Tag: non-toxic

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Non-Toxic Toys

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Over the years, I have done a lot of research into the best non-toxic toy companies for babies and toddlers. I have also had the opportunity to accumulate toys from most of the brands featured.

Several factors that I use to evaluate safe non-toxic toy brands include, among other things, whether the toy company is reputable, has a proven safety track record, uses non-toxic finishes and materials, or is based in the USA. (Note that I did not disqualify a company solely because their toys might be produced in another country.)

I have broken down my list into companies that focus primarily on wooden toys versus other safe materials.

Non-toxic wooden toy brands:
Other non-toxic toy brands:

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Cream Haus Play Mat & Nap Mat Giveaway

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I am super excited to announce that I am partnering with Cream Haus – the only foam play mat on my non-toxic play mats guide – for this amazing giveaway!

To find out more about why I consider this foam play mat to be truly non-toxic, you can check out my Cream Haus Folding Play Mat review here.

The best news is that I will be giving away not one but TWO great prizes!!

Two lucky Mommy to Max readers will win:

1) Folding Play Mat ($239.99 value) – A large folding play mat that measures 51″ x 79 ” x 1.6″. It provides a large, comfortable, and safe play surface. We love and use this play mat in Max’s room.
2) Nap Mat ($129.99 value) – A portable play surface that measures 47 ” x 31.5″ x 1.6″. It folds in half and has a carrying handle. This mat is great for newborns and babies for naps and tummy time.

I love hosting giveaways for products I love and this is for sure one of my favorites. 🙂

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The giveaway will run until November 2nd, 2016, 11:59PM EST. Open to US residents only. I will e-mail the winners for their shipping and order information within 24 hours. Good luck!

Best Non-Toxic Crayons for Toddler Guide

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I recently started researching non-toxic crayons because Max, the toddler, loves to draw with crayons and Alexa, the baby, loves to put said crayons in her mouth.

Let’s just say I was more than appalled to learn that crayons have been a source of lead (1994), mercury (2013, Philippines), and asbestos (2000 and as recently as 2015)!

Most commercial crayons (e.g. Crayola) are made mainly from paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum byproducts. It starts as a grayish-black sludge that is left over after the petroleum refining process, once all of the other petroleum-based products (gas, pavement, oil) have been extracted. It is then bleached and processed, both steps that require the use of toxic chemicals. Paraffin is generally considered to be non-toxic but the process of making it certainly is not!


With that being said, these are the three main waxes from natural and renewable resources that can be used to make crayons:

Beeswax – made from the honeycomb. It can be a little sticky but pure beeswax crayons smell delicious!

Soy wax – made from soybeans. Soy wax is the softest of the three waxes and may be less durable. It is also worth noting that soybean wax is likely non-GMO and may contain pesticide residue.

Carnauba wax – made from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree. It is the hardest of the three waxes so it may be more brittle and prone to breakage.

Keep in mind that the main drawback to these natural waxes is that they will not perform as well as paraffin wax. You’re not going to be an art major drawing with these crayons. But, for babies and toddlers, they are the safest options.


List of Best Non-Toxic Crayons:

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CorkiMat Lite by Pillobebe Giveaway

CorkiMat Lite by Pillobebe Giveaway

Ever since I wrote my guide for the best non-toxic play mats, by far the most popular play mat on that list is the CorkiMat by Pillobebe.

Well, this week, I am super excited to team up with Pillobebe to give away a full 9-tile CorkiMat Lite set (a $299 value)!

The CorkiMat Lite is a truly non-toxic play mat. Each tile has a removable 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton cover and polyester padding. The tile measures approximately 19″ and can be put together to fit the dimensions of any play space.

Best of all, one lucky Mommy to Max reader will win this amazing play mat!!

The giveaway will run until August 19th, 2016, 11:59PM EST. Open to US residents only. I will e-mail the winner for his/her shipping information within 24 hours. The winner can choose one design from the in-stock CorkiMat Lite listings. Good luck!

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Best Non-Toxic Foam Play Mat: Cream Haus Folding Play Mat Review

Non-Toxic Foam Play Mat Cream Haus ReviewI have to preface this review by saying that I did not think there was a foam play mat on the market that I would consider to be truly non-toxic. I was wrong. But if the thought of using plastic anything bothers you, you should just stop reading here. (You can also check out my Best Non-Toxic Play Mats for Baby guide for a comprehensive list of all non-toxic play mats.)

When Cream Haus USA contacted me, requesting a review for their Folding Play Mat, I was skeptical about the mat’s non-toxicity claims. I had never heard of this company but I soon learned that Cream Haus is a premium South Korean brand which, until recently, was not available in the US.

When speaking to Brian, the US distributor for Cream Haus, about the properties of the play mat, he was immediately and unabashedly transparent – something I found very refreshing when dealing with a baby play mat company. He attached two complete and unredacted ASTM reports from a CSPC certified lab for both the polyethylene foam material and the polyurethane leather cover which showed non-detectable limits of heavy metals, lead, and phthalates.

Upon further inquiry, Brian also confirmed that the play mat has been tested for and is free of flame-retardants, formamide, formaldehyde, VOCs and azo dyes.

(These reports have since been published on their website here and here.)

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