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I am trying to decide the best route to go for toys for my toddler. I have always bought wood toys, but now that we are looking at furniture for her doll there is the problem of toys being made with MDF, which is a composite wood that most often uses toxic resin, which poses a risk of formaldehyde off-gassing. Are plastics toxic to the touch? I know about the safety issues surrounding plastics and food/drink/teething. Any thoughts?
 

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I am really interested in this as well...we were at a friend's house and my almost 2 year old LOVED the Duplo (big Leggo) blocks he had. I have avoided plastic toys up to now, but he is done with the everything-in-the-mouth stage. The all wooden toys are getting kinda boring for him...he plays with his blocks and wooden animals, but really, I'd like him to have some variety. He's big on "how things work" so I'm not at all surpised he loved the Duplo's.<br><br>
Anyway, I want to minimize plastic but I don't have a need to be a total purist if the actual risk is extrememely low given that he won't be mouthing these toys or eating/drinking out of them....thoughts?
 

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for the doll is is big or small? i have a graco set that has very little plastic in it mostly the seat and tray for the high chair. there is lots of wooden strollers but i dont have one because they dont fold <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
i feel that we have to choose what ones are wood and what can be plastic we have the lego's (there is no wood counterpart). there is some amazing plastic toys lego's, playmobile, outdoor toys. i think as long as it is not in their mouths and most toy are not plastic i think we are doing good in this day and age<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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We do mostly wooden/cloth toys, especially for inside, but we do do Legos and other plastic toys - as long as they aren't Made in China!! So, that leaves you with lots of made in USA/Europe/canada options: Legos, Megablocks, some Little Tikes & Step2, American Plastic Toys Company, Playmobile, etc <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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i think composite woods are worse than plastic but that is just my opinion. formaldehyde is nasty. and can easily be sucked out of toys, as in my daughter chewing on a melissa and doug puzzle. i won't buy new plastic toys but occasionally i will buy used at a yard sale. check out plan toys. totally green, totally non toxic.......
 
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