Last Updated on September 13, 2018 by Sarah
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On the search for the best non toxic baby toys? This post should give you some ideas.
You may remember when Mattel recalled 19 million toys a few years back, due to concerns over lead levels and small powerful magnets in some of their toys.
Recent research also revealed how toys, particularly from the 70s and 80s, contained much higher levels of toxins than current safety standards advise, making hand me downs less safe than we perhaps thought.
Add to this the fact it’s estimated a staggering 80% of toys today are manufactured in China (who don’t have best track record with regards to chemicals in toys) and you can see why parents are increasingly searching for non toxic baby toys (& play mats)from companies with a greener mindset.
On a positive, things are getting better; BPA is now banned in baby bottles in the US and UK, although recent research suggests the BPA free plastic alternatives may not be any safer. So there’s still a way to go, making it a good idea to keep up with new research where you can.
Here are some tips of things to look for when looking to buy baby toys.
Tips For Buying a Non Toxic Baby Toy
Generally speaking, it’s lead, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) and PVC in baby toys that are of most concern for parents. So when you’re looking to buy a baby toy, search for products that say they are free of these chemicals.
For example, you’ll find that Green Toys market their products as containing ‘No BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings’. This is the sort of thing to look for. Similarly, for wooden toys (which I prefer over plastic ones), look for toys, such as those by Hape, which are made with non toxic finishes.
To get you started, here are 10 of my favourite non toxic baby toys.
10 Non Toxic Baby Toys That Are BPA Free
This non toxic baby toy set from Green Toys is super cute and would make a lovely gift. Green Toys produce classic toys from environmentally friendly materials and this set includes baby’s first keys, stacking cups and an elephant-on-wheels.
The toys are made from plastic, but it’s 100% recycled from milk jugs (HDPE number 2 plastic, widely considered safe). BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.
Meet Ballerina Mouse and Margeaux Moose!
These affordable baby rattles are adorable and come in a range of fun animal styles. Winner of Dr Toy’s Best Green Product Award, these non toxic baby rattles are made with 100% organic cotton fabric and stuffed with natural hypoallergenic corn fiber fill.
3 – Sophie La Girafe
I’d never heard of Sophie until I had my baby. Other mums asked if I’d been hiding under a rock. Sophie La Giraffe is the must have ‘Queen of Teethers’ among babies everywhere.
Manufactured by French company Vulli, Sophie (possibly the cutest rubber giraffe ever) is made from 100% natural rubber and hand-painted with food-based paint, which naturally fades over time.
Babies love to knaw on blocks and watch them tumble down! Blocks are a classic educational toy that are thought to help build spatial skills and these 23 building blocks, from Uncle Goose, are made from sustainable Michigan grown basswood and printed with non-toxic, lead-free child safe inks.
5 – PlanToys Roller
I love PlanToys. They create toys that inspire children’s imagination and this roller is great for stimulating vision and hearing. All PlanToys are made using chemical free, kiln-dried recycled rubberwood and designed with water based non-toxic colours.
Recommended for 12 months and up, this stunning activity centre fosters imagination and the development of fine motor skills. These activity centres are always a huge hit with infants and they offer hours of creative fun. Made by Hape, the activity centre is made with wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests. Paints and finishes are non toxic and child safe.
Made from 100% GOTS certified organic Egyptian cotton, this super cute, bright little chap has colourful little tentacles that are easy for baby to grasp. The organic farm buddies are also really sweet. Made from 100% organic cotton with hypoallergenic sustainable corn fiber fill, they’re another good non toxic baby toy option.
Grimm’s use wood and non toxic, water based vegetable dyes to make their toys and this rainbow stacker is a classic for fostering creativity and imagination. It’s also more versatile than many other stackers.
Grimm’s toys don’t come cheap, but they’re handcrafted and long lasting and could probably be passed down for generations to come. The Conical Stacking Tower or the Small Wooden Stacking & Nesting Rainbow Bowls are also good non toxic baby toy choices.
This wooden clutching toy from the award winning Manhattan Toy Company is ideal for developing fine motor skills. Made from sustainable wood with a non-toxic, water based finish, this rattle is a popular choice with parents and ideal for tiny hands.
Every baby needs a bath toy! These handsome little tugboats and submarines from Green Toys are perfect for the bath and ideal for exploring hands. Made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, theses non toxic bath toys contain no BPA, Phthalates, PVC or external coatings.
A Final Word On Non Toxic Baby Toys
At the end of the day, our bodies are powerful and amazing machines which are designed to rid our systems of toxins. However, for me, it’s the sheer level of toxins our bodies are exposed to today, from water contamination to increasing environmental pollution means that’s become more of the issue.
It’s a lot for our bodies to deal with, especially baby ones, who, of course, also put everything in their mouth!
So looking to use eco friendly and ethical toy companies, where we can, which specifically create non toxic baby toys with babies’ and children’s health in mind, is a great option we can make as parents.
Have you bought a non toxic baby toy? What’s your favourite?