Ever since Sylar got diagnosed with Autism, Jered and I have started to be more cautious about the things we have around our children. Having an autistic child means many, many lifestyle changes. So for Sylar that means, gluten free diet, no artificial dyes or sweeteners, all organic foods, non-toxic toys and products, etc. I couldn’t help but think, “why did it take this for us to realize that we should be more aware of what we use for/give to our children?”
That being said, natural are something I wanted to talk about. There are many reasons why natural toys are preferred over plastic ones.
- Natural toys allow open-ended play. In other words, it allows the child to stimulate their mind by using their imagination to use the object in many ways, than just the intended use of most battery operated plastic toys.
- Battery operated toys can often be over stimulating. Stimulation is very important to us, especially with Sylar’s diagnosis. With a battery operated plastic toy, there is a lot of stimulation, which can often make it hard for a child to transition to other activities. With natural toys, it is obvious that the child will be much calmer, focused and easier to transition.
- Plastic toys can cause health problems. CHECnet.org stated that, “phthalates are added to PVC (polyvinyl chloride) to make toys soft and flexible. Some phthalates have been linked to cancer, kidney and liver damage, harm to developing reproductive organs, and premature breast development in baby girls. Inhaling these chemicals can also worsen asthma in children. Phthalates are not bonded to the plastic, but can migrate, or leach out.”
- When a child is small, they tend to constantly put things into their mouths. With these things being non-organic toys/products, that can be detrimental.
- Natural toys, such as organic wood and bamboo last much, much longer.
I know that can seem very overwhelming, and believe me it was for me at first. Now a change like this doesn’t happen overnight. You have to slowly implement the changes. For every new wooden toy I bought, I got rid of a plastic one. I even got rid of plastic toys that I noticed Sylar didn’t even play with anymore. And if you can’t get organic wood, wood is still always better than plastic. If you want to try this out, these are my top 4 places to get your 100% organic, wooden toys for your children:
- Little Sapling Toys: The reason I like them so much, is for every wooden toy they make, the plant a tree! You can find them on Etsy or at http://www.littlesaplingtoys.com
- Little Cottonwood: They have the most popular toys. From cars, to airplanes, the musical instuments! You can find them at http://www.littlecottonwood.co
- J and P Wood Products: I’m not sure if their wood is organic, but this is where I got Sylar’s awesome name puzzle! You can find them on Etsy by searching, “JandPWoodProducts”.
- Ah! Natural Baby: I had a friend of mine send Milarose a teether from them, and I must say, not only are the products wellmade, they are 100% natural and are very affordable! You can find them on Etsy by searching, “AhNaturalbaby”.