Thinking about getting your child a foam mat for Christmas? You might want to think again. Apparently both Belgium and France have completely removed ALL of their foam puzzle mats due to the carcinogen, Formamide being in them.

I’ve been leery of foam puzzle mats for a while now. They just smell awful and usually if there’s a strong smell then there’s bound to be a toxin in it. Not to mention many foam puzzle mats (at least in the U.S) now have Microban in them which is a cousin to Triclosan. Now, I know I’m not a crazy crunchy nut (okay, maybe I still am but not about this). If other countries are banning and removing puzzle mats then odds are I am not crazy for not wanting them in my house.
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