Dandelion Baby, LLC‘s focus is on products with a story, whether it’s eco-friendly, fair trade, or made in the USA. When I saw they offer Maya Organics Natural toys I was definitely intrigued to learn more! After my husband’s cancer diagnosis we really started educating ourselves more on the ingredients in our products, and we learned it extends far beyond what you eat and put on your body. Children’s toys can contain some of the worst ingredients, and how those toys are made isn’t always a positive situation. So when I learned that Maya Organic toys are not only natural but help support their lacware artisans of Channapatna in Karnataka, India by not only offering them work but also ensuring they have access to health and education facilities I was really impressed! As if the beautiful colors aren’t impressive enough. And the ingredients to make these beautiful colors?
Blue: Extracts from the Indigo Plant
Yellow: Tumeric Powder
Orange: Kanchi KumKum and Tumeric
Red: Kanchi KumKum and Natural Alizarin
Dark Brown: Extracts from the Ratanjyoti Tree
Light Brown: Extracts from Katha
(These are specific to the Pom Pom Rail toy)
Amazing, right? No dyes or paints! And the detail of hand-crafted toys, to me, is always extra special! When it came time to choose which toy to review I let our toddler choose because I surely couldn’t decide! Of course, he about sprung out of the seat when he saw the Pom Pom Rail. He LOVES trains! He also loves pull toys, so it was definitely a great choice for him. He tends to be our emotionally neutral child – he doesn’t often get extremely excited about things, but he definitely got excited over the Pom Pom Rail! In fact, I like to take pictures of products as soon as I receive them so I have pictures before they are put into use, but as soon as he saw what was in that box he grabbed it and took off down the hall with it!
The Pom Pom Rail has a black pull string with 2 spots of velcro so you can shorten the string if you wish. The velcro came off at one point because Chaz is a bit rough, but I was able to reattach it. I decided to tie a longer string on it, though, because he did need to bend down a little to pull it. I do love the idea of the velcro, though, because I know with strings there is always the risk of getting it wrapped around something it shouldn’t, and with the velcro it would come undone so that wouldn’t be a risk! Overall, I’m really impressed with how well the train itself has held up! OK, to say he is a “bit” rough is a major understatement. Embarrassing to admit – he actually threw it off a balcony while we were on our Easter vacation just so he had an excuse to go out in the backyard – to get it. *EEK!!* But what a test of endurance!! haha I honestly expected chips in the color or even the wood itself by now, but despite how much he plays with it and how rough he can be there are no chips or nicks in the wood or the color! So not only did we discover a toy that can stand up to our special needs kids but also that we are confident knowing there it is also natural and not a hazard to their health!
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