The Danger of Exposing Your Baby to Plastic Toys

Photography: Mini Lolo

By Lola Lange


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 them a healthy start in life.

But your research might not alert you to the deceptive danger they are 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).

See next page for more information on PVC and BPA and find a safer alternative…

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