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I recently read an article in my Mothering Magazine called the Long Good-bye to Toxic Toys.  It opened my eyes to something I didn't even know very much about...Phthalates.  I always assumed "toxic" toys referred to the ones w/ lead paint. 

 

Anyways, after reading the article I looked around at what is clearly a Fisher Price household from the glider, jump-a-roo, bouncer, swing, high-chair to a huge number of toys that my daughter plays with.  So then I was left thinking that my daughters toys were possibly toxic.  But, from the research I have done, I came to find out that Fisher Price discontinued the use of Phthalates in all of their toys intended for children 3 and under.  So far all of the stuff we own is only for 3 and under.

 

So, am I to assume that all of her toys are safe then?  I'm not really sure.  Eventually I would love to see more natural (and naturally made) toys thrown into the mix, but we will have to wait for another birthday to roll around and hopefully tell friends and family what is on DD's "wish list".  Because we certainly can't toss everything she currently has and start from scratch with all new, natural toys.  Those things are expensive!

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It is hard to find "safe" toys these days that one can afford. I have bought a few safer toys- ie. a wooden rattle made in Vermont, or a handmade organic stuffed toy.

I have so many toys that were given to us that are plastic, that if I got rid of all of them, my DD would have like 3 toys left. It is a hard thing, and I think I will also have to wait for special occassions to get new toys and phase these out!

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Originally Posted by Rachel Chapman:

It is hard to find "safe" toys these days that one can afford. I have bought a few safer toys- ie. a wooden rattle made in Vermont, or a handmade organic stuffed toy.

I have so many toys that were given to us that are plastic, that if I got rid of all of them, my DD would have like 3 toys left. It is a hard thing, and I think I will also have to wait for special occassions to get new toys and phase these out!

 

I agree.  But then I almost feel like by the time I phase out all of my DD's toys she will be done with toys.  LOL  But seriously, if you invite people to a B-day party for your kid and they don't ask you what your child needs/wants then you have to just accept whats given.  I think the biggest danger for toxic toys are ones intended for babies and small children because of their whole oral fixation on objects of any shape, size or color.

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