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All Teething Toys Are Not Created Equal. Know What is Safe. (Part 2)

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All Teething Toys Are Not Created Equal. Know What is Safe. (Part 2)

When it comes to designs, not all teething toy designs are designed with care. Especially when it comes to mass produced wooden teething toys from Asia. A lot of these mass produced designs fail the mandatory rattle testing component to teething toys.

The reason why teething toys have to be tested for compliance with the rattle tester is because teething toys can be possible impalement hazards. Babies mouths are small, throats are tiny and delicate. And because they are tiny a delicate, they need baby toys that are safe.

Teething toy testing states that they have to be compliant with rattle testing.

Rattle testing state: No portion of a rattle shall be capable of entering and penetrating to the full depth of a cavity in a test fixture with dimensions shown in Figure 24. Rattles shall meet this requirement both before and after performing the use and abuse tests of section 9 of this manual (excluding the flexure tests).

 

Mass produced products we tested:

Here are some of the results from mass produced teething toys that I purchased from Amazon.ca this past week. Please note that the seller of these teething toys claimed that they were safe and compliant with European Toy Directive (which also has the rattle testing as a mandatory test for teething toys)

Mass produced wooden teething toys (owl, guitar, camel, penguin, kangaroo) made in Asia awaiting manditory rattle testing component of teething toy testing

 

Results of the rattle test component:

 

Mass produced wooden guitar teething toy made in Asia being put through the mandatory rattle testing device and failing the teething toy test

Guitar – FAIL

 

Mass produced wooden camel teething toy made in Asia being put through the mandatory rattle testing device and failing the teething toy test

 Camel – FAIL

 

Mass produced wooden owl teething toy made in Asia being put through the mandatory rattle testing device and failing the teething toy test

 Owl – FAIL

Penguin – PASS

Mass produced wooden penguin teething toy made in Asia being put through the mandatory rattle testing device and passing the first test for teething toys

 Penguin – PASS

 

Mass produced wooden kangaroo teething toy made in Asia being put through the mandatory rattle testing device and failing the teething toy test

 Kangaroo – FAIL

 

 

So how are non-compliant wooden teething toys allowed to be sold in Canada and USA?

 

 Simply put, they are not allowed to be resold because they are unsafe.  But reality is that almost no one checks and just like speeding ticket, you only get fined if you get caught. Because these are mass produced items, they are cheap and most vendors who make baby items will use these because they are cheap. If they cannot back their products up with declarations of conformance, you know right then and there that there is a 92% chance that the baby items they sell and make are not safe for your baby.

 

According to law, the person who imports these items are responsible for testing them for compliance. Yes, the seller, including the handmade seller at the local farmers market is the one who has to get these tested. And the unfortunate bottom line is that most sellers don't care and don't bother to get them tested. They are only selling these items in hopes of making money because these are easy to sell when attached to a piece of ribbon on a clip. They are not selling them with your child's safety in mind.

 

Please, please for the safety of your babies do not purchase these toys that do not meet compliance.

 

And if you are a vendor, please, please, please for the safety of your customers, do not purchase mass produced wooden teething toys that fail compliance. 

 

To view the full video of these toys being put through the rattle testing device:  

 

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  • Miriam Handfield
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