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Activity gyms

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Activity gyms - Better picks

Kolcraft and Skiphop don't add toxic flame retardants to foam and fabric. Check out the full survey from our partners at CEH.

Don't Use
Activity gyms - Not recommended

If you're considering buying a floor play mat not made by Kolcraft or Skiphop (which are flame-retardant free), contact the company to learn if they add flame retardants.

Baby carriers

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Baby carriers - Better picks

Choose a baby carrier by Baby Bjorn, Onya Baby, Boba Inc., Phil and Teds USA, or Evenflo to avoid toxic flame retardants added to foam and fabric. Check out the full survey from our partners at CEH.

Don't Use
Baby carriers - Not recommended

If you're considering buying a baby carrier not made by one or our "Better Picks" brands (which are flame-retardant free), contact the company to learn if they add flame retardants.

Booster chairs

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Booster chairs - Better picks

Peg Perego doesn't add toxic flame retardants to its booster chairs. Check out the full survey of flame retardants in baby products, from our partners at CEH. 

Don't Use
Booster chairs - Not recommended

If you're considering buying a booster chair not made by Peg Perego (which is flame-retardant free), contact the company to learn if they add flame retardants. 

Avoid products labeled "This product meets the flammability requirements of Technical Bulletin 117." These are older products likely to contain flame retardant chemicals.

Car seats

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Car seats - Better picks

Our partners at healthystuff.org tested 15 popular car seats for flame retardants. Brands using chemicals that are safer for your baby include Britax, Clek, and Safety 1st. See the full list. (Note: Our list reflects the seat's chemical makeup, not their crash safety. You can find crash safety ratings at Consumer Reports and other sources.)

Don't Use
Car seats - Not recommended

Car seats that top the chart for containing more toxic forms of flame retardants include Orbit Baby, Baby Trend, and Graco, according to tests by healthystuff.org. But no matter what car seat you have, the most important thing is to always use (and properly install) it - it's essential for your baby's safety.

Children's PJs

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Snug-fitting sleepwear

Sleepwear for children ages 9 months to 14 years can contain toxic flame retardants that help the cloth meet federal flammability standards. If you don’t want chemical-coated clothing against your baby’s skin all night, look for snug-fitting sleepwear with a tag that says "must be snug fitting" and "not flame resistant."

Don't Use
Cotton PJs labeled as treated with Proban, aka Securest

This flame retardant affects the brain and nervous system. It’s best to avoid it while scientists continue to research whether or not it is safe for children.

Floor play mats

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Floor play mats - Better picks

Skiphop doesn't add toxic flame retardants to its floor play mats. Check out the full survey of flame retardants in baby products, from our partners at CEH.

Don't Use
Floor play mats - Not recommended

If you're considering buying a floor play mat not made by Skiphop (which is flame-retardant free), contact the company to learn if they add flame retardants. 

Avoid products labeled "This product meets the flammability requirements of Technical Bulletin 117." These are older products likely to contain flame retardant chemicals.

High chairs

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High chairs - Better picks

These brands don't add toxic flame retardants to foam and fabric: Carters, Inglesina, Babyhome USA, Evenflo, Kids ii / Bright Stars, Nuna Baby, Peg Perego, Phil and Teds USA, Summer Infant, and 4 Moms LLC. Check out the full survey from our partners at CEH.

Don't Use
High chairs - Not recommended

High chairs by Fisher Price may contain flame retardant chemicals, as may Graco's pads for high chairs, according to a 2016 survey. If you're considering buying these brands, contact the company to see if they are now flame-retardant free.

Hook-on chairs

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Hook-on chairs - Better picks

Inglesina and Summer Infant add toxic flame retardants to its hook-on chairs. Check out the full survey on flame retardants in baby products, from our partners at CEH.

Don't Use
Hook-on chairs - Not recommended

If you're considering buying a hook-on chair not made by Inglesina or Summer Infant (which are flame-retardant free), contact the company to learn if they add flame retardants.

Avoid products labeled "This product meets the flammability requirements of Technical Bulletin 117." These are older products likely to contain flame retardant chemicals.

Play yards

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Play yards - Better picks

These brands don't add toxic flame retardants to their play yards: Carters, Evenflo, Graco, Kids ii / Bright Stars, Summer Infant, and 4 Moms LLC. Some mattress toppers for play yards also come flame-retardant free - look for MamaDoo Kids and Nuna Baby brands.

Check out the full survey on flame retardants in baby products, from our partners at CEH. Look for an updated list for 2016.

Don't Use
Play yards - Not recommended

Models by Fisher Price may contain flame retardant chemicals, according to a 2016 survey. If you're considering buying this brand, contact the company to see if they are now flame-retardant free.

Strollers

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Strollers - Better picks

Choose a stroller by these brands to avoid toxic flame retardants added to foam and fabric: Carters, Inglesina, Babyhome USA, Evenflo, Graco, Kolcraft, Mutsy USA, Nuna Baby, Peg Perego, Phil and Tesa USA, Summer Infant, and 4 Moms LLC. Check out the full survey from our partners at CEH.

Don't Use
Strollers - Not recommended
Travel system stroller

If you're considering buying a stroller not made by any of our "Better Pick" stroller brands, contact the company to see if they are now flame-retardant free. 

Use travel system strollers (an infant car seat in a stroller) only when you must. Regular strollers usually have less toxic flame retardants, and are a safer bet for babies.

Toys and toy jewelry

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Toys made of natural materials

Choose toys made from cloth, unpainted wood, and other natural materials. These toys are usually free of unwanted substances like PVC, phthalates, BPA, and lead that can be found in other kinds of toys, especially if they are imported.

Don't Use
Toys made outside the U.S.
Antique toys
Toy jewelry

Children can swallow harmful chemicals used in some toys when they put hands and objects in their mouths. To avoid toxic lead, phthalates, and BPA found in some toys toys:

- Don’t let children play with antique toys.
- Discard toy jewelry and all toys painted before 1978.
- Buy toys made in the U.S. of natural materials. Imported toys are more likely to contain harmful chemicals.