For decades, children’s toys have been primarily made from plastic. Plastic is cheap, but they have to use multiple toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process. A Forbes report shows that one in three of the most popular toys contain potentially harmful levels of some pretty bad stuff like mercury and arsenic.
Whenever you buy a toy, you should always look for a manufacturer’s ethic statement or organic certifications. Avoid brands that aren’t willing to stand by the safety of their products.
If you aren’t convinced that organic toys are better, here are some reasons why.
1 . Organic toys are better for your kids’ health
Plastic toys have all sorts of adverse health effects. Plastics are made with BPA and phthalates to make them flexible, but these toxins can cause hormone and reproductive problems in developing bodies, as well as kidney and liver damage, and cancer. They can cause deformities in the reproductive organs and breast tissue.
These chemicals don’t bond to the plastic so they leach out over time and in to your child’s system. When you consider how often a baby puts their toys in their mouth, you definitely don’t want their toys to be plastic.
2. Organic toys are better for the environment
Toys made from organic cotton, wood and bamboo are more durable than other materials, so less materials are used over time. Plus they are all recyclable, so they can be turned into new toys.
They also replenish faster than other materials, especially bamboo, which grows back in only three years. This means we need less land to produce the same amount of material, leaving other land open and healthy.
Furthermore, pesticides and insecticides aren’t used on organic materials, so these chemicals aren’t making their way into the soil and water systems or poisoning local flora and fauna.
3. Organic toys improve your child’s mental health
Plastic toys with lights, sounds and moving parts can overwhelm children. It can be too much information for them to process. They might abandon the toy or learn how to tune out the stimulation.
Organic toys are far simpler. They’re quieter, designed better and more inviting. Your child won’t fear experimenting with his organic toy because it doesn’t overstimulate him. This is especially true for young babies who are drawn to simple toys with some weigh to them rather than complex plastic toys.
4. Organic toys stimulate children’s creativity and imagination
Organic toys don’t come with batteries. They foster open-ended play. Children can play with them however they wish, which stimulates their minds. Toys like stuffed animals and blocks can be played with multiple different ways, whereas a complex plastic playset (that relates to a video game or TV show) can only be played with one way.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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