Yummikeys

Metal baby toys, made in the UK.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom | 10 Sales

Yummikeys

Metal baby toys, made in the UK.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom 10 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(3)
Elspeth Fawcett

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Elspeth Fawcett

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(3)
  • Rebecca Craigen on Feb 27, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully made and solid. I've added a couple of spacer o-rings between each animal so they don't stick together when drooled all over! My son's favourite is the elephant.

    I've also bought a teething necklace cord so I can alternatively wear one animal as a pendant - looks so much nicer than other necklaces out there.

    Very unusual and lovely item.

  • celandine87 on Feb 9, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Move over Sophie!
    These arrived one day after ordering, and my 7mo has not put them down since!
    He loves the cold feeling of the metal keys on his teeth, and of course the fact that they make a lovely jingly noise!
    They feel nicely weighted, and come with a handy bag to keep them safe in.

  • janereay55 on Jun 29, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    Great item. Really nice quality. A bit different to anything else I've seen. Arrived very promptly.

About

Our venture into toy production started while I was on maternity leave with our second child. My husband Sam had managed to drop our car keys down a drain in Pisa airport, never to be seen again - keys not husband, although at the time.........

A few weeks later, back home in Scotland, the remaining set with house keys on the same fob, mysteriously vanished, resulting in a house turned upside down and some costly replacements. The chief suspect was Hamish, then 8 months old, who was fixated with shiny, jingly keys, just as his sister had been.

We knew it wasn't safe to let babies play with keys as they can contain lead, carry an impaction risk into the soft palette and are often quite dirty, but Hamish must have got hold of them, perhaps with some aiding and abetting from big sister Rebecca. As he is also an apprentice postman the pedal bin was their most likely destination.

We tried to channel Hamish's key love into the plastic keys aimed at his age range, but like his sister had previously done, he soon lost interest in them. We tried to find metal toy keys and discovered that there were none available on the UK market - and so the seed was sown - make our own and Yummikeys was born.

Yummikeys are made from stainless steel, chemically inert, lead-free and free from phthalates and cadmium. This material is safe for cutlery which is in and out of our mouths from cradle to grave. So we knew it would be a safe material to use for babies.

My mother, who has worked in early education all her life, has frequently complained about the predictable monotony of mainstream toys - the same colour palette, texture, density, smell and noise. She has encouraged us in our enterprise to create something different.

We designed the keys ourselves, which proved more challenging than we had anticipated, as they had to be adapted to comply with European safety standards. Everything had to be rigorously tested by a third party laboratory - the keys, keyring, labelling and packaging which all took time, as did sourcing reliable manufacturers, polishers and engravers.

We have woken in the night with new ideas and solutions to problems, our extended family and friends have provided us with feedback and a steady stream of junior testers, who have loved the product. With their help the keys have been sucked, bitten, chewed, dropped, painted, bathed, buried in sand/mud and they've even been for a swim at the East Lothian seaside. You'll be pleased to know that Yummikeys can go through the dishwasher too!

At last we're delighted to launch Yummikeys, and we sincerely hope that your children enjoy them as much as our son does.

These are for you Hamish and others like you. May you jingle jangle to your hearts' content.

Best wishes

Elspeth & Sam

Shop members

  • Elspeth Fawcett

    Owner

    - Based in Scotland with my husband and two children (and third on the way). - Worked as a chartered accountant before setting up Yummikeys - Love nature, skiing and running - Believe in children using their imagination

Production partners

  • Jewellery production factory

    China

    Carefully chosen factory in china which produce luxury stainless steel jewellery in a number of designs.

  • Gee Graphite

    Dewsbury, England

    Gee Graphite cut out the animal shapes with a water jet cutter.

  • Park Metal Polishing

    Barkisland, England

    Our partner smooths and polishes all our animal shapes.

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