How to Label Pacifiers for Daycare

a child with pacifier in their mouth

Losing small items at daycare is a big pain. The last thing a busy parent need is another trip to the store to replace another lost pacifier.

It’s more convenient for everyone (especially you) if you take a few small steps to label your baby’s pacifiers before you say goodbye for the day.

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How Do You Label a Pacifier for Daycare?

a white pacifier

There are many ways to label a pacifier, but using a pacifier clip with a leash is the easiest. Clips and leashes keep the pacifier close to your child at all times. They can be purchased pre-made, or you can make your own in less than an hour.

Look around the internet, and you will find many different ideas about labeling pacifiers for daycare.

Some suggest you should monogram each pacifier, engrave your child’s name into the plastic or even decoupage the child’s face onto the backside of the binky.

Related: Why is My Baby Refusing to Use a Pacifier?

A Real-World Solution for Labeling Pacifiers

Let’s face it, if you have the kind of time on your hands that it takes to decoupage a binky, then you could probably build your own unique pacifier and a robot nanny to ensure it’s never lost.

Quickest Way to Label a Pacifier for Daycare

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The easiest way to make sure your child’s pacifier stays with them and doesn’t get passed around to other children is with a custom pacifier clip.

Materials Needed

This is the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to keep a pacifier labeled. The leash handily fits on the pacifier, and then it is clipped to your child’s clothing. Even if it becomes unclipped, the leash stays in place.

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DIY Pacifier Clips: How to Make Your Own for Daycare

Perhaps you are a crafty parent who prefers to make your own. If this is the case, you are in luck. I am a DIY mom.

I love putting my own spin on projects while glaring at my husband as he says, “You know you can buy those things pre-made, right?”

Materials Needed

Making the Pacifier Leash and Clip

Making a pacifier leash is so easy.

It will probably take you longer to read the steps involved than it will take to actually make the leash and clip.

They are also cute and handy. You might want to make one for each pacifier!

One word of caution: Other parents may start asking you to make pacifier leashes for their children as well.

Step One: Gather the Supplies

Pull together everything you need to make your pacifier. All items are on the supplies list above. Make sure your beads are BPA-free, food-safe silicone. Your baby will chew on them.

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Step Two: Make the Name

Find all of the letters for your baby’s name and put them in a row. If you plan on making multiple leashes, you may want to buy extra packages of letters to ensure you have enough.

Step Three: Organize Bead Colors

You can plan exactly how you want the pacifier clip to look in advance by putting the beads in a pattern on either side of the child’s name.

The number of beads is entirely up to you, but you shouldn’t need more than four on each side of the name.

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Step Four: Cut Your String

Lay your beading string along the length of the beads with a little extra on each side. Fold the string at one end and come back, continuing to follow the length of the beads.

This should give you enough string for all the beads with extra for knots and the clip. Cut the string, remembering not to cut it too short.

You can always cut the string to be shorter later, but you can’t cut it longer.

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Step Five: Thread the Needle

Place one end of the string through the beading needle. Pass it through all of the beads. Keeping the thread on the needle, create a big loop of thread next to the last bead you just passed through.

Tie a knot in the thread to keep the loop in place. Pass the needle back through that same bead and all of the others.

It should come back out on the side where it started. You will have two loose ends of thread on one side of the leash and one large loop on the other.

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Step Six: Be Patient With Yourself

If this is your first time DIYing a pacifier clip, you might be a little frustrated.

Maybe you cut your string too short. Maybe the baby started crying while you were sorting beads, and you just now realized her name is misspelled, and you have to start over.

It happens. Take a deep breath and battle through. Once you finish making your first pacifier keeper, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.

Step Seven: Add the Pacifier Clip

Use the two loose ends of the thread to tie the pacifier clip on. Tie it tightly and even double knot it if you wish.

Place both loose ends through the needle, and then thread those ends through the first bead. Cut off any extra thread.

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Step Eight: Add the Pacifier

The large loop at the end of the clip should easily go through any pacifier handle.

Place the pacifier handle on top of the thread, and then guide the entire leash, clip end first, over the handle, and through the loop. Pull tightly.

Would You Prefer a Video?

There are plenty of tutorials on Youtube, like this one that explains how to make a teething pacifier clip.

A pacifier leash with a clip helps keep pacifiers in place. The pacifier is clearly labeled and less likely to be swapped with other children at daycare.

Will you buy a pacifier leash, or will you make your own? Tell us in the comments!

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Frequently Asked Pacifier Labeling Questions

Yes, daycares do allow babies to have pacifiers with them. Make sure you find a way to label your pacifier to make sure you can find your infant’s pacifier among all the others.

A Soothie pacifier can be a little bit more difficult to label. The best thing to do is to label those with a waterproof/dishwasher-safe label like these.

Labeling your baby’s binky might seem like it should work, but permanent markers on surfaces like silicone will eventually rub off. If you attach something else to the pacifier, you could label that with a sharpie.

You should consult with your pediatrician when you’re considering giving your child any type of new medication or herbal supplement products.

As long as the bottle or pacifier has a waterproof label, it should be fine. Make sure to follow any cleaning instructions set by the baby bottle or labeling manufacture.

Pacifier labels are not necessary but highly encouraged because they can keep your daycare provider from misplacing the pacifier or thinking it belongs to another child.