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How to Build a BabyList Registry

You’ve taken the test and results are positive. You’re pregnant, congratulations!

Now what?

Time to build your registry!

The perfect registry is diverse and has items from various sites and businesses. Instead of using multiple registries online and in-store, which could get confusing!), we can register at Babylist.com! The site is user-friendly and walks you through every step, making it hassle-free to keep all your items in one place.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Welcome to babylist.com!

The home screen makes it easy when choosing what to click based on your needs. We’re here to register so be sure and click “Create Your Babylist.”

We’ve started the process so go ahead and enter in your contact info. One of the key options here is whether or not you want to keep your registry private, or make it public. If you choose private, then your friends and family would need a direct link to find your registry. A public registry lets your friends and family search on BabyList.com for your registry under your name, or your registry’s name.  

Be sure and read the “Terms of Use” and click the box to continue.

Once you’re finished, click “Let’s Start!”

Step 2: All About You and Baby!

Luckily this part is brief and you only need to enter in basic information before continuing.  Your friends and family may want to know when your due date is  in anticipation for choosing sizes and gifts based on season.

Whether or not you want to add in your partner’s info, it is completely optional!

Go ahead and click “Next Step.”

Step 3: Getting Started

To add items to our Babylist registry you’ll need to add their button to your “Favorites Bar.” This is very similar to other sites, like Pinterest. For an even easier time adding the button, there is a helpful little gif that shows us how. This way, when you’re browsing through sites like Amazon, Target, Pottery Barn Kids, etc. you can simple click the button “Add to BabyList” and that item will show up in your registry for your friends and family to see!

*post further down will show how*

Step 4: Start Adding!

One of my favorite features about the site is that it gives great suggestions for your registry! These are popular items and it also shows you where they can be purchased.

That darling fleece hat is from Amazon for only $11.11

You can look through the suggestions on the first page, or go through the different categories and see what catches your eye.

Step 5: Go to My Babylist

Welcome to your registry! This page shows you what you’ve completed so far, and what you have left to do. Your page has a fun countdown at the top of the page to remind you how many days till your due date. It’s exciting to check back and see that number dwindle.

Since lists are always helpful, let’s go ahead and continue going down the checklist.

Step 6: Family Details

BabyList is has an extensive list of options for all expecting families and their many different choices when it comes to welcoming Baby.

Be sure and “Save” your work!

Step 7: Shipping Address

When your friends and family see your registry, they can either purchase the items from your list and have them sent to their own home, or yours. This makes it easy for those loved one who can’t make it your baby shower to have the gift sent directly to you!

Step 8: Baby Shower

Speaking of baby showers, BabyList makes it easy to add your baby shower info onto your registry! You can either mark “no” and not worry about putting the info out there, or you can make it public with dates and who is hosting the party for you.

Step 9: Adding Personality

Next we’ll want to pick a name for your registry, upload a picture onto your page, and write a little something about your registry. This helps distinguish your page from others. You never know how many Jane Does are out there!

Step 10: Registry Inserts

What’s awesome about the “insert card” feature is that 1: It’s free and 2: One less thing you have to worry about when preparing for your baby shower. These can easily be sent out with announcements and people can see where you’re registered!

Step 11: Ready, Set, GO!

You’ve completed all the preliminary info and are ready to start adding gifts! Go ahead and click on “add gifts” and that will take you to BabyList’s extensive list of items that are essential for baby’s arrival!

Bonus Step 12: Adding from Outside Site

When you’re scrolling through baby items on your favorite pages, be sure to always sign up for their newsletter - new items may become available and you can add to your registry!

Little Sapling Toys is a fun site full of items that will spark your little one’s imagination and get their cognitive gears engaged.

Be sure and find a useful item, like a teether, that is just as darling as your little one.

If there’s an option for a personalization, then go ahead and ask for it! Your little one’s name or birth stats are a great addition to your toy that will last a lifetime.

Once you’ve picked out what you want and know the price and quantity, be sure and click the button “Add to BabyList” on your Favorites Bar of your browser to add it to your registry. A screen will come up prompting you to enter in details about the toy. When you’ve filled it out accordingly and click “Add to BabyList” at the bottom.

Once you’ve completed all these steps, then you’re ready to have an incredible registry full of the best items to prepare you for your new life with baby!

The Truth About Formaldehyde

formaldehyde in the home

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My first experience with formaldehyde was in my 7th grade science class. I remember the day particularly because we were learning about anatomy and biology, both subjects I loved and we were finally doing dissections. Some people would not have enjoyed this at all, but my 12 year old self was so excited to see what a heart and lungs actually looked like and how everything fit together. So I admit, I was and am a little bit of a science nerd. As the day of the dissections arrived I was so excited, and in getting ready for the project each group got a jar with a pickled piglet inside. As we opened the jar the smell was overwhelming. I inhaled and felt so light headed that the room started spinning and I became nauseous. Luckily I didn't faint, and as I got my bearings, Mr. Johnson opened the windows and explained what the terrible smelling liquid was. Formaldehyde, he explained, preserved the piglets until we were ready to dissect them. It was nature's preservative, but in a chemical form.

Formaldehyde may not be the most glamorous or thrilling subject to learn about, but this discussion can be an important topic for your family. Through my own research for this very article, I have become more informed and will make better decisions for my family in the future. And I promise, I'll make this post as concise and informative as possible!

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formaldehyde in wooden toys

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WHY FORMALDEHYDE?

Why do we need to talk about formaldehyde? Mr. Johnson made sure that before we put our hands in the liquid formaldehyde, we had gloves on. He explained that in this form, the formaldehyde was very strong and would be toxic to our skin. All these years later, as a mother, I am always concerned about toxins that my family and I are exposed to. I am especially careful because I have a daughter with Autism, and her body doesn’t metabolize and excrete toxins and heavy metals as well as the average child. Formaldehyde is one of those potentially toxic substances that, in high concentration, I want to avoid and limit my daughter's exposure.  

Here at Little Sapling Toys we are always concerned about creating the best and safest product possible for the development of our children. Based on feedback from our customers, we thought this the perfect opportunity to spend some time on this important topic both as it relates to our products, and general ideas to decrease exposure to toxins for a happier and healthier lifestyle.  

WHAT IS FORMALDEHYDE

What exactly is formaldehyde? Are you ready for some long quotes? I just want to apologize in advance, but I figure the experts can explain things much better than I can. The National Cancer Institute explains what formaldehyde is and common products it is found in:

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories. Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced in small amounts by most living organisms as part of normal metabolic processes.

Also, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission explains:
Formaldehyde exposure may potentially cause a variety of symptoms and adverse health effects, such as eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation, coughing, wheezing, and allergic reactions. Long- term exposure to high levels of formaldehyde has been associated with cancer in humans and laboratory animals. Formaldehyde can affect people differently. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde at a certain level while others may not have any noticeable reaction to the same level.
Formaldehyde is normally present at low levels, usually less than 0.03 parts per million (ppm), in both outdoor and indoor air. The outdoor air in rural areas has lower concentrations while urban areas have higher concentrations (due to sources such as automobile exhaust). Residences or offices that contain products that release formaldehyde into the air can have levels greater than 0.03 ppm.

Now we have a basic understanding of what formaldehyde is and generally where we can find it. But if it is present in so many common materials and naturally occurring how can we limit our exposure?

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kids playing with wooden dollhouse together

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HOW MUCH FORMALDEHYDE?

The toxicity level of formaldehyde is greatly reduced and becomes negligible as the levels of the chemical are greatly reduced. As the previous quote from the National Cancer Institute suggests, formaldehyde is a byproduct of metabolic processes and naturally occurs in living things. Therefore, various levels of formaldehyde occur naturally in wood products, so when companies make claims like ZERO formaldehyde these claims can be misleading if you don’t understand exactly what they are talking about.

Wood products are biological and have naturally occurring levels of formaldehyde in them from the metabolic processes. In soft and hard woods, for example, a study done in Germany found various levels of formaldehyde in wood tested from 9 parts per billion (Oak) to 2 parts per billion (beech).  It is important to note that toxicity levels of formaldehyde (.75 parts per million-ATSDR) is nowhere near these tested numbers. Thus, they conclude that while various woods have different levels of formaldehyde, natural hard and soft woods do not present statistically significant levels of formaldehyde to be toxic. Testing also show that formaldehyde levels significantly and quickly decrease over time as the wood dries out from just cut green wood (highest levels) reducing by more than half (on average) 24 hours later.

When companies that make products advertise ZERO formaldehyde what that means is that in the process of making something like pressed wood products, they only use resins and/or glue that have no added UREA or Formaldehyde. This significantly reduces the concentration of formaldehyde in a product.  As a consumer, you want to look for products that are labeled as 'no' or 'low’ VOC (volatile organic compound) or formaldehyde. When purchasing pressed wood products for your home, look for those that are labeled as compliant with ANSI or California Air Resources Board Air Toxics Control Measure (CARB- ACTM) standards.

Here at Little Sapling Toys have always striven to make products as safe and sustainable as possible. We are keenly aware of dangers posed by high VOC products for little mouths and hands. This is why we have always chosen to make our toys, especially our toys made with pressed hard woods and bamboo, with NO VOC resins and glues. When you purchase our Wooden Rocking Unicorn in Walnut (plywood) you can be assured that we source Walnut plywood with no added formaldehyde used in the resins and glues. However, as was stated above, all natural products have formaldehyde naturally occurring as byproducts from metabolic processes. It is up to you as a parent to choose what to bring into your home and we respect your decision.

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playing in a modern home

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REDUCE YOUR RISK

If you are concerned about the levels of formaldehyde in your home there are tests that you can purchase to test your levels. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission does state that home-based kits have not been tested for the accuracy and reliability.
As discussed above, formaldehyde can induce several symptoms, such as watery eyes, runny nose, burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, and headaches. These symptoms may also occur because of the common cold, the flu, or other pollutants that may be present in the indoor air. In general, if your symptoms lessen when you are away from the home or office but re-occur upon your return, they may be caused by indoor air factors including pollutants, such as formaldehyde.  
If that is the case the CPSC suggests getting a test done by a reputable company and lab. In most cases if you do have high levels of formaldehyde, you can mitigate the effects by doing the following (I am summing up their suggestions, for the full information see my sources below).
  1. Increase VENTILATION.  Open up windows and doors to increase and use ventilation systems to circulate fresh air into your space.
  2. SEAL surfaces of formaldehyde emitting products with no or low VOC paint or sealant, ventilate well after.
  3. When renovating, install low or no VOC wood products, such as laminate flooring, MDF, particleboard, and wood paneling, laminate cabinets and counter top without sealant.
  4. Avoid high household temperatures.
  5. Decrease household humidity with a dehumidifier.
You made it and I hope this discussion was helpful! Here’s to you SUPER-parents that can avoid those yucky chemicals in the future. Below are my sources for any of you who want more info.

 

 

Halloween Playtime

Halloween is a favorite holiday that falls within a favorite month, situated squarely in a favorite season. Activities with kids, from tiny to see-ya-mom-and-dad, can be found in towns and cities, and in all varieties. Costumes are the same way, ranging from well planned to night before. There's no right or wrong way to play the Halloween game with kids, so enjoy the ride!
 
Newborn Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with Wooden Pizza Teether
 
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Construction worker with Cobbler's Hammer Bench
 
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Cat Lady with Wooden Cat Teethers & Push Toy
 
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Cowboy with Wooden Rocking Horse
 
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Jedi with Wooden Darth Vader Teether
 
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Princess and Wooden Castle Teether
 

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Rock Star and Wooden Guitar Teether
 
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Tourist and Wooden Camera Toy
 
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Aviator and Wooden Airplane Teether
 
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