Hello, moms and dads! I'm Becky Striepe, and I'm so excited to be the newest member of the Inhabitots team. I have a one year-old baby boy named Darrol Henry, and I can't wait to share stories of my successes and failures as I figure out this natural parenting thing on the fly.
My son Darrol turned one year-old on Sunday, and that means gift-giving city. Our family and friends love this baby boy, and they showered him with a mountain of thoughtful gifts -- I'm pretty sure he got more presents for his birthday than he did for Christmas. It bums me out that there's always a shadow on gift-giving occasions, however. We have so many loved ones who are so generous with our little guy, but they don't all share our values when it comes to non-toxic toys and clothing. How do you handle it when you receive that well-meaning PVC rubber ducky or a pair of pajamas that are most likely treated with toxic flame retardants? Below is my plan for handling Darrol's birthday, and I'd love to hear your suggestions and strategies for graciously dealing with well-meaning but toxic gifts.