Phthalates are a family of different chemicals that are used to soften plastics and make them more durable and bendable. We can see a lot of baby gear and wallpaper made of plastic, but is it safe for our children? Phthalates disrupt the body's hormones and some are known carcinogens. The chemicals from baby gear and wallpaper can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed. This is why phthalate-free products are a better option for toxin-conscious parents! These Modern Nursery approved products are free of phthalates.