Safe Toys For Your Kids
We want to ignite creativity and learning in our children and toys offer a great way to engage their minds and create fun as well! However, all toys are not created equal and careful consideration must be given when selecting toys for your baby and kids. Many toys are made with plastics which include harmful chemicals. That makes it really important to look closely at the chemicals contained in the plastic toys we give to our children.
One of the most common chemicals in plastic, phthalates, is consistently found in children’s toys, school supplies, books and even lunch boxes. Phthalates, sometimes called plasticizers, are a family of chemicals used to soften plastic to make it more flexible and durable, hence the reason it is often used in children’s toys. Due to their chemical makeup, phthalates are often used as dissolving agents for other materials. Phthalates have been shown to be an endocrine disruptor causing adverse effects on lungs, liver and reproductive systems of lab animals.
There is no doubt that phthalates are harmful; the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has concluded that phthalate DEHP is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”. Thankfully, there has been reduction of phthalates in some plastic kids toys thanks to the 2009 Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, which banned 3 types of phthalates. CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act) banned these 3 specific phthalates, to remove them from children’s toys and products aimed at babies under 3 years old. There is still much to be done legislatively to ban these harmful chemicals from all children and plastic products.
In the meantime, we have to be vigilant about the baby toys and products we give to our little ones. For even safer precautions, we prefer to stick with non toxic wooden toys which provide just as much fun and safety for our children.
Our line of heirloom quality wooden play furniture and toys from Milton & Goose looks great and is crafted with the highest safety standards for kids. Made in the USA, with high-quality wood, non toxic finishes and a chic, modern design, these pieces are sure to delight your children and become a cherished item enjoyed from one sibling to another for generations to come.
Check out the entire line of heirloom-quality wooden play furniture for your little ones and let the fun begin!