How to Find a non Toxic Baby Toy

 Nobody understands the need for a safe environment more than parents of babies. One of the areas of concern that is very important is the toys that babies play with; toys that they will, inevitably, put in to their mouths.

With the high number of toys that the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall because of toxic materials, such lead, BPA, PVC and phthalates, it is up to the parents to make sure the toys their babies play with are safe and non-toxic. When making a concerted effort to create a safe haven for their little ones, here are some of the things parents may consider when checking out the safety of their baby’s toys.

Familiarize yourself

Learn what is and what is not toxic. Valuable information is found on sites like Healthy Stuff. Parents will find a list of chemicals that cause concern. They have also tested many products and have a list letting parents know if the level of toxins in a particular product is low, medium or high. More information is available at CNN’s site, Toxic America. Parents will find a variety of videos and articles on areas of concern. Knowledge is power; parents want the power to keep their babies safe.

Background checks

A company background check on makers of baby toys is a good start. Some companies, such as Melissa and Doug, pride themselves in making child-friendly toys. These non-toxic toys all come with their own product safety sheet. Visit a company’s website and visit their safety page. Read reviews of the company. When you find companies that  strive to make non-toxic toys, you will feel safe to buy their products for your baby.

Wooden toys

Building blocks, simple puzzles and toy vehicles are great fun for babies, but parents must learn how materials in these products are manufactured. For example, solid wood toys are less likely to have toxic substances that are found in pressed wood. Check the type of paint and finish used on wooden toys. Natural oil finishes and beeswax are safer than other oil finishes. 

Cloth toys

Stuffed toys, cloth books and dolls are traditional baby toys, but they are not all non-toxic. Read the labels. Look for a guarantee that the toys are made from organic material. 

Plastic toys

Plastic is ubiquitous in baby products. Know your plastics before you buy toys for your baby. Plastic codes 1, 2, 4 and 5 are considered safer; avoid plastics with products with the numbers 3, 6, and 7. They are considered harmful. Look for toys that say phthalate and BPA-free.

Tag check

When you have chosen a toy, check the tag. Another toxin is found in chemicals used to make toys flame-resistant. Companies use chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ether in baby’s toys.

Parental action is necessary to keep the home safe from toxic baby toys. If you plan to buy a baby toys this year, use all the information you can to make sure the baby toy you purchase is non-toxic.