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x-posted in toddler forum and mindful home management:<br><br>
hey all!!! I thought I would share the email that I just sent to anyone on my mailing list that I thought would be buying for a child. Maybe you can use it to enlighten someone who is buying for your LO.<br>
Feel free to copy and paste!!<br><br>
OK, I am sending this out to anyone on my mailing list who may be buying gifts for children this year. In light of the MANY recalls of toys made in China (MIC) due to lead paint, I have found some great places to buy safer toys. Many of these places cater to tree-huggers, but I figure, hey- consider the source<br>
So, here goes. Also keep in mind that these toys tend to be made in the US, Germany, Denmark or other European countries. Safety standards tend to be very high there, as they are in the US. Most of the time they are safer. Most of the time. I realize that there are some products that may be 'made' in one place but 'assembled' in others, but at least you are more likely to get safer toys this way. Also, you are going to pay a little more for these toys. That is what happens when you are paying for quality. Most of the toys found on these links will last multiple kids. And many are natural wood, no paint at all, some are not even varnished. Just sanded totally smooth.<br>
I hope you enjoy browsing the links, I enjoyed getting them together. If a link doesn't work, please let me know. Also, my disclaimer: I have not bought from these stores specifically, but found the links on my mothering.com message boards. So I don't know where they are shipping from, if shipping is expensive, etc.<br>
Have fun!!<br><br><a href="http://www.rosiehippo.com" target="_blank">www.rosiehippo.com</a><br><a href="http://www.kidbean.com" target="_blank">www.kidbean.com</a><br><a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com/safertoy07/" target="_blank">www.coolmompicks.com/safertoy07/</a><br><a href="http://www.imagiplay.com/" target="_blank">www.imagiplay.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.magiccabin.com" target="_blank">www.magiccabin.com</a><br><a href="http://www.oompa.com" target="_blank">www.oompa.com</a><br><a href="http://www.threesisterstoys.com/" target="_blank">www.threesisterstoys.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.youpayless.com" target="_blank">www.youpayless.com</a><br><a href="http://www.ourgreenhouse.com" target="_blank">www.ourgreenhouse.com</a>
 

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nice set of links! I don't plan on sedning out any more letters to family about what to buy/not to buy for our kids, as it has caused problems in the past.
 

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Great links, but I don't plan on sending out or talking with anyone else about it, as it hasn't done a darn thing. Dd just celebrated her second birthday, and we were inundated with brightly colored plastic toys with choking warnings. Not only did we get the toys we specifically asked not to get (I prefer no toys to plastic, they have enough anyway), but most everything had a warning label on it that dd was just too young. She's one of those kids who will find a way to choke on anything.<br><br>
I'm still kinda <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: at the thought of giving a 2 year old a set of plastic beads.
 

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that stinks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
MIL was very receptive, as has most of the family. except for one aunt who gave me the 'it may say where it's assembled but the parts are made in XYZ'.. so that's why i threw that in there...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
whatever, but that is also a reason that i worded it the way i did. so that people don't think that i am telling them what to buy for dd, but more of a PSA for anyone buying for kids!
 

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That is great. Unfortunately my family never really gives us an opportunity to say what we'd like. We just get tons of dollar store crap dumped upon us and then I am stuck with the issue of how to get rid of it! Can't even give most of it away, I wouldn't endanger someone else's kid! It usually goes straight in the trash <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Anyway, I've tried over the years to use all different excuses, we have a small house with not a lot of room, saying the kids really love books, we're really trying to make the holidays not about stuff but about family time and traditions. So what happens but my mom gives my 2 yo a doll made in china that is recalled b/c of lead paint!!! So I finally went and told her everything, how we don't want toxic plastics or to patronize sweatshops and have so many cheap things that have traveled all over the world to get here but are just clutter around the house. I *hope* it helps with the holidays coming up!!
 

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Thanks for this. I just sent it to MIL, though I suspec that it will just be ignored, or lost due to my refusal to see her on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year.
 

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It took a few years for my inlaws to "get it" and they still don't 100%.....My MIL thinks that I think that my kids are "too good" for plastic toys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><br><br>
I think it also gets easier as children get older. Babies are easy to please, older kids are more certain of their wants.....ILs live 2500 miles away, so they don't *know* them well enough to know what they're wanting.<br><br>
So, MIL refuses to shop "where I tell her" (hey lady it was a suggestion!!) but she will send money for me to buy her gifts....we still do get a handful of $$ store crap but not the huge moving box sized packages that we used to.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for this. I just sent it to MIL, though I suspec that it will just be ignored, or lost due to my refusal to see her on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year.</div>
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glad you were able to use it, hope they read and heed!
 

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Imagiplay (one of your links) is MIC.
 

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Lots of stuff from Magic Cabin is MIC as well.<br><br><a href="http://www.novanatural.com" target="_blank">www.novanatural.com</a> is a good one too.
 

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If it was my list I'd also add <a href="http://www.playmobil.com" target="_blank">www.playmobil.com</a> as their stuff is not made in China and is made in Germany. Also all their stuff comes with a lifetime guarantee
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If it was my list I'd also add <a href="http://www.playmobil.com" target="_blank">www.playmobil.com</a> as their stuff is not made in China and is made in Germany. Also all their stuff comes with a lifetime guarantee</div>
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Unfortunately a small percentage of playmobil is MIC:<br><br>
"Only a few parts, less than 2 percent of the complete range of toys, are sourced from high-quality, long-term Chinese production partners." (quote from playmobil site.)<br><br>
And wow are they pricey!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Lots of stuff from Magic Cabin is MIC as well.<br><br><a href="http://www.novanaturals.com" target="_blank">www.novanaturals.com</a> is a good one too.</div>
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I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"> Nova Naturals! Shipping is high, but I don't think there is a single thing there that I wouldn't welcome into my home.<br><br>
I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> threesisterstoys, too! Dana kicks so much butt!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Unfortunately a small percentage of playmobil is MIC:<br><br>
"Only a few parts, less than 2 percent of the complete range of toys, are sourced from high-quality, long-term Chinese production partners." (quote from playmobil site.)<br><br>
And wow are they pricey!</div>
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I'll have to check more closely before just buying Plamobil then. Thank you!<br><br>
I dont think they're pricey though! At least not the little kids stuff, I havent checked the big kids stuff because my son is only 17 months. But we got him 3 trucks and an airplane and a little girl for under 20 bucks. Thats a good deal!
 

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Thanks so much, mamas! I figured that a few MIC products may make it onto those pages.. I haven't bought from them so I don't know for sure. I will look at novanaturals, though...
 

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Here's another American company for you. I never knew that these are made just an hour away from me until they had a front page article about them in yesterday's paper.<br><br><a href="http://www.carrom.com/" target="_blank">http://www.carrom.com/</a>
 

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My favorite wooden toy store! <a href="http://www.doodletowntoys.com" target="_blank">http://www.doodletowntoys.com</a> Made in America by a really nice guy - the toys are very sturdy (if they can survive my children - they are sturdy!).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Unfortunately a small percentage of playmobil is MIC:<br><br>
"Only a few parts, less than 2 percent of the complete range of toys, are sourced from high-quality, long-term Chinese production partners." (quote from playmobil site.)<br><br>
And wow are they pricey!</div>
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I think that this qoute is a little out of context since you're not inlcuding the information about how rigorous thier quality standards are and how extensive everything is tested to meet them.<br><br>
Please go<a href="http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-US-Site/en_US/Link-Page?cid=SAFETY_QUALITY" target="_blank">here</a>to see the rest of what Playmobil actually says about their using MIC products as well their testing and product standards<br><br>
As for the prices, their toys are really well made, offer a lifetime warranty and hold their value (especially if one keeps the box)<br><br>
I wanted to add this link <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/business/worldbusiness/18toys.html?pagewanted=print" target="_blank">from a New York Times</a> article about Playmobil (and several other European companies). According to the article only things like electronics such as the flashing lights on a police car get "produced" in China
 
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