Kid Product Safety: What you might have forgot about
The issue of safety when it comes to one’s children has probably crossed the average mother’s mind thousands of times a day. Thus the safety of kid’s products certainly won’t be a new concern. Your eyes are probably used to scanning the details of every item being purchased and brought into the house and into your child's arms. Today, we wanted to focus on less common tactics that you can use to ensure you are selecting the safest range of toys and products for your children.
1. Take extra caution when purchasing second-hand goods
A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study revealed that nearly 70 percent of resale stores sold at least one hazardous product. Thus, when it comes to buying things for your children through avenues such as thrift shops or garage sales, you must be extra careful they are not broken or previously recalled.
2. Product Recall
Check the CPSC Recall list to see if any of your child’s products have ever been recalled, which would indicate that the items have been shown to cause harm or an increased risk to your child's safety.
3. Toy Safety
When it comes to your kids’ toys in particular, there are are a range of specific risks to take into consideration. Most importantly, you should look at for these materials and avoid them if possible: Lead, PVC and Phthalates, Bisphenols, Flame Retardant Chemicals and Formaldehyde. These toxic materials have been proven to cause a variety of negative health issues in children, including nerve damage, exacerbating asthma and disrupting hormone production. Instead, try and focus on purchasing solid wooden toys that have water-based pigments.
Pay close attention to both the materials and the mattress wrapping protocol when purchasing a mattress for your child. Mirroring the list from the previous point, the materials should most definitely be non-toxic and organic if possible. Avoid flame retardants, PVC and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) at all costs.
Whether these simply act as a reminder, or taught you something new, we hope this helps alleviate some stress when considering what you're letting into your household and into your child's hands!