Is there hidden PVC in your baby's toys?
Even though some manufacturers claim that PVC/Vinyl without phthalates is not harmful, many experts question its safety. The best bet is to look for toys that are 100% PVC-free. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Phthalates are found in many leading baby products. Studies have shown that phthalates can damage:
o the liver
o the kidneys
o the lungs
o the reproductive system
Manufacturers use PVC plasticizers so toys have more resilience to them, and do not break while being played with. There are a few toy manufacturers who sell toys free of phthalates, but not many that sell products that are free of PVC.
There are other sneaky places PVC may be hiding in your baby's toys - for instance just because you’ve chosen a cloth doll, does not mean your choice is free of PVC.
If the doll is stuffed with plastic pellets, pay attention to what those pellets are made from. Some are made from PE pellets (which are free of PVC and safe for use in the home), others are made from PVC pellets. PE stands for polyethylene, and PVC stands for polyvinylchloride.
Please read your label, or if you need to, contact your toy’s manufacturer directly. VUPbaby's toys and products are 100% PVC, Phthalate and BPA free - ensuring that your baby and child have the healthiest start in life.
For instance, take the Lanka Kade doll (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/
The doll is covered in sturdy handloom cotton and it is filled with polyethylene pellets, ensuring that should your adventurous child make it through the outer layer(!) the filler is totally harmless.
Bath Toys are often a cause of concern for parents, since many contain PVCs and leak toxins when they are placed in warm or hot water. VUPbaby stock a great range that are guaranteed to be 100% PVC-free.
These Boon Ducks (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/
Newborn toys are always a cause for concern for most parents. Once successfully grasped in baby’s hand, they are going in only one place – the mouth!
In order to feel confident that your child is only putting the toy in their mouth and not PVC-related toxins, check that your supplier, like VUPbaby, sells products with a guarantee of safety. Check out the Selecta Girali grasping toy (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/
Finally, do you know a child that won’t want to play with this fantastic tea set?! The Green Toys 17-piece Tea Set (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/
Enjoy a cup of imaginary tea, safe in the knowledge that every sip is 100% PVC-free!