Best-Rated Baby Dummies & Soothers

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Aussies rated BIBS best in Canstar Blue’s review of baby dummies and soothers. The brand scored five stars for ease of use for baby, design, quality, durability and overall satisfaction.


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Aussie babies ‘suckers’ for BIBS dummies & soothers

It’s not just parents that can get stressed during their child’s early development years, but dummies and soothers too. After all, they can be used to settle newborns and children up until the age of four years old, meaning wear and tear is inevitable. That’s why it’s worth investing in a quality dummy/soother, that is made to last for as long as your child needs it. Canstar Blue’s review takes the pain out of looking for a dummy and soother, so you won’t be left the sucker.

How we rate baby dummies & soothers

Aussie mums and dads are vigilant when it comes to keeping their kids’ dummies in tip-top shape. Nearly one in four (24%) replace their baby’s dummy or soother at least once a month, a number of them (40%) keep it clean with frequent sterilisation and over half (57%) are loyal to a brand they love, choosing the same one for each replacement.
If you’re still unsure of which dummy or soother to get, or have some teething troubles like the 19% of parents who worry about plastic in dummies and soothers, Canstar Blue’s guide compares the top brands in the market, so you can find a dummy or soother, that you and your baby adore.

Canstar Blue surveyed 428 Australians for their feedback on the dummies and soothers they’ve purchased for their child/children in the last 12 months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their dummies or soothers from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a dummy/soother brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Ease of use for the baby: the dummy/soother was easy for baby to latch onto and grab.
  • Design: the dummy/soother was compact enough and lightweight (i.e. baby could sleep with the dummy or soother).
  • Ease of cleaning: the dummy/soother was easy to handwash or clean in the dishwasher.
  • Quality: the dummy/soother was made from high-quality materials which improved its function (i.e. it could be easily sterilised).
  • Durability: the dummy/soother was sturdy and had a good lifespan considering the frequency of use.
  • Value for money: the cost was low for the quality and effectiveness of the dummy/soother.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  1. BIBS
  2. Philips Avent
  3. Tommee Tippee
  4. NUK

BIBS was a clear winner, taking home five stars in multiple categories, including ease of use, design, quality, durability and overall satisfaction.

Meanwhile, runner-up Philips Avent scored top marks for ease of cleaning, value for money and durability. Tommee Tippee additionally got five stars for ease of use, and value for money, while NUK rounded up the ratings with five stars for easy cleaning and durability.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

Top Baby Dummy & Soother Brand – BIBS

BIBS Boheme 2 PACK Blossom/Dusky Lilac

BIBS is a Danish brand that’s been in the baby and toddler business since 1978. The company’s ethos is to manufacture sustainably produced, original, and safe baby products with an aesthetic design.

BIBS kicked off with an iconic ‘Colour’ pacifier, which helped to splash some colour across the industry, and has since continued, even launching a ‘tie-dye’ and glow-in-the-dark-themed set available online. It also offers a variety of options for dummies and soothers, including Boheme, Colour, De Lux, Supreme, Couture, GLOW and special editions. Within the range, you can find dummies and soothers made from either rubber, latex or silicone, which come in two sizes and in a rainbow of colours and patterns.

Prices start off at $9.95 for the original Colour dummy, made of natural rubber latex and go right up to $39.95 for the Try It collection − a dummy and soother package that comes with four different types, so you can find the right shape and fit for your baby.

  • Bubs and parents are cooing over BIBS, rating it best for ease of use, design, quality, durability, and overall satisfaction. It landed on four stars for ease of cleaning, and three stars for value for money.

Are baby dummies safe to use?

Dummies can be safe if used correctly and are usually given to infants who have been bottle-fed from birth. They may also be particularly helpful for babies that have trouble suckling. Here are some tips on how to use dummies and soothers safely:

  • Never force your child to use a dummy
  • If the dummy or soother falls out of the child’s mouth while sleeping, do not re-insert it
  • Research the advantages and risks associated with using dummies or soothers before introducing them to your child
  • Always choose products that have an Australian Standards label
  • Regularly check dummies for damage
  • Regularly clean dummies and soothers
  • Don’t dip dummies or soothers into sweet foods, such as honey
  • Avoid using dummies if your baby has chronic ear infections

Babies generally stop their sucking habits around the age of two, and it’s strongly advised that children must wean off their dummies or soothers around the age of four, otherwise, it could cause oral problems like jaw misalignment and tooth decay as well as other issues.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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