Afternoon – Baby Room
Most children spend a lot of time in their room – during play and when they sleep. Besides that children are sucking and biting on toys and other things in the home there are also secreted chemicals from toys and gadgets that the child is getting through air and dust.
Soft plastic figurines often contain PVC and can leach substances that make plastics soft. Sometimes there are heavy metals such as lead in toys made of PVC plastic and electric toys.
The plastic casing of video games and stereos can contain flame retardants. Old appliances may contain the most dangerous varieties. Lead can be found in the soldering inside the electronic gadgets and wires are often softened with harmful phthalates.
What you can do
- Buy eco-labelled toys, furniture and electronics when you can.
- Recycle discarded electronics such as cell phones instead of letting your child play with them.
- Have separate playrooms and bedrooms if possible.
- Keep toy boxes in another room.
- Avoid electronics in the children’s room.
- Ventilate and clean regularly.