Dummy clips are not actually classed as a toy, but as they come up in baby goods often, and can have a crossover point, that I think we need a blog post on it to dispell a few myths, and sign post into the right direction! This is not an in depth run through, more a general information post.
Dummy clips known as ‘soother holders’ in the standards come under the standard of
BS EN 12586:2007+A1:2011
which you can find on the manchester link to the standards on the free resources page
Is a dummy clip a toy? Does it need a CE mark?
Primarily no, its not a toy, but has its own standards to stick to. If it includes something of play value, then yes, it has to be classed as a toy, and tested/CE marked as a toy as well as passing the soother holder standards (which are stricter on choke risks as dummy clips need to be suitable from birth).
What kind of tests do I need on a dummy clip?
Dummy clips do have a similar testing regime to toys, the parts all need chemical/migration of elements testing,including things like phalates and BPA, and this depends on the material types too (wood different to plastics etc).
The lengths/widths of cords have to be under a certain measurement, the parts need ventilation holes. They need impact tests, tension tests, finger trap tests and more depending on your design.
I hear that beaded dummy clips are illegal? is this true?
No, this is incorrect. All untested dummy clips, beaded or unbeaded are illegal and could potentially cause
harm, If a dummy clip/soother holder has been tested to the standard above and passed, its legal, and this includes beaded, (to which the standard refers to beads as supplementary components …as they’re not a functional part of the item, but extra)
What about adding bling or stickers etc?
This is a no-no due to choking risk. Supplementary components have their own tension testing and this would fail.
What about a Teether clip?
Seems like a great idea, but a toy/teether clip would fall into a CE marking mess, for example, a teether attached a clip would need to be CE marked, but as a teether is intended for children who are unable to sit up unaided, they need to be tested through template A, so unless the the ‘cord’ element was super large, it would go through the template and cause a choke hazard that way.
I want to buy a safe dummy clip, how do I know if a dummy clip is tested?
All tested items, including toys and dummy clips should have labelling, which includes the manufacturers address, the standard the clip applies to, and any instructions or warnings.
Tested dummy clips will often have a higher price due to the materials and testing costs adding to the overheads costs.
Where do I start with testing dummy clips?
This group is a very helpful group unconnected to us at the collective.
Also some bead companies such as The Teething Store and Silicone Bead supplies have extensively tested their beads for the required chemical elements, making your materials needs sorted.
It would then be down to you to design your clips with the standards in mind, and then send your clips to be tested at a lab to be sure they pass the physical tests.
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