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Non-toxic Gift Guide for Kids

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Kids are the most fun to shop for, but often picking up a magazine or shopping online can be overwhelming. As a family, we are trying to limit our chemical exposure on a daily basis. The holidays are no different.

When shopping for toys, there are things to keep in mind. Less is more, and keep it chemical free! According to the Tot, there are several chemicals that need to be avoided. They have a full list on their website:

Harmful Phthalates Many phthalates are known endocrine disruptors associated with asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. Bisphenols (BPA + BPS) Bisphenols mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, and obesity. BPA is an especially dangerous endocrine disruptor since even small amounts of this chemical have been shown to cause serious reproductive damage, especially when the exposure occurs in utero. PVC PVC, also known as polyvinyl chloride, or vinyl, is an incredibly toxic chemical that is harmful to our bodies and to the environment right from the production phase through to disposal. It contains additives like phthalates, lead, cadmium, organotin that are quite toxic and have been linked to asthma, allergies, reproductive problems and cancer. Lead & Other Heavy Metals Exposure to heavy metals can cause nerve damage, learning and behavioral problems, reproductive damage and irreversible brain damage.

Hearth & Hand Magnolia makes the cutest wooden toys this year. From their little farm animals, to their wooden treehouse, they are sure to sell out if they haven’t already. Target will no longer ship the majority of the toys, due to their low stock, but many of them can be found on Amazon, or for resale in wooden toy Facebook groups.

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