There is NO FEE to submit any product for testing.
Toy Tips is a source of positive reviews and information for consumers. We uphold strict testing methods and do not accept payment or sell awards of any kind. We do not consider ourself a seal of approval" but instead an an "Honor of Excellence." Products that gain the "TTT" (Toy Tips tested and trusted) mark prove they are developmental for children and exceed the stringent Toy Tips review testing standards.
We are currently reviewing toys that encourage, introduce and teach children developmental skills. We are also reviewing products that are not toys but fit into our other product categories (juvenile gear, expectant and new parent products , fashion and style and home products that children use).
We accept submissions all year long. Once we receive an online application, there is an approval process. We review products according to current categories we are working on the process can take up to 3 months, sometimes longer.
Our information is based on the results of our studies and include only positive information about the products we test. To earn a coveted "TTT" mark, a product must show significant developmental value to children. We do not publish negative reviews because we do not want to pass along that are not deemed appropriate for children or those that do not offer learning skills. We do work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and report any unsafe products for children that may come our way and take a strong stance on safety in materials used in products for children. This means that all toys with a painted surface require a certification that you have tested your toy for lead and any liquid art toy, cleaner or liquid product for children's use requires a Materials and Safety Data Report.
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How is Toy Tips research conducted?
Celebrating over 20 years of research, our product reviews assist consumers in making appropriate purchases based on research conducted through The Toy Tips Research Institute. Our advisory team is comprised of medical doctors, psychologists, teachers, nutritionists, occupational therapists and research analysts who facilitate our academic methods of testing based on qualitative and quantitative studies. We apply empirical methods and constraints typically used in social science research and focus on the intellectual, social, physical, and individual character and personality development of the child.
Who tests the products?
All testing is based on a university research market survey. We do NOT collect opinions of parents, single families, personal opinion of those from toy industry professionals. Our survey methods are independent of manufacturer conflict of interest and personal opinion.
The involvement of thousands of children as official "Toy Tips® Testers" throughout the year provide real in-market data. Testers are both pre-chosen and demographically diversified, located at our Toy Tips testing sites nationwide.
What kind of publicity does Toy Tips receive on "TTT" products?
Marianne Szymanski is president and founder of Toy Tips, Inc.which publishes the popular website, toytips.com and the national news stand Toy Tips and Parenting Hints Magazine. She has presented recommendations and results from the Toy Tips studies on Oprah,The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, FOX News, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, Oxygen Network, Lifetime Television, CBS News, NBC News and ABC News. Our results are shared with consumers via toytips.com and Toy Tips Magazine to provide objective information on products for children of different ages and skill levels. Marianne hosts her own semi-monthly segment on FOX Morning News in Milwaukee which is distributed to 182 FOX affiliates nationwide. In 2007, Marianne Szymanski logged 456 television interviews reaching over 24 million parents worldwide. Toy Tips studies have also been published in USA TODAY, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, over 3200 other newspapers and magazines and professional research journals internationally. You can see weekly Toy Tips of fox6now.com.
Please keep in mind, that this is not an exchange of services and there is no guarantee that your submission will be included in our reviews. We first must review the product and if it meets and exceeds our standards, it earns the "TTT" mark and the review will be published on toytips.com.
Only "TTT" rated products are considered for Toy Tips print, radio or television segment interviews depending on topic, timing, etc. and all "TTT" products are listed on toytips.com in our search key. There is a chance a "TTT" product is randomly chosen to be considered a toy of the day or chosen in our daily toy-tip email program. There is no fee to be part of this.
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT A PRODUCT FOR REVIEW
By submitting a product for review, there is no exchange of money for our services. In sending us a submission, you agree you will not receive a sample product returned. All products are used for review, then donated through The Toy Research Institute Charity Partner Program.
Thank you for your interest in focusing on developmental products that make children's minds stronger and their childhood happier! -Marianne Szymanski, Founder and President.
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