So, its not even a month past Christmas, but we are already into the birthday season at my home. Between January and March, there are three celebrations… let alone the other birthday parties to which my children get invited.
If you’re like me, you hate buying junk that the kids will play with for less than a week. Books are usually a good alternative, but not always popular with the young crowd.
Fortunately, there are non-toxic, BPA-free green toys that can both keep your child safe, and entertain them for months on end!
One good web site is appropriately named “Green Toys.” It offers a range of products, from baby toys through young children. You can find baby blocks, tea party sets, frisbees and jump ropes. There are even toy dump trucks and tool sets.
If you have children less than a year old, you’ll want to be particularly careful about choosing BPA-free (bisphenol-A) products. This includes bottles, nipples, pacifiers, teething rings and more. Any plastic-based product should be carefully vetted to make sure that it doesn’t include the chemical known as BPA, which the Food and Drug Administration now cautions as dangerous:
Bisphenol-A is found in many products, but has drawn the most attention for its use in linings for canned food and infant formula, and as a hardener in plastic baby bottles and toys. A handful of states and cities including Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois, have passed laws in some form banning BPA in products meant for children.
So, what is the risk of exposure to BPA?
Guidance from the National Toxicology Program indicates there is significant reason for concern about bisphenol-A’s effects on the brain, behavior, developing fetuses, infants and older children. There also may be a link between BPA and diabetes and heart disease, as well.
With these warning signs, why would you risk your kids’ exposure? There are many web sites that offer green toys that are made with non-toxic, BPA free materials. If you go to the bricks and mortar stores, review packaging and ask sales people. If you’re not satisfied with their answers, walk away instead of purchasing.
The next generation will thank you!