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13 January 2014

Wishbone balance bike - our favourite

Wishbone balance bike has no pedals, chain or cranks and instead kids brake with their feet and focus on learning to steer and balance. This is quite important, especially when we know that young children can get frustrated with tricycles because they don't have the strength and coordination to pedal.

4 January 2014

How to choose toys with help of labels?

Knowing what certain labels mean can help you to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a toy for your child. Here we’ll provide you with insights on the useful labels that appear on toys.

CE Mark
CE MarkToys which are sold on the EU market are equipped with the CE conformity mark. By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer confirms that the toys comply with the EU standard EN 71 which stands for EU safety standard. However, since there is no obligation to examine the compliance with the criteria by external, independent bodies, the CE mark is not a quality seal. Ensuring product safety and environmental compliance is still the responsibility of the manufacturer.
We, as well as some consumers and organizations think that requirements imposed by the EN 71 are not sufficient, e.g. in the field of plasticizers, use of “safe” chemicals.