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Lead and Phthalate-free Toys for Christmas

View update here.

Last updated: September 29, 2008

Because Christmas is right around the corner and the new bill protecting children from lead and phthalates will not go into effect until February 20, 2009, I am taking it upon myself to search for safe toys for Christmas 2008.

Here is the list I have come up with and will continue to add to it as I find new toys that meet the standards of being lead and phthalate free. If a toy has any of these toxins, I will not list them. I also did my best to steer clear of anything that contains BPA. Please note there are millions and millions of toys out there, so this is in no way a comprehensive list. If you are aware of another toy that is free of ALL lead, phthalates and BPA, please comment (along with a website or other evidence you may have if available) and I will add it to the list. Also, I will not list the obvious, like stuffed animals or books, but will do my best to include the obvious categories.

Also, some companies do have toys made with phthalate-free PVC. I have listed these and made a note by those toys. Although it would be great to avoid PVC altogether, as PVC can contain lead. 

Most of the products are linked so you can read reviews, get more information and even purchase online.

Brands who are promising that all their toys are lead and phthalate free:
Edushape
Haba
Kids Give
Lamaze Baby Toys
Lego Systems 
Little Tykes 
Lisa LeLeu 
Melissa & Doug (wood and plush toys) 
Mudpuppy 
Plan Toys 
Publications International 
Sckoon 
Step 2 
Tiny Love 
Under the Nile  

Art supplies/Crafts
(note: many art supplies, including Play Doh, contain trace amounts of arsenic. I did not list these products in the list. Unfortunately, it makes for a shorter list)
Melissa and Doug Deluxe Easel
Melissa and Doug Paints
KidKraft Deluxe Easel

Blocks
Mega Blocks
Legos   (all systems including Duplo)
Edushape (They had these at my daughter’s daycare and they are great! They are flexible so perfect for toddlers just learning to play with connecting type blocks.)
Kapla Wood Building Set

Dolls
Babipouce Grenadine – 12″ Cloth Doll by Corolle 
Tidoo Bright Doll, bath doll that really floats! by Corolle (my daughter is getting this for C-mas — this doll is BEAUTIFUL)
All Dolls by Corolle, including Tidoo, Calin, Chouquette Eva, and Poupette Lili  These dolls are all just BEAUTIFUL
Sandwich Striped Cat Doll by Blabla

Games
Hasbro Bamboo Matching game (I saw at Wal-Mart, but cannot find online anywhere. It’s cute though.)

Kitchen Sets
Guidecraft Deluxe Kitchen 
Guidecraft Wooden Kitchen
Plan Toys Kitchen Center
Plan Toys Kitchen Set
Pink stove top by Plan Toys and Red stove top
Dishwasher
by Plan Toys
Refrigerator
by Plan Toys
Melissa and Doug Classic Deluxe Kitchen


Musical Instruments
Pine wood train whistle, maple and Marks
Hohner harmonica, Rosie’s Hippo
Melissa and Doug Band in a Box

Push/Pull Toys
Bird Family Pull Toy, Rosie’s Hippo
Trotto Wooden Push Toy by Selecta
Mini Pull along Giraffe by Sevi

Play Food/Cookware
Alex Toys Deluxe Cooking Set
Bambu Kids Cooking Utensils
Erzi play food: Erzi Assorted Vegetables Box; Erzi Assorted Fruit Box; Erzi Assorted VegetablesErzi Assorted Fruit; Erzi Assorted Fruit Box Tropical FruitsErzi Assorted Tropical Fruits 
Learning Resources – Made of PVC and polyethylene, but is lead and phthalate free
Lunch With Friends” wood tea party set by Djeco
Melissa and Doug: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Play Food – 10 Piece Set; Melissa & Doug Sandwich making set; Melissa and Doug Deluxe Wooden Spice Rack Set; Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box
Melissa and Doug Food Groups; Melissa and Doug Pizza Party; Melissa and Doug Birthday Cake; Sushi 
Plan Toys: Fruit and Vegetables, Breakfast Menu (with tray), Birthday Cake with candles, Vegetable pairs 
Plan Toys Toaster
Plan Toys Microwave
Shopping cart by Plan Toys
Cookware set by Plan Toys
Tableware set by Plan Toys
Tupperware Childs Kids Mini Baking Set
Tupperware Kids Cake Taker, Plates, & Spatula
Tupperware Kids Mini Party Set with Mini Cake Taker

Playmat (Infant Activity Mat)
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe – Lights & Music  

Pretend Play (castles, playhouses, dollhouses, etc.)
Dragonstone Castle With Inhabitants  by Haba
Neat & Tidy Cottage by Step2 (my daughter LOVES this house)
Plan Toys Country Barn
Plan Toys Wood barn
Plan Toys Chalet Dollhouse with furniture
Plan Toys My First Dollhouse
Plan City Parking Garage
Plan Terrace Dollhouse
Plan Toys Contemporary Dollhouse
Plan Toys Victorian Dollhouse (I want this one!)
Plan Toys Modern Dollhouse
Colonial Dollhouse by Plan Toys
Dollhouse furniture by Plan Toys
Princess Castle by Melissa and Doug
Folding Midevil Castle by Melissa and Doug 
Dolls for Melissa and Doug Play Castles

Puzzles
Clutching Puzzle Sunny Land by haba 
Melissa & Doug wood sound puzzles

Riding Toys
Arabian Rocking Horse by Plan Toys 
Pony rocking horse by Plan Toys
Sports Car by Plan Toys (this is super cute!)
Trike Rider by Brio

Sports/Interactive
Wooden Bowling Set by Sevi 
Ball Track Roll ‘N Roll ‘N Roll by Haba  

Stacking Toys
Witty Worm Stacker, Rosie’s Hippo
Wooden Rainbow Stacking Tower, Nunoorganic
Rocky Color Cone, Holgate Toys 

Teethers for Baby
Please see my post here: BPA and phthalate free teethers and rattles

Trains, Vehicles and other accessories
Alex Activity Mat
Brio
Maple and Marks
Melissa and Doug 
Plan Toys
Super City Wooden Railways from Heros! 

Companies with no phthalates (PVC) – Note: I have not yet determined if they are making the same claim for being lead-free. Also note that not all Evenflo, Gerber or Sassy products are BPA free.
Brio 
Chicco 
Evenflo 
Gerber 
International Playthings
Sassy 

Watch for these companies:
Leap Frog (Phthalate-free; some toys contain PVC; most packaging in boxes) 
Manhattan Toy (Use phthalate-free PVC)
Vtech (Use phthalate-free PVC) 
Sassy (Use phthalate-free PVC (since 2000), working to eliminate BPA and eventually, PVC) 
Fisher Price (Frequently use PVC (including teething rings), only toys for kids under age 3 are phthalate-free)
Mattel (Frequently use PVC) 
Playskool (Frequently use PVC)
Baby Einstein /Disney /Kids II (Frequently use PVC)
KidKraft (Claims all painted toys will have some amount of lead, anything wood is fine)
Especially for Baby @ Babies R Us (Geoffrey Inc.) (Frequently use PVC, including teething rings)

Gaming Consoles
XBox and Playstation 3 contain high levels of phthalates, though they are NOT considered toys so will not be affected by the new law banning phthalates in children’s products. Read more about it here.

Another cool site with eco-friendly toys is http://www.euphoriababy.com/

Please check back as I will be updating this post until Christmas is here! Happy shopping!

For more information or to research specific toys not listed, visit these sites:
http://www.healthytoys.org/product.searchtype.php
http://toyportfolio.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/update-complying-companies/
 
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Fit & Fresh introduces LivPure filtered water bottle, BPA Free

What a cool idea. This little portable water filter allows you to fill up a reusable water bottle with tap water anywhere and the water is filtered as you drink. The filter removes up to 50% of chlorine and inhibits bacteria, mold and mildew growth. Also, by using this reusable bottle, you are reducing the amount of plastic water bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill, plus you’ll save money from not buying bottled water.

The LivPure Filtered Water Bottle is made of low density polyethylene so is safe and is BPA-free. It holds 20 oz of water and the filter lasts to 75 gallons. The bottle is easy to clean, just remove the filter and pop in the dishwasher. Rinse the filter in water. Pretty easy.

This water bottle would be ideal for traveling, the gym, office, construction or other outdoor work, running errands, or anywhere you may be thirsty!

The filter is not intended for salt water, rivers, lakes or flavored drinks.

This neat little water bottle is $12.99 and can be purchased here.  Filter replacements are $7.99 and can be purchased here.

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Silicone bottles: the latest in BPA-free bottles

I had heard about a silicone baby bottle and thought, what in the world is that? So I Googled it (like I do everything!) and it sounds very interesting! The Innobaby Silicone bottle is derived from safe, natural ingredients like pebbles and sand and grow with your baby. This bottle will be available January 2009.

In poking around, I saw on The Soft Landing blog that Momo is also coming out with a silicone baby bottle in October, so just a few short weeks. And Nuby is coming out with a silicone bottle in January 2009 as well.

Check back and I will post when these are available and where to buy.

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Which Sassy products are BPA-free?

Sassy recently cleared up which of their products were BPA-free and which were not. Previously they had claimed certain products did not contain BPA and turns out some of them did. So which ones really are safe?

Unfortunately, Sassy does not have a great list on their website like other companies do. Hopefully they will step it up and add this soon. However, The Soft Landing has created a list of safe, BPA-free Sassy products and posted it here.

Sassy products can be found at most discount retail stores or shop online for the best selection.

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Are Brita water pitchers BPA-free?

A lot of people are concerned about Brita’s water pictures in light of the BPA issue. After all, the containers are all hard, clear plastic, so it fits the description of typical polycarbonate containers. But, never fear, the folks at The Green Guide have done the research for us and found the containers are made of styrene methylmethacrylate copolymer, a safe material that does not contain BPA. 

Now, I can’t even pronounce all that, but Brita told The Green Guide they chose this material because it does not leach. The Green Guide also confirmed this claim with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), which performs extensive material safety tests. “The NSF states that Brita pitchers have been tested for material safety while in contact with “very aggressive water” (i.e. exposure to water with low total of dissolved solids and .5 ppm of available chlorine for three successive 24-hour periods) and have found no evidence of leaching.

Rick Andrews, the technical manager of the Drinking Water Treatment Unit Certification Program at the NSF, explains that when a company is seeking NSF certification for new container/filter system, NSF requires information about the constituents of the plastic and then tests for leachates they know are associated with those ingredients. Using acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) as an example, they would look for styrene and acrylonitrile leaching into the water. We asked about styrene leaching from the methylmethacrylate copolymer, and he assured us that any polymer that includes a styrene component would be tested for styrene leaching.“

They also got a second opinion from the FDA and got the same response.

You can read the entire article here.

Brita water pitchers can be found at many retail stores and online (my favorite way to shop).

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What Nuby products are BPA-free?

The Soft Landing has created a cheat sheet that sorts out the BPA chaos over Nuby’s products. I know trying to figure out which of their products are BPA-free or not has been a headache for many parents, including myself. I called them regarding which were BPA-free and which were not, and I swear the lady seemed just as confused as anyone. Thanks to the Soft Landing for helping sort this out! You can check it out here.

Nuby products are easy to find at most discount retail stores, baby stores and can be purchased online for the best selection.

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Which Munchkin products are BPA-free?

It’s difficult as a parent to just go to the store and buy a sippy cup, bottle, or other feeding device these days due to the potential the product contains BPA. Fortunately manufacturers are becoming wise and creating lists clarifying which products contain BPA and which do not. Munchkin has such a list on their website which can be found here.

Munchkin products are great in my opinion. I have never had a problem with any of their products I own. And they can easily be found in most discount retail stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Babies R Us, etc) or you can stay home and shop online and get them sent right to your door!

 

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Which Rubbermaid products are BPA free?

I have (well had) a few Rubbermaid containers and like many others, was concerned whether or not they contained BPA. I knew without researching anything, the stain shield containers did contain it, so I tossed that months ago.

And then I came across a page on Rubbermaid’s website that clearly defines which products contain BPA and which do not. Major kudos to Rubbermaid on creating this easy-to-read, and very comprehensive guide. You can review it here.

Rubbermaid is sold in most traditional discount stores, grocery stores or online.

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Which Tupperware products are BPA free?

I had a rep tell me that all Tupperware products were BPA-free, but this is not true! The good folks at Z Rec’s went through 15 hours of research, phone calls, emails, etc. and finally brought in a PR mediator before Tupperware would release the list of BPA-free and BPA-containing products. Seems a little suicidal of Tupperware to be that difficult about the sitaution.

Tupperware’s whole children’s line is BPA free, but there are some products that are not. You can read the whoe report here.

Tupperware is traditionally sold through a representative, but you can also purchase it online.

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Sassy clears up which products are BPA-free

I was just looking at Z Recs blog and noticed they had an update from Sassy on which of their products do and do not contain BPA. Z Recs had received several comments from readers where different websites listed certain Sassy products as BPA-free and others listed the same product as containing BPA. So they asked Sassy to clarify, thanks Z Recs!

Turns out, some products Sassy previously said were BPA-free are not. Dissapointing, yet kudos to Sassy for coming out and clarifying.

Here is the list. Z Rec’s blog also has an image of all these products on their blog.

The following items were previously reported by Sassy as BPA-free, but are now reported to contain BPA:

Feeding products

  • Snack Time Infa-Trainer Cup
  • Color Change Fork and Spoon
  • Color Change Infant Feeding Spoon
  • Extra Gentle Soft Tip Spoon
  • Flexi Grip Toddler Spoon and Fork
  • Ideal Temp Feeding Spoon
  • EZ Grip Feeding Bowls with utensils

Bath Toys

  • Soft Ducky
  • Squirting Sea Pals
  • Boogie Board Buddy

The following additional items were previously reported to ZRecs as being free of PVC, but actually contain it (although they are still reported to be free of phthalates as well as BPA):

  • Bathtime Kitchen Sink
  • Car Wash
  • Counting Bath Time Bucket
  • Gator Boat
  • Snap and Squirt Sea Creatures

Two items were not included in this materials list, and ZRecs is seeking confirmation of their status:

  • Gummy Guppy Teether
  • Al-i-Sorter
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