Silicone vs Latex Dummies - What's the difference?

When it comes to choosing the right dummy, all parents share one common question: "Which one is best for my baby, Silicone or Latex?"

Is there a right or wrong answer?

No, but there may be a right or wrong answer for you.

Setting aside all the differences in shape, style and size (a topic for another day), the material your dummy is made of is usually what dictates whether your baby is happy and soothed.


Latex is a natural material made from the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and is processed into the firm rubber material that is commonly used. Latex dummies are typically softer than Silicone dummies, meaning they have a closer texture to a mother's nipple.

Being a natural material, Latex Dummies are more prone to bacteria growth and generally do not last as long as a Silicone Dummy.

Some babies are born or can develop a Latex allergy, keep an eye out for signs of an allergy such as dermatitis or itchy skin. If you think your baby has a Latex allergy, see your doctor.


Silicone, in particular the medical grade silicone that is used for dummies, is hypo-allergenic and very sturdy. Silicone has a firmer feel than Latex, but generally lasts longer and is less likely to retain odours.

Break it down for me...

Latex- Softer, more like mums nipple.

Doesn't last as long and baby may have an allergy

Silicone- Firmer, more durable than Latex.

Sterile and Hypo-Allergenic.

Explore FRIGG's range of Silicone and Latex dummies.

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