A Quick Introduction to Safety and Certifications
Let's be honest, talking about quality isn't the most exciting subject, but it is important. 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 we really know how safe the 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. We are not going to cover all safety considerations, but we will touch on a few factors that you should consider.
BPA (Bisphenol A)
|What does BPA really even mean? The term BPA is most often used when a product is made with plastic parts. Interestingly enough, BPA is sometimes used to coat the inside of metal cans. It is a chemical that been around since the 1950’s and was originally used to improve strength and durability.|
Certain studies have found that BPA may leach into food or beverages that come into contact with materials that are mixed with BPA. Exposure to BPA may have negative health effects on the brain and/or prostate gland. It has also been 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, use products that are BPA free. Manufactures that claim BPA free should be able to provide you evidence if requested.
FCS (Food Contact Substances)
|Another consideration to be on the lookout for is whether or not a product uses approved food contract substances. Food contract substances are materials that meet or exceed the safety food contract requirements set by the FDA.|
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.
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. 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. If a manufacture has not posted their IP rating, it is likely they have not water tested their device.|
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