Are Plastic Toys Safe?

We hear so many questions about the safety of plastic toys.  This says it’s free from BPA and phthalates, but what is it actually made of?

Our advice is this… If you have to have a PhD in chemistry to figure out what’s in a product designed for babies and small children, chances are your child shouldn’t be playing with it, chewing on it, or eating or drinking from it.

What Type Of Plastic Are Toys Made From?

The chemicals added to PVC make it the most toxic plastic. Just about every soft plastic toy is made with PVC.

One of the most harmful effects of plastic toys and the biggest safety risk with these toxins is that they can leach out – especially when babies or children put the toys in their mouths.

Since 2007 – the year of the lead toys recall – safety standards have improved. While it would make our lives easier to just know that products manufactured for babies and children are regulated, unfortunately, it’s still up to the parent to watch what comes into their homes and toy boxes.

So aside from buying all wooden toys, what can you do to make sure your child’s toys are safe?

Only allow your baby to teethe or chew on natural, uncoated wood or a frozen washcloth. Sign up for recall updates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).