Dummy Clip or Soother Holder Safety - What You Need to Look Out for
Did you know that there are a strict set of standards that govern the manufacture and sale of dummy clips or soother holders? The European Standard EN12586 is the standard for dummy clips and its main aim is to ensure dummy clips are safe for children.
One of the main risks of using a dummy clip is of strangulation; therefore the length of the dummy clip has been severely restricted to ensure that the strap does not encircle the child’s neck. The lack of reported incidents involving accidents or fatalities since the introduction of the standards suggests that this has been a successful outcome for the standards.
In this blog post, I am aiming to share some information about a number of the tests that are conducted from a physical and mechanical perspective to ensure that the dummy clip is safe for babies. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but they are some of the main things to look out for when deciding whether to buy them or not.
- Minimum width of the strap should be 6mm
- Length of the dummy clip does not exceed 22cm when subjected to tensile force of 25N (from base of the clip to the end of the loop)
- Depending on the size of the clip, there should be at least 1 ventilation hole on the clip
- The dummy clip is subjected to an impact test x5 times and no part should break, tear or separate
- Cord thickness should be more than 1.5mm
- If making a dummy clip from silicone beads, there should be a safety bead at the end of the dummy clip to ensure the silicone beads do not slip out of the knot.
These are just some of the rules that should be followed to be compliant with EN12586. Always check with the retailer if they have safety certs for what they are selling.