I dont know about you, but when we brought our oldest son home for the first time, I wanted our house to be as safe as possible. We set up the crib and made sure it wouldn’t fall apart. We set up a baby gate so the dog couldn’t go into the nursery, and for the future when he was crawling. We made sure the car seat was installed correctly and then tested by a CPST. We had everything ready for the baby and thought our home was as safe as we could possibly make it. When it comes to a child’s safety, parents and caregivers will do anything to make sure our children are as safe as possible. With this in mind, I wanted to go over a few safety tips that you may know, and some that you may be less familiar with.
Now, to preface, there is a TON of safety I could go into. I also know a lot of the safety of our children is based on a parents comfort, for example some parents allow their children to jump on trampolines and some parents believe they are too dangerous. Like all parenting, we do what is best for our own children and we should never judge another parent. Some of the information should be viewed as a guideline or best practise, while other information is legal and by law.
To start, teething toys should not be used unsupervised. This includes all teething toys, not just the ones purchased from our website. There are legal guidelines that myself and fellow Canadian teether makers (whether they are a big company or a small shop) must comply with for safety reason, such as length of a soother clip. Did you know that Canada and the US have different safety regulations when it comes to teething? In fact, Canada, USA, Australia and Europe all have slightly different teething regulations. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know about this when I first started, but over the years my knowledge involving safety has drastically increased. All of our teething pendants are created by other teething shops, big or small. This means another teething maker has personally designed their teething, which i know they put so much time, effort and money into. As well, majority of our teething pendants are designed by Canadian’s, which is so amazing to see all the talent we have here in Canada! All of our teething pendent was are compliant with Canadian standards.
Hockey net teether designed by Canadian teething maker, Sloane & Blake, is Canadian compliant.
Products for Adults
That heading makes this part seem kind of hot and spicy, but I promise it’s not haha
Key rings and key chains are designed for adult use only (and by adults only, I mean anyone who wont chew on them so more like 10 years and older). While they are made with the same silicone beads that our baby products use, they use a different string. Key rings use a stretchy string so they can be a one size fits most product. The stretchy string is not tested for baby/teething use. Key rings and key chains are not intended for teething or play use.
And speaking of items geared for adults, if you follow us on Instagram, you may remember me talking about printed beads (camo, terrazzo and leopard print) and how they are only available on our key chains and key rings. The difference between printed beads and other patterned beads (such as marble) is the process in which they are created. I am going to use camo and marble as my examples. When manufacturers create marble beads, it is a mix of white and black liquid silicone that is poured into the bead mould to create the marble effect. If you cut open a marble bead, the marbling pattern is continuous throughout the bead. When a camo bead is created, the manufacture uses a lint green liquid silicone that is then poured into the mould. Once the bead is solid, the manufacturer places a coating of the camo pattern over the lint green bead. If you cut a camo bead open, the outside has the camo pattern but the inner core of the bead will be a singular colour of lint green. Since the pattern is layer on top of the bead, the coatings don’t always lay completely flat, leaving bumpy and uneven textures on the beads. As well, the coating could potentially rub off while your child is chewing on these beads. These beads do pass safety testing but in our shop, the camo, terrazzo and leopard beads will ONLY be used on key rings and key chains. Marble, speckle, tye-dye and rainbow beads are available for both adult and baby products.
Products Geared Towards Babies
Soother clips have a metal clasp on the end to attach that seem to be more exciting sometimes than the teether or soother on the other end. My own children have also wanted to chomp on the metal clip, but it is best practise to limit this as much as possible.
When purchasing teething toys or soother clips for your child, I highly suggest inspecting the following:
- Do the beads look loose? Beads should be very tight and not able to slide up and down on a soother clip or teething toys (rattles, teething rings, etc).
- Do the knots look loose? Knotting techniques for teething toys and soother clips is very important to the safety.
- Inspect the length of the loop on soother clips. Loops should be long enough to attach a soother or teething pendent, but they should not be excessively long.
At the end of the day, parents should do their own research about safety and do what they feel is best for their child and themselves. Each parent and child is unique and we are all doing our best to raise our children how we see fit. I hope you found some of this information useful, whether it was new to you or simply a reminder. You are an amazing parent/caregiver! (:
If you ever have a question regarding safety, please feel free to reach out to us via email or DM us on Instagram.