Many of you probably don't know this, but a couple years ago there was a problem with stores selling toys with harmful chemicals in them, notably lead and phthalates. When the government got wind of this, they put forth stringent guidelines for toymakers to comply with. Initially, all manufacturers of toys for children under the age of 12 were to submit all of their separate kinds of toys to laboratory testing and certification that they were free of harmful chemicals. Now, for the big toy manufacturers, to send in a toy for testing for $400 is no big deal...they will recoup that in just a month's sales. But not so the small, hobby toy maker. There was great outcry that this legislation would put the small home-business toy makers out of business.
I decided to comply in this manner.....do you have any idea how many different materials goes into the making of the dolls? I made a list, got the manufacturer websites off of packaging, and began to send emails. Some of the companies didn't even know what I was talking about, but on further investigation, realized this was in their best interest as well, had their materials tested, and sent me certification. It took me about 3 months of daily correspondence, but I now have a file folder marked "Materials Certification" that has certifications for every single item I use in my dolls.
To see my dolls in my store: www.ooooohbabydolls.etsy.com