Another Patent in the Making

I know I amazed y’all with my first Patented project.
The Vented Chicken: It was awesome.
Well. Apparently my genius is not limited.
Because our last trip with our toddler, sparked a new idea.
We have a couple of rules in the car. Number One: Keep the toddler buckled.  Number Two: Keep her happy. 
The first one is non-negotiable. The second is more elusive.  We all know the pain of a screaming child, so we try. We offer lollipops, toys, band-aids, DVD’s.  
Even though we have been working on weaning the pacifier, at one point, it became our last resort. 
But after dropping it into the abyss of our crowded mini-van countless times, I nearly lost my Salvation and broke an all-important bone, called My Spine, leaning over the seats searching for it.
We needed a miracle.
My hubby holds it in his hand (while driving carefully, of course):

We reached a new level of pathetic parenting with this, but it worked.
Rope tied to Pacifier: Patent Pending

In celebration of MckMama’s ‘Not Me’ Monday, I DID NOT do any of the above, it was only created for your reading pleasure. 


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    LOL. No, she should use a long rubber band, with just enough give and length for Toddler to keep the binky in her mouth. When she lets go, the pacifier would actually COME TO YOU. =p

    Love it, by the way. And the fact that you thought to photograph it for blogging purposes later. 😉

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    Kim says

    I’m very impressed with your dh’s obvious support for your new endeavor as evidenced by his allowing the world to see him holding PINK pacifier paraphernalia.

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    Anonymous says

    shoot yea! I love my baby’s binky clip. I clip it to her collar, or sometimes GASP the strap of her carseat. Even though she’s rear facing, I can reach back and put the binky back in her mouth without ever removing my eyes from the road. A very handy thing when she was smaller and colic-y.

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    Oh my Gosh I am sooo stealing this idea!! I have had so many close call wrecks trying to drive with my knees and reach back for the fallen binky. I started storing some in the glove box just in case-but when those get lost- I have to resort to turning myself into a pretzel to get to the lost ones.

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    funny…. Genius I must say. We just did that same thing! I hate it when she throws it! And say I’m not getting… then i just can’t take it anymore. I retrieve it.

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    I love it! As a mom of 3 little ones, I can so relate. One day during a trip to the zoo I forgot the paci clip but my daughter had a hat that strapped under the chin. I stuck the paci in her mouth and threaded the hat strap through the pacifier handle. It was almost like it was taped in her mouth!

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    You are a smart one. Although how many pacifier-using kids did it take? (I had two and never thought of it, so I’m certainly not casting stones. Or binkies.)

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    I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and mention that I am afraid of the potential choking hazard… even though I can see your husband is RIGHT THERE and nothing will happen, I just had a little “Oh! of worry when I saw it.

    I’m a big fan of the pacifier, btw. Wish I still had one myself…

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    Yes, thank you for pointing that out. I should have added a disclaimer that we only tried this ‘rope maneuver’ for about 3 minutes and I watched her like a hawk while the rope was tied to the pacifier…we are THAT family, after al.

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    I stumbled upon your blog. I can totally relate!! I think we are the Sarasota, FL version of “that family” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like that!! My youngest now wears the “goober hat” to protect his head and keep us out of the ER – sort of… He has had the bruised gums, too. Only our son fell at a doctor’s office and got the injury!! Thanks for the laughs!!

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    I LOVE IT!! Just may need to give you some props when I use this on not only the binky but also the 4 year olds “hippo” on an upcoming 18hour trip in April!! :-)

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    Too cute! When I finally weaned my son I blamed it on our chihuahua. He was looking for his numerous nuks and they were all gone (dumpster!) and he scolded the dog for 2 days and then let it go! He was 3. :)

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