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 agree with:
“Wow what a bunch of pseudoscience crap is in this article. I’ll go with the tadpoles mats. Thanks.
I found that this article has nothing really useful. Sometimes formamide off gasses from new foam products. You just have to leave the mats out for a while before you let you kids play on them.
Also, what do the pediatrics think? I would like to hear from them on this issue instead of someone who just thinks because France did it this is the correct answer.
Its true that Europe has some better regulations concerning their foam and plastic products but you can get to a point where your worrying about crap that doesn’t matter. Maybe you should take a closer look at all the 50 million other types of plastic and foam products you use in your daily life before freaking out.” It was posted here
Good or bad comments = people care what SAFBABY writes about
We do value all of our comments and we hold in high regards our reader’s questions and concerns too. When there are comments that come in that we do not necessarily agree with, we feel that we stay pretty open minded to see this person’s perspective and try to learn something from them. If our reader’s questions pose more questions for us, we look for the answers from top professionals and experts that we trust and respect. Most of our comments are sweet and full of appreciation from everyone.
What we write about is NOT supported by big advertisers. We write unbiased articles, based on the research that we, 2 concerned mamas with lots of questions, care about. Do we piss off certain manufacturers? Sometimes. But if we don’t share the truth about what we find who will? Not the mainstream media that IS sponsored by big industry.
We won’t stop doing the research and writing about what matters to us AND YOU.
Most (not all, but most) business’s #1 priority is to make money, NOT to protect your child!
It would probably shock you to know how little some manufacturers know about the components to the products they create. It may shock you to know how little regulations there are for the safety of children’s products too. Does this mean go crazy over every little detail? NO. That WILL drive you, well, crazy.
But please, we must WAKE UP to the truth of the matters at hand and we start seeing the truth for what it is. AGAIN, it is ALL about profit, we need to stop believing manufacturer (again, we are not saying all of them) have our best interest at heart. They are in business to make money, not to protect our children. That is their business. So be it. That is truly their right. However, as a parent, I believe it is my right and my business to make the most educated choices for my child’s health and well being. Who will choose that for your child?
Leading Experts consider Formamide in EVA Foam Puzzle Mats Harmful
We are not overly anxious and do inform and educate ourselves consistently, asking for expert opinions from both sides!
Dr. Hermann Kurse, Toxicologist at the Univeristy of Kiel Germany (and I consider him to be a leading expert) said that Formamide shouldn’t be used in baby products and that Formamide in Foam Puzzle mats is more harmful that Phthalate.
I don’t think we have to go into details on how harmful Phthalate is, these days EVERYBODY knows!
If we would just freak out, we wouldn’t have our SAFBABY blog. Our blog is about how to avoid unnecessary toxins, make positive and life-enhancing changes, and use safer alternatives! We’re here to talk about things that matter to us, find solutions, hear from experts and their points of views, and even confront the manufacturers.
Thanks to blogs like SAFBABY, parents change the way they live, shop, eat, drink etc. It is THIS type of action that forces manufacturers to change their way of production, if they want to keep the customers. So going healthy, green etc. is a smart business decision.
Here is SAFBABY’s answer to the reader’s comment:
“You just have to leave the mats out for a while before you let you kids play on them..”
Leaving the mats out for a while is not going to make much difference. According to OEKO-TEST conclusion after reviewing the EVA foam puzzle mat test results:
Foam Mats that don’t smell, still outgass. Airing the mat doesn’t help. TUEV Rheinland LGA, working with OEKO-TEST testing the foam mats aired the mat over a long period of time.
“What do the pediatrics think?”
So many issues aren’t addressed by health authorities like high levels of fluoride in water and toothpaste, Formaldehyde in clothes and furniture, Aluminum in baby formula, Lead in Juice and Vitamins and the list goes on. Most laws are pushed by consumers not the other way around! Oh, and according to OEKO-TEST , PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) which can cause cancer has also been found in most of the foam mats in unacceptable levels unsafe for small children.
“I would like to hear from them on this issue instead of someone who just thinks because France did it this is the correct answer. Its true that Europe has some better regulations concerning their foam and plastic products but you can get to a point where your worrying about crap that doesn’t matter.”
First, it’s not just France that’s concerned….it’s the country that decided ‘BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY’, which is usually not the way the US operates when it comes to the safety of our children.
The federal law that should protect us from health-harming chemicals just doesn’t work. Since 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required safety testing on only 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals on the market. We need a stronger chemical law to keep our families safe and healthy!
“Maybe you should take a closer look at all the 50 million other types of plastic and foam products you use in your daily life before freaking out…”
We’re not freaking out, just keeping consumers informed. We’ve been taking a closer look at many other chemicals/toxins for the last 6 years, so FORMAMIDE is not the only or first one.
I am wondering why you’re so upset about the foam mat issue. Are you the manufacturer of one?
Why the Formamide Free Statement Is Meaningless
We actually decided NOT TO update our chart, as the whole ˜formamide free’ statement is meaningless. Formamide is usually tested to ONLY a certain level (10mg or 20mg/kg) and if it passes that level, then test results say ˜PASS’ which translates to ˜formamide free’. At this time, there is NO 100% formamide FREE EVA foam puzzle mat. The government doesn’t regulate Formamide in the US. Also, like we mentioned above, PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) which can cause cancer has also been found in most of the foam mats in unacceptable levels unsafe for small children. What also stinks (literally) is that most of the mats are sold in packaging made of toxic PVC.
So please no more emails from manufacturers regarding us updating our chart and stating your mat is “safe” unless it is a mat that does not contain EVA foam, or the laws change.
What do you think?
We’d love to know your thoughts, do you agree, are we freaking out? Please share below the post AND on Facebook!
All of our Formamide in Foam Mat Posts to Date
Post from July 21, 2012: Why Formamide-Free Labeled EVA Foam Puzzle Mats Are Not Really Formamide-Free
Post from November 29, 2011: The Latest on EVA Foam Puzzle Mats and Why They’re Still Not Safe For Your Baby
Post from May 12, 2011: The Latest Updates On Toxic Formamide In Foam Puzzle Play Mats Plus Chart of Manufacturers
Post from December 30, 2010: More News On Foam Puzzle Mats And Reproductive Carcinogens
Post from December 14, 2010: Foam Puzzle Mat Immedate Removal In France Due to Toxic Formamide
Our Next Post: EVA Foam in Baby & Kids Shoes: What You Need to Know
How about EVA levels in foam shoes like flip flops? Are Crocs made of EVA foam? Find out in our next article on this topic, coming soon.