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After finding out the balls that are coming with a pop-up ball pit DS is getting for Christmas are made of PVC, I started researching the internet. "PVC" set off a little bell in my head that said, "Hey...I don't think that is safe!" Everything I've been reading talks about "soft" PVC, so I'm not sure. These are hard plastic balls.<br><br>
I had already posted on here to ask for alternatives (tennis balls and felted wool balls were suggested) but I was considering letting him play with the ones that came with it until I learned how to make felted balls.<br><br>
I'm thinking maybe that's not a good idea and I should just chunk them from the beginning. Am I right? We're not a completely no plastic family, but I don't want to knowingly bring something harmful into our home for DS to play with.<br><br>
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I used to work for a place that builds septic systems and whatnot...they use PVC pipe pretty much exclusively. It's hard...but it can be soft.<br><br>
Yes, it is bad in any form...i can't say we are PVC free though...DD is obsessed with my little ponies...and they are PVC. It is her only PVC toy though - and i told her we aren't going to be buying anymore (unless she gets rid of one first) because i don't want my house filled with toxins...more than it probably already is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I can't take them away because she adores them. It's pretty much the only thing she plays with...but i do with i wouldn't have bought them in the first place...so my recommendation would be if you are already having second thoughts...don't get it (or return it) cause once your kids LOVE it...it's so hard to get rid of.
 

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Thanks! In the meantime I can just go buy a bunch of tennis balls to tide me over until I can learn to make the felted wool ones right? (which with my crafting skill level will be a LOOOONG time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )<br><br>
He's already played with the ball pit at our neighbor's house and absolutely loved it, so I really want him to have it...but I want him to have safer balls for it.<br><br>
eta: Ooh, I just thought...maybe a bunch of play silks/scarves would be fun for him in there?
 

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Oh and can I ask you a semi-related question since you said you worked at a septic system place? How is PVC piping in our houses safe if toys are not? I was wondering about that when I started researching PVC.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks! In the meantime I can just go buy a bunch of tennis balls to tide me over until I can learn to make the felted wool ones right? (which with my crafting skill level will be a LOOOONG time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )<br><br>
He's already played with the ball pit at our neighbor's house and absolutely loved it, so I really want him to have it...but I want him to have safer balls for it.<br><br>
eta: Ooh, I just thought...maybe a bunch of play silks/scarves would be fun for him in there?</div>
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Actually...if it is a blow up ball pit...it is the pit part is PVC as well..
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh and can I ask you a semi-related question since you said you worked at a septic system place? How is PVC piping in our houses safe if toys are not? I was wondering about that when I started researching PVC.</div>
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Well...i just assembled the stuff - but the PVC in pipes is just as bad as in toys - although, from what my dad tells me (he builds houses for low income people) the PVC pipes are usually the "outflow" and not used for inflow (drinking water).<br><br>
Although if you live in a really old house you could have other issues due to old metal pipes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So what about those marshmallow shooters that are all the rage now? those are made from PVC pipes.</div>
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Huh? I haven't seen one of those...but i mostly shop online for toys - and have a girl - so that may be why <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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It's not blow up. It's a mesh fabric pop-up tent. Kind of like a laundry hamper. Let me go look at it and see if I can see what it's made of now that you say that, though.<br><br>
Jeez! Who'd have thought it would be so hard to get your kid fun safe toys for Christmas? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well...i just assembled the stuff - but the PVC in pipes is just as bad as in toys - although, from what my dad tells me (he builds houses for low income people) the PVC pipes are usually the "outflow" and not used for inflow (drinking water).<br><br>
Although if you live in a really old house you could have other issues due to old metal pipes.</div>
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Thanks! I live in a newer house (3 years or so) but I wondered about the PVC. We actually don't drink the tap water, anyway...I usually buy jugs of spring water. Which are in plastic DOH! Our tap water tastes like crap though.
 

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Okay it says "Polyester with nylon bindings, mesh, polyethylene floor"<br><br>
Hmmm...polyethylene doesn't sound too great. Off to Google that now.<br><br>
I've seen the marshmallow guns...beware! I was warned that the marshmallows become a sticky mess because of the small amount of saliva that gets in there. They are a better outdoor toy than indoor so I hear!<br><br>
eta: Looks like Polyethylene is okay according to a few articles (including a Mothering one!) So I just need to fix the ball problem. Boy, do I have a lot of balls to felt! Hope I don't screw them up and they turn out egg shaped <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Huh? I haven't seen one of those...but i mostly shop online for toys - and have a girl - so that may be why <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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I don't want to be raining on the situation even more, but I thought that I read that tennis balls can sometimes have lead in them too - because of the yellow.<br><br>
I am so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: trying to keep on top of safe toys that fit in our limited budget.
 

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Your unfiltered tap is likely safer to drink than the water that's been stewing in a plastic jug.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't want to be raining on the situation even more, but I thought that I read that tennis balls can sometimes have lead in them too - because of the yellow.<br><br>
I am so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: trying to keep on top of safe toys that fit in our limited budget.</div>
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Thanks...well crap...what do I do until I can felt him some wool balls? I wonder if other colors of tennis balls are okay? I need to have a wool ball felting party! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Your unfiltered tap is likely safer to drink than the water that's been stewing in a plastic jug.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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LOL, yeah...that's what the DOH was for. I think I better start drinking the filtered water out of the fridge. I still hate the taste, though. I'll cut it with juice to make it tolerable I guess! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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