
Soft, durable silicone doesn't have detectable odors or tastes for those hard to please babies. Safety of a one-piece design. Open nose area lets baby breathe freely. BPA-free.
- BestReviews
Once mom and baby have a strong nursing relationship, the rounded shape of the GumDrop nipple will lessen the potential for nipple confusion, making it one of the best pacifiers for breastfed babies.
- The Bump
June 18, 2019 | Full review
Completely safe from all sorts of hazards, it features a very innovative design, which is also compatible with most pacifier attachments out there.
- Savant Magazine
Due to its rounded nipple shape, it is perfect for breastfed babies.
- Net Parents
March 18, 2019 | Full review
It’s our choice for the best silicone pacifier for its breastfeeding-friendly, unique shape that allows baby to comfortably suck without it covering his little nose.
- Verywell Family
May 15, 2019 | Full review
It is able to be used for bottled-fed and breastfed babies. It is very lightweight and has a all-in-on design, so you will find it is so easy to pop this paci back into your little one’s mouth.
- Top 5 Best
The Gumdrop pacifier is designed to stay free of the baby’s tiny nose. What would seem to be an almost minor characteristic, actually allows the baby to rest without interference from the pacifier’s shield.
- Crib Mattress Hub
So, it is easier to keep clean and usually lasts a good bit longer before it would become necessary to replace it.
- Baby Advisor
January 31, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some moms have had trouble with their babies’ fingers getting stuck in the holes.
- Mom Loves Best
February 6, 2019 | Full review
Tougher silicone than other newborn pacifiers, which some babies reject.
- BestReviews
Some parents have complained that this infant pacifier is considerably harder than other baby pacifiers.
- Net Parents
March 18, 2019 | Full review
The only real downfall that we could find of the best silicone pacifier is that it does not have an orthodontic nipple.
- Baby Advisor
January 31, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Meet baby’s first pacifier. Distributed in hospitals worldwide, GumDrop pacifiers have an innovative one-piece design constructed of durable, latex-free silicone. Available in bright colors, they’re shaped to fit baby's face while staying clear of his or her nose. Sized for babies 0-3 months, it’s the perfect introductory pacifier to soothe your new addition.

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.