Everywhere I turn, there seems to be wooden toys!  It’s great. The ‘new age’ of wooden toys have brought some fabulous designs – using natural materials and with plenty of organic, i.e. non-toxic, options available.  As with everything, I think that if you can do part or full organic selection it creates a better environment for your baby.  I have a mixture.  There are some plastic toys that that served us well and that Caitlin has loved and continues to love – for example her ELC toys. And there are toys that are made from good plastics.  Look out for plastic toys without BPA, phthalates and PVC (polyvinyl chloride).  B. Toys makes such toys.  None of their toys contain lead or phthalates and they use eco-friendly, multi-purpose packaging.  

But for today, I wanted to cover some great wooden toys that I have come across.  Just to be clear - just because toys are wooden does not mean they are organic and toxic free.  Wooden toys can be made out of glued woods such as plywood – the glue can be toxic. In addition to that, the finishes on the wood – paints, varnishes and sealers – can be toxic as well.  A tip from ‘The Organic Baby’ book–if it smells bad it is bad. “Trust your nose,” the author recommends.

Smiling Tree Toys that are sold through etsy can make personalised handcrafted, organic wooden toys

     smiling tree toys

  smiling tree toys

Tiny Polkadots in Port Melbourne and Mentone have a great selection of non-toxic wooden and plastic toys. 

Honeybee toys in Malvern also have a selection of organic wooden toys and comforters

Nuno Organic have a selection of wooden and material organic toys for baby and ship to Australia.

little alouette also on etsy have a wooden toy selection which are organic and eco-friendly.

 little alouette  

little alouette 

eco toys have a great selection of wooden and other child-friendly (ie non-toxic) toys.  

 Plan toys have a long heritage of producing wooden toys that are eco-friendly and safe for children.  On their global website you can search by age or by developmental need.