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Safe toys for your tots

Like many parents, I've been overwhelmed by the constant toy recalls and consumer alerts over the past year. It doesn't make finding the perfect holiday gifts for my two kids (both under the age of 4) easy! Luckily, Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit devoted to kids' environmental health, just published a great, user-friendly article on what to look for in truly nontoxic toys. And, unfortunately, lead paint isn't the only issue: Plastics and treated wood can also be harmful. The good news is that following a healthy diet can make it less likely your child will absorb lead. And there are lots of other ways to keep your kids thriving (check out our age-by-age guide).

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