The Danger of Exposing Your Baby to Plastic Toys


  The Chilling Truth About Plastics in Baby Toys

If you are a new parent, you know deep inside that your baby is the best thing that has ever happened to you. You want what's best for your child and are willing to spend countless hours learning from the experts the right ways to give her a healthy start in life.

But your research might not alert you to the deceptive danger she is exposed to during playtime.

Walk through the aisles of any toy store and you will be faced with an overwhelming conglomeration of colors and sounds. Kids' toys are designed to attract short attention spans; they are brightly covered, stuffed with voice boxes and built from removable parts. From a distance, these toys seem alluring, but look closer and you'll see they are hiding a sinister reality.They are cheery containers stuffed full of toxic chemicals.

There is shockingly little global regulation on the plastic toy industry, especially for toys made in Asian countries. Chemicals that might have been long banned in the Western world are still used in Chinese factories, and even legal chemicals often haven't been tested thoroughly enough to be deemed truly safe.

 There are two main plastics used in baby toys that should be subject to your scrutiny: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and bisophenal A (BPA).

 PVC: the most commonly-used phthalate, PVC is usually added to plastics to increase their softness and flexibility. Vinyl chloride, the main chemical in PVC, is a carcinogen that PVC-made products can slowly leech it out when they are sucked on.

 BPA: typically used to make plastics more durable and shatter-proof, BPA is a known endocrine disruptor that can interfere with the body's hormone system, creating excessive levels of estrogen. Even exposure to trace amounts of BPA can have negative effects on the physical development of babies and toddlers. 

 Young children are extremely vulnerable to chemical exposure on their still-developing bodies, and babies are at the greatest risk because the way they learn about their world is by putting things into their mouths.

 A Safer Alternative

 Before purchasing any toys for your baby, a little of research goes a long way!  Our favourite material for toys is natural rubber, as it comes straight out of a tree! There are lots of safe alternatives out there, though you can definitely trust Mini Lolo, as all we use in our toys is Natural Rubber. What other materials do you trust with your baby? We would love to hear back from you!

 Baby with teething toy yellow natural rubber

 

- Lola

 

About the Author

 Lola is an entrepreneur with her business Mini Lolo - where she's designed and made the funkiest and safest all natural teething toys, bath toys and sensory toys


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