Toxic Free Kids—How to Choose Safe Toys

Oct, 17, 2016

By Fredrica Syren:

As a parent of three beautiful children, I worry about so many things: Do they eat enough? Is the air the breath clean? Will they fall from that tree they are climbing? Is the car seat safe? What I really do not want to worry about is if that cute little toy they are playing with contains chemicals that could endanger their lives and/or cause serious health risks for them down the line.toy safety

We have come a long way with regard to safer toys for children; however, most common toys still contain chemical hazards. Many toys are made from plastic, and most of them contain phthalates and/or Bisphenol-A (BPA), both of which have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and developmental problems in children. Furthermore, painted toys may contain lead and other heavy metals, which have been linked to serious impairments in babies and in children’s developing brains. Yeah, you see the problem: toys may not be as innocent and safe as we parents would hope for.

It actually angers me that today, with the availability of research proving how dangerous toxic chemicals are to humans — more importantly — to children, there still are toxic chemicals used in everyday children’s products. If we then take a moment to think about how much toys are handled and mouthed by our little ones, it only makes sense to avoid all toys containing chemicals and to take that extra time to really know what’s in the toys given to your kids. 20111010_jlsfoto_0050

Now, on to the good news — and, yes, there is someJ Nowadays, there are increasing numbers of healthy and chemical-safe toys available. The really good news is that what is a safe toxic-free toy option for a child is also a much better alternative for the planet.

The first thing to do is to go through all the toys at home to see if any of them have been recalled at HealthyToys.org and/or at CPSC. The best choice is to avoid soft plastic toys because they are most likely to contain PVC unless stated on packaging.

  • Buy toys made with solid woods, wool, organic cotton, stainless steel and toys painted with water-based dues or nontoxic paints.
  • Favor non-battery operated toys because, not only is it better for the planet, but also the batteries are loaded with toxins.
  • Favor high quality toys because, as much as it pains me to say so, toys made with better and safer material tend to be more expensive. The good news is that they also tend to last longer.

Here is a list of great eco- and chemical-safe toy sellers:

October 21, 2016

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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