The ecofabulous Baby & Young Child Guide: Toys
When it comes to playtime, make sure the toys your tot is surrounded by (and likely chewing on) are as healthy for your little one as they are for the planet. For info on baby care products and the most adorable organic clothing, take a look at our previous guides.
Next week stay tuned for our final ecofabulous baby guide – gear. And in the meantime, leave a comment below if you have another favorite sustainable toy companies for little ones, we’d love to hear from you!
With Green Toys’ assortment of made-in-the-USA, toxic-free toys (the main ingredient is recycled milk jugs), it’s a fresh change from the aisles of chemically coated toys this generation has come to accept as standard. We love the newly released race cars – top down for the summer ($8.99)!
|Apple Park Organic Plush Toys:
Apple Park products are naturally hypoallergenic, made with organic cotton and never contain harmful chemical dyes, synthetic pesticides, PVC or carcinogenic materials (like polyester filling). And while manufactured in China, you’ll be pleased to note that the Apple Park factory is the first organic soft toy factory in China to be certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
|Rich Frog Natural Rubber Duck:
Rich Frog toy company, based out of Burlington, Vermont, carries a collection of cute rubber duckies made from natural rubber (a safe and renewable resource that will biodegrade after its end of life) and hand-painted with non-toxic paints ($7.95).
Made from a recycled bio-composite material, all Sprig Toys are designed to be “kid-powered,” meaning they harness the natural kinetic energy of push-and-pump action to generate features. This boat explorer set works as well in the tub as it does on land – the easiest way to get your kid off the couch and into an active play world ($24.99).
|miYim Good Earth Dolls:
These sweet rag dolls are made from unbleached, unprocessed organic cotton and colored with miYim’s proprietary process using plants and minerals in a soy water bath ($24.99). We’ll dance to that!
|Wonderworld Eco-Friendly Wooden Doll House:
Not only does this house teach your little one key environmental themes (recycling, solar power, rainwater collection), but it’s made of only renewably sourced rubber-wood and non-toxic paint ($149).
|Miss Brittany’s Organic Playdough:
Moldable fun that’s safe enough for little ones to eat? Play dough developed by a preschool teacher wouldn’t be made any other way! Miss Brittany’s Organic Preschool Fun Dough has ingredients listed right on the box: filtered water, organic flour, mediterranean sea salt, organic canola oil, kosher cream of tartar, organic vitamin C, and non-toxic USA-made liquid watercolor ($14.95-$34.95).
These high-quality educational toys are designed to inspire and encourage children to explore. This BeadMaze Bear works on hand-eye coordination, visual tracking skills and color & shape recognition. Plus the rubber-wood and non-toxic paint toy can fit easily into a stoller or car seat to go ($12.99)!
|Under the Nile Plush Veggies:
Safe enough to chew on, this collection of organic cotton fruit and veggie plush toys are a favorite by parents and kids alike, helping young ones ask for their vegetables at an early age ($7.00).
|Wee Gallery Art Cards:
The entire collection of “small art for little minds” is designed to appeal to your young ones as they grow from tiny tot to toddler and beyond. The high contrast details will stimulate and encourage brain development early on, with the goal at a later date to start recognizing the animal shapes and learning them by name. Made of 100% recycled card stock with non-toxic inks ($12.95).
|Method Mickey & Minnie Mouse Hand Wash:
Could learning to wash your hands be any more fun? With this naturally derived, biodegradable foaming hand wash you’ll be surprised at how excited young ones are for clean-up time ($4.49). Now, time to tackle the N-A-P…
|Mudpuppy Block Puzzles:
These recycled paper building blocks use soy-inks for the sweetest illustrations (from Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage!) and offer kids multiple puzzle picture scenes for endless creative fun ($15.00). We’re of course partial to the Forest Friends owl set.
These wheels teach your tot at a young age that cruising around (particularly in zero-emissions fashion) isn’t just about getting from point A to point B – it’s about arriving in style. Using FSC certified wood, finished with water-based low VOC paints and stains, Taika “walker-bikes”($175 AUS) will have your young one scootin’ around safely and sustainably.