Jennifer Chait, 02/27/13
As we noted in our 6 scary home pollutants to avoid post, formaldehyde is a big bad. Formaldehyde, a colorless, but pungent-smelling gas is used in all sorts of toys, such as pressed wood or plywood dollhouses and play kitchen sets. Not cool since formaldehyde is linked to numerous health problems, including cancer. That said, if your child's dream gift is a play kitchen set, and you want to avoid formaldehyde, you're left with just a few expensive choices. Most solid wood kitchens cost an arm and a leg; often $500+. But, if they're not expensive, there's a good chance they contain formaldehyde. What to do? Luckily, the gorgeous play kitchen sets from Heartwood Natural Toys won't completely break the bank, yet are still ultra safe for your child.