At Maddie & Me we are passionate about Safety Standards. So I can proudly say that all our Teething Toys have been INDEPENDANTLY tested and comply to Australian Safety Standard AS/NZS 8124. This includes our beads, which are free from BPA, Lead, PVC, Mercury, Phthalates, Cadmium and Latex. This means there`s no nasty chemicals and silicone is a versatile material for our teething needs as it does not support the growth of mould or bacteria, can be placed in the fridge, freezer, microwave or on the top shelf of the dishwasher to clean!
I am also passionate about spreading the word on safety. If you ever meet me in person you’ll have to listen to me informing you about the dangers of necklaces and toys around children and babies. I want parents to know that there may be Australian Standards that these items MUST meet, and what to look for or ask to ensure the product you are purchasing for you or your baby is safe and compliant.
Don’t feel bad if you never even thought that there was mandatory testing or safety standards that should be adhered to. As a new Mum, I didn’t even think about that with my first daughter. I guess I would see something, think it looked pretty and thought that since it was being sold in Australia, it MUST be safe. But sadly this is not the case for a lot of items out there on the market being sold. Particularly if you are buying off a Online Shop or person (Like Facebook) or at your local craft Markets!
One thing you will hear me say, is that our Non-Toxic Silicone Necklaces are no longer referred to as “Teething” Necklaces. Necklaces are not intended to be chewed on as they pose a choking risk. Please never leave your necklace unattended with a child under 3. Do not let children under 3 wear your necklace. Necklaces are not toys, and do not meet the Australian Standard for Toys. Necklaces are an alternate option for Mums to wear that are durable, easy care, washable and tug proof if they come on our Nylon cord with Breakaway clasp option! They are designed as a sensory stimulation for babies to touch whilst being held or fed, and hopefully we can save a few hair strands, precious metal necklaces, earrings and maybe a little nipple tweaking 😉