Centuries before the Pop Pacifier hit the scene, parents soothed their young with some very primitive binkies. Damp rags, coral—even bones were used to hush babes in the days of yore. But since the inception of the modern rubber-nipple pacifier at the turn of the twentieth century, there haven’t been many big changes in its design.
And sure, you shouldn’t fix something that isn’t broken—but what if it’s dirty?
Babies and toddlers lack the fine motor skills that allow adults and even young children to hold items with ease. In other words, they drop things. So what happens when your baby’s pacifier falls to the ground and there’s nowhere to wash it off? Maybe you had the foresight to pack an extra one, but there’s no guarantee it won’t suffer the same fate.
Janna Badger was working at a design firm in San Francisco when she came up with the idea for the Pop Pacifier, a pacifier whose nipple “disappears” when dropped, shielding it from dirty surfaces. Her employer encouraged her to work on a prototype, and put her touch with Nicki Radzley, who could help bring the product to market.
Despite living in two different cities—New York and Seoul, South Korea—and 14 hours apart, the “momtrepreneurs” went into business together, co-founding Doddle & Co.
Janna and Nicki—both award-winning women in their respective fields, Marketing and Industrial Design—weren’t out to reinvent the wheel, just give it a few upgrades.
They explain, “All of [the] tools and tricks we rely on as parents can be approached differently.” Thus, the Pop Pacifier was born.
So, how does it work?
The Pop’s genius lies in its engineering, which allows the pacifier nipple to recede into a rubber encasing when it falls out. This protective cover prevents the nipple from coming into contact with dirty floors and other grimy surfaces.
And administering the Pop is a cinch. Press the back of the pacifier until the nipple is exposed just enough for the baby to begin suckling, which keeps it in place. Its design even promotes a slight pull-back, intended to mimic the natural sensation of suckling between mother and baby. If (and let’s be honest, when) the Pop falls from baby’s mouth, the nipple is instantly forced inside its protective bubble.
The Pop Pacifier is made from medical-grade silicone, and free of lead, PVC, BPA, latex, and phthalates and meets US and EU safety standards. You can shop for the Pop (as well as teethers) in a variety of colors from the company website, or on Amazon.com.