Little Standout

Silicone Teether Toys

Trendy Baby

It’s all about a new baby, basically all of the time. But it’s doubly awesome if something for your kiddo can be even a little bit about you, too.

Little Standout Founder Staci Civins created teething toys from her own fresh designs to reflect the interests of modern parents—hip people who appreciate more personality in toys for their little ones. Using a MakerBot 3D printer to create initial prototypes, she developed her
unique take on teethers. No more pastel teddy bears, please and thank you. Colorful hashtags, hamsas, diamonds, and other contemporary shapes make an unexpected—and fun—statement.

Staci’s background is in natural products for kids, so of course Little Standout teethers are made with non-toxic silicone. They are flexible and durable, and also dishwasher-, freezer-, and angry baby-safe.

You’ll be all, “These are so cute!” and your baby will be all, “Chomp chomp chomp!” We’re pretty sure that’s baby-speak for “I agree!”
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Staci
    Staci

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to bring Little Standout to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Aaron
    Aaron
    1/14/2016 12:12 PM

    It seems like everyone I know has a kid these days, but as a non-parent, I don't know what gifts are appropriate for what ages.

    What range of ages do you recommend for your teethers?

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:29 PM

    @Aaron Babies can start teething as early as 3 months, and their teeth can continue to cut through until age 4!

    Our teethers are perfect for 3 month olds who are just starting to grab and put things into their mouth.

    We've also found that a few older kids are using our teethers to help with their sensory sensitivity, which is pretty awesome!

  • Raquel
    Raquel
    1/14/2016 1:21 PM

    I love your designs and have already purchased the camera teether. It reminds me of my obsession with photography growing up that I can now share with my kids! The quality is fantastic. It's very durable and I love that it's dishwasher safe. Can you tell me a little more about your process in developing these? Where did your idea come from? What safety standards had to be met? And, out of curiosity, which one is your personal favorite?

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:51 PM

    @Raquel The camera was actually a last minute add on, which is crazy because it's our most popular design! I wanted to create designs that resonated with a variety of personalities, and the camera really did round it off.

    For me, the Hamsa is my favorite. It reminds me of spending time with my overly superstitious Grandmother and learning about our family's culture and tradition and seeing how they paralleled much of the world's cultures as I started traveling and seeing Hamsas hung in markets and houses in many different countries.

    For the design process, I start with a sketch, gathering inspiration from everything around me. I then turn the sketch into a 3D file and prototype using 3D printers.

    The products you see on the site are the final designs made out of silicone, which is made in a steel mold. The final products are tested here in the USA by an accredited testing laboratory to make sure all ASTM and CPSC regulations and standards are met.

    It has been a fun process testing out different designs and decided on just 4 to launch with. I hope to have more design available later in 2016!

  • Glen
    Glen
    1/14/2016 1:25 PM

    I wanted to say that your teethers are a HUGE hit. THANK YOU! My sister's new baby loves the # teether, and my cousin's daughter was chewing on the camera before we could even get it out of the packaging :). My sister reports that after a ton of washes, her teethers are holding up great, too. Now that all my friends are having babies, you've made it easy for me to give great gifts. Thanks again!

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:34 PM

    @Glen I LOVE hearing this feedback! Thank you!

  • Deena
    Deena
    1/14/2016 1:30 PM

    Love the designs! Great product

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:51 PM

    @Deena Thank you!!!

  • Inna
    Inna
    1/14/2016 1:34 PM

    This is great! I don't have children of my own but many of my friends have already started families and it has always been a struggle to find gifts that are unique, practical and fun to give. Your teethers are the perfect gift AND they come in colors I like! Thank you!

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:52 PM

    @Inna Thank you Inna! I tried to choose colors that really "POP"! I think they came out great, and the neon colors are our customers' favorite!

  • Karl
    Karl
    1/14/2016 1:56 PM

    My four month old niece loves the hamsa teether. It has already been through several dish washing cycles and is holding up great!

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:34 PM

    @Karl Awesome!

  • Lauren
    Lauren
    1/14/2016 2:08 PM

    Our granddaughter loves to chew on her Little Standout Teethers. My nephew just bought some for a friend's baby. Also a big hit. As a single guy not used to buying baby gifts, he was glad to find them. What a great idea you had! I hope there is more to come from this company.

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:35 PM

    @Lauren Thanks! I hope so too!

  • Nina
    Nina
    1/14/2016 2:22 PM

    Although silicone may meet ASTM and CPSC standards, there is MUCH evidence that silicone is VERY toxic. To reach your own conclusions try searching "silicone toxicity" and see what comes up.

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:31 PM

    @Nina Hi Nina! The silicone that is used to make our teethers is 100% FDA approved. It is different than the silicone in breast implants that your "silicone toxicity" search results are referring to.

    I really like the article written by Healthy Child Healthy World in regards to how safe silicone used in children's products really is.

    Our products are not used in high heat, and they are not used for implantation. It is perfectly safe and non-toxic for babies to teethe on.

  • Nina
    Nina
    1/14/2016 4:04 PM

    @Staci. Please don't try to "spin" my comment or the article you refer to. No, I wasn't specifically referring to information regarding breast implants. However, if you do look up implants, it seems that they are an approved "device" also with tens of thousands of women having very serious health issues with. I'm surprised that you "really like" the article on Healthy Child Healthy World. That article gives "strategies" for using silicone products, specifically silicone baby bottle nipples. They suggest that the bottle nipples not be washed in the dishwasher and be replaced every 6-8 weeks. Your teethers are not "implanted" into children, but they CHEW on them - I think that's more physical contact with the possibility of microscopic degradation and ingestion than an implant.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:45 PM

    Hi Nina, I don't think Staci was trying to spin your comment. You told her to search "silicone toxicity." She did, as did I, and almost every headline references breast implants so that's where her comment stems from. I think it would be good to know as a consumer that worries can be put to rest as the silicone Little Standout is made of is 100% FDA approved.

    You're right, kids are chewing on them so there should naturally be some hesitation. Having the complete backing of the FDA goes a long way in judging how safe a product is.

  • Nina
    Nina
    1/14/2016 5:38 PM

    @Mike

    Hi Mike, Teflon is also FDA approved, and yet many health conscious people refuse to use it. Similarly BPA is now more commonly believed to be toxic and people are turning to alternatives (glass water bottles, glass food storage containers, etc.) - yet food grade plastics containing BPA are 100% FDA approved. Yes, I guess you can divide the world into sceptics and those who think that anything approved by the FDA is 100% safe.

    My research for silicone safety or "toxicity" was geared toward children's products... that is the product I commented on, I thought that was implied.

    If you're interested in an article directly on point, I've included the link from an article on Safbaby which includes the following quote was

    "You mention being an expert in Breast Implant Silicone. Isn’t that a completely different kind of silicone than used in infant and baby products?

    No, not really. The main “difference” is the various types of thickness and pliability. For instance, Saline breast implants have a silicone gel shell which is very close to the consistency of pacifiers – same pliability just a little denser.

    When I interviewed Thomas Talcott, a former engineer for Dow Corning, who worked with the development of these implants, I asked him in 2000, if anything had “changed” as far as new silicone formulas that wouldn’t leach chemicals and silicone, he replied, “Silicone is silicone is silicone. These products will always be made with a batch of chemicals – some considered toxic to the human body. Whatever silicone product you have that is exposed for any duration to the friction, heat, and moisture of the human body is going to eventually break down. That can occur as early as just a few months, or over several years – it’s a bit of a crapshoot!.”

    http://www.safbaby.com/is-silicone-in-baby-products-and-bakeware-really-safe

    Look, my goal was to just have your readers/purchaser's get the alternative perspective on the safety of silicone - they can make up their own minds. I get that Staci is trying to earn a living - if it weren't a baby product I wouldn't have commented. Best regards.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 5:53 PM

    Nina, we appreciate you taking the time to dig deeper on this. Especially with baby products, people want to make sure they are getting a safe product and we wouldn't have it any other. In the case of Little Standout, I think you are getting such a product. Not only are Little Standout products FDA approved, they are non-toxic and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and metals.

  • Mariana
    Mariana
    1/14/2016 6:27 PM

    @nina I appreciate your concern but n my experience there is little to no evidence that silicone that is not exposed to high heat or extreme conditions is in any way toxic. In fact, the study that looked at silicone in bottle nipples used to feed infants failed to show any significant leching of toxins.

    As a physician who also takes care of children, and a mother of two, I am very cautious about what I allow my children and patients to play with, let alone put in their mouths. I have no doubts that these products are safe.

    It is always easy to create doubt and cast fear especially when it comes to children. We must be thoughtful about the fact that the internet is full of misinformation.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/15/2016 9:48 AM

    Thanks very much for the insight, Mariana!

  • Austin
    Austin
    1/14/2016 2:47 PM

    Great teethers that are safe are hard to find....And these are SO MUCH FUN! My wife and I purchased a box of these to give away to our friends with babies. Every time we gift one we have a wonderful story to tell about the Maker, how safe they are, and easy to clean. What's next for you? What other kind of great products can we expect?

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 4:06 PM

    @Austin Thanks! They really do make the perfect gift!

    I have something up my sleeve, but I'm not ready to reveal it just yet, but it's soft, organic, and will have all of our fun designs on it!

  • Sherry
    Sherry
    1/14/2016 4:29 PM

    I'm a grandma and am concerned about the Hashtag teether. Seeing the length of the extensions I would be concerned about the safety of baby's eyes. Had you thought about them?

    Sherry

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 4:45 PM

    @Sherry Hi Sherry! The material is actually very soft and flexible. The hashtag is one of our most popular designs and we have heard nothing but great feedback regarding it's shape and ability to reach back in a child's mouth to massage incoming molars.

    They were also design to not have any sharp edges or points, all of the designs are rounded. It may be hard to tell from the photographs.

    All of the shapes are tested and pass ASTM and CPSC standards, which include a test for accessible points for children under age 8, and a small object test for children under 36 months.

    As with all toy for babies and children, they should be used with adult supervision.

  • Sherry
    Sherry
    1/14/2016 4:52 PM

    @Staci

  • Sherry
    Sherry
    1/14/2016 4:58 PM

    @Sherry Any thoughts to a kitty or bear face for teethers? Or a truck or car shape? I do like the camera but would like a more colorful one, red perhaps. My nephew is now 14 months old and is well into teething. Will these be available in stores where we can see and feel them?

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 5:20 PM

    @Sherry Our teethers are carried in retail shops across the U.S. and they come in a few different color options.

    For our launch today, The Grommet curated their favorite style/color combinations to bring to you. I think they did a great job in capturing what Little Standout has to offer.

    Although I love cute animal faces and trucks too, my goal is to put a modern twist on an old idea, by coming out with hip designs that are sure to make any little one stand out!

  • Analucia
    Analucia
    1/14/2016 4:42 PM

    Hi Staci. First off - Great product. I love your modern take on traditional symbols and designs. I'm due to have my first child in July, and of course, I'm already thinking about all the things they need--teethers included. Seeing as your company is pretty new, I'm wondering if you or any of your current customers have identified any things that need to be improved?

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 5:08 PM

    @Analucia Congratulations! Getting everything ready for a new addition can get overwhelming, but it sure can be a lot of fun too!

    I spent a year developing and testing out different designs. I designed them so that they are easy to grab, have plenty of holes, and fit right where they need to be.

    Our products hit the market in October, after a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. Since then, the most comments we have gotten from our customers so far are, "What shapes will you come out with next?"

    It was tough to choose just 4 out of all of my ideas, but I think these 4 really round out the line.

  • Kim
    Kim
    1/14/2016 5:09 PM

    We have a few Little Standout Designs and couldn't be happier, I have 4 little boys, so Ive been through a lot of teething, and these are my favorite teething toys so far!

  • Staci
    Staci – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 5:24 PM

    @Kim 4 boys?! You must be a Super-mama! Thank you!

  • Mariana
    Mariana
    1/14/2016 6:38 PM

    I have 2 girls, 7 months and 2 years of age. They both LOVE the teethers!

    FABULOUS product. 5 stars.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/15/2016 9:48 AM

    Wooo! Glad to hear it!

  • Gary
    Gary
    1/14/2016 7:13 PM

    We love the colors. But the conversations they've sparked with other parents has been a lot of fun. Will you be adding other shapes? We'd love to have a TV shaped Little Standout.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/15/2016 9:50 AM

    Not abad idea for the future, Gary! A TV, smartphone, maybe even a drone?

  • Lindsey
    Lindsey
    1/14/2016 10:14 PM

    Great product and great founder! Silicone is amazing and this is a great shower gift :) Go Staci Go!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/15/2016 9:51 AM

    Thanks so much, Lindsey! We love that support!

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