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Fidget spinners safety tips

May 29, 2017

As a mom (or a human), you may have already heard about the latest craze amongst our kids – Fidget spinners.

Which started out as a stress-relieving toy for people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting, has quickly spiraled into the new must-have among peers worldwide. The spinning toy has become popular so fast, parents have not yet had the chance to wrap their heads around or make sense of it and safety precautions have barely been communicated about the use of the fidget spinner as a regular toy.

Unfortunately, in its short life, there’s already been reports of kids choking and other injuries caused by the spinners. Although it’s not a cause for panic and I wouldn’t go as far as to demand kids dispose of their fidget spinners just yet, it never hurts to be safe. Kids really are just kids and they love to explore.

Which is exactly why the over-protective mom in me, who have already promised her kids a fidget if they behave (Guilty!), wanted to find out how to keep my kids safe around these seemingly harmless gadgets.

Here are the four guidelines the Toy Association says parents should keep in mind when it comes to fidget spinner safety:

Follow Age Labels

Make sure fidget spinners are age-appropriate. Always follow age labeling, and if the spinner does not have age guidance on its packaging, don’t buy it. Never give children under three years of age (or those who still put toys in their mouths) any items, such as fidget spinners, that have small parts. Children who are old enough to play with fidget spinners should be taught how to play with them correctly—and instructed never to put them in their mouths.

Shop at Reputable Retailers

Shop at a reputable retailer that you know and trust. Those retailers will be selling products that have been tested and comply with strict U.S. safety standards. When a craze like the fidget spinners hits, you may be tempted to buy one for your child wherever you can find one (like at a pop-up vendor on the street or from an unknown online seller), but the safety of products sold outside a reputable retailer cannot be guaranteed.

Tips for Light-Up Spinners

Small batteries are required to be secured so that a tool or coin is needed to access the battery compartment. Fidget spinners with a light-up feature might utilize small batteries that can be harmful if accidentally ingested. Avoid giving a child a light-up spinner if it does not also have a locking mechanism on the battery compartment.

Check for Broken Parts

Check fidget spinners periodically for damage. Broken items should be discarded and not left in a child’s environment.

Keep Spinning!

 

 

 

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How to best care for your Sophie the Giraffe: From its SA distributors

February 10, 2017

So I was recently contacted by Pyrelle, the sole local representative for Vulli, the manufacturer of Sophie la girafe© in Southern Africa.

This came after I voiced my concerns about the hygiene safety of the popular teether, at a baby boutique launch the other night, and the store subsequently removing the toy from its shelves.

I am not here to badmouth any product I have never had my kids use before and therefore have no personal experiences with, good or bad. I am however here to make sure moms are kept informed in order to make informed decisions when it comes to their precious little ones.

If you feel you want to get your child the beloved Sophie la Giraffe, then, by all means go for it! But, be sure to read the handling instructions carefully. Here’s why the brand’s distributor says it’s important to do so:

Based on the assessment made by the Sophie la girafe quality department, they say that “it is not possible that saliva could cause the type of mould formation shown in the pictures that went viral a few weeks ago.

Internal studies have been conducted and indicated that it is improbable that saliva can transform into mould. It seems that the inside body of the giraffe is still wet, which leads us to believe that there was presence of water inside the giraffe, which caused the mould. This situation is often seen with bath toys. We can furthermore assert that this situation occurred after the product was purchased. Therefore, it is important to be careful while cleaning the toy to ensure that no water gets inside the giraffe.”

Following the articles published in the US and the rumours that quickly spread on the internet, the BBC in the UK, some major TV and radios in the Netherlands and the US Today TV show all researched this mould issue in Sophie.

They have interviewed various specialists in their countries and physicians specialising on the immune system. Those specialists doctors explained that fungus is actually everywhere, it flies in the air. It is in everyone’s mouth and in any baby drool!

The immune system specialists said parents should really not throw away or cut open their Sophie as it would be such a trauma for a baby to have their favourite toy taken away from them!

Dr. Ferda Arca-Sedda, PhD from University of Pierre & Marie Curie provided the following statement “Sophie la girafe is safe, it is unlikely that the mould growing inside Sophie is coming from saliva. It is known that saliva is acidic and contains several enzymes like amylase, pepsin, lipase that play a significant role in breaking down food particles. In addition, saliva contains antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal enzymes that kill bacteria, fungus or other microbes. The mould inside comes from submerging Sophie in water and not saliva.”

As you know, Sophie la girafe is composed of 100% natural rubber, so the cleaning instructions have to be carefully respected. As indicated on the packaging and in an explanatory leaflet inside the packaging, we recommend to clean the surface of Sophie la girafe with a damp cloth. It should not be immersed in water nor rinsed off, to prevent water from getting inside, as she may become damaged.

We would like to emphasise that it is important, while cleaning the product, not to get water inside the hole.

Additionally, Sophie is intended for use by only one child. We have also seen pictures of people altering the toy by cutting its legs to change the toy’s design. This a big NO!!! This is then considered damaged and unsafe. Sophie is designed especially for the safety of the child and complies with all worldwide safety standards. Sophie can’t go in the microwave to be sterilised, it is not a bath toy, harsh detergents shouldn’t be used. As usual with babies, this toy must be used only under adult supervision.

We have had many parents sharing their disappointment with us because they have been lured into cutting their Sophie open only to find no mould inside. They now have to buy a new one because their child loves Sophie. Rather frustrating! The safety of children and satisfaction of their parents is the manufacturer’s main priority. For the past 55 years, they have always strived to exceed security standards and all of our products comply with the most stringent global standards.

Pyrelle also invite you to watch and share our video to see how Sophie is made, here.

Love,

 

 

 

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Studio Collection Launch in Cape Town

February 5, 2017

In between family time in New York and running their law practice back home in Mozambique, mompreneur Lei and her husband decided to take up another exciting challenge and open their very own Studio Collection franchise; right here in Cape Town.

It was such an absolute pleasure meeting and sharing many laughs with Lei (pronounced Lee) and her family at the bespoke baby boutique’s launch party last night. The store located on the upper floor of Cavendish Place is a piece of baby heaven. It’s comfortable and pretty and smells so gooood. Lei’s passion for her newest venture is clear when she gushes that it was her two-year-old daughter who was her biggest inspiration. The store with its carefully handcrafted baby linen, furniture and decor and the team that makes it all possible lies very close to her heart. The fabrics are 100% cotton and soft to the touch, all made in South Africa, by the hands of which mostly belong to other moms just like you and me.

Studio Collection is opening its doors to the Cape Town mom tomorrow, Monday, February 6. As the ‘mother’ city, I’m sure we can all agree that it was just a matter of time.

A mom herself, Lei gets how important the best quality fabrics are for our precious kids. She understands that each mom and child is unique and invites you to come pop in by her store and chat to her and the team of experts about your unique preferences; Or if you just happen to be in the area, come stop by for some mommy talk over a hot cuppa coffee from their espresso machine due to arrive this week!

The family is new in town so let’s make them feel welcome 🙂

When this fab mom is not off handling some legal business all the way in Mozambique, you will find lei hanging around her boutique in Cavendish Square.

Studio Collection stores also currently open in Centurion, Rustenburg, Umhlanga and, of cause, Cavendish Square.

This team of textile magicians literally turns your baby’s nursery into anything you can dream of. Check them out for yourself here

(Images are taken from the Studio Collection website.)

Love,