Teddies, not up to these standards can be dangerous and won't take years of play.
and you won't be popular with teddy collectors who spend hours correcting mistakes.
When I first started looking for homes for teddies, I had several disappointing replies stating teddies were unhygienic etc.
So I spent time looking into the British Standard; hence this page.
With the expansion of the EU, several recipient countries must now comply with EU regulations, so standards are even more important
British Standards Institution (BSI)
© BSI Education Soft Toys
|What it means for our teddies|
|Materials||"Material used in toys shall be visually clean and free from infestation. The material is assessed visually by the unaided eye rather than under magnification."||Only use clean new wool, if it's been in your wool bag a while wash it first!|
|"Toys containing fibres of straightened length greater than 50 mm and attached to a fabric base shall carry a warning. "Caution! Not suitable for children under 10 months due to long hair."||We don't know the ages of the children so, don't use angora-type wool.|
|Filling||"Soft filling materials shall not contain any hard or sharp contaminants, such as metal particles, nails, needles and splinters."||Make sure you take all the pins out!|
|"Filled soft toys must not produce surface flash when near a flame."||Polyester filling is fine.|
|Seams||"Seams and joints are tested as part of the whole toy. If a seam splits, the fillings can become a danger as a child may choke on them."||Sew them up well.|
|Features||"All features must be securely attached."||Embroider the features.|
|Attachments||"Toys with loose attachments (such as ribbons) for children under 36 months should have recommendations to remove them before giving to the young child."||Remember to sew the scarf on securely (but only at the back of the neck so children can play at untying it).|
|The text above has been copied with permission from the BSI Educational web pages (ages 14 - 19) It is not the text from the official standard, rather a flavour to let you know the standard isn't onerous. Only those parts of the standard applicable to our teddies is included.|