Reviewed by new_mama
As a first time mother I have spent a lot of time looking into different sensory toys and teethers. I was therefore keen to try this sensory leaf ring designed and produced by Tinzis, a newly established company and not one that I had come across before (founded in the first UK lockdown- you can read more about the company’s story on their website).
The parcel arrived in a gift box and the item was wrapped with colourful tissue paper, not quite what I was expecting (better!) but made it exciting to open and lovely to receive- it made me think immediately that it would be a lovely way to send a gift to parent/child. I was sent the ‘Green garden bugs’ design, one of 9 current limited designs (11 designs currently advertised on the website).The rings are all very brightly coloured, specifically designed with young babies in mind to promote learning and development whilst keeping them entertained. I liked the added descriptions on the website detailing babies development and how these items have been designed accordingly. Each sensory leaf is made of a natural soft, smooth and paint-free Beech wood ring (perfectly sized for little hands to grip easily). The leaves are made from organic cotton towelling, with the edging and leaf designs created using organic cotton.
Tinzis create and sell a range of colourful muslins, blankets, bibs and wipes. In fact the sensory leaf rings are a new addition to their products and are created using only off cuts from other items in line with their ‘sustainability commitment to reducing waste.’ I personally really like this ethos with so many children’s toys doing the opposite. As a relatively new parent I have been actively trying to avoid buying new plastic toys and therefore this eco-friendly family run company is very appealing. Charity gift sets are also available with proceeds supporting the Down’s Syndrome Association, another nice touch that adds to the already friendly and supportive feel of this brand.
Sometimes a problem with nice toys, but not here, is the ability to easily clean the item. The fabric leaves can be removed and washed easily and the ring wiped clean with a damp cloth. Another plus for parents is that the rings have been CE tested and meet European safety standards. The ring however does state that it is ‘not a toy’ (intended instead ‘for educational purposes to provide visual and tactile sensory development for infants’) and therefore should only be used under adult supervision, not really a problem since they are aimed at young children who would be by our side anyway.
Handmade in the UK, with our children and environment in mind I would recommend a visit to their website to buy a ‘baby essential’ and in turn supporting a family run business.
The website states that all items are handmade to order and therefore exact delivery timescales are confirmed once the order is received. Rushed dispatches are able to be requested however via emailing the company directly. Shipping to Mainland UK is £3.95 via Royal Mail 1st Class.
I would give this product a rating of 4 out of 5.
This product can be purchased from the Tinzis website here.