Melissa & Doug toys
Austin has the fish/turtle/crab puzzle in the lower corner. I was watching him play with it the other day and turned it over, and noticed a sticker that told me the toy was made in China.
This was complete news to me. I guess I never paid attention before (obviously) but I was under the impression, for some reason, that Melissa & Doug toys were made in USA. I'm not saying I don't have a bunch of kids toys lying around that are made in China. It's not that I don't care (or maybe I guess it is?) but I just don't think about it. However, to find out a company I truly thought was an American made company was mass producing items in China surprised me and kind of annoyed me.
I did a little Googling about this, and found a few other posts by people surprised to find that the toys are made in China. This was a good one. In searching I also came across a post about M&D's customer service and about how you shouldn't wash their toys because they are painted with water-based paint that will chip right off after being wet. (Interesting, since Austin puts pretty much every toy he owns in his mouth right now). I also found an article about their previous recalls (outside of the US) and their quick responses to them in each case, which is comforting.
Now, to their credit, Melissa & Doug has a safety statement on their website discussing their product testing and standards, but I could not easily find anything that showed that their products were made in China on their website. The only place I found it was by searching for the name of the puzzle on their product information page, and downloading the information for it. There it will tell you where the toy is manufactured and where it was tested (also in China).
By posting this I am not saying I will not buy Melissa & Doug toys, but I will definitely stop and think before purchasing them.. They're cute and Austin loves them, and they're reasonably priced (due to being made in China). I just wanted to pass along some information that interested me. There are parents out there that are very meticulous in making sure their child's toys are made in USA or organic and what-not, and perhaps this will be good information for them. (They'd probably already be aware of it though, I suppose).