Best Pacifiers of 2015

Looking for the best pacifiers of 2015? So are we!

In our case, with three kids down and one almost done baking, we knew right away that we would be stashing a pacifier or three in our diaper bag, purse, van, kitchen and any and every other crevice. It’s been 6 years since we’ve had a kiddo that used one and there have been SO many changes to just about every product over the years that we wanted to take our time and find out what was different.

Honestly, we weren’t met with a lot of differences with pacifiers. Aside from being mostly BPA free, something that just started to trend when our now 6-year-old was baking, most of them aren’t to far from what we’d had before.

Every baby is different though, and despite the Phillips Avent Pacifier being our three boys’ favorites, we can’t be sure what to expect our new baby to like when she comes in October.

Here’s the rundown of the most popular styles and brands and our opinions on each of them.

PHILLIPS AVENT SOOTHIE PACIFIER

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This is a favorite among hospitals and I have noticed that a lot of my friends’ kids seem to like this one too.

Our boys just didn’t like this one. I am not really sure why. One of the things we noticed was the back of the pacifier isn’t curved, so when they suck on it, it seemed to lose suction and would pop out of their mouths. This was especially true when they were brand new.

The description says:

  • Sized and shaped for baby’s mouth
  • Latex free
  • Hospital grade silicone
  • Durable, one piece construction
  • Packaging may vary

While I would love to assume they are BPA free. They just don’t list it in their description.

Also, I would like to add that these pacis are a PIA for keeping off the floor with their limited abilities when it comes to pacifier clips.

THE FIRST YEARS GUMDROP PACIFIER

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The First Years wasn’t a brand I would have even glanced at years ago, but these pacifiers caught my attention for several reasons. First, they were one of very few brands to actually post photos of the actual nipple on their pacifiers. Secondly, they were the ONLY brand to have a photo of it in an actual babies mouth to show the fit AND the only to have an actual video about their product on their listings.

They went a step further…

Check out this product description:

  • Trusted by hospitals
  • One-piece, silicone design stays clear of baby’s button nose
  • Easily works with most pacifier attachers
  • Convenient two-pack so you’ll have a clean spare
  • BPA free, Latex free, Phthalate free

See that last line? Not only are they rockin’ the BPA free, they are also Latex and Phthalate free. Something that may be happening with other brands, but if it is, they sure didn’t list it.

This attention to detail was enough for us to try this pacifier out for ourselves. The shape of the paci and the nipple seemed right and worth a try AND they make room for a pacifier clip.

MAM PACIFIER

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I was hoping to find a photo of the actual nipple of this pacifier, but just like with Advent, the design is shown and not the actual nipple. I’d rather see the nipple, MAM. This is another pacifier that our boys just didn’t like. While the design of the back of the pacifier helped keep it in place in their mouth and it didn’t seem to slip out, the actual shape of the nipple is (still) weird. I don’t know if I was honestly expecting it to be different aside from being BPA free, but I was still a little shocked that they didn’t change the nipple just a little to be less flat and spoonish at the tip.

From the product description:

  • Silicone
  • Imported
  • BPA-free pacifiers
  • Curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face
  • MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple stays comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture

Out of all four, this pacifier is probably our least favorite of the bunch.

PHILLIPS AVENT BPA FREE PACIFIER

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You can kind of see the shape of the nipple in this photo, which we appreciate, and while this paci has been our kiddos favorites (for all three so far), we just aren’t sold on it considering The First Years newer pacis that seem to be a little on the interesting side. We have to admit though, because this pacifier has been an ongoing favorite for our kids, we have stocked our fair share of a dozen or so of them.

So what made it a favorite? The shape. The nipple is perfectly shaped (see the tiny image by the yellow sun looking thing on the package above). The slight angle in the pacifier itself makes it easy to keep in the mouth and it doesn’t seem to pop out.

We feel as though the air vents are a major player in this paci staying in tiny mouths. This feature is enough to keep this pacifier on our best pacifiers list AND win it’s way into our diaper bag this Fall.

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Their product description:

  • BPA-Free
  • 6 air holes in shield create extra airflow for less skin irritation
  • Orthodontic, symmetrical collapsible silicone nipple
  • Security ring handle
  • Dishwasher safe and can be sterilized

In the end, we went with two different kinds of pacifiers and will let it play out to see what she actually likes best.


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Tiny Prints Baby Announcement Card of the Weekend

While we’re waiting to have babies, we can pick out the most amazing announcement cards, right?

My favorite this weekend is the Beautiful Intro: Dijon design by Shutterfly / Tiny Prints.

I mean… look for yourself.

Beautiful Intro: Dijon

This simple and cute design will be added to my list to consider when the time comes to announce our little bundle. And, at that price, I can’t help but be completely in love.

Do you have your mailing list ready?

Why We Went with the Britax B-Safe 35

We have been fans of Britax since meeting a member of their team, Kate, in LA. Combine their friendliness with their safety record and you begin to quickly lean towards the brand.

We needed a car seat that met the following criteria:

  • Safety first!!
  • Light weight.
  • Easy to carry.
  • Soft, not scratchy, fabric.

Our last baby was born six years ago and after much research and debate, we chose to go back to Britax with our newest addition due this Fall. Our previous Britax Chaperone was heavy to carry, but we wanted the safety features and, of course, the Cowmooflauge design. We were willing to go with any brand so long as they met our criteria. Britax won.

This time around we went with the Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat version.

We had gone to a local store to check out the new design, check the weight and get a general idea of what had been happening during our time away from baby products. We were happy to find out that there were many positive changes, including:

  • Lighter weight
  • Amazing new fabric on the inside.
  • Visor that attaches to the back so it doesn’t flip forward

Of course, there’s also a stroller specifically made for the Britax B-Safe 35, which we also grabbed.

Overall this car seat met every demand we had for a new infant car seat. We trust the brand and we trust their safety record. Check out the Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat for yourself and come back and add your own stars to our review chart.

10 Things To Do While on Bedrest

You’re trying to keep your squish in your belly as long as you can and you’ve been put on bedrest. Here’s 10 ideas for things to do while on bedrest.

10. Get a kindle. There are so many amazing books. Start with the ones that will hook you. The Harry Potter series is sure to take you a couple solid weeks. Follow it with a movie marathon. Follow that idea by trailing after every book made into a movie.

9. Start a blog. Write about your thoughts, your fears, what you’re occupying your time with today.

8. Write a book. Any book. Ebooks. Ibooks. Anything you like.

7. Join FB groups for moms on bed rest. DO NOT join groups where people have fake names and like to bully other users. Trust me on this one.

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6. Take up a craft. If you’ve ever wanted to knit, sew or be the next Brit + Co., today is the day.

5. Pin everything. Every project, idea, patio decoration, color scheme or party theme you’ve ever thought about. At least you’ll have the world’s most rockin Pinterest account.

4. Learn a language. How cool would it be to have a bilingual child? Learn a language you’ve always wanted now and then you’ll be able to chat it up in dual languages when your little is born.

3. Watch endless series episodes. Lost. Walking Dead. Vampire Diaries. Get started.

2. Shop, create registries and get ready for your bundle.

1. Look up everything you ever wanted to know about. You’re your own captive audience. Use the time to grow.

This list of 10 things to do while on bedrest is just the beginning. Use this list to expand and make your own list. Heck, blog about it and post the link to your list here in the comments.

Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pregnancy Pillow Review

The Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pregnancy Pillow just wasn’t for me. While I was only four months into my pregnancy, I am on baby number four and I have to admit that I NEEDED this pillow to work to support my already sore belly and back. I suffer from something called pelvic dysfunction, an issue caused by early release of relaxin in the body. Relaxin is a hormone intended to swarm the body close to birth, but some of us, me included, release the hormone early in pregnancy and it loosens cartilage that holds your pelvis together. Most of the time it makes it hard to walk and causes a horrible ache. I use a belt to hold myself together through the day and reduce the pain and discomfort, but the pillow was suppose to help by supporting my belly, therefore reducing the pressure on the rest of my body.

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It just didn’t work for me.

While I love, love any and every boppy product ever made, this just isn’t one of them. The reason? The Velcro design that fell apart as I moved around. By time I woke up in the morning, the three pieces of the pillow had come apart from one another and were laying on the floor. When I woke up for my nightly run to the restroom, I tried to fumble in the dark to put it back together, but wasn’t successful and wasn’t going to turn on the light and wake up my husband. Needless to say, it was returned the next day.

I would love to say that this pillow would work for other moms, but honestly, at only four months in, I can’t imagine it working any better. At four months my bump isn’t exactly huge. Because of that, I can’t foresee moms with full-term bellies being able to keep it together.

Conclusion: If you move, at all, we feel like this pillow is going to pop the Velcro and end up on the floor just like it did with us. One GOOD thing about it is that the pillow does have three sections so you can pick and choose, but still, who wants to fight with an unruly product?

WHAT DO WE RECOMMEND?

The Snoogle.

A full review on this product is coming soon. In the meantime.. drool…

*We were not paid for this review. We purchased this product while looking for an amazing body pillow.