The article titled, "Bringing Up Baby with Safe Green Toys" really shifted my focus on the types of toys I'll be purchasing for my 5 year old son and baby (due any day).
CNN's expert, Dr. Alan Greene, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, gives the following advice about choosing safe and organic toys.
In his book "Raising Baby Green, The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care," he tells parents to take the time to examine the materials used in the toys.
"Choose natural toys, and those might be toys made out of solid wood, especially if it's not finished or has a non-toxic finish," Greene recommended. "Toys that are made out of fiber, such as cotton, especially organic cotton, wool or hemp, or toys made out of bamboo can be really nice choices."
He warned parents to beware of wooden toys made from pressed wood or particle board.
Greene said toxics can be found in certain plastic toys, too. He worries the most about toys and baby items containing phthalates, PVC and bisphenol-A.
He advised parents to look for recycling symbols on plastic toys. "If it has recycling symbol number 1, 2, 4 or 5, that means it does not have those chemicals in there," he said.
I feel lucky to have come across this article. Especially since I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet! I hope it helps you too.
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