Trading standards officers at Oldham Council have issued a safety warning over ‘bling’ for children’s dummies. The council says it has seen an increase in sales of home-made baby soother decorations on social networking sites and adds that they can be a choking risk. Cllr Steven Bashforth said anyone found selling unregulated clips could end up facing legal action.
Many times l have seen various sales sites selling a dummy that has been modified to reflect this new way of selling designer gear for babies! The fact that a dummy was originally provided for the intention it was bought, it has become a must have accessory for designer mums to match their branded pram, pushchair and walker! We have even given it a new name ” Soother” it sounds more in keeping with today’s designer world! The quote courtesy of Wikipedia explains it quite well as too how ornate or the wrong use of materials, were used in the 1680′s!
The original “pacifier” was actually a corn cob, which was found to soothe a young baby by the wife of a farmer in 1680′s England. The corn cob worked as a nice replacement for the mother’s sore nipple, and it helped the baby to relax and fall asleep. In fact, in England in the 17th–19th centuries, a coral meant a teething toy made of coral, ivory or bone, often mounted in silver as the handle of a rattle.A museum curator has suggested that these substances were used as “sympathetic magic and that the animal bone could symbolize animal strength to help the child cope with pain.
We reached a point whereby we got it right even though it was given various names:
A pacifier (known as a dummy, binky, or soother in some countries) is a rubber, plastic, or silicone nipple given to an infant or other young child to suck upon. In its standard appearance it has a teat, mouth shield, and handle. The mouth shield and/or the handle is large enough to avoid the danger of the child choking on it or swallowing it.
Now: We have this sold on ebay -
Time to stop us choking our little ones instead of being a designer mum!
- Choke warning over bling on children’s dummies (menmedia.co.uk)
- Bling dummy craze is a dangerous choking hazard, Trading Standards warns fashion conscious mothers (dailymail.co.uk)