Okay, I have been reading MDC threads for months and months now, and this is the first time I have felt a need to respond to one of them.
Your question, what is wrong with plastic toys? I would like to tell you about what is NOT wrong with them ... the PRICE!!! I'm wondering, if you are all AP, how are you able to breastfeed, cosleep and homeschool and still afford a strictly wooden toy playroom? I would have to get two jobs in addition to my husband's income to provide only the very best wood toys on the market for my two dds. And, then, I would not be able to do all of the other AP things that are so very important to me. So, this is what I
do. I don't freak out about it. I don't hurt my inlaws or my parent's feelings when they purchase a plastic toy for my dds when I know they tried their hardest to pick out a good gift. It's not worth it. I control what I can. I go to second hand stores and participate in recycling (& my strict budget!) by purchasing a gently used plastic toy I know my children will get a ton of use out of, or perhaps be lucky enough to find a gently used wooden toy (which are hard to find, but I keep my eyes open). We save our money all year long to buy a beautiful wooden doll house, because we believe the big things matter the most. I can't worry about the "ifs" right now, there are already too many with being a parent, I can't worry about every little plastic item my children come in contact with. There's plastic everywhere!!! On the cell phone my husband uses to conduct business that my toddler happens to play with every now and then, on the refrigerator door handle, on dds carseats, on the buttons of their coats, the ends of the shoelaces on their shoes, their board books, their bath toys (can't say I've seen many wooden bath toys that are good for filling and pouring, if you have, let me know!), on our mailbox that we let them open everyday to get the mail ... I'm sure you get my point. And, are we not to go anywhere, like playgroup or the library where there are tons of plastic toys there to play with? Are we not to visit friend's houses with their kids' plastic toys? If they are presumed to be so poisonous, then perhaps the healthiest way to live is to be strictly Amish living with Amish people who make toys right in their own home by a woodburning fire. Sorry to be on a soap box here, you're probably wondering, "who is this lady? Never seen her post before ...", but I guess this hit a nerve with me because if you are a child in the modern world, you're going to play with plastic. And, I'm sure a lot of you Mamas out there are thinking "well, we can lessen the impact of the poisons our children are exposed to by being aware and getting wood as much as possible", and hey, I'm all for that. I really am. I'm not trying to persuade you otherwise. I'm mostly posting to advise KayasMama04 not to fret about some plastic. Unless you plan on wrapping your child in a 100% organic, naturally dyed cotton bubble, he's gonna touch some plastic. He's gonna put plastic in his mouth, if not from a toy, from a sippie cup at Grandma's or a straw at the fair. It's unavoidable. Unfortunately. Learn, be aware, but don't freak out. Control what you can. The best control I have over the toy "department" in our house is whatever they have, plastic, wood or otherwise, showing them all the ways they can play with it! For me, AP is about being there 100% with whatever you have to work with (or can afford). I help them explore all the toys they come into contact with, but I never replace batteries!
Ladybug Mama to two beautiful girls, (3 yrs. & 18 mos.), and wife
to crazy freefalling DH.
Seasons of Cosleeping:
me with both
me with dd2
dh with dd1