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The Truth About Sophie the Giraffe and the Recall Rumors

By |January 30, 2017 |Baby Accessories, Chemicals in Products, Latest Posts, Toys & Activities|

Sophie the Giraffe is making headlines again after photos of mold inside the popular teething toy went viral when they were published on the goodhousekeeping website. Pediatric dentist, Dana Chianese, [...]

EVA Foam Puzzle Mats: Latest News from EU

By |December 1, 2015 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Toys & Activities|

Today, the European Union published their amendment to the Toy Safety Directive to include formamide, the chemical found in EVA Foam Puzzle Mats.  The EU Toy Safety Directive stipulates the [...]

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Best Product Award: Enchanted Slumber Sleeper

By |October 22, 2015 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Best Product Awards, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

This month, SafBaby presents the Best Product Award to Enchanted Slumber for its “All-In-One Organic Sleeper.”  This unique 100% organic product is truly kid-friendly and provides a safe, non-toxic solution [...]

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Safer Crayon Choices for Children

By |July 23, 2015 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Chemicals in Products, Toys & Activities|

We all know how much children love crayons. Often, it’s not only the first art tool they experience but also their most-used and longest-lasting toy. Their interaction with crayons can [...]

The Shocking Truth About Children’s Plastic Toys. Read This Before You Buy Another Toy!

By |August 8, 2013 |Chemicals in Products, Toys & Activities|

We have been investigating toy safety since our children were born, and we started sharing our findings on our blog 6 years ago when we started SAFbaby. The more we [...]

Should We Stop Worrying About EVA Foam Puzzle Mats?

By |June 27, 2013 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Toys & Activities|

We feel we needed to do an update on the Foam Mat post especially after we received the following charged comment from a reader's point of view we do not [...]

This Healthy HABA Pulling Toy Won The Prestigious MACT Award! Find out why…

By |February 7, 2013 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

In a world where our children's toys are being recalled daily due to toxic components, there are also companies who offer NATURAL alternatives! These companies are blessing our children's nurseries [...]

MACT Award Winning Eco-conscious Arts And Crafts Projects For Kids

By |November 25, 2012 |3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

We can honestly say we have never seen a kid activity subscription quite like this one before! Green Kid Crafts has stolen the show and taken the prize for offering [...]

Non Toxic Homemade Halloween Face Paint Recipe

By |October 19, 2012 |Chemicals in Products, Holidays, Toys & Activities|

Does your child's Halloween costume call for face painting? Or maybe your little one is like mine and just loves to have their face painted. Either way, be careful how [...]

Sponsored Post by Piggy Paint: Non-toxic, Odorless, Water-based Nail Polishes for Kids

By |August 30, 2012 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Chemicals in Products, Sponsored Posts, Toys & Activities|

If you cringe of the thought of your child being exposed to the countless array of harmful toxins that are in common nail polishes, you MUST know about Piggy Paints! [...]

Why Formamide-Free Labeled EVA Foam Puzzle Mats Are Not Really Formamide-Free

By |July 21, 2012 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Toys & Activities|

We have received numerous messages from our readers asking us about safe EVA foam mats. Sorry for not having the time responding to each of you personally, that's why we [...]

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What Do All The Marks and Symbols On Toy Packages Mean?

By |December 15, 2011 |Chemicals in Products, Toys & Activities|

By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson Do you know what labels to look for when you purchase a toy for Christmas? This article will help you! Toy safety [...]

The Latest on EVA Foam Puzzle Mats and Why They’re Still Not Safe For Your Baby

By |November 29, 2011 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Toys & Activities|

We wanted to give you our latest update on the EVA (Ethylenvinylacetat) Foam Puzzle Mats. We were the first blog in the US reporting the recall on EVA foam mats [...]

A PVC-Free Toy, Bath Toy, Beach Toy, and Snacking Container from Green Toys

By |November 21, 2011 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Bath & Body Care, Food Gear, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

We are super excited to introduce to you today the very first stacking toy that has every won BOTH of our MACT Awards! Green Toys™ Stacking Cups wins both the [...]

The Latest Updates On Toxic Formamide In Foam Puzzle Play Mats Plus Chart of Manufacturers

By |May 12, 2011 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Toys & Activities|

OUR LATEST UPDATES FROM JUNE 27th, 2013 CAN BE FOUND HERE! Should We Stop Worrying About EVA Foam Puzzle Mats? UPDATES  ON MAY 5th, 2011: As of today we have become aware of a new concern around foam mat manufacturers and this leads us to personally believe that ALL EVA FOAM MATS are not to be trusted as healthy products. We would personally not have them in our homes because there just are not enough regulations. A foam mat can be riddled with formamide and a manufacturer and retailer can hide behind the claim that their product meets all safety regulations. The following post contains information that we have been gathering for months, the following info suggests 2 companies may have undetectable levels of formamide present, but again, as of today we personally would not use eva foam mats in our homes.  You must weigh your own concerns The manufacturers of EDUSHAPE EDUTILES Foam Mats has requested we immediately remove their lab results from our site. We feel that this information should be easily accessible to all parents and that hiding this information is not right. Because they want us to remove their lab results immediately, it gives us a very unsettling feeling about these mats. As a parent, how does it make you feel to know that you do not have legal access to these lab results? LATEST UPDATES  ON FEBRUARY 10, 2011: TEST RESULTS: All test results are on the bottom of this post. EDUSHAPE EDUTILES: We got some additional test results in on formamide. No formamide has been detected on their mats. See results on bottom of this post. TADPOLES PLAYMATS: We had an expert look at the lab results and he said that their report does not mention formamide and that they only did a SGS screening, not testing. We ask company for additional test results and if they could clarify the report for us. SOFT TILES: They contacted us after they saw our posts to assure us that their foam puzzle mats are formamide free. We added them to our chart and test results can be viewed on the bottom of this post. The formamide level is at a very low level, at  10mg/kg. 1 # QUESTION FROM OUR READERS: Are only NEW foam mats toxic, how about older mats? The Belgian journal did notice, that the concentration of all substances in the air did decrease dramatically over a period of 14 days. All these substances are volatile, they leave the material over time and go into the air. They are then decomposed over time in the air due to UV rays. However, there is no information about how the concentration is changing in the material itself over time. BATH FOAM TOYS BY ALEX TOYS AND SASSY: We contacted Alex Toys and Sassy several times but have not heard back from them. We’ll keep you posted about any new updates on Formamide! Finding out the truth regarding which play foam mats are truly formamide free has been a journey!  We want the truth, LAB RESULTS, and we are not taking our babies (and your babies!) health for granted by accepting petty claims, to ultimately sell a product, as justifying truth that it is safe. Listen people, it is so sad to say, but it is the straight up truth:  You can not trust a company’s claims that they are selling you a safe product unless they can provide you with the proven truth!  As a parent we deserve to see lab results proving any claims that a product is free from chemicals they claim are not present in the products we surround our children with.  Honesty is a quality of integrity and we suggest only supporting those companies that are trustworthy! We have been torn over this subject for a few reasons.  First, companies have given us the weakest excuses for not proving factual truth behind their formamide free claims.  Excuses like, “This information is only given to our retailers.”  And more fishy final comments like, ” Due to proprietorship, we are unable to provide you with the lab results.”  (Find out which manufacturers are beating around the bush in our graph below). Second, we have seen blog posts out there that state certain companies are formamide free, but they are NOT offering the lab results to prove these claims.  This is baffling because, as you will see in our detailed report below, only 3 out of 11 companies were actually able to prove their formamine free claims to us!!!!  As a concerned parent, this is disturbing.  We have the actual lab results for you today.  We have the proof that is worth trusting in. Finally, (unfortunately but not surprising) there are NO formal government standards in the United States regarding formamide.  So, if a company tells you “our products conform or exceed current CPSC and ASTM standards,” then you can just laugh out loud and not be taken a fool by them. Our government won’t take in their hands the safety of our children, but we will.  Please share this information with all of your friend! We’re on a mission to make Play Mats safe!! Because they can be. […]

Is This Mom Crazy, Or Do You Totally Get It?

By |April 11, 2011 |Mindful Parenting, Toys & Activities|

The letter below comes from a SafBaby reader and mom.  Her words are full of a passion to make the right decisions for her children, and the turmoil of trying [...]

A Natural Way To Soothe A Fussy, Cranky, or Sleepy Baby

By |March 15, 2011 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Baby Accessories, MACT Award Winners, Natural Remedies, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

Now, thanks to HABA, parents have a safe and natural plush toy that soothes a fussy, cranky, or sleepy baby and child! The HABA Spelt Cushion Cotti is" a life-saver" [...]

HABA’s Pulling Toy Cotti Puts A Smile On These Kid’s Faces

By |March 14, 2011 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

Today, the Pulling Toy Cotti wins one of the most prestigious Awards available for children's products today!  The MACT Excellence Award is not easily won, so we are happy to [...]

A Water Based Nail Polish Safe For Babies, Children and Tweens!

By |February 16, 2011 |Chemicals in Products, Toys & Activities|

Most nail polishes contain harmful ingredients such as: formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone. So finding a safer alternative is a smart choice! If you follow our recommendations and are in tune with our Approved Vendors, then you already know we highly recommend Piggy Paints for being a non-toxic, water based and safer alternative nail polish for kids.  Today we are excited to introduce you to their newest line, Project Earth. One of our mama testers puts it like this, “I’m the Mom that never would take my children (or myself for that matter!) to the nail salon.  “Eww,” is what I say to myself.   I cringe when my friends tell me they had a mani- pedi party with their kids. Yes my older daughter always complained that her friends and peers had their nails and toes painted and I did feel bad . Well, No more worries here comes the fun!” This new Tween Line is the same great Piggy Paint Formula, but with some wild and exciting colors.   They also have RADIOACTIVE in this line which GLOWS IN THE DARK and can be worn alone or layered over any of the polishes to Glow!  I have to say that when my 4 year old put on the Radioactive polish, we had the funnest night ever playing with our glow in the dark toes!  Yes, this line is targeted to an older audience, but it still appeals to the kid in all of us! Thank goodness for Piggy Paint™, my little one can enjoy her colorful nails and I keep peace of mind that we are making a safe alternative nail polish choice.  Also, now I have a great gift idea for my daugher’s older cousins too! […]

More News On Foam Puzzle Mats And Reproductive Carcinogens

By |December 30, 2010 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Toys & Activities|

OUR LATEST UPDATES FROM NOVEMBER 29th, 2011 CAN BE FOUND HERE! Quite a few of our readers commented on our recent post titled Foam Puzzle Mat Immedate Removal In France Due to Toxic Formamide.  (By the way, for all of you that did comment, thank you.  We love hearing from you and are always interested in your thoughts and concerns.) Not only have we received post comments, but one reader sent us an email with additional feedback that we would like to share today.  We will continue to add on to this post as we receive LAB RESULTS from companies that respond to our concerns regarding toxic formamide hiding in our children’s foam puzzle mats. We have emailed One Step Ahead and Skip Hop requesting that they provide us with their tests results proving that their mats are safe for our kids.  If you have any other feedback/lab results that you would like to share with us, please do and we will keep this post updated as needed. […]