If you have a baby in your house, chances are you have some pacifiers in the house as well. And if you have some pacifiers in the house, then you’ve probably seen them be dropped (or purposefully thrown) on the floor over and over again. Now, there are plenty of times when we are home that a dropped pacifier lands in a clean spot where it can be given right back to baby, but sometimes … not so much.
Especially when we are out and about, dropped pacis and toys can mean they are out of commission until being cleaned properly, and that’s where pacifier clips come in! As a new mom, I didn’t know about the clips until I figured out that we needed some, and they are such lifesavers.
We use them a lot to connect toys to in restaurants or coffee shops, etc., so we don’t have to worry about things falling on the floor. And since she started teething early at 3 months (!!), it’s been helpful to have clips that she can teethe on as well as play with the toy or paci.
I had bought some super cute silicone bead clips recently, but I realized that they were both shorter than I would have liked and the type of clip wouldn’t stay clipped for more than two seconds. I still liked the idea of the clip that doubles as a teether, so I decided to make my own and make them the length I wanted with a stronger clip as well.
Turns out they are super easy to make and I added some wooden beads in there as well since babies like to bite on different textures (some like harder and some like softer things).Supplies:
-silicone beads (for teething use I would look for ones that are BPA-free and food grade silicone)
-unfinished wooden beads (a variety pack like this is great, as they are unfinished, sanded).
-3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
-large needle big enough to thread ribbon through
-baby snap setter with size 16 snaps (make sure to get snaps meant for use on baby items as they will be most secure)
–metal pacifier clips (so far metal clips like these are by far my favorite for this type of item—they stay on so well!)
Fold over 1″ of your ribbon and use your large needle (or the pointed awl that your snap kit comes with) to poke a hole thorough both layers about 1/4″ away from the end of the ribbon (this is where you’ll put your snap).Follow your snap setter directions and attach one of your snap ends into your first hole …… and attach the other side of your snap into the other hole so that the snaps will be facing each other. Inspect and pull on all parts of snap to make sure it was attached properly and securely. Snap your pacifier clip onto that end and tie a knot right above your snap.Use your large needle to thread your silicone and wooden beads into the teether in whatever pattern you like! I added about 6 1/2″ of beads.Tie a knot at the top of your bead chain.Cut your ribbon off 2″ away from the knot (cut it longer if you want to use it around toys as well as pacis) and repeat the process of punching a hole and inserting your snaps like you did on the bottom.That’s it! Your new teether is done! Since these are made of several different materials, I wouldn’t try to put this in a sterilizer to clean, but I wipe off with hot water as needed (or you could use an antibacterial wipe that’s safe for baby’s mouth). Adorable! The snaps are really handy to switch out pacis and toys and a lot of these types of teethers have them (make sure to get the plastic snaps that are meant to be used on baby items) but if you’d rather do without them, you can always sew your ribbon loops closed instead.
Grosgrain is a really strong ribbon (I don’t think Todd or I could pull a piece in half if we tried!) so using that with a knot on each end should keep those beads safely in place.
Lola has two top teeth coming in right now so she was eager to start chomping on this one immediately after I handed it to her. With any teething toy or necklace with beads like this, don’t leave baby unsupervised while they are using it.
I have a ribbon-only clip that I use for her in the car since I can’t see her clearly while she’s in her carseat and then I have her play with one of these when we get to the restaurant or destination. These would also make a great baby gift for showers or new mama friends since you can make a big batch of them at once! xo. Laura