Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Toys for him...

Its been hard to buy toys for the baby. In this age, he would put anything in reach into his mouth. Invariably, something passes into the body from the outer surface of the toy/thing.

If the toys are not good (and I really mean GOOD) quality, the paints, the surfaces, the plastic any of these might pass into body and cause any kind of harm.

I remember, few years ago, there was a recall by major toy manufacturers in US due to toys painted with lead content. I appreciate that kind of quality standards. But, I dont know how much of such/similar quality controls exist in India. We also get cheap toys in the open market, many a times not from any known manufacturer or someone similar. I dont know if there is any standard using which I can judge these. It would be great if I could figure out whether these are safe for my kid or not...

For that to work out, there has to be a mechanism from govt side. Administration and control of the quality at manufacturer's side and then transparency and honesty from the officials concerned. In a country like ours, corruption is rampant, and hardly anything exists which cant be bribed. In such environment, its even harder to trust any labelling.

Given this, we could only go for the biggest brand name in the business, "hoping" those guys would be quality concious enough and would not make anything that might harm kids.

I figure funskool and fisher price are two such brands, but my knowledge in this area is only starting off. Perhaps there are more and better. But I would learn on the go...

gud luck kids in buying safe toys...

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