A Quick Introduction to Safety and Certifications
Not all baby products are designed and tested equally. As parents, we expect that baby products are made with safe materials and are safe to operate. How do really know how safe a baby product is or how much testing has been completed? We are often marketed with buzzwords and three letter acronyms that may not always make sense. This article does not outline all safety considerations, but it does touch on three important factors that parents should consider when buying a baby product.
BPA (Bisphenol A)
The term BPA is most often used when a product is made with plastic parts (e.g. plastic baby bottle). What you may not know is that BPA is sometimes used to coat the inside of metal cans. It is a chemical that been around since the 1950’s. It was originally used to improve the strength of plastic which can give a device more durability. Certain studies have found that BPA may leach into food or beverages that come into contract with materials that are mixed with BPA. Exposure to BPA may have negative health effects on the brain and/or prostate gland. An article from the Mayo Clinic has also suggested that there may be a link between BPA and increased blood pressure. The good news is that the FDA currently states that BPA is safe at low levels, however, they are continuing to keep an eye on this. We believe that it is better to be safe than sorry. If you have a choice, we recommend using devices that are BPA free. Manufactures that claim BPA free should be able to provide you evidence if requested. For example, BisbeeBaby only uses BPA free materials and we post the material specifications (MSDS) on our website.
FCS (Food Contact Substances)
Another material consideration to be on the lookout for is to confirm if the product your evaluating uses approved food contract substances. Food contract substances are materials that meet or exceed the safety food contract requirements set by the FDA. Manufactures may limit approved FCS materials to only those that come in direct contact with food or beverages. If a material is used that does not come in direct food contact, it does not require food grade certification. The FDA, along with several other foundations and institutions, set the requirements materials must meet to become certified. Like BPA, a manufacture that claims they are using food grade substances should be able to provide you evidence. BisbeeBaby uses food grade materials on all direct food contract materials.
IPX (Ingress Protection)
IPX is a dust and water rating for a device. For products that need to be washed, water ratings are important considerations. If a manufacture claims that their device is waterproof or water resistant, they should be able to tell you specifically what that means. This is usually defined by an ingress protection rating or IP rating. IP ratings are not required by law, but they are important for devices that need to be cleaned. For example, the BisbeeBaby Keddle is rated as IPX5 which means that it can be washed with low pressure water jets, like those found in a kitchen sink, but it cannot be submerged in water. When researching baby products, it is recommended that you consider this factor in your decision process. If a manufacture has not posted their IP rating, it is likely they have not water tested their device.
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