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A few fun finds from ToyFair

02.18.10 A few fun finds from ToyFair

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Yesterday, I braved the incredibly sloppy snowy/rainy weather to attend NYC's annual Toy Fair. (Spring - are you on your way??) 

The bad news is the eco-friendly toy section was pretty tiny. That being said, there seemed to be non-toxic and/or eco-friendly options at many of the booths - way more than last year. That's good news.

I also noticed an increased focus on safety this year, which I'll cover on the blog a little later.

But in the meantime, here are some fun new safe and eco-friendly things I found while running from booth to booth trying to dry off and thaw out. 

  • DANO Ducki - a BPA, PVC, Phthalate free and CPSIA compliant Rubber Ducky. And the best part, it opens for cleaning. No more nasty moldy bath toys!
  • DANO Circus and Bug Bite Teethers - These non-toxic teethers are all BPA, PVC, Phthalate free. The Circus teether package comes with three rings in a compact carrying case - Monkey (flexible), Seal (firm) and Lion (Rigid). The Bug Bite is a teether that folds into a case that is attached to the teether. Both are very handy and safe.
  • Dandelion Corn Feeding Utensils - this looks like regular plastic feeding stuff for the kids - but it's not. It's actually made of corn. According to their site, using corn produces safer plastics "uses less fossil resources, and generates far fewer green house gases than conventional plastic. And corn is a renewable and sustainable resource." Worth a try. 
  • CloudB Bamboo LullaWraps - Swadding saved my life as a new parent, so I'm always looking for great blankets. This one was so soft and cuddly it made me want to have another baby. Ok, maybe not but still. It was pretty soft and the perfect dimensions for swaddling. 
  • Seedlings Ivy, Blossoms and Willow Dolls - These are very cute organic machine-washable baby dolls. I especially loved cute little Willow who comes with her very own cloth diaper. I also love that the company who makes these (Goldberger Company) provides a lifetime guarantee. Yes, this means that even if your dog gets a hold of it and rips it into tiny, little pieces, you can get another one! Apparently this happens alot. I'm not alone! I need to reach out to find my fellow bad dog peeps. Anyone?? Are you out there?

Stay tuned for an interview with the NSF on toy safety. Coming soon...


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