When I was pregnant and creating my gift registry, I came upon an adorable product called a Wubbanub, which was basically a pacifier with a little stuffed animal attached, and fell in love with the giraffe. The Goober’s room was going to be done in penguins and giraffes (my husband and I’s favorite animals) and since they didn’t have a penguin option, it was sort of a no-brainer. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive one at our baby shower and while not terribly expensive, at nearly twenty dollars it was a bit more than we felt comfortable purchasing on top of all the necessary purchases. Fast-forward to a couple of weeks after the Goober’s birth and we are at our wits end with trying to keep track off all of his pacifiers. Between the Goob dropping them, the car seat hiding them, and the pups eating them, we went through 8 pacifiers in two weeks. Suddenly, twenty dollars didn’t sound so bad. My husband and I, though, thought perhaps we could make one ourselves before spending the money and see how that went, and if it didn’t work, oh well, there’s always Amazon.
Our sister-in-law luckily, had just given us a little stuffed Canadian bear (she’s Canadian, it’s not that random) and while he was a bit bigger than the traditional wubbanub, we thought he would be the perfect size for the Goober to grow up with and eventually become his lovey. From there it was as simple as cutting a small slit at the mouth, inserting the tab of the Avent Soothie pacifier and taking a needle and button thread and stitching the slit closed, sewing through the tab. I’m happy to say it was a complete success. The Goober loves it, even a year later. It has survived several trips through the laundry and the pacifier has only had to be replaced once and that was just recently, and replacing it was a simple as removing the old one and sewing in a new one. Total cost of this project was $0 thanks to already having the bear and the pacifiers.
****The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends cribs be keep clear of all soft items and loose bedding, including crib bumpers, pillows, and toys until 1 year. ****
Wubbanub’s Safety page: http://www.wubbanub.com/safety.html
Personal Note: I felt comfortable with using Wubby in the crib with the Goober. Every parent makes the decision in regards to what he or she is comfortable with. Wubby was the only other item in the crib besides the baby and a tightly fitting sheet and his bed was located less than 4 feet from our bed for the first 5 months. All parts of the wubby (or any item really that your child plays with) should be inspected daily for wear, especially pacifiers. This is especially important after the child gets teeth.by