Did you know that toy sales in the U.S. a few years ago reached $22 billion! That’s in just one year. Wow. A huge industry. And, when you consider that kids used to go outside and climb trees for fun, it’s relatively new. But how many of those toys are made with potentially harmful chemical materials? Probably a pretty hefty portion.
If you’re looking for safe gifts for a new baby, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) staff recently added a baby to their extended family and they did a little research to find gifts for the new addition. Fortunately, they passed their research onto us. Talk about a time saver!
Here’s their list of suggestions, along with EWG’s special Amazon.com links, where you can get good deals, and have a portion of what you spend go to EWG to support what they’re doing – which is immensely helpful to parents and children everywhere. Check out these products:
BPA-free baby bottles, in case you need to use plastic
A natural wood, unpainted rattle, which could do double duty as a teether
A wonderful Dr. Seuss board book to get an early start on teaching the baby the alphabet
Organic cotton onesies, cozy and safe, and also high on the list of required items
All of these gifts are something that parents really need and appreciate. None are expensive, and all are good for girls and boys!
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, consider getting a Naturepedic organic crib mattress, a baby pillow, or bedding. All made with the healthiest, non-allergenic materials – no potentially toxic fumes off-gassing into the air the baby breathes. What parents wouldn’t appreciate that!?