At my baby shower, I was gifted 3 pacifier clips. Two were specifically made for MAM pacifiers which I thought would be fine since the majority of the pacifiers I owned were MAM. The third was an all in one pacifier with the clip attached permanently. I figured at the time we were set on pacifier clips at the time.
When my daughter was two weeks old, she began rejecting pacifiers all together eventually in favor of bottle nipples which were way more of a pain as they required me to physically hold them in place for her.
Right around Christmas, she began showing signs of teething with which came understandable irritability. Along with my concerns that prevention for SIDs recommended pacifiers when going to sleep, I started my search for possible solutions. Several moms in the moms and babies support group I was attending recommended the pacifiers attached to a stuffed animal. So, we got her one for Christmas. The all silicon pacifier worked better for us as she could use it both as a pacifier and as a teether. However, we didn't have any pacifier clips we could use for these. However, I had a sippy cup leash I could attach to her swing, bouncy chair, etc by velcroing it around the body of the animal to prevent her from losing her pacifier.
This plan had two problems within a few months. At 8 months, my daughter was walking and hence no longer used a walker or swing to which we could attach the leash. The second problem was that the pacifier is detachable from the pacifier in for you to be able to clean and sanitize the pacifier. By this point, my little one figured out how to separate the pacifier from the animal and would do it repeatedly as if it was a form of entertainment. In doing so though, we had nothing that held on to the actual pacifier portion.
Way too many car rides involved me frantically pulling off into a gas station or the side of the road to find where she had dropped the pacifier and silence her crying over the loss of her pacifier. Even in a perfectly clean car, it is amazing how far those things fly. She once detached it with such force it ended up in the hatchback hidden among my grocery bags. Often, I am on the highway in rush hour where stopping isn't an easy solution leaving me to try anything I can and often failing from the front seat to soothe her until I can safely pull over.
I had the best of intentions of making a universal pacifier clip myself once we started having these meltdowns. However, like many projects as a new mom, it got put on the backburner in lieu of daily activities like cooking and cleaning and running around after my quite active way too soon baby.
In came Turtles Pacifier Clips to the rescue. I must admit I was sold when I saw two of the three clips had adorable owls on them since owls are my second favorite after ladybugs.
The cats are super cute as well. Plus, each clip has a different design on each side allowing double the options for matching with outfits. I also like that these designs are gender neutral. While we have a girl now, I am always on the lookout for products that could still be used if we do have another child regardless of whether we have a boy or girl.
As added bonuses, they include a pacifier holder that is meant to hold 2 pacifiers and an e-book on Baby Nutrition.
They claim the clips won't damage clothing. Despite the metal exterior, the gripping part of the clip is plastic as you can see below.
After extended use, I only noticed indents where the clip was attached to my daughter's shirts despite her occasional tugging.
Their grip though is quite good. With her previous clips, even as an infant, she was able to pull them off her onesies. It had been quite a while since we used a clip, so at first, she spend lots of time trying to tug it loose. Amazingly, she got nowhere with that. Eventually, she figured out if she lost track of her pacifier all she had to do was pull up on the ribbon to get her pacifier back which made her quite happy since she loves her independence.
|Happy, sleeping baby with her pacifier easily in reach. The clip is attached to her shirt not her car seat strap which important to note for safety.|
I, also, appreciate that the cord you attach to the pacifier is not elastic like many of the universal clips since I worry about those breaking and hitting my little one in the face. The cord design allows you to wrap it around a variety of objects not just pacifiers but also stroller toys with rings and teethers which may get some use in the future since we still have 3 more teeth left to come in.
Finally, I've been blown away by Ltd Sellers customer service. Since ordering, I have received 3 follow up emails. The first was a thank you email for my purchase. The second was tips and frequently asked questions, and the third was a reminder email about the 15% off future order code included with my purchase and how to use it. All of the emails were friendly and gracious as well as including information for support if needed.
You can purchase these clips from Amazon here.