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Product Safety for Children's Toys
First, a little about product safety. The last thing any caregiver wants is to find out that the toys their child plays with contain harmful metals or chemicals that could have a lasting impact on their development. Companies have come a long way from straight up using lead paint to brighten them, but there are many many toys and products that still contain lead, cadmium, mercury, and other harmful materials.
While it might not seem like a big deal for kids to be touching these products, just think about how many toys go straight to their mouth, or, how often they touch toys, then go straight to eating something and licking their fingers. Although I hope that it is well known that babies and toddlers should NEVER be playing with/chewing on keys, it is not always as clear what toys are safe vs. unsafe. I hope to share toy ideas here to remove some of the guess work for you!
You can find information about the EWG on my post Safe Products for Babies, Kids, and Mamas which is extremely helpful. You can search so many different products through their site to check the overall safety level (including a breakdown of each ingredient).
I would also recommend signing up to receive updates via email from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If you scroll part-way down their homepage you'll find a "Choose Your Recall Emails" link to subscribe to updates.
All of the toys below, we have in our home. I'm only sharing the toys that my kiddo enjoys herself and we've found worth the purchase!
You can click directly on each image to see more about the product directly on Amazon.