Non-toxic Bath Time

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Bath-time for children is an important family ritual, not only for cleansing and cleaning the body but also for learning and social development.

Most children LOVE water! Add in some bubbles and toys and you have a multi-sensory playground for little ones!

Each night in our house, as soon as the word ‘bath’ gets mentioned I have two little naked kids running around with so much excitement!

Bath-time is a wonderful opportunity for parents to bond with their children and to share important skin to skin contact which enhances development and enriches communication. It’s a great way for them to learn cause and effect (think splashing!) and also helps to soothe and comfort your little ones before bed.

 

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As a mother of three young children I know how important it is to choose safe and non-toxic bath toys for my children.

Did you know that most bath toys are made using toxic chemicals such as BPA, PVC and phthalates that are known hormone disruptors and have been linked to cancer, and are called water and air pollutants by the EPA? Sadly, these toxic chemicals are not stable within the plastic, meaning they are free to leach out.

Here’s an overview of the chemicals:

Bisphenol A, (BPA) –  a chemical found in hard plastics which can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body.

Phthalates – are chemicals added to plastic toys to soften them. Phthalates exposure has been linked to:

  • Interference with the natural functioning of the hormone system
  • Asthma and other respiratory problems, rhinitis and eczema in children
  • Reproductive and genital defects
  • Premature birth and early onset of puberty
  • Risk factors for testicular cancer
  • Increased incidence of congenital genital malformations and spermatogenic dysfunction.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl)  – is a plastic chemical used in toy production. Because these chemicals are not tightly bound to the plastic, they can enter children’s bodies when the children chew or suck on the toys or the PVC  packaging that the toys come in.

Another concern is the build-up on mould inside toys which can be very toxic if swallowed by babies who tend to put everything into their mouths.

But the good news is that more and more manufacturers are starting to become aware of consumers concerns and offering safer alternatives.

So what should you look for when buying toys or bath products for your kids?

  1. Choose toys made from natural materials.
  2. If you are buying plastic then make sure it is BPA, PVC and phthalate FREE.
  3. Check paints and dyes are non-toxic.
  4. Make sure the toy has the CE mark and meets the relevant safety standards.

At Eco Toys we have done the research for you and found the top non-toxic, educational and sensory bath toys. We only sell toys that come from reputable toys companies that meet the above standards.

Here’s our guide to the 6 Top Non-Toxic Bath Toys for Kids;

1. Hevea Pond Rubber Bath Toys – These toys are made from pure, natural rubber and have no added colours or synthetics and no holes for water to sit in and mould to grow.

 

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2. Green Toys Tugboat – Made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that contain no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings.

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3. Boon Water Pipes – These fun and interactive water pipe toys are BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free.

 

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4. Green Toys Stacking Cups – Fun for scooping and stacking these cups are made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that contain no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings.

 

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5. NEW Sea Life Bath Set – Float, fill and watch them bubble under water. Made by Plan Toys using sustainable rubber wood and coated with a non-toxic finish, all colours are made from vegetable dye.

 

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6. NEW Plan Toys Coast Guard Boat – Made by Plan Toys using sustainable rubber wood and coated with a non-toxic finish, all colours are made from vegetable dye.

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References: Dr Sarah Lantz, Chemical Free Kids – Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World.

Nuture Parenting Magazine Toxic Toys article

 

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