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Why are sellers still selling dangerous fabric “carseats”?

Popular brand names: Unbranded.

Generic name: Infant/Child safety fabric car seat.

Can you make it? Probably with some fabric and a few buckles.

Vegan?

Who knows?

Halal?

Who knows?

Ethical concerns?

Sweatshop product that consumers are misled into buying.

Health concerns?

These carseats meet absolutely no safety standards and are a way of guaranteeing yourself a fine, child endangerment charge, or a dead baby.

Alternative brands:

Anything which has met safety standards.

Are there store brands?

No Western seller would risk stocking a dangerous item like this!

Are baby walkers safe?

Popular brand names:

  • Bright Starts
  • Babymoov
  • Chicco
  • Fisher Price

Generic name: Baby walker.

Can you make it? No.

Vegan?

Yes.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

Try and ensure your company sources its elements ethically. Again, like with carseats, there are no ethical certificates proving that walkers were not made in sweatshop settings.

Health concerns?

Believe it or not, so much as owning a baby walker is illegal in Canada. Why? Because they have been found to delay babies’ physical and mental development and cause injuries.

Why do other countries still sell them? Probably for the same reason these countries sell fabric children’s “carseats” and cot bumpers (I will write about these in the future): because company profit and consumer freedom comes before infant safety. So it’s up to you, but personally I cannot advocate using a baby walker. Try a fixed-place activity centre instead.

Alternative brands:

  • Babylo
  • Brevi
  • Casdon
  • Chad Valley
  • King Baby
  • Red Kite
  • My Child

Are there store brands?

Yes, most baby stores like Mothercare stock their own brand.

Are i-Size carseats safe?

Popular brand names:

  • Britax
  • Joie
  • Maxi-Cosi

Generic name: i-Size car seat.

Can you make it? No.

Vegan?

As long as the components are 100% plant or plastic based.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

Make sure your manufacturer uses factories that work ethically. There is currently no car seat with ethical certification, for example FairTrade.

Health concerns?

Some i-Size car seats have failed the Which? testing. The Nuna Rebl i-Size failed their tests and was rated a “Do Not Buy”. Don’t assume that i-Size certification guarantees safety, and always check with other assessors, like Which?

Alternative brands:

  • Jane
  • Concord
  • Cosatto
  • Cybex
  • Ferrari
  • Ladybird
  • Nania
  • Recaro

Are there store brands?

Yes, many baby stores such as BabiesRUs or Mothercare have their own brands.

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