Binki, Paci, Plug, Soother, Dummy = Pacifier

Binky, paci, plug, soother, dummy are all different names for a pacifier. Regardless of what you call it, they all do the same thing. They soothe fussy babies but more importantly, they are known to reduce the risk of SIDS. There are so many pacifiers to choose from but don’t get too excited because you never know if your baby will take to it or not (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics pacifiers are preferable to thumb-sucking).

Here are a few pacifier shopping tips:

* Buy silicone pacifiers only.

* Don’t buy pacifiers with strings or anything else attached to it.

* Check for recalls.

* Check to make sure the nipple is firmly attached to the base.

* The pacifier shield should measure  1 1/4 inches across and it should have vent holes.

For a top 10 list of best pacifiers click here.