Children’s Stainless Steel Silverware / Flatware sets:
Non-Detect for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic.
Exact items tested are in photo below.
Stainless Steel is primarily composed of chromium, nickel, and iron. Iron in stainless is usually in the 750,000 to 850,000 ppm range. Chromium in stainless is usually in the 120,000 to 182,000 ppm range. Nickel can range from zero (non-detect) to 82,000 ppm. Some of the Ikea stainless that I have tested this year (2017) has been nickel free (for those who have concerns about nickel.) I personally do not have concerns about nickel (bound in stainless steel) for my family.
Below are some good examples of safe stainless flatware choices for your children. I didn’t make a note of the brands of the items I tested (in the pictures below), hopefully their owners will check in with me on that!
- A set from “KiddoBloom”
- A set from Oneida
- Newly manufactured from Gerber Graduates (with plastic grip handles.)
Things to look for: seamless construction, recently manufactured and marketed as intended for children.
Things to avoid: vintage items that look like they may be made of different metal components (like the handle is a different metal than the blade of the knife or the bowl of the spoon), vintage plastic & vintage rubber (either solid construction or as the handle on a stainless piece.)