Toxic toys could be banned in California

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Toys

Some alarming accusations about the potentially devastating effects of an ingredient in plastic baby toys have provoked debate and a potential ban in California.

California may become the first state in America to ban baby toys that some say are filled with toxic chemicals. "Phthalates" are chemicals used to soften plastic, but some say they are dangerous. In fact, some safety advocates claim that the chemical can cause such long term danger as hormonal defects, reproductive defects and "other problems we don't know about."

Some scientists are opposed to the bill that would ban the toys, noting that phthalates have been proven safe and that any claim to the contrary is simply "fear mongering."

It might be fear mongering, but I'll still stick to wooden toys, just in case.

A state vote is expected in the next two weeks.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.