So, doing this job teaches you new things all the time, and recently teething bibs came up in conversation in our community group.
Children’s clothing itself does not need the CE mark, so bibs usually do not come under toy regulations, however once you add a teething part to a bib, it becomes something with play value and therefore also needs testing as a toy! Initially this seemed a bit bonkers, because how on earth can a item of clothing designed to go around a baby’s neck pass the testing for toy regulations which are designed to NOT go around a baby’s neck?
Actually the solution isn’t complex we think. When thinking about cords/flexible fabrics there are certain lengths that need to be adhered to, but straps although they are classed as cords, have different rules.
Breakaway points (see 5.14 and 8.38 in en71-1)
Any toy with a strap made to go around the neck of a child under 36 months, needs to have a break away point which causes the strap/length of fabric to be shorter than 22cms. A breakaway point can be of hook and loop or popper etc as long as it breaks with 25N of tension. Now whether the fastening parts of the bib could be classed as a strap may likely depend on the actual bib shape, but in terms of the regulations as far as I can read, the definition of something that fastens or secures seems to apply.
So when you do your initial risk assessment of the toy (bib) you need to assess the risk of the bib straps/ties and ensure that you’ve added a breakaway point and check lengths to be within the safety regulations. Tied bibs will not pass this as they can’t break away like a snap or hook and loop can.
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Remember its down to you to be sure you meet the standards on your toy – If you’re still not sure, after checking the regulations, we recommend contacting your trading standards or lab for more clarification.
Happy bib making!