I love plush pacifier holders. They keep the pacifier in a young baby's mouth and they help baby more easily retrieve the pacifier and replace it when he is older. They are a lifesaver for parents of pacifier using babies and toddlers. They often turn into a baby's
lovey (as is the case with my son Jacob). Some people will detach the pacifier from the plush toy when baby gets older and is no longer using the pacifier but still wants to use his plush lovey.
Keep in mind that these don't work well with all young babies. Sometimes the pacifier will fall out of baby's mouth regardless. This problem is often fixed with a little time.
If you use these, I suggest you buy a couple of them (I always keep three on hand--I like to play things extra safe!). You do NOT want a baby's lovey disappearing with no backup in sight! Also, double check that the pacifier holder will work with the pacifier you are using. Most things that work with a soothie pacifier don't seem to work with much else, and vice-versa.
Here are the ones I've tried:
Wubbanub Plush Pacifier- These are one of the more popular holders with a soothie pacifier attached to it. It does not come unattached. These are even used in some hospitals. They come in absolutely adorable animals. The angle of the pacifier and hinge is one of the best ones I've found for newborns. It stays in baby's mouth better than some others. Pacifier doesn't detach so it won't come off and get lost, but at the same time it can make cleaning harder and doesn't offer the option of switching it out to a new or different kind of pacifier. You can buy them here.
You can get the wubbanub to fit MAM and NUK pacifiers, but you have to use a seem ripper to take out the soothie pacifier (pull pacifier out hard from where it is connected, then use seem ripper to cut thread that attaches to it) then sew pacifier adapter into the spot where you took out the soothie. Then connect pacifier to the pacifier adapter.
My Blankee Binkie Size with Pacifier Snap - My son Jacob uses one of these with his mam pacifier. This is what he ended up falling in love with. And I mean in love! He would walk around with it all day if I let him. I have the lightweight velour fabric that is pretty breathable and extremely soft. It is around the size of a washcloth. The pacifier snap fits most pacifiers (not soothie brand) and is extremely high quality.
Bunnies by the Baby Silly Buddy- This mainly holds baby's pacifier(which it grips with a velcro hand), rather than keeps it in baby's mouth. It also has a little rattle in it. You can tie the rabbit's arms around things to keep it near baby (i.e. a carseat rail). Washes and dries well on delicate (although it suggests otherwise) and isn't stuffed to keep a young baby safe. You can buy them here.
Paci Plushies - These pacifier holders have "hug ring" that attaches to most pacifiers (not the soothie brand). You can take the pacifiers off to wash them or to change to a new one. The angle that the pacifier is held at isn't as good as some others I've tried. Machine washable. You can buy them here.
Because I've had a few people ask me, here are two other options that fit mam and nuk pacifiers and are detachable for easy pacifier cleaning: Dr Brown Pacifier Lovey Pacifier Holder and Chicco Pocket Buddies Pacifier Holder.