Why Wooden Toys Are Better Than Plastic
At one point in time wooden toys were a staple of every child’s toy box. However, if you’ve ever stepped into today’s big box toy stores you’ve undoubtedly found the shelves lined with row upon row of plastic toys while wooden toys are hardly to be seen.Toys made entirely or partly of plastic have become commonplace in nurseries and playrooms across North America. We’ve been told that brightly coloured plastic toys, and especially fancy ones with battery-powered music and lights, will stimulate our baby’s senses and encourage their development, but here are some reasons why you might want to consider wooden toys for your child instead.
Wooden Toys versus Plastic
So, why would you want to choose wooden toys for your nursery and playroom? Recent media attention has highlighted the dangers of chemicals used in the production and composition of plastic toys, chemicals like BPA, PVC and phthalates. These chemicals raise health concerns for young children whose bodies are still developing and especially babies. Babies have a tendency to play with toys by chewing or sucking on them so it is particularly important that the toys they are given are safe and free of harmful or questionable chemicals. So what choices do parents have in terms of toys that are safe and also developmentally appropriate? Wooden toys, especially toys made from solid, untreated wood do not contain these harmful chemicals.
Watch Out for Toys made from Pressed Wood and MDF
While wooden toys provide an alternative, not all wooden toys are created equal. Many commercially produced wooden toys tend to be manufactured from pressed wood or medium density fiberboard (MDF) that contain harmful adhesives often laden with formaldehyde. Commercially produced wooden toys also tend to be painted and sealed with polyurethane finishes which raise concerns about the levels of lead or other toxins in the paints or coatings.
Focus on Quality Wooden Toys
Quality is important when it comes to choosing wooden toys. Natural wooden toys made from solid, untreated hardwood are the best way to ensure the toys you give your child are safe and chemical free. Quality wooden toys – like the ones made by Treeclub Kids – are hand-crafted in a local workshop unlike many other toys that are manufactured in overseas factories. Our toys are made from solid, non-splintering hardwoods that are locally sourced and, are offered without finishes or finished with organic oils and beeswax to provide parents with peace of mind. Solid hardwood toys are a great investment because they tend to be durable and long-lasting. They don’t come with battery-powered sounds or flashing lights but are driven solely by your child’s imagination and they’re sturdy enough to withstand countless hours of play.
Play it Safe
Play is an important part of your child’s development so their toys should encourage their development without compromising their well being. When it comes to finding safe, educational toys for your child choose quality wooden toys, they provide a safer alternative.
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