Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) August 21, 2008 -- As the FDA cracks down on toy safety, and mothers everywhere scramble to the nearest "toy recall" websites to identify whether or not they may have accidentally purchased a less than desirable item, Dr. Helen Bloom Smith, the creator of mom must-have and dentist-endorsed Dr. Bloom's Chewable Jewels Â®, offers practical tips for choosing toys based on the strict criteria used to develop their popular line of teething jewelry.
"Before we could even think about manufacturing our teething jewelry products, we went through several rounds of approval based on FDA guidelines as well as our own personal research," remarked Dr. Bloom. "The responsibility of creating safe products is ultimately that of the manufacturer, but parents can also take extra precautions by educating themselves and spotting 'red flags' with regard to toy materials."
Here are several tips for purchasing safe children's products and toys according to the doting mother and Founder of Dr. Bloom, Inc:
â¢Products should be made from FDA approved materials such as silicone and also be lead and latex free
â¢Safe colorings or pigments must also be taken into consideration as many harmful toxins actually exist in the color--check for FDA approved colorings
â¢Make sure the products are free of toxins: BPA, PVC, and Phthalates
â¢For teething products, make sure the thickness and hardness is appropriate for a teething child as gum health can be negatively impacted
â¢Look for health and medical professional endorsements of the product rather than buying into marketing and advertising hype
About Dr. Bloom, Inc. Dr. Bloom, Inc. (www.chewablejewels.com) was founded in 2003 by female entrepreneurs Dr. Helen Bloom Smith, DMD, Joy Bloom Wright, and Mary Wheeler Settlemeir. The company conceptualized and manufactured the original teething and nursing jewelry known today as Dr. Bloom's Chewable Jewels Â®. All dentist-endorsed products are made from FDA approved materials; are Phthalate, BPA, and PVC free; are latex and lead free; and are waterproof and dishwasher-durable.