We recommend treating your Kleynimals as you do your stainless steel silverware. Just to be clear, here are some basics:
Do: Remember that Kleynimals keys, rattle and Jangles are intended to be toys. Our baby spoons and forks are not toys.
Do: Wash them before your child’s first use (preferably with an eco-friendly soap, for the sake of our planet). Make sure your detergent does NOT contain bleach.
Do: Wash them in the dishwasher whenever needed thereafter (no bleach).
Don’t: Leave your child unattended with Kleynimals products, or any other toy. Accidents do happen and we want to be assured that all Kleynimals loving babies are safe!
Do: Give your child Kleynimals when sitting up, as no one (young or old) is very coordinated when lying down, and as stated above, accidents happen. They are a “go-to” toy when you need something to entertain baby in the stroller, car seat or high chair!
Don’t: Put your Kleynimals in the microwave. Microwaves and metal do not have an amicable relationship.
Do: Get your Kleynimals engraved so that they can be more personalized.
Don’t: Drop Kleynimals on cement (or the like) since it is so unforgiving. Sometimes babies forget this advice, so a pacifier clip can be a handy tool.
Do: Store your Kleynimals in the muslin bag in which they came. The bag will help protect them and keep them a little cleaner. It also means that you are re-using the “packaging,” which means you are being kind to our Earth.
Don’t: Add anything to your Kleynimals (except an engraving, of course). They were tested “as is” for babies 6 months and up. We want to ensure they remain safe by not adding anything additional to the keychain.
Do: Give Kleynimals to friends as gifts. Our hope is that the natural longevity of stainless steel will mean that they can serve as a keepsake for years (maybe even generations) to come.
Do: Recycle your Kleynimals. If you do not intend to make them a “keepsake” for future generations of your family, donate them to another family. If neither of these options seems attractive, please put them out with your recycling.
Don’t: Salt them or bleach them. The Chloride ion can attack the passive layer on the stainless steel, which can lead to rusting. Instead, you might consider salting food. As for bleach, we like to avoid it as much as possible. If you really want to clean them beyond the dishwasher, boiling is always a good option. Caution: It has come to our attention that some dishwashing detergents contain bleach. Do NOT use these detergents on your Kleynimals products.
Don’t: Give them to one of the small percentage of people with a nickel allergy. As with all food grade stainless steel (also called 18/8 for the 18% Chromium and 8% nickel in the material) Kleynimals contain a small amount of nickel. Of note, even for people with an allergy to nickel, the skin irritation typically occurs only after prolonged and intimate exposure to nickel (think jewelry). Hence the reason stainless steel utensils have been around for decades. Note: Kleynimals do NOT leach Nickel.
Do: Be proud of the fact that the ring might not be a perfect circle. Each set is assembled, welded and polished by hand and we humans are a slightly imperfect species.
Don’t: Be discouraged if your Kleynimals develop some slight marring or rust spots on the stainless. Although stainless steel is impact and rust resistant, it is not impact and rust proof. Some marks will naturally occur, just like stains on jeans or scratches on wood floors, and add even more character to your Kleynimals. Plus, a little extra iron is not a bad thing. If you have a concern, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do: Hang Kleynimals toy keys and rattle on a play gym until your little one is old enough to use them as a hand held toy. Babies love to look up at the shiny stainless steel and reach out to make them jingle.