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Do you constantly get frustrated when your baby drops the pacifier and it gets all dirty? Or have you already lost a few pacifiers outside? A baby pacifier clip it’s the best solution to keep the pacifier attached to your baby, so you can stop losing them.
We actually had two pacifier clips with my daughter, one of which was always in the car just in case we lost the other – as a backup!
However, the choice of pacifier clips out there is pretty overwhelming: there are so many different types, with different looks and different materials. Some also work as teethers, which is great if you have a baby that constantly wants to chew on things. Not to mention safety guidelines, and making sure that the pacifier clip is safe enough for your baby not to choke on it or get strangled, etc.
So, how do you choose a clip for pacifiers and what do you need to look for in one before buying it? I have answered all of these questions for your in this article, and I have included some of the cutest and best pacifier clips that can be bought online.
Are Pacifier Clips Safe?
First thing first, are pacifier clips actually safe for baby? Or do they pose a risk?
Well, the answer is: it depends on the pacifier clip. There are some features that you should be looking out for on a clip for pacifiers to make sure that it’s safe enough for babies, and these are mainly it’s length and how durable it is.
According to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), the tether or ribbon of the pacifier clip should be no longer than 7-8 inches to be safe. Any longer than that and it could wrap around a baby’s neck.
Also, pacifier clips with beads do present a potential choking hazard if they break easily. Some brands have been recalled for this very reason, so it might pay to check reviews from other parents to see how durable a pacifier clip is, or check for recalls before buying a beaded pacifier clip.
As a general rule though, pacifier clips should always be removed when your baby is not in view, especially when they are sleeping.
What to Consider when Buying a Pacifier Clip
Other than its safety, another thing to consider when buying a pacifier clip is the materials. Pacifier clips can be made of wood, silicone, leather, fabric or plastic. The clip holder can either be made of plastic or metal.
Each material has its own pros and cons, and I go through them later on in the article, so it really depends on what you are looking for in a pacifier clip to find out if one is better for you than the other. Some pacifier clips made of wood or silicone for example are best if you want your child to use it as a teether as well. Whereas leather or fabric are more for just the look and purpose.
Some materials and shapes are also easier to clean compared to others. I could not stand to clean a crochet pacifier clip every time for example.
Or, with regards to the clip holders, metal ones are a usually bit more sturdy compared to plastic ones, but they may rust over time and therefore shorten the life span of your pacifier clip. If you have a metal clip, be sure to check the clip for rust after the first few times you wash it.
How many Pacifier Clips do you need?
Like I mentioned above, we used to have two pacifier clips for my daughter, but that was just an extra precaution. After losing three pacifiers, that’s how much we hated the idea of not having a pacifier clip anymore.
Some people also like to have a multiple ones in case one gets dirty: you can keep using one while you clean the others. And there are plenty of shops, including Amazon or Etsy online shops where you can buy them in bulk. They usually come in packs of 2 to 6-8 baby pacifier clips.
That said, if you are wondering how many your should buy, know you really only need one pacifier clip. If your budget is really tight and you are not too worried about going for short periods of time without a clip, then one will be fine.
The Best Pacifier Clips
Without further ado, here’s a list of the best pacifier clips I could find. Note that they are sorted by material: wooden pacifier clips first, followed by silicone pacifier clips, leather and fabric pacifier clips (including crochet ones). The last section also includes personalized pacifier clips with baby’s name.
Wooden Pacifier Clips
I love wooden pacifier clips – there’s something about the color of natural wood that brings to mind a peaceful simplicity. Plus, wooden pacifier clips also work as teethers for babies and, if you are very conscious about what baby is putting in their mouth, you can be assured they are only chewing on natural materials.
In fact, wood pacifier clips are usually made with natural beechwood, which is a non-splintering hardwood that is chemical-free and antibacterial. This means that it kills bacteria rather than letting it sit on the surface, before it can be end up in your child’s mouth.
Further to that, hardwood can be more resistant than other materials such as silicone when being punctured by baby’s teeth. This will only strengthen your baby’s teeth and their roots.
Wood should not be submerged in water to clean: just wipe with a damp cloth.
Of course, all of these kinds of pacifier clips are made with beads. However, there isn’t much choice of exclusively wood beads: most pacifier clips you’ll find are made of a mix of silicone and wooden beads.
Here’s some of my favorites.
1) Mushie Pacifier Clip Holder
This teething pacifier clip from Mushie is made of 100% wooden beads. The store actually has lots of other options that include silicone beads as well, but this one only has wood.
Note that there’s a few reviews of parents complaining that the beads can come off easily, so remember never to leave your child unattended with a beaded clip!
Length: 7 inches.
2) Silicone / Wood / Crochet Beads Pacifier Holder
This very cute pacifier clip is made up of a mix of silicone, wooden and crochet beads, and the result is stunning. The beads also have different shapes, as well as textures, to exercise baby’s grip.
It comes in 4 different colors of crochet beads: gray, gray and white, white and brown. And all reviews mention how durable and sturdy it is!
Note that this pacifier clip is quite long compared to what’s recommended by the CPSC, as it’s 11.4 inches. So be extra careful not to leave your baby unattended with it.
3) Wood / Silicone Pacifier Clip
This handmade pacifier clip is also beautiful and elegant at the same time. It is made up of a mix of beech wood and silicone beads, and the actual clip holder is made of stainless steel so it will not rust.
Another pro is that this pacifier clip is CPSC tested and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved, so you can be assured this is a safe clip to use.
4) Moon Pacifier Clip
This pacifier clip is another one of the very few exclusively wooden beaded pacifier clips I could find, and the moons on some of the beads just make it extra cute.
This is handmade and only available on Etsy. Length not specified.
Silicone Pacifier Clips
Food grade silicone makes for a perfect teether material too, so having a pacifier clip made of silicone is another great option if you are looking for a clip that serves that double purpose. Silicone is 100% non-toxic, as it contains no BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC or latex, and is resistant to bacteria, fungus, and mold. I personally think these are the best pacifier clips that you could buy.
Silicone pacifier clips and teethers are also generally easy to clean by using a mild soap and warm water or putting it into the dishwasher.
There are lots of silicone teething clips to choose from online, including all the ones that you can find on Amazon. However, these are some of my favorites.
1) Pacifier Animal Clips
These pacifier animal clips have adorable animal shapes in between the silicone beads and they come in a pack of 6, including a squirrel, a fox, a koala, a panda, a hedgehog and a sheep. I love how bright and colorful these are, and the animals add such a nice touch.
The animals themselves are made of silicone too, whereas the clip holder seems to be made of plastic.
Length: 9.6 inches.
2) Braid Pacifier Strap with Clip
These silicone pacifier clips are made of silicone “braids”, instead of beads, with a stainless steel clip holder. The greatest things about this type of teething pacifier clip compared to a beaded pacifier clip is that it is way easier to clean, without any dirt getting stuck in between the beads.
These clips in particular come in two different range of colors: some are more girl pacifier clips (more pink) and some are more boy pacifier clips (more blue, as per picture below). They also come in a pack of 8, so that you can rotate through them.
Length: 5.6 inches.
3) Pacigrip Silicone Pacifier Clip
Here’s anther silicone pacifier clip that’s super easy to clean! So many parents (and their babies) are very happy with this type of pacifier clip.
It comes in different colors and the clip holder is made of metal. It is compliant with all CPSIA and European safety guidelines and it’s 7 inches long.
4) Baby Girl’s Beaded Pacifier Clip
Last but not least, amongst all silicone pacifier clips, this is one of my favorite pacifier clip for girls. It is made of silicone, with soft colors and beads that look like wood (but are all silicone). The clip holder is made of plastic instead of metal.
It comes in a nice packet of 2, within a nice box that would also make it a perfect baby shower gift. It is CPSIA compliant.
There’s also other options with more vibrant colors if you wish.
Leather Pacifier Clips
Leather is another choice of materials for pacifier clips, giving a minimalist, yet elegant touch to your baby’s pacifier.
A pro about leather, compared to wooden or silicone pacifier clips with beads, is that it’s more flexible and lightweight. Many moms don’t like how stiff or heavy other pacifier clips are.
However, the one thing about leather is that, depending on the way it’s been treated, it can contain a great teal of toxic contaminants, so be careful about using a leather pacifier clip if your baby likes to chew on it. Not to mention that if chewed on a lot, it can get soft enough and break into pieces, creating a choking hazard.
To clean leather pacifier clips, simply hand wash them and clean them with soapy water, or wipe with a wet cloth.
1) Care & More Leather Pacifier Clips
These leather pacifier clips have a very minimalist design that will fit any baby pacifier.
They come in a pack of 2, the clip holder is made of metal, and they are 8.8 inches long.
2) Rainbow Leather Pacifier Clips
I love these leather pacifier clips with wooden rainbow clips holder found on Etsy: the design is simply too cute!
You have a choice of 3 different colors (not 4 as per photo): light grey, pale pink or brown. Length: 7.9 inches.
3) Braided Leather Pacifier Clips
Finally, check out these beautiful braided leather pacifier clips from Etsy as well. They come in 6 different gender neutral colors: tan, medium brown, cream, and combos of tan/medium brown, tan/cream, and medium brown/cream. I particularly love the combos one.
Length: 7-8 inches.
Fabric Pacifier Clips
Pacifier clips made of fabric are another option and these are usually quite durable and safe. They don’t easily fall apart or break down if baby starts chewing on it.
Most of them are made of polyester fabric, but some are also made of 100% cotton (some even organic cotton). So, depending on how comfortable you feel about having your baby chewing on polyester, you might prefer one material over the other. Either way, they are all very easy to wash by simply throwing them in the washing machine.
Here’s some of my favorites.
1) Stadela Baby Pacifier Clips
I love these adorable baby pacifier clips – I am a big fan of these retro colors, in case you haven’t noticed! Oh, and rainbows 🙂
The ribbon is made of soft and sturdy polyester fabric digitally printed, whereas the clip holder is made of plastic. The ribbon is 7 inches long.
2) Babygoal Pacifier Clips
Babygoal has a wide range of pacifier clips with lots of beautiful patterns and colors, and I love how gorgeous they look. Plus you get a pack of 6, so you can rotate them depending on your mood!
Some clips are more for girls, some are more for boys, are some are unisex (but still bright and beautiful). The fabric consists of either just polyester, or polyester with waterproof PUL on the outside, whereas the clip holder is made of plastic.
I am not 100% sure about the length of the fabric ribbon, but they are CPSIA certified, so you should be safe from that point of view.
3) Cotton Pacifier Clips
These pacifier clips are made of 100% cotton and I found them on Etsy. You can choose between different cute patterns, including stars, foxes, owls, dots, etc. I am not sure about their length.
There are a few other options on Etsy if you are specifically looking for cotton clips instead of polyester.
4) Crochet Pacifier Clips
Another option for fabric clips is crochet ones. These can be absolutely stunning, but one downside is that they can be a bit hard to clean and might start to smell after a while.
I couldn’t find any on Amazon, but here’s some beautiful ones from Etsy. Check out some more on Etsy here.
Personalized Pacifier Clips
Finally, there’s lots of options out there for customized pacifier clip that you can get with your baby’s name! Wouldn’t it be extra special to have a clip with your child’s name on it?
There’s lots of options for custom pacifier clips either on Amazon or on Etsy, but here’s some of the cutest. Just make sure that if your child has a long name, the pacifier clip doesn’t become too long: depending on the type of clip, this could become a problem.
1) Baby Girl Pacifier Clip with Wooden Bird
This personalized pacifier clip is absolutely adorable and would make it the perfect gift for a baby shower where the mom is expecting a little girl. The beads are made of silicone, with the cute bird made of wood. The clip holder is also made of wood.
Length not specified.
2) Dinosaur Pacifier Clip
This very cute dinosaur pacifier clip comes in different colors, including colors that are perfect for baby girls, not just boys. The beads are made of silicone mostly, with one crochet bead and a little dinosaur at the end made of silicone as well. The dinosaur clip holder is made of wood.
I think this is really one of the best pacifier clips with baby’s name on it.
The total length is 11.4 inches.
3) Personalized Fabric Pacifier Clips
These fabric clips are made of fabric and you can customize them with a fabric and font of your choice and your baby’s name or initials. They come in a pack of 2 and I think these would actually be perfect for daycare, so you can make sure the teachers never lose your baby’s pacifier.
The clip holder is made of metal and the total length of the clip is 11 inches.
How to make Pacifier Clips
If you like doing arts and crafts and are quite handy yourself, also consider a DIY pacifier clip. These can be really easy to make and there’s plenty of tutorials online that you can follow to make one.
Here’s some of the best tutorials:
- How to make fabric pacifier clips by Make It & Love It
- How to make beaded pacifier clips by Something Turquoise
- How to make beaded pacifier clips YouTube tutorial
Best Pacifier Clip: Final Thought
Here it is mama, all the information you need to start shopping for a baby pacifier clip, and a list of the best pacifier clips to choose from. I really hope you’ve found what you where looking for and have settled on a pacifier clip style that you like!
If you are still unsure, I would highly recommend you bought a silicone pacifier clip. These are beautiful and affordable at the same time, they are totally safe for babies to chew on (just make sure the beads don’t come off), and come in so many different color and shape combinations.
If you are looking for some funny pacifiers to brighten up the mood at home, or for some pacifier alternatives because you can’t wait to wean your baby off the pacifier, also check out these related posts:
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Are you a mom having some more questions about pacifier clips that haven’t been answered here? Or do you know of another cute pacifier clip that you think should be added to the list? Then please let me know – I’d love to hear from you!
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