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Silicones vs. TPEs for Infant Care Products

Posted by Mike Fil on April 15, 2019

Designers of infant care products need safe, clean materials with the right performance properties and processing capabilities. Silicones, a group of synthetic elastomers, are used in baby care products such as pacifiers, baby bottle nipples , feeding sets, sippy tops ,...

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Choosing the Right Color for Your Silicone or Plastic Product

Posted by Corie Yodis on March 2, 2018

The color of your plastic or silicone product can make all the difference, especially for your consumers. It’s the first thing any customer will see of a product and can make a real impact on sales. The right color choice can set you apart from competitors and other brands,...

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Silicone Overmolding Secrets

Posted by Mike Fil on July 31, 2019

Silicone overmolding is an injection molding process that molds silicone over, under, or through a substrate material to complete the final part. By allowing product designers to combine the best of two materials, this manufacturing process supports variations in durometer...

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Making Sure Your Infant Product is Safe for Children

Posted by Mike Fil on May 25, 2018


When it comes to manufacturing products intended for use by infants there are a lot of considerations to take into account. Naturally, you’re going to want to make sure the final product is safe for chewing- on since this is how infants and tots discover the world – but what else should you consider?

We have a long history of manufacturing infant-safe silicone products. Here are some ways you can make sure your infant product is safe:

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Set Yourself Up for Material Success

The answer to a lot of the challenges you might face with your product is in selecting the right material from the very start. Plastics are an ideal solution to creating infant products but not all of them have been FDA-approved as food-grade materials (for products that will come into contact with consumers’ mouths see 21 CFR 177.2600) and not all of them are USP Class VI compliant materials (for external body contact).

When it comes to FDA-approved and USP Class VI compliance, silicone really shines through. It’s suitable for food-products, infant-friendly products and even in medical devices.

Silicone is also shatterproof and non-toxic (it’s BPA-free). Because it is hypoallergenic it’s especially useful in manufacturing bibs, bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and more for infants. We have a number of partners who contract us to product silicone products for infants including Baby Banana Brush, the Brushies and Mason Bottle.

Silicone is also:

  • Extremely temperature resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Microwave and freezer-safe
  • Unlikely to fade

Get Your Design Spot-On

Getting the design of your product right is especially important when it comes to infant products. In order to do this, it’s best to seek out an experienced manufacturer who can help guide you through refining your design files to make sure your infant product is excellent.

If this is your first infant product, it’s likely you may have some challenges in design that you’ll need to overcome – whether that’s making sure your product is designed for manufacturability or creating product is suitable for use by infants. Good manufacturers should be able to help with this and provide expert advice on how to get the most out of your design. Wise infant product retailers will know that there will always be bumps along with way with creating new products so having a manufacturer who treats your relationship as a partnership and is dedicated to getting the design of your product correct can be paramount in overcoming any challenges.

Location

Overseas manufacturers are sometimes perceived as more value-for-money but when it comes to infant products you don’t want to compromise quality along the way. Choosing a manufacturer based in the USA is the best way to ensure your product is of the highest quality – you’ll be working with skilled experts who will often go above and beyond to help you make the best product possible. An added bonus of American manufacturers of silicone products is that they’re on similar time zones to you, and speak your language, meaning nothing is lost in translation and actions can be taken on the same day. Couple this with finding a manufacturer who can do almost everything they need in-house and has a commitment to using American suppliers where required and you’ll find everything you need right here in the states.

Choosing the right manufacturer

When it comes to finding the right manufacturer for your product, it’s important to look for one who has a history of producing quality infant products. If you’re torn between several suppliers, consider looking into whether they manufacturer medical products too – those who have a history in the medical component and device industry are likely to be incredibly precise with their processes and used to the rigid and demanding standards of the medical industry. It’s likely their products will exceed your expectations as a result.

At Extreme Molding we have a long history of manufacturing medical and infant products and we with infant products we have a focus on creating wallet-friendly items for families that are of the highest possible quality. With over 60 combined years of experience in business and industry we aim to exceed expectations. If you have an infant product you want to manufacture, get in touch with us today for a free consultation. We’re happy to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to make sure you retain your intellectual property.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Product Design, Baby Banana Brush, Infant Products