It’s easy to make grand statements about doing completely non-material gifts, instead opting for experiences, cash, or donations alone. But the truth is that when it comes to kids, it’s not that easy. Kids need “things” more often than adults, as they outgrow clothing and require age-appropriate toys and games. That’s okay! There’s still a way to save money, packaging, and the resources that go into producing new goods, and that’s by shopping secondhand.
Breaking news from the medical journal The Lancet warned of the dangers to children’s health in a warming world. What does this mean? Let’s dig a little deeper…
Toddlers + transit. We’re a one-car family, and since my husband needs the car for work, my son and I are without a car during the day. Thankfully, we live in an area with good public transportation, and we can walk a few places as well. This is a huge shift from when I was a young girl—there was almost no reliable public transportation.
Taking a toddler on transit is an interesting experience, but overall I think it’s a positive one.
I was fortunate to hear about BPA way back in 2010ish, when the “scandal” (I’ll call it) first broke. I was fresh out of undergrad and was working at part-time at a health food store, with a part-time editorial internship at a natural health magazine (alive). No surprise: I was hearing about BPA left, right, and centre. At the store, I spoke to concerned customers about it. At the magazine, I edited articles about it by science writers, which meant fact-checking everything by reading scientific articles. I was in BPA-land!
We’re so fortunate to live in a day where we have numerous choices for our children’s playthings. Unfortunately, this choice can be a bit overwhelming! So I’ve taken a bit of time to compile some of my favourite toy brands for babies and kids.
Why does it matter which brands you choose? Quite a few reasons: