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A favorite, with some problems,
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This review is from: HABA First Blocks - Each One with a Visual or Acoustic Surprise for Ages 1 and Up (Made in Germany) (Toy)
My original review of this product was quite favorable. While these blocks are among my son's favorite things to play with, I do have concerns now that we've had the blocks for several months (under HEAVY use). First, the hat on the little person is not secure. Ours fell off and would have posed a huge choking threat to our son if we hadn't grabbed it in time. We will not be reattaching the hat - we'll just "retire" that toy. Second, we have noticed cracking in several of the blocks. Any cracks in a wooden product such as this will harbor bacteria from moisture (similar to wooden cutting boards). Since these blocks are only meant to be wiped clean with a damp cloth, there is no way to get them very clean. That in itself should have been a big red flag for us when we first bought them. Think about how much moisture they came into contact with from our son's saliva alone. In hindsight, NOT GOOD. Finally, I read the review about this product on healthystuff.org (thanks to G_Girl's recommendation) and it does get a high rating for toxicity. That was the icing on the cake for us. These blocks will all be retired now. It is a shame, too, because they really were a big hit here. They did cost a lot...I figured the Haba reputation meant that they were safe. I should have dug a little deeper I guess.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2012 10:36:15 AM PST
Please see my review indicating toxicity for this product. Red rattle and fabric hat have high ratings for arsenic and bromine, respectively. I ask that you amend your review so as to bring down overall rating. I almost purchased this due to high ratings and people saying it's safe, then did my own research. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 9:06:39 PM PST
K. Delehoy says:
FYI: healthystuff.org does not do invasive testing. They do an XRF screening which is in basic terms just pointing a scan gun at the product and seeing what chemicals it registers. It is in no way a guarantee that the product actually contains those chemicals as it could have misread the product or the product could have residue on it from another toy or someone's hand. A wet chemistry test would have to be performed to actually have an accurate reading, which I imagine Haba does to adhere to the strict European guidelines. I'm sure if you contact them they will gladly send you their test results, which are sure to be much more accurate. I recommend doing more research before believing everything you see on the internet, anyone can make a website and post whatever they want but it doesn't make it true. Like the commercial where the girl believes everything she reads because it said it on the internet (including her "French model" blind date), you have become that girl.
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