What to do about lead

As Jen pointed out in my post about toddler gifts, Melissa & Doug toys are made in China.  With more and more Chinese toys being recalled due to lead content in the paint, worry over the number in our household is understandable.  None of the M&D toys have been recalled as far as I can tell, but often these recalls take months or even years to happen.  Should we be conservative and rid our household of all toys made in China?  This is my first inclination, to be sure.

In glancing through the toy pile, there are a number of things I’ll be packing away (sadly).  But what to do with them?  I hate to throw things away, but it would be awful to filch them off on some unknowing family via Goodwill.  What are you doing about lead?

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  1. you can get lead testing kits and check the toys yourself, just as you’d check the paint in your house. as Sara Bongiorni finds out in “A Year Without Made in China,” it’s nigh on impossible to find toys not made in China if you’re shopping at big box stores like Target. You’ll have to go through http://www.etsy.com, independent toy shops that are more likely to have European toys, and waldorf-inspired websites that use natural materials like organic cotton and wool and unfinished wood.

  2. you can get lead testing kits and check the toys yourself, just as you’d check the paint in your house. as Sara Bongiorni finds out in “A Year Without Made in China,” it’s nigh on impossible to find toys not made in China if you’re shopping at big box stores like Target. You’ll have to go through http://www.etsy.com, independent toy shops that are more likely to have European toys, and waldorf-inspired websites that use natural materials like organic cotton and wool and unfinished wood.

  3. Yeah, what Jen said. They sell those little kits in lots of places, we got one from Home Depot after we bought our house, just to be sure.

  4. Yeah, what Jen said. They sell those little kits in lots of places, we got one from Home Depot after we bought our house, just to be sure.

  5. with the toy recall the urban mama blog emailed the owners.
    http://urbanmamas.typepad.com//urbanmamas/2007/08/not-recalled—.html

  6. with the toy recall the urban mama blog emailed the owners.
    http://urbanmamas.typepad.com//urbanmamas/2007/08/not-recalled—.html

  7. I will definitely have to try the home kit!

  8. I will definitely have to try the home kit!

  9. Thanks for the lsit, sara!

  10. Thanks for the lsit, sara!

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