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It's all about the details - Why we use Stainless Steel

It's all about the details - Why we use Stainless Steel

Last year, I participated in over 40 markets and pop up events. I got to meet so many of you and discuss our products and get the best constructive feedback.

One thing that I heard over and over again, was that you had to dispose of the clips earlier than you wanted to because the traditional metal clips would rust over time. Which makes sense, pacifier clips are in THE line of fire in terms of liquids being thrown around. They are going to get wet and standard metal can rust. 

I tried 20+ clips on the market, soaking all of them in water and testing their design to see if any had enough stainless steel to not rust. I couldn’t find one.

So I decided to design my own. I found a stainless steel manufacturer and designed a clip with a thicker grip and inserts to protect the fabric. These clips also have thicker/longer tabs securing the piece together, making the whole piece secure and safe.

My favourite part to share with people is that because they are rust resistant, as long as the clip doesn’t have wood beads, you can submerge it in water and lay flat to dry. It makes them so much easier to clean.

There are some really important details to consider with pacifier clips :

  1. They aren’t toys and Health Canada actually prohibits them being used as a teether.
  2. They shouldn’t be longer than 8.5”, anything longer than this poses a very serious strangulation hazard.
  3. Pacifier clips should always be clipped to your little one’s clothes with the clip facing away from their face with a pacifier, teether or toy attached to the loop.

And lastly and possibly the most important detail : the clip is opened and closed approx. 1000 times over the course of 6 months, so it’s not something that is going to last forever. I wish it could, but over time and depending on how much you use it – the clip will lose its grip. At that point, it should be replaced. I recommended replacing clips every 4-6 months. On that note, if you don’t want to throw out the clip, you can send it back to me for repair. I’ll reuse the beads and replace with a new stainless steel clip. There is a $10 fee for this service + shipping.

Thanks for reading! Shop our pacifier clips here.

Aimee

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