More lead contamination in children's products, including dishes, toys, and glue stick caps.
The lead recalls have changed the way I buy toys--for the better. We put an instant moratorium on Grandma's favorite treat: the fast food kids meal. I may let a little spoiling slide, but if there's a possibility of lead in those cheap painted toys, I can shoot them down without a second thought.
Really, I should be grateful for the lead recalls! Rule out painted cartoon characters on everything we buy, and we've just removed a huge source of marketing to our children.
We shouldn't have to follow each detailed recall list for common sense about lead. Here are my new personal guidelines for buying toys:
- No plastic items with paint applied to the surface.
- No wooden toys painted in China. Period. (Still thinking about getting rid of all painted wood toys after the Thomas fiasco.)
- No plastic baby dish sets or cups.
- No ceramic tea sets or cups unless made in the US or England.
- No cheap jewelry.
If I come to your Dora-and-Diego strewn house, I won't judge. Promise. But in my own home, the temptation to pick up more yard sale toys just became a lot easier to resist.
From the archives: Which toys are worth keeping?