How to set your own ErgoBaby drool pads, pacifier leash, and homemade toy cleaner.
Blog Transfer #14: Drool & Germs, DIY Projects
I am really getting tired of Baby G’s pacifiers falling on the ground. He starts to laugh (or cry), his mouth opens up wide, and out that pacifier pops… falling to the ground. While the sweet ladies who like to make him laugh at the doctor’s office (I get allergy shots weekly so this is ALWAYS happening) goo and gah at him, I’m staring in horror at the floor and wondering how many sick people have traipsed through this doctor’s office today. Because at some point, they will get tired of making him laugh and I’ll need to keep him happy for the next 20+ minutes until I’m finished. It happens Every. Single. Visit. And I refuse to pop the pacifier in my own mouth to “clean it”… first of all, I’m working off the assumption that my mouth is NOT particularly clean, and secondly, I’m far too OCD to stick something that’s been on the floor in my (or my child’s) mouth. The 5 second rule ONLY applies in my own home and if a particularly tasty morsel falls on the ground… and of course, it only applies if I can beat the dogs to said tasty morsel (Don’t lie- if your last piece of chocolate hit the floor, you’d be going after it too!). This blog is dedicated to drool and dirt… finally I managed to take care of several related projects at once.
Homemade Cleaner for Baby Toys and Pacifiers
I found this tutorial for cleaning toys on ecochic.com. Fill a spray bottle 1/3-1/2 of the way full of white vinegar and fill the remainder with water. Shake to mix. Vinegar acts as a disinfectant. Spray a cloth or paper wipe (the kind that you get at the hospital- square paper towels, essentially) with the mixture and wipe down the toy. You can put a few of these wet wipes in a baggy before you go out so that you have something to wipe down pacifiers that fall on the ground. Alternatively, you can use liquid Castille soap and then clean them off with water. I carry a small squirt bottle of water for my cloth wipes in my diaper bag so I could use either option while out, but I think it’d be convenient to have some easy pacifier wipes- without the cost of the ones they sell at the store. For more information on vinegar as a disinfectant, here is a link that you can check out from rodale.com. I think I’m going to try making some of these, although I hopefully won’t need them now that I’ve got the pacifier leashes, seen below!
DIY Pacifier Leash
If you’d rather avoid cleaning the pacifiers altogether, you need a pacifier clip. These are fairly expensive to purchase, much to my annoyance. I did buy one after Baby G was born and I figured I’d only need one. Unfortunately, the dog decided this was an excellent chew toy and she took it off the bureau and devoured both the strap and the pacifier. I am now down to zero pacifier clips, and decided it’d be far more economical to make my own. There are a lot of tutorials for these out there, including some that you can make with just the clips, a ribbon, and a glue gun. I wanted to make a fabric pacifier clip though so I used this tutorial from laughloveandcraft.com.
One thing to note is that after I got half way through this, I realized that my pacifier clips are a different size than the ones she picked up for her tutorial (I think she used suspender clips). So you may want to check the sizing so that you don’t end up with a strap that is too wide to pass through the end of the clip. Sometimes I leave too little of the seam allowance too so that may have been the problem too. It’s a big pain to turn and top stitch these (mostly the turning part) so make sure you don’t end up having to turn them many times, like I did!
Drool Pads for your baby carrier
Baby G loves to chew on the straps of his (affiliate link) ErgoBaby Carrier. He’s got reflux so he’s probably more drooly than your average baby, and sometimes big chunks of curdled milk get drooled (or projectiled) out as well. Baby G- and everything he spits up on- start to smell like the bathrooms over the weekend in my old college dormitories. The Ergobaby is fairly expensive so it’s not really practical to have more than one. It’s been a life saver for keeping Baby G happy on particularly reflux-angry days… so we hate to wash it because that means we can’t use it during that time. I saw someone else working on some drool pads for the carrier though and wished I’d thought of it sooner! The drool pads attach to the straps so the baby can chew on those, then you can just toss the pads in the wash. This tutorial from Craftgossip.com is for an Ergo carrier, but I think it’d work for most carriers. Just adjust the measurements if your straps are significantly smaller. I used snaps instead of hook&loop to attach the pads to my Ergo. There are lots of other tutorials for this as well, but I liked the option of adding the toy loop… another way to keep Baby G’s toys and pacifiers from hitting the floor. These were super simple to make and you can use old scraps to make them.
These are the drool pads that I made on the right, with Baby G showing you how they work (NUM NUM!)- now I just need to make a few more pairs to rotate out!