Pacifier nipple guide

Why is it important to choose the right nipple?

Motherhood is an incredible journey and it can often be confusing for new mums to know which products to use at which stage of the baby’s life. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

From birth babies have a natural sucking reflex. It is not only a vital reflex for the baby to get food but sucking also has a calming effect on the baby, reminding the baby of something safe and familiar in an otherwise foreign world. Sucking both lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels and it even has a pain-relieving effect. Because of the calming effect sucking entails, a pacifier can make it easier for the baby to sleep, soothe the baby if it is distraught, and provide security when being upset.

When it comes to the nipple no size or shape is right or wrong because all babies are different. It can be necessary to try out different shapes and sizes to find the perfect fit for your child. Some babies prefer a certain nipple shape, size, or material while others do not have any preferences and will take whatever shape, size, and material you offer. Babies have different preferences, different sucking techniques, and different mouth anatomy. Therefore, we offer different pacifiers that meet all these different needs.

BIBS Colour - Round Nipple


Our Colour pacifier is the original BIBS pacifier and has been on the market since 1978. It has the signature round BIBS shield with three vent holes and round BIBS engraved handle ring.

The nipple on our Colour pacifier is a round nipple that resembles the shape and size of the mother’s breast to provide comfort to your baby. Further, the round nipple promotes a similar tongue placement and sucking technique when breastfeeding, since the round shape allows the sides of the tongue to elevate and cup around the nipple, just like it
does during breastfeeding.

The nipple is equipped with a valve, letting out air when the baby closes down on the nipple. This ventilation system causes the air from inside the nipple to be pushed out through the valve thereby flattening the nipple to shape naturally after the baby’s oral cavity. The valve is also the reason why water can be presented inside the nipple after cleaning and sterilization. If this is the case, simply just squeeze the nipple flat to press
out the excess water.

The round lightweight shield is carefully designed to curve away from the sensitive and delicate skin around the baby’s mouth, to ensure minimum contact with the baby’s nose and mouth, which means less chance of moisture build-up from saliva that can cause rashes and sore spots.
The shield comes in one size no matter the nipple size. Also available in a night version with a glow-in-the-dark handle. The nipple is produced from natural rubber latex. Since natural rubber latex is a natural material color variation may occur.
Available in natural rubber latex in sizes 1, 2 and 3.

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BIBS De Lux - Round Nipple

Our De Lux pacifier is our modern and timeless pacifier, with an elegant hidden gathering in an enhanced matte finish for a Premium look. The dup is made large, so it is easy to print a name on, making it perfect for daycare. The nipple on our De Lux pacifier is a round nipple that resembles the shape and size of the mother’s breast to provide comfort to your baby. Further, the round nipple promotes a similar tongue placement and sucking technique when breastfeeding, since the round shape allow the sides of the tongue to elevate and cup around the nipple, just like it does during breastfeeding.

The nipple is equipped with a valve, letting out air when the baby closes down on the nipple. This ventilation system causes the air from inside the nipple to be pushed out through the valve thereby flattening the nipple to shape naturally after the baby’s oral cavity. The valve is also the reason why water can be presented inside the nipple after cleaning and sterilization. If this is the case, simply just squeeze the nipple flat to press out the excess water.

The shield is carefully designed to curve away from the sensitive and delicate skin around the baby’s mouth, to ensure minimum contact with the baby’s nose and mouth, which means less chance of moisture build-up from saliva that can cause rashes and sore spots.

The shield comes in one size no matter the nipple size. Also available in night version with glow-in-the-dark handle. To accommodate the demand for a silicone nipple De Lux comes in both natural rubber latex and silicone. Since natural rubber latex is a natural material color variation may occur.
Available in sizes 1 and 2 (natural rubber latex) and Onesize (silicone).

See all of our De Lux pacifiers here >>

Bibs Supreme - Symmetrical Nipple

Supreme is our exclusive wide shield pacifier. With its symmetrical flat-drop shaped nipple, we accommodate babies who prefer the flat symmetrical nipple shape. The drop-shaped nipple promotes a tongue placement and sucking technique where the tongue is flat and presses the pacifier flat against the palate, which means that the baby does not need to suck as hard, as with a round nipple, for the pacifier to flatten inside the mouth.

Like our other pacifiers, the nipple is equipped with a valve, letting out air when the baby closes down on the nipple. This ventilation system causes the air from inside the nipple to be pushed out through the valve thereby flattening the nipple to shape naturally after the baby’s oral cavity. The valve is also the reason why water can be present inside the nipple after cleaning and sterilization. If this is the case, simply just squeeze the nipple flat to press out the excess water.

The shield and nipple are symmetrical, which means that the pacifier always lies correctly in your baby’s mouth. Also, the shield is carefully designed with large holes on each side to ensure minimum contact with the sensitive and delicate skin around the baby’s mouth, which means less chance of moisture build-up from saliva that can cause rashes and sore spots.

The shield comes in two different sizes that match the nipple size. The bigger the nipple - the bigger the shield. The nipple comes in both natural rubber latex and silicone. Since natural rubber latex is a natural material color variation may occur. Further, the silicone nipple has an innovative pattern in the nipple that reinforces the material, making it more resistant than other silicone pacifiers.
Available in sizes 1 and 2.

See all of our Supreme pacifiers here >>

Bibs Couture - Anatomical Nipple

You will instantly get butterfly vibes when you see the wide playful and adorable shield of the BIBS Couture pacifier. BIBS Couture is the newest member of our pacifier family. With its anatomically shaped nipple, it is the perfect addition to our assortment of pacifiers. The anatomical nipple - also known as an orthodontic nipple - is curved at the top for a natural fit to the baby’s palate with an angled tip for easy tongue placement.

The curved top promotes a tongue placement and sucking technique where the sides of the tongue cup around the nipple, like it, does during breastfeeding. The angled tip means that the baby does not need to suck as hard, as with a round nipple, for the pacifier to flatten inside the mouth. Because the nipple is not symmetrical the pacifier must be placed the right way in the baby’s mouth. To ensure this, the shield has been specially designed to resemble a butterfly, so it is easy to see which way the pacifier should turn.

The nipple is equipped with a valve, letting out air when the baby closes down on the nipple. This ventilation system causes the air from inside the nipple to be pushed out through the valve thereby flattening the nipple to shape naturally after the baby’s oral cavity. The valve is also the reason why water can be present inside the nipple after cleaning and sterilization. If this is the case, simply just squeeze the nipple flat to press out the excess water.

The shield is carefully designed with large holes on each side to ensure minimum contact with the sensitive and delicate skin around the baby’s mouth, which means less chance of moisture build-up from saliva that can cause rashes and sore spots. The shield comes in two different sizes that match the nipple size. The bigger the nipple - the bigger the shield. The anatomical nipple comes in both natural rubber latex and silicone. Since natural rubber latex is a natural material color variation may occur.
Available in sizes 1 and 2.

See all of our Couture pacifiers here >>

Not sure what pacifier to choose?

Babies are different and have different needs and preferences. Try out different shapes and sizes to find the perfect fit for your baby.

In our collection box, you will have a pacifier from our 4 different categories (Colour, De Lux, Supreme, and Couture), with a selection of all our nipple types (Round, Symmetrically and Anatomically) and materials (Natura Rubber Latex and Silicone). For you and your baby to test and find your preferred BIBS pacifier.

Buy the Try-It collection here >>