For generations, wooden toys used to be the norm. You may even have a family heirloom or two in the form of a wooden puzzle or pull-along toy that’s been passed down through the generations.
Those days are long gone, and toys made entirely or partly from plastic dominate the marketplace.
Once manufacturers realized that plastic was easier to produce on a larger and cheaper scale--it was out with wood and in with the plastic.
This shift is unfortunate in several respects.
Aside from the loss of nostalgic tradition, wooden toys are a lot safer than plastic toys.
This is because...
Wooden Toys Are More Durable
Oftentimes, children love their toys so much that they use them to the point of breaking. Anyone who’s accidentally stepped on a train set or Barbie and heard a “crack” knows this to be true!
That said, plastic toys are much more likely to break than wooden toys, leading to sharp edges that are dangerous for children who continue playing with them.
On the other hand, wooden toys are more durable and last longer--often through several generations within a family.
Plastic Toys Are More Likely to Contain Harmful Chemicals
If you’re a parent of a baby or toddler, you know that when you give your child a toy, it’s only a matter of time before he or she ends up sticking it in the mouth.
It’s only natural for young children and teething babies to be curious to discover the taste and texture of different objects.
Wood is a much safer alternative to metal or plastic because wood doesn’t contain harmful chemicals such as:
- Lead: Disrupts the chemistry in the kidneys, brain, and bones, which can harm bone and tooth production, and lead to learning disabilities, reduced mental capacity, and kidney failure.
- Bisphenol A (BPA): Can cause harmful developmental effects in infants and is linked to attention disorders, cancer-cell growth, early onset puberty, and obesity.
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): Often contains harmful chemicals, including such known carcinogens as vinyl chloride, dioxin, and phthalates, which are linked to asthma, allergies, and reproductive problems.
Babies and toddlers are especially sensitive to chemical exposure because of their growing and developing bodies.
Knowing that your little ones are going to want to put anything and everything they play with into their mouths--you’re better off minimizing the risk of exposure and going with wooden toys.
Wooden Toys Are Better for the Environment
A healthy environment means healthy children.
Wooden toys don’t negatively impact the environment in the way that plastic toys do.
Plastic toys often end up in a landfill--where they essentially never decompose.
Meanwhile, wooden toys can be recycled or reused.
In our world of plastic throwaway goods, it’s comforting to see sustainable products with a longer and renewable lifecycle.
We created Cubbie Lee Toy Company because we wanted our own children to be safe and have lasting, educational toys. Browse our selection of sustainable wooden toys now.