Monday, December 8, 2008

PLEASE contact your representative...

Some well-meaning legislation could very soon mean that we will no longer have access to safe, small-business toys (and possibly clothes and more) in the USA.

Please click here to see information and find out how to contact your representative. I am sending letters right now!

I was really hoping this was going to blow over, but it seems it really could threaten our ability to buy toys such as Selecta (they've said they won't sell in the USA anymore! Waaah!) and small local toymakers' wares. This is ridiculous. They are going to shut down the ability to sell and exist of those toymakers who have already long been vigilant about toy safety, via a law that's meant to deal with Hasboro and the others who keep making toxic toys in China.

We are so close to finally having good basic laws in our country about toy safety, and this comes along... it is so frustrating! I might have to get Auntie M to stock up on European toys by the end of her year abroad, if this really puts and end to this kind of toy being available here. Unbeleivable! We can sell toy jewelry with lead in it that can KILL a kid, but now we're making a law that can screw with companies as careful about children's safety as Selecta?

Okay, I'm off to letter-write!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

This is why I still kind of want a Dreamer Design Park Avenue...

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...if I ever need to push another lil baby. Mostly I say, just wear them! But it's sad, sad, sad to see so many tiny babies just staring off into space at the mall or wherever.

I'm going to go cuddle my baby and help her off to dreamland!

Here we go again

It's still dangerous in toyland!

One in three toys is toxic, says a not very scientific but still scary enough for me as a mommy, study by the Ecology Center. Don't forget about the awesome, growing site HealthyToys.org. They just updated for this year.

The new laws (yay, California, for leading the way in healthy toys, if totally destroying equal rights) that will force toy makers to make safer toys don't take effect until next year, and there could be toxic stock on the shelves for a while yet. Don't get me started on the lack of fair trade for most of this stuff, too. And the play jewelry is downright deadly, it seems!

Once again, it's best to follow the points of Healthy Toys, which I've seen listed in tons of magazines the past few months, and stick with natural materials like organic cotton, wool, natural rubber, and renewable wood. This tends to lead to more open-ended, imaginative, active toys, anyway. We're still trying to not overload on toys but rather amp up on play, but I do want to encourage Sophie's development in certain ways. So we're working on our list, checking in twice (and a third time for toxins!).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Best. FOD. Ever.

This is the best thing I've seen from Funny or Die. All star cast!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die