How to Choose Friendly Plastic Toys
While some dangerous chemicals are still being used today in toy manufacturing, most manufacturers are following the trend set by the European Union and are no longer using BPA, PVCs, and other dangerous chemicals in their toy production. To ensure that a toy is free of these chemicals, look for clear labels that state "BPA Free" or "PVC Free". If it doesn't state that it is free of these chemicals, then do not purchase it. Be sure to avoid purchasing older toys that were made before regulations began. For example, there may be BPA in any toys made before 2008.
If you'd rather avoid artificial toys all together, look for ones that are paint free and plastic free. There are some great companies out there that make simple, earth friendly toys such as toys made completely from wood or rubber. For example, Little Sapling Toys makes wooden tethers, blocks, development toys, cars, etc that are entirely paint free and made organic wood. For soft toys, look for toys made from natural rubber and food based paints such as Sophie the Giraffe made by Vulli. Toys made from natural rubber and wood will be naturally free of BPA and phtalates.
If you are aware of the dangers of plastic baby toys, you will be able to find friendly baby toys that will make your baby happy and keep them safe.