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We Tried It! - Baby Sophie Bijoux

  by: Kuttlefish
2017-10-23 19:29:26

We're excited to officially launch our new product review series called We Tried It!  In this blog series, we'll be sampling products that are sold in the Kuttlefish marketplace, and then giving you an honest run-down of the products and what we thought. You can let us know if you have questions on the products we've reviewed, or you can request a review of your product.

We hope you enjoy our reviews!

The Kuttlefish Team

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Baby Sophie Bijoux

Product overview and background:

While on maternity leave, Ejona Mandija was taking care of her baby George and looking for a baby-safe teething solution. She searched online and learned about eco-friendly teething bijoux (or jewelry). She found some suitable products, but the shipping costs were even more expensive than the products themselves. Ejona decided she would learn how to make them herself.

She was pleasantly surprised at not only how nice her first few pieces turned out, but at how much George loved them. Ejona also realized that she probably wasn't alone in wanting a safe, lower-cost teething product, and was excited about the prospect of helping fellow new moms. In January of 2016, she dedicated herself to both George and Baby Sophie Bijoux, working from home.

The Baby Sophie Bijoux mission is to "ease the pain of our little angels in a playful way," which you will see in the fun designs and colors of the products. Each bead and shape is made using silicone food grade material, and everything (including packaging) is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly. Lastly, each unique, handmade piece is crafted with love. 

"Ice Cream" Teether - Baby Sophie Bijoux, $20

What we did:

It just so happens that we have a baby on staff here at Kuttlefish who happily volunteered to be our guinea pig. After just a few introductions to the teether Ejona sent us, our baby tester warmed up to the product and began gnawing (and slobbering) on it. She used it at home, in the car - anywhere and everywhere. 

What we liked:

Because our tester took to the teether so quickly, it was an immediate win. The product is soft, but like a hardened gel, perfect for getting relief for teething gums. The design of our particular teether did not disappoint either - it was a playful hamburger (or veggie burger for us) on a string of multi-colored beads. The product also exceeded our expectations in terms of workmanship and quality.

Our "Hamburger/Veggie Burger" Teether - see similar product here.

What we had questions about:

Whether it is milk substitutes, soaps, clothes, toys, or bottles, we want to give our children the best. Silicone is everywhere - in pacifiers, bottle nipples, toys, and many other products. Naturally, our number one quesiton was: is it safe?  

  • While not a “100% natural” material like rubber, food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer mostly made from silica (sand). It can withstand heating and freezing without off-gassing hazardous chemicals – unlike plastics, which contaminate food in these environments. It is also odor and stain-resistant, hypoallergenic, and because of it’s smooth surface, very easy to clean. For these reasons, it has become a go to "safe plastic" for baby toys. (source)  
  • While Wikipedia lists it as an “inert, synthetic compound” that seems to be a safe alternative to plastics, Frederick S. vom Saal (Curators’ Professor/Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia) stated that silicone is not inert if it gets into the body. (source)
  • A 2012 study found that silicone nipples did not allow for migration of siloxanes (a compound found in silicone) to milk. (source)
  • The EcoMum finds that because rubber can cause allergic reactions, silicone may be a safer option for some children. She reminds us that nothing is totally inert - even glass and stainless steel. (source)

"Purple Dreams" Rattle - Baby Sophie Bijoux, $20

How sustainable is this product?

Silicone is recycleable but you will have to check if your curbside recycling will pick it up, or if you need to take it to a facility. 

Overall review:

We like this product a lot. Ejona is onto something good with Baby Sophie Bijoux. While the research on silicone is limited, it appears to be a relatively benign material that has satisfied some basic testing - and it is BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free. We feel this product is worth its advertisement as baby-safe, and our baby tester plans to keep using her playful "veggie burger" teether while her teeth come in.

"Pink Heart" Rattle - Baby Sophie Bijoux, $20

You can browse the entire Baby Sophie Bijoux shop here.

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