6 Non-Toxic, Plastic-Free Baby and Toddler Toys to Buy this Season

Kids playing with wooden blocks
Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

NEW HAVEN, United States — Do you feel like buying organic and all natural is a no-brainer? If you’re a mum like me, then you’re probably looking for products you can trust. I want natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly toys that have some sort of educational value. In a screen-obsessed world, you’ll find electronics for younger and younger children. While they do have their place, nothing supplements good old-fashioned imaginative play.

So, if you’re looking for something that is safe, plastic-free and will stimulate your child’s imagination, check out some of these toys we found specially for you.

  1. Animal ABC Nesting Blocks at Sprout San Francisco

The Animal ABC Nesting Blocks at Sprout San Francisco offer fun and education at the same time. Brightly coloured with vegetable-based inks, they hold a small child’s attention for hours. The blocks are painted with numbers, letters and your children’s favourite animals, allowing you to teach a multitude of skills with just one toy. Each set of 10 blocks is printed on 5 sides and stacks to 3 feet high. They’re also made from recycled materials!

Sprout San Francisco’s mission is to find baby products that are natural, organic and non-toxic. BPA, phthalates, PVC, formaldehyde and other chemicals are all bad words in their book.

2. Rattle Buddies from Finn + Emma

As you probably know, many of our fabrics contain harmful fabrics. Fabric baby toys are no different. Instead of buying a mass-produced soft rattle, go for the handmade one that guarantees there are no harmful chemicals that will end up in your baby’s mouth. Finn + Emma’s rattle buddies are handmade by artisans in Peru. They are crocheted with cotton yarn, filled with wool and contain a phthalate-free rattle. The fabric utilises natural dyes, 100% organic cotton and is completely non-toxic.

These cute toys are eco-friendly, socially responsible and safe for babies mouths.

Wooden baby toy
Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

3. Wooden Wonders Number Stacker from Mommy’s Promise

Looking for a hands-on way to teach your child how to count? The vibrantly coloured wooden disks on the Wooden Wonders Number Stacker help your child learn the numbers 0 to 9. The stack also helps teach fine motor skills, critical thinking and pattern recognition. It’s BPA, phthalates, cadmium, PVC, Lead and Latex free. These fantastic toys are also recommended by blogger and Huffington Post writer, Sara Bussandri.

If that’s not enough, they also plant a tree with every purchase to keep their products sustainable.

4. Giraffe Walker by Wonderworld

It’s a walker and a sorter, but unlike many walkers, you’ll find in stores, it’s made of wood rather than plastic. The giraffe walker helps new walkers keep steady as they meander around the house. It’s also a shape sorter replete with colourful geometric shapes. The combination of walker and shape sorter make this an entertaining and educational toy, which will keep your child busy for hours.

Wonderworld uses rubberwood trees that are older than 25 years old and no longer produce latex, so they are cut down to make room for new trees. In addition, Wonderworld plants a tree for each one used (the farmer also plants a tree), to keep their toys sustainable. Plus, they use water-based, non-toxic paints to create products perfect for little ones.

Wooden train
Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

5. Balancing Boat by PlanToys

Part game, part puzzle, this balancing boat helps children develop their motor skills. With a roll of the dice, you choose an animal that matches the colour and carefully remove it with tweezers. The object is to remove the brightly coloured animals without making the boat fall. PlanToys makes their products from reclaimed rubber trees and is committed to creating a sustainable world.

PlanToys’ products are chemical-free kiln-dried, use formaldehyde-free glue, are coloured with water-based dyes and organic colour pigments. They’ve gone the extra mile and also use recycled paper and soy ink!

Now that you see what these companies have to offer, check out the other great products they have like wooden cars, pretend play kitchens, jigsaw puzzles and more. Once you start buying these adorable, safe, sustainable products, you’ll never want to go back to those wasteful plastic throwaway toys.

Help us make this list a comprehensive guide for all Mums and Dads and tell us where is your favourite place to shop for safe, sustainable toys?

Shire Lyon About the author

Paid Search advertiser by profession and writer by passion. She also owns the blog, It's the Small Stuff, www.itsthesmallstuf.com. She holds a Bachelor’s in Communication and a Web Design Certificate. Her delight in fine cuisine and new gastronomic trends coupled with her obsession for writing help her bring cuisine trends to an international audience.