Still Stuck

Still no poop. We decided to go with another prune juice bolus. We’re desperate.

So is Parker.


It’s been a bit of a tense day here.

If we don’t have a blow out, and soon, we’ll be taking another trip back up to see Parker’s surgeon.

Have you heard of the CPSIA law that passed last year?

“In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public’s trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.

The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.”

This law will put hundreds of small toy makers, clothing makers, etc. out of business.


I was broken hearted today to read that Parker’s Holztiger wooden toys will no longer be supplying US stores due to this law.


They simply won’t be able to bear the cost of the new testing. And their EN71 certify certification won’t hold up to the new law.


We use these wooden animals each and every day. From imaginative play, to learning colors, to signing, to a host of other things, Holtztiger simply rocks Parker’s boat.

A lot of families are stocking up. But that simply isn’t in the cards for us. Instead, I’ve been researching and adding my voice to the thousands of others who are trying to save handmade.


It’s giving us something to do while we are waiting for the poop to come.


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