Monday, November 10, 2008

Toxins in Children's Toys and Products

Most every summer we go visit my husband's best friend's mom (quite the introduction, yes?) at her annual beach rental in Friendship, ME. She is the Director of Outreach on things environmental for an Ivy League school. About four years ago, she saw me heat up my kid's fish sticks on a plastic plate in the microwave and went up one side of me and down the other: "plastics! heat! YOUR KID!!" I had no idea there was anything wrong with this habit. But let me tell you, that was the last time I've heated up my kids' food in plasic! I thanked her then for the heads-up, but now, with everything that's come out since about BPA and children's products, I'm especially grateful.

TOXIC WHAT???
If you're wondering what I'm talking about, or want to know more than you do now, here are three helpful links that explain the potential hazards of common toxins in our children's environment, including BPA in plastic:

Plastic Exposure in Childhood - Is There Evidence of Exposure?

Toxic Toys on PBS

Controversy Over Safety of Plastics and Kids Health

Mothering Magazine also has a great article on this topic: Out of the Mouths of Babes.


BPA-FREE
If you're wondering where you can find BPA-free feeding products for your baby, here are two websites that might be helpful:

Choosing glass or BPA-free plastic baby bottles

Z Report on BPA in Children's Feeding Products offers more information on what bottles, pacifiers, and tableware are BPA-Free.

As more and more companies are becoming aware that "BPA-free" on the label will attract consumers, there will be more BPA-free choices and clear labeling.


CHOOSING TOYS
With the holiday season coming up, here are a few of the websites listed in "The Long Goodbye to Toxic Toys" from the Nov/Dec 2008 Mothering Magazine, a great article by Mindy Pennybacker.

Tips on Toy Safety

Search Toys for Toxins (by brand, type, search)

Toys Without Detected Toxins of Concern

Toys with Highest Levels of Toxins


RECALL INFORMATION
US Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls and Product Safety News lists recalls by month and year.


CHOOSING BATHING & INFANT CARE PRODUCTS
TIPS Unlimited Baby Skincare Awards include product descriptions for safer baby wash, shampoo, bum cream, lotion, toothpaste and more.

Hope this information is helpful!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine

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1 Comments:

Blogger Jessica said...

I read your post with great interest. Thanks for your links and information. It's truly amazing how many toxins there are out there. What was alarming to me though, was the number of toxins in my baby shampoos and soaps. Every single product had something that could be harmful to my baby. I am grateful in knowing this and now spend time educating others. addingpurpose@gmail.com

November 11, 2008 3:28 PM  

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