Toy Monday: Why Natural Rubber?

Have you noticed more attention given to natural rubber products recently? From yoga mats to natural baby toys, what’s new about it? Natural rubber is the new (natural) substitute for the old (unfortunately toxic) substitute. From rubber to plastic and back. Plastic Like Rubber Though there were some plastic toys created before World War II, … Read more

Why a Breastfeeding Support Group Helps

Breastfeeding is natural. It is what breasts are for, obviously. But breastfeeding does not necessarily come naturally. Breastfeeding is a learned skill that can easily be passed on woman to woman from the experienced mother to the new mother. So, the question for a new mother becomes, how do I find that group of experienced women to share her … Read more

Handmade Toy Alliance for Small Crafters

A lot of natural toys and other children’s products are made by small crafters. In the U.S., small crafters have been trying to understand the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) since 2008. During this past year, as the Handmade Toy Alliance, a grassroots alliance of toymakers, toy stores, and children’s product manufacturers have been leading … Read more