Many of the toys that are on the market contain chemicals that are harmful to children’s health. Fortunately, more and more organic and non-toxic toys for options.
Learn more: Toxic toys and how to avoid them
Toys made of untreated wood and unvarnished are durable and fun for kids of all ages. Wood is a completely natural material and contains no toxic component. For babies there are toys with many contours and without corners so that they can develop their tactile sense without hurting themselves, there are also teethers, rattles and “puzzle” with wooden forms that must be inserted into the space of accordingly. For slightly larger children there is an infinite number of toys of all kinds made of wood: trolleys and trains, dollhouses, puzzles, construction toys, spinning tops, and several types of traditional toys.
It is better to buy wooden toys without any finish or sealed with pure natural oil, such as walnut oil or beeswax. Natural oils that smell strongly (pine oil, linseed oil, etc.) are not recommended for children under 3 years. Most Ideally buy these toys for a local craftsman, but can also be found through the internet on Etsy, Nature’s Crib and Play For Keeps.
If you want your wooden toy is eco-friendly and sustainable, seeks to buy companies and craftsmen using responsibly harvested timber.
Currently most stuffed animals are filled with plastics, which can contain toxic compounds for infants. It is therefore advisable to read the label to make sure the filler is a natural material such as cotton, wool or corn fiber. The best option is to buy stuffed animals and toys made of organic fabrics, because they have not been treated with pesticides or chemical inks. Some companies that offer organic stuffed animals are Dandelion and miYim. You can also make your own stuffed doll.
We must be very careful with plastic toys as they commonly contain several harmful chemicals. Fortunately, over time governments are limiting the use of these substances in children’s products and also several companies (like Lego) are committing to remove them from their toys. However, overall still good idea to avoid plastic as much as possible, especially the old products or those that are not just for babies.
When you buy a toy or other plastic product for your child, look for products that are free of phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA). In the United States the label says “Phthalate free” and / or “BPA free”.