You want your baby to develop and to play cheerfully, and that’s why you buy new toys for them. However, are you sure that the toys you have bought for your baby are safe? Do you think that all the toys from the stores may be given to a baby without fear? Nowadays, the stores’ shelves are flooded with toys which hardly undergo quality control. Some producers intentionally hold back information about the toxicity of materials used to produce the toys. However, there are producers who value and care about the quality of their products and their safety for children.
What is the danger for kids under 3 years old in a toxic toy? At this age, kids try to taste everything. That’s why toxic substances in the toy’s composition may enter the child’s body. Below, we are going to tell you about the 3 kinds of materials the toys are made from. Some of them may have toxic substances in their composition.
Green parenting and Plastic toys for kids
This is probably the most common material for the toys. What toxic substances may plastic toys contain? The toys may contain dangerous substances such as bisphenol A, polyvinyl chloride or PVC, phthalates, heavy metals like lead, cadmium, etc.
The toxic substance bisphenol A (BPA) is found in some toys of poor quality. This is a hardener that was previously used in plastic production. Recently, starting in 2010, its use was forbidden in many countries. As studies have shown, bisphenol influences the human brain negatively as well as the reproductive system, and can be a cause of cancer.
Another component used in the production of toys is polyvinyl chloride or PVC. The component itself isn’t toxic, but when producing polyvinyl chloride, super toxic vinyl chloride gas is applied. When this gas burns, it excretes toxic substances called dioxins. Also, polyvinyl chloride additives may contain heavy metal swhich influence the human endocrine system negatively.
Phthalates are additives which add plasticity and flexibility to the plastic. Even though phthalates are widely used, even in the food and pharmaceutical industry, recent studies have shown that a high level of phthalates in the body may lead to serious disorders of the endocrine system. Children under 1 year old suffer from this harmful substance the most.
Dear parents, be attentive when you buy toys made from plastic. Read the label carefully. The manufacturer should state that the toys don’t contain BPA, phthalates, or other toxic substances. Toys which are extremely bright may also contain toxic substances in their paints.
Green parenting and Soft toys for kids
Children love soft toys very much. They are beautiful and fluffy, and pleasant to touch. However, they can also conceal different toxic substances. Soft toys that are made of synthetic fibers of ultra bright colors may contain harmful substances. An additional drawback of soft toys for young kids is an accumulation of a great number of harmful bacteria and viruses on the fibers. Soft toys can cause allergies as they accumulate dust and harmful microorganisms.
That’s why you should wash the soft toys of your baby as often as possible. In order to clean the toys, you can also use a steam cleaner. Remember that the health of your baby depends on the cleanliness of the toys.
Green parenting and Wooden toys for kids
Many parents who stick to Green parenting , buy wooden toys for their kids. However, they also may conceal a hidden danger. Paints, used for toy decoration, may contain heavy metals. Remember, only those toys which are made of a whole wood mass are safe. Toys made of compressed wood or plywood may be saturated with glues and sealants, and may excrete toxic substances. Paint on the wooden toys shouldn’t have a harsh smell or be too bright.
Is it necessary to wash the toys?
A child under 1 year old explores everything, puts things in their mouth, and bites them. It’s natural that dirty toys may become a source of infection for a baby. That’s why you should try to wash the toys often, especially if:
You have a pet at home
Your child has had an infectious disease
Other children play with your baby’s toys
Hopefully our article will help you to choose safer toys for kids. Remember that a child needs their parents’ attention more than they need the toys.