Useful information concerning ordering, payment, delivery, returns and other FAQs.
What makes your toys special?
Yummikeys and Yummirings are the only metal baby toy keys on the UK market. They are designed to more closely resemble real keys in feel. Made out of stainless steel they give babies a different sensory experience. Unlike wood and plastic, from which many baby toys are made, stainless steel is shiny and cool and makes great noises too!
Why not just give my baby my keys?
Car and house keys have not been made with babies in mind. They can have sharp edges, carry a soft palette impaction risk, may be dirty and can contain lead and other toxic chemicals. Lead, even in small quantities has been proven to be harmful for babies.
Is stainless steel safe?
Yes – stainless steel is the very same material from which our cutlery is made. There are many benefits to using stainless steel:
- Chemical free – toxin free, no lead, BPA or phthalates. Stainless steel does not leach any chemicals, nor is it porous so it won’t hold smells
- Durable – stainless steel is very unlikely to break when dropped and is extremely durable. Therefore, our toys can be used for more than one child
- Hygienic – stainless steel is naturally bacteria resistant, this is why it is heavily used in the catering and medical professions. Our toys are also dishwasher safe, making cleaner quicker and more effective.
Are your toys recyclable?
Yes the toys themselves are 100% recyclable. They are made of 100% stainless steel, much of which will have also been produced from recycled stainless steel. The silicone beads can also be recycled. Our toys are also reusable and can even be re-polished and re-engraved if required. Please contact us separately about this service.
Is it safe for babies to chew on your toys?
Yes! Babies explore their world by putting objects in their mouth, and our toys have absolutely been designed with this in mind. They are safe, non-toxic and tested for CE and EN-71 in an independent laboratory. They also undergo additional "biting tests" to ensure that the silicone beads cannot become detached from the toys, even under prolonged usage.
Are your toys OK for teething babies?
Yes! Our toys have been designed to be smooth and cool with interesting textures - perfect to cool down hot aching gums.
Where are Yummikeys and Yummirings made?
When we started Yummikeys, one of our fundamental beliefs was that all of our products should be made in Britain. After a huge amount of work we achieved this for our first order of Yummikeys. However, as most people will be aware, the steel industry in the UK has gone through a period of massive decline. The 4th generation factory which we've been using to cut Yummikeys has recently changed their cutting method and can no longer produce our keys. For Yummirings and Yummikeys we've had to make the difficult decision to have them produced in China by a luxury jewellery manufacturer as we are unable to find a manufacturer in the UK who can both cut and polish them under one roof and to the high quality we require. This change will have no impact on the quality of our products and we ensure we only use manufacturers who adhere to high standards for both their products and their workers.
From what age are Yummikeys and Yummirings suitable?
Yummikeys are suitable for babies who can sit up unaided. This is often between 6 months and 10 months. Yummikeys should only be given to babies in an upright position, as should most toys.
Yummirings are suitable for babies from birth. Babies should always be supervised when playing with Yummikeys and Yummirings, as with any other toy.
My baby has a nickel allergy - can I use Yummikeys and Yummirings?
Yummikeys, as with all food grade standard steel (316 grade) does contain small amounts of nickel and so are not suitable for the small percentage of people with a nickel allergy. However, even for people with an allergy to nickel, the skin irritation typically occurs only after prolonged and intimate exposure to nickel (such as wearing jewellery). This is the reason stainless steel utensils have been around for decades. Yummikeys do not leach nickel.
Yummirings, as with all cutlery grade standard steel (304 grade) does contain small amounts of nickel and so are not suitable for the small percentage of people with a nickel allergy. However, even for people with an allergy to nickel, the skin irritation typically occurs only after prolonged and intimate exposure to nickel (such as wearing jewellery). This is the reason stainless steel utensils have been around for decades. Yummirings do not leach nickel.
Our toys should be treated in the just same way as your stainless steel cutlery. They can be washed in the dishwasher and we recommend that they are washed before their first use. If you don't have a dishwasher, warm or even boiling water and soap will also work perfectly.
Please don't use bleach or salt our toys as this could lead to rusting.
Our toys may develop some slight marking or rust spots on the stainless steel and light scratching. Although stainless steel is impact and rust resistant, it is not 100% so. Some marks will naturally occur through use and if keys are dropped on a hard surface. These spots are not harmful for babies. If you have a concern, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our toys have been safety tested “as is” for babies who are able to sit up independently. We want to ensure they remain safe by not adding anything additional to the key ring. If customers add additional items to the keyring we cannot guarantee that their baby will be safe.
Engraving service for Yummikeys
We offer engraving of the crocodile key with a name on one side and date of birth on the other. A name, or name and surname can be up to 20 characters including any spaces. The date of birth will be in the following format “1st January 2015”.
Engraving will take up to an additional 2 weeks and will cost £8.50 per set of keys.
We use a small, local, family-run engravers in the Scottish Highlands. .
Order and payment
We accept payment by most credit or debit cards for customers with UK billing/shipping addresses. Payment can be taken at the shopping cart of our website using sage secure payment processing or Paypal. We are unable to accept payment by cash or cheques. We are not yet VAT registered, all prices displayed therefore exclude VAT.
Where do you deliver to?
We post to the UK and Europe at present.
How long does delivery take?
Items are dispatched within 24 hours of payment (Monday to Friday), in the UK Yodel 72, which guarantees delivery in 72 hours and generally delivers within 48 hours. Tracking details will be entered against your order once despatched. In the event of your parcel not being delivered please contact us via our email form.
Orders to Ireland are not tracked and may take up to two weeks to arrive.
What packaging do Yummikeys and Yummirings come in?
Yummikeys and Yummirings come in a soft, brushed cotton bag for safe storage and in a larger cardboard box. Please note the bag is spot clean only and not suitable to be washed in a washing machine.
Do you include an invoice in the package?
No we do not include a paper copy of your invoice to reduce our paper usage. This will be emailed to you.
Can I return my Yummikeys or Yummirings?
Any faulty Yummirings or Yummikeys can be replaced or fully refunded. Original Yummikeys and Yummirings (excluding engraved keys) can be returned within 28 days of receipt for a refund, providing they are unused. Engraved Yummikeys can only be returned if faulty. Proof of purchase will be required. Return postage costs will be borne by the customer. Contact us at email@example.com to arrange any returns.
Where are you based?
We are based in Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland, just outside Edinburgh.
Do you have a shop we can visit?
No. Yummikeys is an internet only shop. However we do have various UK-wide stockists. Please see our stockists page.
Are you a registered company?
Yes, we are registered as Yummikeys Limited. Our company number is SC545472.
Do you support charity?
We donate a proportion of every sale to Simpsons Special care babies, the Edinburgh children's charity dedicated to the care of premature and sick newborn babies.
We also support local environmental causes and have recently set up a Facebook group to support parents reduce their consumption, called Practically Plastic Free Childhood. As a business, we actively try to reduce our levels of plastic consumption and our toys are recyclable.