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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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