All KinderKlipz suspender/pacifier clip models are tested periodically in a independent laboratory to assure the standard "Nickle and Lead free".
We test our clips because first and more importantly, I’m also a Mum and my son uses KinderKlipz suspender clips in his pacifier holder. I want to provide the high quality and the best products to my son as for my customers.
The second reason is that Kinderklipz is based in Portugal - Europe and here we comply with the EU Nickel Directive and EN 12586 standard.
The term "nickel free" can be confusing since even for products that are directly in touch with the skin (like jewelry) are marked nickel free still allow to contain a very small amount of nickel but, it is such a tiny amount that it takes extremely sensitive instruments to measure it.
If you make pacifier holders as a gift to family and friends please note that your DIY holders are handmade and they have passed NO health and safety checks other than the ones done by yourself. PLEASE DO NOT allow your child to chew the strap or to go to bed with it.
If you make and SELL soother/dummy/pacifier holders then you have to comply with the law and you need to test them according with the EN 12586, only then will you get certified as a safe product for children. Any person who sells a dummy clip must ensure they are made to the standard or they risk accepting liability and possibly being sued.
EUROPEAN STANDARD EN 12586
Accidents caused by soothers are few and any resulting in the death of a child are almost unknown. However, a small number of children die as a result of accidents where a soother is involved, but in these cases death almost always results from strangulation by a cord being used to hang the soother around the child's neck.
Such cords are usually either home-made or made for some other purpose, e.g. a coiled key ring holder.
This European Standard is the first for this type of product and its main aim is to eliminate the risk of strangulation. This has only been made possible by severely restricting the length of the soother holder. The length should be sufficient for its purpose while not being so long that the strap can encircle the neck and strangle even the smallest child. The lack of reported incidents involving accidents or fatalities since its introduction would suggest that this standard has achieved this main aim.
A functional soother holder is not to be considered as a toy. However, a soother holder may contain a part or be designed in such a way as to present a double use. That is the soother holder, in addition to its functional use, also has a significant playing value and therefore could also be considered as a toy. In these instances the entire product becomes a toy as well as being a soother holder and needs to meet the requirements of both the Toy Directive as well.
Among other stipulations of DIN EN 12586 the soother holder ust be accompanied by instructions/manual. These must meet at least the following:
Warnings for children safety:
- Before each use, the entire soother holder must be checked. At the first signs of defects or damage, please discard.
- Never extend the soother holder.
- Never attach the holder on belts, straps or loose clothing. Your child can strangle.
- Information on the safe use.
- Attach the soother holder only to the children's clothing.
- Do not use the soother holder when the baby is in a a bed, cradle or playcenter.
- How to correctly clean and storage.
On 9 September 2011, Australia permanently ban baby dummy chains with decorations including crystals and beads and other similar ornaments and baby dummy chains that include pins, ribbons, strings, cords, chains, twines, leathers, yarns or any other similar article which is designed to be attached to baby dummies.
This ban applies to all dummy chains with crystals, beads or other similar ornaments (also known as 'bling') that fail to meet the requirements detailed in the permanent ban notice. These relate to the length of the chain, impact resistance, tensile strength as well as the durability of the garment fastener.
Dummy clip safety even applies to wooden and plastic beads that are attach to the ribbon/cord part.
More ACCC info on dummy clips can be found here. http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/987958/fromItemId/971557
SAFETY PACIFIER HOLDER INSTRUCTIONS
- Ribbon holder should be wide ribbon with a snap attached - ribbon should be 7/8" or 1" wide, not thinner.
- Use “heavy” duty grosgrain ribbon and if it has a pattern make sure it is washable.
- Grosgrain ribbon with 3/4" have to pass a tensile test for strength.
- Avoid satin, shiny, thin or stretchy ribbon.
- Do not cover or glue the suspender clips with fabric or embellishments!
- Plastic suspender/lingerie/ clothes are not strong enough to pass the tests!
- Do not use/make dummy clip claiming to be a toy clip or have multi decoration apart from the ribbon/cord!
- A lighter dummy/pacifier holder is best for baby mouth because it will not make pressure in baby’s gums or teethes.
- Suspender clips must be permanently attached to the metal clip, no snaps/velcro or adjustable clips. The clip and the ribbon should not be detachable or removed (imagine if a baby pulled the ribbon hard enough and was left with a nice metal clip loose in their hands to chew on or swallow?).
- Pacifier holders cannot be any longer than 22cm including the suspender clip! They cannot be lengthened or altered!
- Beads must be certified non toxic and lead free!
- Lead and nickel free as the EU standards required – this part you have already have by choosing KinderKlipz clips.
HOMEMADE PACIFIER DIY INSTRUCTIONS
- Start by cutting the ribbon into lengths of approx. 30cm.
- Heat seal the ribbon ends to avoid fraying. You can buy a heat sealer or even easier just use a candle ( hold the end of the ribbon a cm away from the flame and melt it slightly until the end is sealed.
- Bow sew the ribbon onto the clip. Clips come in different sizes and I normally use a 7/8" or 1" clip. You can use a sewing machine but it can also be done by hand.
- Use high quality cotton thread and sew 3 times onto the ribbon making sure to go over at the beginning and end so it doesn't unravel ( this just means you sew a bit reverse and then go forward again).
- The sewn end of the suspender clip should be approx. 2cm of ribbon.
- After sewing onto the clip I add the snaps on the other end. I use resin snaps so they don't rust, they add strength and can be washed in warm water without melting.
- I double the end of the ribbon before adding the top snap parts. It adds strength and stops the ribbon stretching or wearing over time.
- Then add the second snap about 10cm away. This allows room for it to loop over the handle of the dummy.
- Once the clip is finished and closed it should measure 22cm from end to end (they should not be longer than this for safety reasons)!