The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies use pacifiers while they sleep for the first year of life, as they have now been shown to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since a baby's natural instinct is to suck, using pacifiers during sleep time may lead to a desire to also use them during waking hours. If your baby requires a pacifier while awake, give her a fashion-forward "bling" pacifier. Make your own baby-safe "bling" pacifier to keep your baby satisfied and stylish.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Plain pacifier
- Non-toxic glue
- Acrylic faux gemstones
Prep the pacifier by applying a cleanser to the surface of the pacifier with a clean cloth. This will remove any dirt, making the gemstones stick to the surface of the pacifier more firmly.
Determine the design you'd like to feature. While you can likely make simple patterns and shapes freehand on the pacifier, if you want a more intricate design, you should draw it out on a piece of paper or search for an image in a magazine or on the Internet.
Choose your colour scheme. Decide which colour faux gemstones you want to feature on the pacifier and in what order they will appear. To prevent scrambling or making a design that you are unhappy with, pick the colour gemstones you will need to have on hand once the "blinging" commences.
Apply the gemstones to the pacifier. Use a tweezer to pick up individual stones. Apply a small drop of non-toxic glue to the back of each stone and place it on the outer surface of the pacifier. Set aside to dry.
Clean the pacifier. Before giving the pacifier to baby, set it in boiling water for a minimum of five minutes. This will ensure that any dirt and germs from the project, as well as from the pacifier manufacturer, are killed before the child inserts the pacifier into his mouth.
Tips and warnings
- Prior to giving the pacifier to the baby, check all stones to make sure they aren't loose. Do this each time you present this pacifier to the baby to reduce the risk of her swallowing any loose stones that may fall off.
- Do not use these pacifiers during sleep time or during unsupervised play. The stones can be a choking hazard if swallowed.
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