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Understanding Different Pacifier Shapes and Sizes - Goldtex

Understanding Different Pacifier Shapes and Sizes

See below for a desciption of the different pacifier shapes you may come across in your journey through parenthood. The 2 mains parts of the pacifier are the sheld (which is the part the holds the nipple), and the nipple (which is the part the baby sucks on).


Original Shape Shields

Original shape pacifier have a round shield that gently touches baby's nose in order to simulate breastfeeding in a natural way and comfort baby in the same way she or he is used to.

Butterfly shaped shields

Butterfly shaped pacifiers cut-out on the top which gives the shield a butterfly shape and makes more room for baby's nose.


Round Shaped Nipple

Lactation consultants recommend a round cherry teat, especially for younger babies. This is because it's the same shape as a mother's nipple, and doesn't cause nipple confusion with breastfed babies. If you use an orthodontic nipple, it causes a very young baby to suck differently on the mother's nipple and can hurt her and cause cracking and sore nipples. This can lead to problems with breastfeeding.

Orthodontic Shaped Nipples

Orthodontists, however, recommend an orthodontic shaped teat as it's less likely to cause problems with teeth later on. Orthodontic pacifiers are designed to prevent tooth misalignment and orthodontic issues later in life, as baby teeth come in and eventually give way to adult teeth. An orthodontic pacifier features a nipple that is flattened on the bottom and rounded at the top. They are specifically designed to support the shape of a baby's developing palate and jaw. During sucking, they flatten in the baby's mouth just like mother's nipple to provide the most natural sucking action and reduce pressure on the gums and developing teeth.



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