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Dwinguler Playmats are your safest bet!

Up until 2011, parents breathed a sigh of relief at the mention of the EVA foam mats. They were soft and shock-absorbent enough to cushion kids as they rolled on them and played with their toys. The construction of the mats did not hurt tender elbows and knees as kids fell and tumbled. Parents had discovered a wonderful way to keep their kids safe and comfortable as they played. In short, foam mats were the ally they needed in bringing up happy, healthy kids. The ANSES report released on July 15, 2011, changed all that.

What were the findings of the ANSES study?

ANSES was the French agency commissioned to conduct a study about the potential health risks of formamide exposure from EVA foam mats. According to its findings, formamide, classified as a reprotoxic substance, adversely affected development in infants and affected reproductivity– sexual function and fertility—in adult males and females. Though the tests had only been conducted on rats, data from rats that were exposed to formamide throughout their lifetimes suggested a potential carcinogenic effect (tumors). More research was needed to make a confident assertion about this, but the potential carcinogenic effects of prolonged exposure could not be excluded, the report said. The report resulted in EVA foam mats being banned in France and Belgium.

What is formamide?

Formamide is used as a solvent, plasticiser or additive in the chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and polymer industries. Technically, formamide is not ‘used’ in the manufacturing process but is a ‘by-product’ of the process. This means manufacturers cannot be faulted when they say the chemical is not used in the production.

Though the ANSES report created quite a stir when it was released, other independent studies were conducted over time and they released their analyses too. According to them, the risks from formamide were not as magnified as the ANSES report suggested. They all, however, generally agreed on some things:

  • The greatest degree of formamide exposure came almost exclusively through inhalation. Exposure through sucking, chewing, or swallowing a piece of the mat was negligible.
  • The highest levels of formamide emissions occur in the first one or two weeks of use. After this, the amount of formamide released reduces to almost negligible amounts. This means that if EVA foam mats are allowed to sit outside on the veranda or in a garage for a couple of weeks or more to “off-gas”, they would be considerably safer to use.
  • Adults are almost never affected by formamide, but children are vulnerable to it.

This was not enough to appease parents, who were concerned about the health and safety of their children. Many started exploring other options such as pure rubber mats, wool rugs, cotton mattresses etc. However, none of these could match the cushioning that EVA mats offered. It was against this backdrop that Dwinguler introduced a play mat that adhered to the highest degree of safety in play mats and was a delight for kids.

The Dwinguler Playmat safety edge

Dwinguler Playmats are free from formamide; from harmful heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, selenium, arsenic, barium, antimony or mercury; from toxic materials such as formaldehyde and toluene; from phthalate chemicals; and from endocrine disrupters. The play mats are extremely safe for kids and the environment. It is not just the company’s publicity machine doing its job—the play mats have been laboratory tested and have passed the CPSIA and European Toy Safety Standards, making them high quality and extremely safe.

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Safety also comes in the form of a non-slip surface that helps reduce minor falls and bumps. The superior padded construction of the mats cushions tender knees, heads and wrists against serious injury in case of a fall. Parents worried about the offensive chemical odours that play mats often emit were delighted to find Dwinguler mats pleasantly odor-free.

In addition, the play mats were rich in colours, interesting graphics and educative elements. Kids found them visually engaging and they learned quite a bit from just hanging out on these lovely play mats.

Dwinguler has proved that it is one of the best play mats in the market. Parents can rest assured that when they purchase a Dwinguler Playmat, they are buying the safest one for their children. In fact, an increasing number of parents across the world are choosing to trust Dwinguler for its safety. From the day they made that decision, they have had no reason to regret it.

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Win a Joovy Caboose Stand On Triple Stroller!

Joovy Caboose Stand On Triple

Between now and June 30th every purchase you make on Posh Baby Canada gives you one entry to win a Joovy Caboose Stand on Triple Stroller in Apple Tree Green! In order for your entries to be valid be sure that you are also signed up for our newsletter, which you can do at the bottom of any page on our site, below where it says ‘Sign Up to Receive Great Deals’.  There is no minimum order price required and entries are still valid on purchased with coupon codes.

The Joovy Triple Stroller in Use

This great triple stroller by Joovy is the best way to keep multiple children in tow.  Your little ones each get a seat while your toddlers can stand on the back while you push. This stroller is the perfect way to keep track of your children whether you have 2 or 3 or more.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Modern Mama North Burnaby Launch Party

Modern Mama is a great group that encourages moms to get out and about. They host events that allow moms to connect with one another and get educated about various parenting techniques and tactics. This Sunday, April 28th we are sponsoring Modern Mama’s North Burnaby Divisions Launch Party. The launch party includes a free professional digital photo of your child and a chance for them to be featured on future Modern Mama promotional material . They can also enjoy music and movement classes, art, and a contemporary dance performance. While you enjoy treats, door prizes and the first 40 registered will receive a swag bag filled with goodies and coupons from other fantastic sponsors.

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To register for Modern Mama’s North Burnaby Launch party visit here. You will also have an opportunity to win one of our fabulous Boba Wraps show below.

 

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Decorating Your Nursery with Rugs

 

The right rug can really tie a room together, bringing a room from ordinary to extraordinary, they can add that needed pop of colour and they come in a ton of different sizes and shapes, fitting into any space.

INSPIRATION:

This nursery used a simple three colour scheme (4 if you include white), pretty much anyone can do this, just pick 3 different colours that you like and pick a simple base colour like black, white, or even wood for your furniture. Picking a colour scheme makes it easy to shop, and for others to shop for you as well.

The polka dot rug adds a punch of fun to the room, that their beige carpet wouldn’t have been able to add on it’s own.

The chevron rug really ties the room together, having a large rug with the colours of the room in it makes the room look friendly and fun, without that rug this room would not be the same.

OUR RUGS:

Momeni Funky Rug – Starting at $159

Momeni Oriental Kids Rug – Starting at $189

Momeni Surfer Rug – Starting at $189

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Favorite New Products

We’ve recently added a bunch of new products to our store. From night lights, to baths, to diaper disposal systems we almost have it all. We are adding more and more new products every day to give Canadian Parents a wide array of options for decorating and safety when it comes to their little one. Here are a few of our favorite new products:

The Mommy Hook

 

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The Mommy hook is the perfect accessory for the mom (or dad!) on the go who wants to remain organized.  It simply hooks on to you stroller handle where you can than clip and thing else with a handle to it, such a shopping bags, purses, or diaper bags. This hook always seems to come in handy when you least expect it, some how things can really pile up!

The Glo Night Light by Boon

 

This night light is super cool. Each of the balls are portable, making them great for a game of catch in the dark or for if your child gets up in the middle of the night and has to make their way down the hallway to the bathroom in the dark.

Boon Bath Toy Scoops and Soap Holders

 

Boon Frog Pod

Boon Whale Pod

Boon Ladybug Pod

The Bath Toy Scoops come in three simple modern designs that you and your child will love. This toy scoop makes for a fun way to clean up all the bath toys, and it’s an easy way to hide the bubble baths and shampoos.

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Discount on Baby Products

Posh Baby Canada is currently going under a little bit of a make-over, we are currently trying to organize it to make space for more products, by creating broader categories and having more defined sub-categories. Some of our new categories are: Feeding, Play Time, and Gear. More subcategories to be rolled out as we upload the rest of our new baby products to the site.

In honor of our little make over we would like to offer our customers a 5% discount on their total purchases with the promo code WELCOME05. Just type this code in at check out and receive your discount! Cyber Monday and Boxing day are quickly approaching so  stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook accounts for more discounts.

If you’re looking for Christmas presents, here’s a look at our top 5 products for some gift inspiration:

Ergobaby and Petunia Pickle Bottom Carrier: $165

Silver Cross Balmoral Pram: $3990

Dwinguler Playmats: $115-$118

Tulip Domino Crib: $949

Ergobaby Performance Carrier: $145

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DIY Costumes For Your Baby

Turtle Costume:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Permanent Marker
  • Green Jumper
  • Green Leggings
  • Elastic

This costume can be made by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle and then painting a shell design on it, this can be attached to your baby by punching holes in 4 points on the edge of the shell and tying knots in the end of the string so they don’t slip through the holes, the you can tie the strings together across your baby’s belly, make sure your baby is wearing  a green jumper for added turtley-ness.

Mermaid Costume

This costume is fully crocheted, so this is a project better off for the expert crocheters out there (which I’m not!)

Chicken Costume

This is a fun costume, and is much simpler to make than it looks!

What you need:

  • White gooded jumper
  • White feather boa
  • Yellow leggings
  • Yellow gloves
  • Orange felt
  • Red felt
  • 2 big black buttons
  • Glue gun (or a needle and thread)
Cut the orange felt into a triangle and glue it on the front of the hood of the jumper, than cut the red felt into a rooster crow and glue it onto the seam of the hood, then glue on the black buttons above the beak to make the eyes. Then wrap the feather boa around the jumper and glue it down where ever you like. Put the yellow leggings on your baby followed by the white jumper and then put the yellow gloves over your baby’s feet. Voila Chicken costume!

Sheep Costume

What you need:

  • Lots of White Pom Poms
  • White Hooded Romper
  • Black Felt, White Felt
  • Black Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Black Leggings
  • Glue Gun

Cover Your White Hooded Romper with White Pom Poms (you made need to cut the sleeves off as well), cut the black and white felt into ear shapes and glue a black ear to the white ear, then glue these onto the hood with the black part facing the front. Slip the romper on over top of black leggings and a black sleeve shirt and you have a little sheep.

Audrey Hepburn Costume

What you need:

  • A Tutu
  • Black Ribbon
  • Needle and Thread or a Glue Gun
  • Black Flats
  • Black Sunglasses
  • Tiara
  • Pearl Necklaces

Cut a couple of straps big enough for arms out of the black ribbon and sew or glue it onto the the tutu, once the tutu is on your child you can wrap some more black ribbon around her waste, add shoes, sunglasses, a bun, a tiara, statement necklace, and you have Audrey Hepburn.

Taco Costume

This one is a little bit tougher but I’d imagine it could be done with cardboard, quilt stuffing, fabric, tissue, staples, and glue.

Though are site doesn’t actually sell any baby costumes, check out some more baby products online on poshbabycanada.ca.