Top 4 Natural Rubber Pacifiers

Try one of these natural, ecofriendly soothers

If you are searching for a pacifier made of 100 percent natural materials, then rubber is the way to go. Natural rubber comes from a tree, the sap is tapped, collected and molded into the pacifier shape. These pacifiers are considered eco-friendly since the product comes from a sustainable source. The tree can be tapped up to 35 years meanwhile remaining a habitat for birds and other wildlife.

There are several rubber pacifiers on the market today in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They are carefully crafted to be safe. Since rubber is latex, if you or your child has a latex allergy, in most cases, you should avoid using these pacifiers. You might want to consider silicone.

Review what the different brands have to offer.

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    Natursutten Pacifiers

    Natursutten pacifier
    Photo © Natursutten

    Made in Italy using rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensis, Natursutten is a Danish company. According to the company, the rubber is free of allergens, artificial colors, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, chemical softeners, parabens, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. Molded from a single piece of rubber, they are free of any joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria can accumulate. Even if you have a latex allergy, according to Natursutten, the protein that can provoke a latex allergy is eliminated during production.

    Natursutten pacifiers are 100 percent natural and biodegradable. They are naturally softer than silicone pacifiers, so they will not leave any marks on your baby's face, and they are designed to follow your baby's natural mouth movements.

    These pacifiers are available in two styles—a butterfly shape that rests beneath your baby's nose or a round shape that covers it (the baby can still breathe without a problem). The pacifiers have either an orthodontic or round nipple. They come in three sizes for babies zero to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, and 12 months and up. Orthodontic-type nipples have a long, irregular shape that is designed to mimic the shape of the mother's nipple when it is in the baby's mouth. Babies need to suck on the wide flat part of this nipple, not the shorter tip. Standard round nipples have a long rounded tip and are easy for the baby to use.

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    Ecopacifier

    Ecopacifier pacifiers
    Ecopacifier

    The Ecopacifier is made of 100 percent natural rubber without the chemical softeners used in silicone pacifiers or the colorants used in plastic and silicone pacifiers. The pacifier is free of bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, parabens, and PVC.

    Made of pure rubber from rubber trees sustainably grown in plantations in Malaysia, this pacifier is one of several products produced from these plantations. After the trees stop producing the latex sap from which the rubber is made, the trees are harvested and replanted. The harvested wood can be used to eco-friendly a wide variety of products from furniture to flooring to children's toys.

    The Ecopacifier comes in two sizes—designed for babies zero to 6 months and 6 months and older—with a round or orthodontic nipple. The round shield is designed to simulate breastfeeding and the soft rubber will not leave marks on your baby's face.

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    Hevea Pacifiers

    Hevea pacifier
    Photo © The Natural Baby Co.

    These 100 percent natural rubber pacifiers feature different designs cut into the pacifiers. You can choose from crowns, flowers, cars and UFOs, ducks, or stars and moons. The pacifiers all have orthodontic nipples eco-friendly the crown pacifier, which has a round nipple. They are available in two sizes designed for children ages zero to 3 months and 3 to 12 months.

    Hevea pacifiers are made from a single piece of rubber, so there are no joints, cracks or edges where dirt and bacteria can accumulate. The material and shape of the pacifier is designed to be gentle on baby's face and will not create a vacuum around your baby's mouth. The pacifiers are free of PVC, BPA, phthalates, and artificial colors and are packaged in recycled and biodegradable materials.

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    Ummy Pacifiers

    Ummy pacifier
    Ummy

    Made in Europe, Ummy pacifiers are free of BPA, parabens, PVC, phthalates, artificial coloring, and chemical softeners. They are assembled by hand and formed out of three parts joined together by liquid rubber. After being baked in a special oven for days to adhere the different parts, the pacifiers are thoroughly washed multiple times to remove nitrosamines, chemical compounds used in the manufacture of most rubber products that are usually carcinogenic. The pacifiers are then subjected to a rigorous stretch test to ensure they do not come apart.

    The pacifiers are packaged in hygienic pouches in sealed boxes without any windows since exposure to light can change the color and elasticity of rubber. The pacifier's one-piece design ensures that there are no cracks or edges where bacteria can accumulate. Its shield features three large ventilation holes to reduce skin irritation caused by contact with saliva.

    The flat protective shield allows babies to move their mouths and lips freely, encouraging muscle development. The shield is also too large to fit in a baby's mouth and the rubber is soft enough to prevent marks from forming on your baby's face.

    These pacifiers should be boiled for two minutes before use. After that, the pacifiers can be cleaned in hot, soapy water, but should not go into the dishwasher, sterilized with steam, or boiled. The pacifiers should be replaced after six to eight weeks of use and tested regularly for signs of excess wear.

    Ummy pacifiers come with three different types of nipples: orthodontic, available for newborns to over 6 months; round, available in multiple sizes from newborn to over 12 months; and elongated, available for over 6 months.