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- Why I Bought -
When my son was about one month old we started to give him a dummy to help him settle. We soon got fed up of hunting around for the dummy on the floor when my son had spat it out, dropped it or sometimes thrown it! Of course every time it fell on the floor it needed sterilising which was tedious when you were doing it several times a day. By the time he was around four months we had got so fed up with this that I decided to buy a dummy clip to secure the dummy to my son's clothing. I ended up buying the Emmay Care Care Soother Holder from Amazon as it seemed to be one of the cheapest available.
- The Clip -
The clip is available in pink or blue, we have the blue version. The end that attaches onto the dummy is a light blue rubber circle with two little grooves. The plastic circle on the outside of the dummy slots into this rubber hole. The grooves on the rubber holder allow for the fact that some dummies have a little plastic handle. It is designed to be compatible with all dummies. I have used it with Avent, Nam and Boots own dummies and they were all compatible. The holder is attached to the clip by a thin light blue strip of material that is approximately 14cm in length. The clip is made from transparent dark blue plastic. A small circle of plastic slides over a V shaped piece of plastic, as the small piece of plastic gets to the top of the V the clip is tightly closed and when it moves to the bottom of the V the clip is open. The clip will attach onto a variety of different materials. The dummy clip is very simple in design and isn't too bright in colour. I find this good as I didn't want it to be very visible. I think it is as attractive as a simple dummy clip can be. I like the plain design and much prefer this to other designs I have seen that are brightly coloured, patterned and some even have animals or a character.
- Using the Clip -
When we first started using this I would attach it to my son's clothing if I felt he was a bit grumpy and needing the dummy. I also attached it onto the straps of the car seat and buggy. It clips onto most materials but I have found thicker materials are often easier and stop the dummy sliding. I usually clip it between poppers/buttons of his outfit as this seems to secure it better. As my son has got older he has worked out that if he yanks really hard he can pull the clip off and chuck this and the dummy onto the floor. Luckily he doesn't seem to do this too often so it does save me from sterilising the dummy repeatedly. Since he was nine months we have reduced how much he has his dummy to car journeys and sleep times. We still use the clip in the car which I would say is the place I have been most grateful for it. It means if my son spits out the dummy it can't be lost or thrown out of the car seat, instead he can put it back in if he wants. This has made car journeys much less stressful. I never use the dummy clip for sleep times because I would be worried it might get caught up and could be a hazard. Overall I think the clip has been very useful.
- Other uses -
A few of our mummy and baby friends have one of these and one of them sometimes attaches small baby toys to it to keep her son entertained in the buggy and car. I have not tried this but I think it is a good idea. It has become a running joke though as sometimes a larger toy is clipped to the baby and we all comment that next time we see them the baby will be clipped to a climbing frame!
- Cleaning the Clip -
I don't remember if there were any care instructions on the packet. I have needed to clean it fairly often and tend to simply give it a good scrub in the sink and then sterilise it with a sterilising tablet. This hasn't harmed the clip in any way.
- Price and Availability -
This clip is available on Amazon and is priced at £2.99. I think this is a bargain. At this price it may even be worth buying a few to keep in the changing bag, buggy and car.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this as it is a great price and works well to secure the dummy to my son and stop him dropping and throwing it and therefore me sterilising it 100 times a day. It has been particularly useful in the car. The only niggle is that my son can yank it off if he puts his mind to it.
We found that our baby daughter sometimes found it difficult to get over to sleep - we could see that she was tired, but seemed to fit the tiredness at times, and so when someone suggested to us that we try a soother we couldn't believe the difference that it made. It did take a while however for her to get the hang of sucking it, and sometimes when she forgot to suck, the dummy would fall out. Obviously we wanted to keep the dummy clean, and we found ourselves having to continually sterilise the dummy to maintain cleanliness. So, when I saw this Emmay Soother Holder on amazon for a very reasonable £2.49 I snapped one up.
This Emmay Soother Holder comes in both pink and blue colours, and strangely the blue soother holder is cheaper than the pink! The purpose of this soother holder if you haven't already figured it out, is that it keeps a dummy/soother from falling to the ground, since one end of it is attached to the baby's clothes, using a little clip that can be adapted to fit various thickness of clothing. The other end of the soother is flexible and fits snuggly around the outside of the dummy, and therefore should your baby drop the dummy from the mouth, it can only fall the length of the soother strap, and not onto the floor, and thus reduces the need for continual cleaning of the dummy.
This soother conforms to European Standards according to the packaging, and claims to fit all soother. Now, I use Philips avent soothers in line with the bottles that I use, and it fits these perfectly.
The only negative that I have against this product is that when you put it around the soother, it is impossible to put the protective cover over the end of the dummy (the plastic cover that comes with a dummy) - it simply does not attach on any longer and so when your baby is not using this dummy, but you still want to keep it attached to this holder, it is better to place it into another plastic box such as the one that new dummies come in.
All in all, if you are using a soother, then this is a perfect item to ensure that you keep the dummy from getting lost and from getting dirty by falling to the ground when the baby drops it from their mouth. At just over £2 this is also a great price and is something that I get great use out of.