So you all know how I make toys? Well did you know that legally to make and sell toys in the EU you need to subject them to safety checks? Bet you didn't - before I made my first doll I didn't.
So what does it involve. Well basically we have to guarantee that there aren't any chemicals in our toys which could poison your kids - to certify this all fabrics and compontents of our toys must comply to EN71 regulations. To guarantee this the components must be tested in labs to make sure they don't react with saliva or stomach acid amongst other factors. We have to pay to get these tests done.
Then we need to show that our toys are well made so that they won't harm your kids. We make sure there are no sharp bits, no bits that can come off that a child could swallow. So for example I use plastic eyes - these could be swallowed if they came loose so I need to show they won't come off. To do this I hang 7.2kg from the eye.
Then I need to show that my stitching is strong enough that it won't readily come undone - because that would release stuffing which a child could choke on. So the wee toy is clamped on either side of his seams and 9kg of weight is applied (my little girl was sooooo concerned). My seams stayed strong!