Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Babies take and treat their toys very personally and, well, intimately, chewing and mouthing them with abandon. Unfortunately, as most parents have become aware, there are some pretty toxic toys on the market. In 2008, more than 12.2 million products, including many Sesame Street/Fisher Price toys, even Elmo dolls, were recalled in the US due to high levels of lead, which can cause learning problems.
What to do? Choose toys free of PVC, a plastic that commonly contains both phthalates and lead. Lego has been PVC-free for years! Choose toys made of wood certified as coming from well-managed forests by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). And visit the PVC-and lead-free toy list at [www.goodguide.com].
And be sure to check out the following local shops that have a wide range of certified organic cotton clothing and diaper bags, cloth-diapers and blankets, and natural wood toys for children of every age:
Little Sprouts Hawaii, 600 Kailua Rd., Suite 106, [littlesproutshawaii.com], 266-8877
Organic Keiki, 245 Kalama St., Kailua, [organickeiki.com], 261-3191
Baby Awearness, 2752 Woodlawn Drive #5, [babyawearness.com], 988-0010