When I was pregnant I did a lot of reading – I had recently been let go from my job as a Director of Events at Night Agency in Soho, (where I had been for 6 years), so I had plenty of free time on my hands which I really did not know what to do with?
Being Holistic Minded, and while putting together my baby shower gift registry I realized all toys are not created equal. My interest in soft-toys was specific as that is what my baby would be playing with, more so than harder ones, when he was born. I also knew that the soft-toys were going to be spending a lot of time in my Little One’s mouth once he started teething!
I had never really thought about it before but when I saw the local Brooklyn based MiYim toy brand advertised as organic I was excited and curious? I soon became a huge fan, and as a result most of my Son’s baby toy gifts were MiYim, with the exception of his European born Lana the Organic Donkey! I actually became quite neurotic about the fact that all of Miles Storm’s baby toys had to be organic or they just couldn’t be anywhere near him. Yeah, I know welcome to being a first time Mummy!
In this day and age, it is not surprising that plastic toys have chemicals in them, but it is frightening to know that our precious babies are also exposed to toxins which are used to dye the fabrics in their teddy-bears, not to mention the pesticides used to grow the cotton. As if there is not enough going on!
According to the MiYim website – “One third of the world’s pesticides are used on cotton crops alone. These chemicals are absorbed into the cotton plant, the air, the soil, the water and eventually, our bodies. These harmful toxins also make their way back into our food chain – the cotton seeds are used to feed the cattle we get our milk and beef from, and also used to make cotton seed oil, a cornerstone of the processed foods most families eat every day; and it’s just not bad for the planet; 20,000 deaths occur each year from pesticide poisoning in developing countries, many of these from cotton farming, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)”.
Each MiYim toy is unique in coloring which the company accomplishes by using untreated organic cotton which is woven into organic fabric and brightened with plants and minerals. No harmful substances are used. The fabric is then repeatedly hand-dyed in soy-water to set the color. Because of this you can be assured that no two toys are alike. On top of all this good stuff, all MiYim toys are packed in 100% recycled materials which they encourage you to re-use.
Buying MiYim is supporting a local company, as well as taking an extra measure to protect our babies from harm. In Williamsburg, Mini Jake sells a whole range of different Miyim products from pull toys, mobiles, rattles, crib, stroller and blankie toys (including my Son’s favorite “Victoria the Bunny”).
MiYim also has a really beautiful Dr Seuss series of toys, which were not around when my Son was born, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t stock up for the next baby that comes along!