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Unintended Consequences

Natural Kids: Unintended Consequences

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unintended Consequences

Years ago, my daughter was impacted by the lead paint recall in children's toys. A tremendous number of children's toys, including the Dora and Diego lines were part of the massive recall and we were caught in a dilemma. Our daughter's favorite Diego Talking Rescue Center had been purchased 5 months before the recall. Dora's Talking House, a year earlier. Had those toys been checked for lead, as well?

I decided to be proactive and purchase a lead test kit. I was startled to discover that the test kits were single use kits. We had countless pieces to test at considerable cost. Her beloved house and rescue center still sit in the basement, unused and undonated because of their questionable safety.

The Holy Family by Beneath the Rowan Tree

The next Christmas I was more careful. Our family adores toys that foster creativity, inspire imagination and love. In addition to my own creations, I placed orders at Magic Cabin and Chinaberry and my children adored their new toys. Last Christmas, I was introduced to Etsy and this year, to NaturalKids. What a joy it has been to share ideas and creations with like-minded artists.

Walker, a Sweet Waldorf Inspired Doll from germandolls

I welcome the spirit of the CPSIA's attempt to ensure toy safety, but serious concern about costly safety testing driving small toy makers from business is legitimate and surely an unexpected consequence of the CPSIA. Please read the excellent Open Letter in Wednesday's The Storque. I share The Storque's concern that we will be left with few choices for our children, should this legislation stand as written.

Billy, the Flying Bicycle Guy by flyingzoo

Earlier this year, a buyer thanked me for offering treasures that fostered creativity and imagination, items difficult to find in the large chain stores. I have the same warm feeling about our NaturalKids team and NaturalKids Store. Imagine a world where our toy choices are seriously limited. Please contact your legislators. Together, we can make a difference and preserve what we love about Etsy and NaturalKids. Wishing you a wonderful holidays filled with priceless treasures of the season.


Blogger About Me said...

The Handmade Toy Alliance is gaining exposure. I urge everyone to join, or at the very least take peek.

We can do this.

December 12, 2008 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

Great post! I totally agree with every word said here. We have some Thomas the tank engine toys that my son played with when he was little. I think they were on the recall list too. I have them boxed up in the basement. Though made of wood I never had the nerve to test them. What a horrible waste!

December 12, 2008 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

Oh and thanks for featuring my doll! =)

December 12, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger huesofnature said...

You are very welcome, germandolls! Now, that's a real treasure! : )

December 13, 2008 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger fawndear said...

I too have recently joined the natural toys bandwagon. This year all my kids toys are handmade with love and are safe as well. Thanks for being a part of the movement.

December 13, 2008 at 9:51 AM  

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