According to the New York Times, a consumer advocacy group has found high concentrations of lead in vinyl toys like a Go Diego Go backpack. The article also mentions that Toys R Us stopped selling vinyl bibs last month.
I am somewhat less concerned about my older son getting lead poisoning than my baby, since the older one is pretty good about not putting toys is his mouth while everything goes into the baby’s mouth. Plus, I had my older son tested a few months ago and his levels were fine.
I can’t exactly toss out all of the toys in our house. It wouldn’t be practical and it wouldn’t be fair to our older son, who has grown quite attached to many of them. However, I think it may be time to do some serious purging.
We have hundreds of toys, most of which are tucked away in boxes because we cycle the toys so our son won’t get bored. Even though he will have fewer toys to play with and therefore he may indeed get bored more frequently, the peace of mind will be worth the resulting tantrums and effort required to entertain him. The only problem is, I can’t think of a way to be sure that any toy is safe, even if it’s made in the USA (or Europe or Japan, etc.).
Hat tip: The Consumerist.