Monday, July 26, 2010
A word (or several) about Fisher-Price
I have to say that part of me really doesn't want to recommend any products from Fisher-Price. I don't think they're the anti-christ or anything, but from everything I've read (for example, see here at safemama.com and
here at zrecs.com) it appears that they refuse to give anyone information about what's in their toys (materials/chemical-wise). So when concerned parents, like myself, want information regarding BPA, pvc, phthalates, etc, we are simply told something to the effect of "EVERYTHING'S SAFE! We comply with strict safety standards."
Well, that's not enough because (A) the current federal law doesn't protect our little ones, which is why The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 was introduced in the House last week; and (B) through some agreement, Mattel (parent company of F-P) is not even required to have their products tested by a third party for compliance. They do all of their testing in-house. Yeah, I'm not going to trust the word of a company that has been at the center of lead recalls and still has no appreciation for transparency.
That said, Fisher-Price toys continue to tempt me. I see them on the shelves and they look so fun. Nate has a few that he has received as gifts and he just loves them. I've decided to let him keep them because he loves them so much, I can't find any information regarding their possible toxicity and he doesn't suck on any of them. Life's a series of compromises, right?