Dana wants to know: "All of the toy recalls, toxic toy news, lead paint issues, etc that have been in the news lately are making me worry about what my daughter has been exposed to. Today, her favorite toy, Einstein Baby Blocks, were recalled, and I know she has had those in her mouth. How do other parents keep up with all the recalls and proactively keep their kids from being exposed to dangerous toys? We are freaking out!" You aren't the only one freaking out. Below, a few ideas.
We have a friend who bought lead paint test kits and tested all of her children's toys and furniture. It was laborious and a bit expensive, but worth it for her peace of mind. She reports that 2 toys tested positive for lead paint - one was a hand-me-down, and one was bought at an independent crafts fair, so remember that hand made doesn't always translate into 'safe'. If you really want some grim reading, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission publishes toy recalls, as well as great information on all recalled products. Maybe the trick is to investigate where you purchase stuff for the kids, and look for stores that are committed to child safety, greener living, and organic solutions. We are personally fond of Ethic Baby, and are always scouting for others. AT readers, how are you handling all this scary news - how are you keeping your home and nursery safe for your kids?