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The Facts About Humidifiers for Babies and Children – Part 2

By |April 16, 2016 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Indoor Air, Mary Cordaro|

Part 1 of this series touched on the unknown or ignored realities of humidifier use: the impact of using impure water, high-tech humidifier units and the growth of mold and [...]

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The Facts About Humidifiers for Babies and Children – Part 1

By |March 19, 2016 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Indoor Air|

At the Doctor's Office Your pediatrician sees your child has a hacking cough and suggests you use a humidifier. Cool mist or warm mist? “Cool mist,” the pediatrician advises, likely [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. […]

Knowing This About Formaldehyde Will Keep Your Family Healthier

By |March 23, 2011 |Chemicals in Products, Developmental Disorders, Indoor Air, Toxins & Additives|

Formaldehyde is a popular "cheap" chemical used  in clothing, bedding,  shoes, furniture, fertilizer, paper, toys, cosmetics, household cleaners and food.  In our recent post, The EPAs Lists The Chemicals That [...]

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. […]

Foam Puzzle Mat Immedate Removal In France Due to Toxic Formamide

By |December 14, 2010 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Toys & Activities|

OUR LATEST UPDATES FROM NOVEMBER 29th, 2011 CAN BE FOUND HERE! 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. […]

Untested Chemicals in Products We Use

By |August 2, 2010 |Chemicals in Products, Developmental Disorders, Indoor Air, Kitchen, Petitions|

It's upsetting to know that the toxic chemicals used in stain-resistant children's fabrics, pizza boxes, fast food containers, inks, nonstick cookware and many other products (being used on and around [...]

Purify Indoor Air With House Plants, Expert Advice

By |January 19, 2010 |Indoor Air, Well-being|

Introduction by SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson Indoor air can be more toxic during the winter months since we don't get as much fresh airflow through the [...]

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Part 2: Tips To Keep Toxic Fire Retardant Chemicals Out Of Our Kids Bodies

By |March 18, 2009 |Chemicals in Products, Developmental Disorders, Indoor Air, Pollution, Videos|

If you happened to miss our previous post regarding the dangers of toxic fire retardant chemicals to our babies and children, and where these chemicals are hiding, please read that [...]

US Children Polluted With Toxic Fire Retardants: Part 1

By |March 16, 2009 |Chemicals in Products, Developmental Disorders, Indoor Air, Pollution, Videos|

Did you know that everyday baby and children's products can contain high amounts of toxic fire retardants? These flame retardants have been shown to cause serious health disorders including endocrine [...]

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Toxic Formaldehyde Hides In Children’s Clothing and Bedding

By |December 30, 2008 |Chemicals in Products, Clothing & Shoes, Developmental Disorders, Indoor Air, Nursery Room, Petitions|

By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson It would seem that the last place a parent would think to be concerned about finding toxic gas in our child's [...]

Toxins Released from PVC Shower Curtains, Go PVC-Free!

By |June 30, 2008 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air|

When I read the recent 44 page report on the dangers of the indoor air pollution that [tag] PVC shower curtains [/tag] cause, I was alarmed! Included in this report is a 3.5 page listing of volatile organic compounds released from [tag] PVC [/tag] shower curtains, almost all of the compounds identified have a real chemical/toxic sounding name. Not only that, but I was also shocked to read how the authors recommended PVC shower curtains be disposed of. “PVC should be treated as a hazardous material. As an interim measure, PVC could be disposed of in “secure” triple-lined hazardous waste landfills.” […]

How To Design A Safe and Non-Toxic Nursery

By |June 8, 2008 |Chemicals in Products, Indoor Air, Nursery, Nursery Room|

After coming across Debra Lynn Dadd's amazing book, Home Safe Home, we decided to ask her to share her expertise on creating a safe and non-toxic nursery. Debra has been a leading [...]

Is this “POISON!” in your home?

By |October 15, 2007 |Chemicals in Products, Household, Indoor Air, Kitchen|

A friend of mine has 3 gorgeous boys. About six years ago now, she had taken one of them to an audition for staring in commercials. This story is so great, after all these years of hearing it, I can still hear his little voice like it was yesterday. Caleb was given a few household items to “improv” with. They just wanted to see how he’d turn it on, how he’d present the products, and see how he “sold” it. What he did next is what has always stuck with me…. He choose a can of air freshener. With his steady stance, he held up the aerosol can, and with the conviction of a drill Sargent yelled, “POISON!” Yep, at 4 years old, this little guy knew more about the dangers of certain household cleansers and air fresheners than the people marketing them did! Fabulous Caleb, you are my hero kid. […]