Bling & Children's Products

You may have noticed that there are numerous children's products with bling on them: shirts, pants, shoes, pacifiers, etc.  Pacifiers?!  Yes, pacifiers!  Did you know that children's safety regulations apply to decorations, too?  Really?  Yep!  When it comes to bling, companies must ensure that the decorations they use meet CPSC lead regulations.  The glue used to adhere them must also meet these regulations, as must any metal components used.  Most crystals do not meet these regulations.  

Though small parts regulations only apply to toys, the decorations on children's products must be fastened in such a way that they do not come off, posing a choking hazard.  Bling on pacifiers is not only unsafe because of overall lead content, the crystals can come off, posing a choking hazard.  Several manufacturers have stepped forward in the last few years, encouraging consumers to refuse purchase of blinged pacifiers.  Philips Avent is one of these companies and, though this post is about a year and a half old, it is still relevant.  You may have also noticed that several bodysuit manufacturers have recalled bodysuits because the snaps came off.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the CPSC directly.  They are wonderful folks who will take the time to answer any questions. you have.  You can also check their recall page.  The US Safety Compliance Group (formerly CD Compliance) is another good resource.  In the interest of full disclosure, I am one of the admins in the US Safety Compliance Group.  If you are a business with questions, I can provide you with the email for the CPSC's small business liaison.  If you are a consumer, you can ask a business if their products meet CPSC safety requirements.

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