Safer Crayon Choices for Children

By |July 23, 2015 |

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 |

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 […]

The Truth About Sophie the Giraffe and the Recall Rumors

By |July 23, 2013 |

By SafBaby Co-Founder Sandra Blum

The search term ‘Sophie the Giraffe recall’ on Google gets 129,000 results. Wow, that’s a lot!

Sophie was my son’s favorite chewing toy (see photo below) and […]

Should We Stop Worrying About EVA Foam Puzzle Mats?

By |June 27, 2013 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 […]

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

By |December 15, 2011 |

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 symbols are […]

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

By |November 29, 2011 |

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 |

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 |

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?

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 |

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 to find some sanity and balance.  We decided to make a post out of this because, well, we are incredibly interested in hearing feedback from all of you.  To get a broad perspective and hear from many parents should be interesting, and hopefully enlightening.  Thanks in advance for your heart-felt comments and advice in our comment section below this post.
I’m writing for just a little support and advice.  It’s getting near birthday time in my household, and I’m struggling on gifts.  My oldest will be 4 and when you ask him what he would like for his birthday it is all the things that make me cringe…plastic action figures, etc.  And then it breaks my heart to think that I don’t give him anything that he ever asks for.  Well, not ever; there are gifts that he asks for that I am able to find safe versions of.  However, there are tons of toys that I can’t find safer versions of.  I begin to feel like he might be the only 4 year old without a plastic dinosaur or light up truck because his mom is “crazy.”  And then I feel like maybe I am depriving my children. […]

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

By |March 15, 2011 |

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 […]

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

By |March 14, 2011 |

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 |

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 |

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. […]

Foam Puzzle Mat Immedate Removal In France Due to Toxic Formamide

By |December 14, 2010 |

ALL Foam Puzzle Mats have been removed from shelves in Belgium and France this holiday season due to high amounts of Formamide!

Foam Puzzle Mats are a typical flooring in infants and children’s rooms, and even child care facilities and preschools.  I recently received a foam mat for our son, and although I have been suspicious, I still had it at our home for our son to play on.   After this report, I will for sure put it in the trash.


These Eco-Friendly Arts And Craft Projects Inspire Creativity And Imagination

By |July 8, 2010 |

Arts and crafts is a gift to give to our children.  Sparking and encouraging that creativity in them is priceless.   Today we bring you a guide on some of the projects we have been loving creating with our children.  These arts and crafts are eco-friendly, green, a safe alternative to others readily available in big box stores (PVC-free, petrochemical free, recycled and reusable materials, water based and toxin-free), and down right FUN!  So get moving and start creating! […]