Do you know what you’re coloring with?

Do you know what you’re coloring with?

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Do we really know what we are coloring with?

Wee Can Too has the perfect alternative to popular crayons that could be harmful to very young children.

For most parents their children’s health is top priority. That is not different at Wee Can Too!

With your baby exploring the wide world they tend to bring everything to their mouths to better understand what the object really is. This is a very normal and a necessary step in your child’s development. Mouthing happens in between the ages of 4 to 7 months.  Although most experts do not warn against everyday dirt, they do voice concerns about art supplies your baby comes into contact with.

If you grew up in the United States after 1903 you are familiar with the traditional wax based crayons. The large assortment of different colors and the unmistakable smell that instantly takes you straight back to your childhood.  Now as an adult I have to ask myself if that waxy smell is warning us. As humans we have a natural reaction to not touch or eat things that smell odd to us, but we were told that traditional crayons were safe not only by our elders but by popular crayon companies.  Although most children do not have a reaction to the popular crayon that does not mean it is safe for your children.

So I started doing research into what exactly I have put in my mouth a thousand times as a child and what I had allowed my nieces and nephews to nibble on as they colored in the past. Below is what I found off a popular traditional crayon companies website.

“The basic ingredients contained in crayons are paraffin wax and color pigment. The ingredients are the same for all the crayons, with some modifications in special effects crayons. We manufacture almost 3 billion crayons each year. The paraffin wax is melted and mixed together with pre-measured amounts of color pigments.”

Now it doesn’t shout out horrible ingredients that we would automatically know of but what exactly is Paraffin Wax?

The definition is scary all in itself let along with the side effects. According to the Huffington Post Paraffin Wax is “ A wax-like solid that is a mixture of saturated hydrocarbons which are created by the distillation from petroleum, coal or oil shale. The most common side effect of Paraffin Wax is a rash that is uncomfortable to young children, we are talking about children 3 and under.

At Wee Can Too we have a safe alternative that will insure that your young children (3 and under) is handling organic art supplies that are made from veggie based ingredients. They are also shaped for your baby to be able to hold and color easily.  Our mission at Wee Can Too is to bring art supplies to babies and toddlers by offering the highest quality products made from fruit and vegetable powders, plus plant-based ingredients.

Check out our website at www.weecantooart.com to find a location near you!

Laura Stock- Blogger

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