I started designing and producing baby toys while I was on maternity leave with our second child. My husband had managed to drop our car keys down a drain in Pisa airport, never to be seen again - keys not husband, although at the time........
A few weeks later, back home in Scotland, the remaining set with house keys on the same fob, mysteriously vanished, resulting in a house turned upside down and some costly replacements. The chief suspect was Hamish, then 8 months old, who was fixated with shiny, jingly keys, just as his sister had been.
I knew it wasn't safe to let babies play with keys as they can contain lead, carry an impaction risk into the soft palate and are often quite dirty, but Hamish must have got hold of them, perhaps with some aiding and abetting from big sister Rebecca. As he is also an apprentice postman the pedal bin was their most likely destination.
I tried to channel Hamish's key love into the plastic keys aimed at his age range, but like his sister had previously done, he soon lost interest in them. I tried to find metal toy keys and discovered that there were none available on the UK market - and so the seed was sown - design my own and Yummikeys was born. These were the first stainless steel and silicone baby toys designed globally and also the first stainless steel teething rings worldwide and all designs have been protected.
Stainless steel is safe for cutlery which is in and out of our mouths from cradle to grave. It has less toxins than plastic and dopes not leach chemicals. It's the ideal material for baby toys and products.
All our toys are certified as carbon neutral for both their production and for weekly dishwasher washing throughout their usage. The carbon is offset into a tree planting scheme in Scotland. We also used a Sedex audited manufacturer who adhere to all employer regulations and do not use any child or forced labour.
All our toys are engraved in the Scottish Highlands by a small business who have supported us from Day 1.
I'm delighted to have produced our range of toys and I am constantly adding to it with three new products coming in 2021, and I sincerely hope that your children enjoy them as much as my son, and now his younger brother do.
These are for you Hamish and others like you. May you jingle jangle to your hearts' content.