How To Choose Safe Eco-Friendly Toys For Your Baby.
Toys, or play items I should say, are a necessary part of an imaginative and developmentally appropriate childhood. However, toys...
Toys, or play items I should say, are a necessary part of an imaginative and developmentally appropriate childhood. However, toys can also pose many problems. Many toys nowadays are made with toxic materials or materials that use excessive non-renewable resources. Badly made toys are dangerious for kids, bad for the environment, can cause health issues and excessive toys help contribute to more, more, more consumerism attitude.
Shown above - non-toxic bath toysSince Earth Day is coming up soon, it's important to look at green toys since toys will affect your baby for years to come. Here's how you can choose safer, better, greener toys for your baby from birth on up... Choose materials wisely: Plastic, a common toy material is made with non-renewable oil and many wooden toys are made with non-sustainable wood. Plastic toys can also be chock full of weird chemicals that you don't want your baby chewing on. Limit your plastic toy purchases whenever possible and instead look for toys made with sustainably sourced wood, recycled plastics, wool and other natural materials. Look for organics: Organic soft toys like stuffed dolls and animals or soft teethers are a better choice than conventional cotton toys because organic cotton won't contain harmful pesticides. Avoid the big dangers: Look for toys that note that they are free from PVC, lead, BPA and phtalates. Packaging issues: Look for green packaging. For example is it necessary, excessive, recyclable, reusable? Does it carry a recycling reminder? Buy fewer new toys: Babies are honestly just as entertained by the laundry basket or a pot and spoon as they are a bright and shiny new toy. Look around the house and see what entertainment is available before buying massive amounts of toys. Additionally you can also make your own homemade baby toys, look for safely made toys at thrift stores (greener than new) or join a toy swap trading group. There’s nothing wrong with used toys and they cost less. Just make sure there hasn’t been a recall.