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Playing with food: allowed

How great are these ceramic plates?!! Love them!
Maxou is coming into an age where eating becomes sometimes difficult so I can only imagine what it will be like if our little tricks with avocado or dice of ham won’t work anymore. So I’m definetly getting some of these!! They look so much fun, don’t they? You just can’t not unload them, right?

boguslaw sliwinski plate toy

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boguslaw sliwinski plate toy3

boguslaw sliwinski plate toy1

Designed by the polish designer Boguslaw Skiwinski . Wish listed!

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This made me smile..

Last week we spent in Poland with Maxou (visiting my family for eastern – though it felt much more like christmas with all that snow!) and while browsing some polish magazines I came upon this.
You remember how children love to crawl under the table while you sit around it and enjoy dinner? Well, isn’t that tablecloth a great idea! .)

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obrus_panijurek

by the polish designer Pani Jurek

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From Japan…

Mokulock-Wood-Blocks

Wow! This goes straight with my last post about toys… Aren’t they great?! – Though I’m a big fan of the original colourful ones. (And as far as I know they’re ‘clean’ – no dangerous substances in there to be afraid of.)

These come from Japan, the firm Mokurokku came up with these very familiar looking wooden bricks. You can even choose between different woods (different colours). Approved!

via Design Milk

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Toxic toys..

The other day we watched this program about toxic toys on tv (arte) which was just…shocking!! I can’t believe this lack of control – the CE -seal doesn’t assure anything. ..trusting the companies to make their tests and assure that their toys don’t bear any dangerous substances whereas (at least) in Europe every year thousands of toys are withdrawn from the market because of their danger and poisonousness. And the victims are kids, babies – the most innocent beings on earth completely unknowing and trusting in us. I still can’t believe it. The restrictions for rubber ( the volatile aromatic hydrocarbons to be exact) in our car wheels are stricter than for the rubber toys that our children put into their mouth! (a 1000 times higher concentration of the substance is allowed than in the car wheels) Can you believe it? I’m really disgusted by all those big companies that make money on our children and their health.

So next thing I’ve done, I put away all the plastic toys that Maxou got from friends and family since he was born (sorry guys). I try to get him toys that are as natural as possible but it doesn’t count for my friends and family -which I understand. If you don’t have kids on our own you certainly never think of the danger that toys can bear -I didn’t either before.
And then I went to a great little wooden toys shop here in Paris called ‘L’epee de bois‘ and got him some fantastic replacements – so much more beautiful than most of this plastic stuff. Like this little helicopter – I love it!

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PS. This is a great site where you’re informed about many of the dangers in kids products (at least in Germany).

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