When it comes to your kids, you'll go to any lengths to ensure their health and safety. And there is a reasonable assumption that the toys you buy them have been tested and met certain standards before they ever go to market. So when you here about scares like kids getting sick from toys that contain toxic elements (like leaded paint, for example) you may start to wonder if you can really trust the toy industry at all. How could they sell such products knowing that they might lead to illness, injury, or even death for innocent children? Are a handful of kids nothing more than an acceptable loss? Is their payday more important than a child's life? The long and short of it is that you could be on the lookout for ways to ensure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the toys you give your children are not going to cause them harm. And there are a variety of ways you can go about finding products that are going to provide your children with hours of fun, without the threat of toxic elements.
The first thing you might want to do is look into the eco-friendly options. There is a whole movement out there centered on toys that are made from sustainable, natural, and non-toxic products that are safer and healthier for kids. You can find them at shops that cater to an eco-friendly and organic crowd, but you may also want to look for local artisans in your area as a way to take your green efforts to the next level. However, if you're unable to locate such options nearby, you might want to check out the wares on Etsy. A search on this online craft commune will net you tons of result for wooden toys, stuffed animals made from organic textiles, and even eco-friendly games and puzzles. Keep in mind that anything labeled “organic” must meet strict government guidelines (unlike items that are labeled as “natural”, for example).
Of course, the market for green products has grown to the extent that even mainstream retailers, especially those in the online arena, are now offering eco-friendly options across every industry, and that includes toys and games for kids. You might be surprised that even Amazon has listings for toys that are specifically billed as non-toxic. And of course, there are websites like PlanetHappyToys.com that offer a wealth of options for parents seeking safe toy options, including dolls, puppets, blocks, and books, just for example.
The real problem for most parents is that the top toys are unlikely to fall into the green category. And your kids want the toys that they see on TV and that their friends are playing with. Luckily, you can find ways to keep your kids happy without compromising their health or safety where toys are concerned. By exercising due diligence when it comes to reading product reviews and even checking in with the Better Business Bureau you should be able to find toys that meet your standards for safety and still satisfy your children. You don't want to have to worry about the health of your children in connection to your toys, so finding non-toxic options is essential. And there are many toys that will meet your requirements if you're willing to do some legwork.