I called Fisher-Price and asked them about what Little People are made of. They were very vague and could not tell me anything other than the fact that Little People could contain PVC. I asked several questions and could not get any more information than that. If you look at the Healthy Toys test results, all Little People soft plastic parts test high for Chlorine, indicating PVC. PVC is one of the worst types of plastic out there. After rereading this article, I became convinced that Little People had to go.
Now, this was extremely hard to do. When I was pregnant with Lucy, we bought the entire set of Little People castle and add on figures just because we thought it was so cute and wanted her to have it. I had collected Little People from garage sales and had asked for them for Christmas. We had Noah's ark, the barn, castle, birthday set, van, playground, and more. Lucy and Julia spent hours playing with their Little People. I felt bad getting rid of them, and I didn't do it right away. It took me quite a while to come to this decision.
I started by trying to keep them away from Esther and out of her mouth. When that didn't work, I told the girls that we had to put them in the basement because they weren't safe for Esther to play with. I searched high and low for a replacement that I thought would be safe and just as fun for them. We had some wooden toy dolls and animals, but the girls weren't as impressed with those. After researching their safety, I was debating between adding some Lego Duplo sets to our collection, or getting some Playmobil 123. We ended up buying Esther a big Duplo zoo set for her birthday last year, and right after that found a Playmobil 123 set at a garage sale.
Both Duplo and Playmobil are made of sturdy ABS plastic. I still do not let them go in a baby's mouth, but I feel much better about my children handling and playing with these. Both the Duplos and the Playmobil 123 have had many hours of use. After a while, the girls agreed to let me sell the Little People on Craigslist so that they could buy more Playmobil and Duplo sets. Esther has a big tub of Playmobil 123 that she calls "pay-mo" and gets out at least once a day. She is getting a couple more sets for Christmas and her birthday.
Our toys are not all completely toxin free, but this was one that had bothered me for quite some time and I just had to do something about. Especially because Little People so often find their way into a child's mouth, and because they are so toxic, and because they are meant for younger children to play with, they had to go. We do have other toys that I am not thrilled about, and honestly, we do still have the Little People Thanksgiving and Christmas sets. I bring those out seasonally and keep them up high on a table where Esther cannot reach them. I would love to replace those too if I found something suitable.
With the holiday season coming up, are you keeping toy safety in mind? I have a couple of reviews and giveaways from some great toy companies coming up, so stay tuned!