Eco-friendly toys for babies
With the holidays just around the corner, you may be looking for a last-minute gift to give your baby. If you are a conscious parent who is concerned about chemicals in your baby's toys or the effects of mainstream plastic production on the environment, then this is the list for you. Check out some of the coolest and cutest eco-friendly baby toys for the one-year and under set!
Under the Nile 100% Organic Cotton Fruit Tote
You and your baby will love this charming tote full of soft fruit. Made from 100% handpicked fair trade Egyptian cotton, there are no chemicals for your baby to ingest as she gnaws on the heads of her new fruity friends. Suitable from birth and perfectly sized for little hands (and don't forget it's easy to get in and out), this will be tops with your tot this Christmas! Available from Amazon.com for $20.99 (reduced from $30).
Haba Clutching Frog Toy
Croo-ak! This adorable little frog is constructed of wood from beech trees. It is coated with water based non-toxic stains as well as lead-free paint -- nice for baby! Its small size (3 1/2 inches) ensures that your baby will have no trouble picking it up and the rattling sounds are sure to please. Available from Cotton Babies for $16, this is recommended for babies ages six months and up.
Baby Car by Plan Toys
Another wooden delight, this rattle/car combo is made from rubber trees that no longer produce latex. The rainbow of natural dyes and the formaldehyde-free glue are non-toxic so you don't need to worry about harmful chemicals. Cute as can be, this dual-purpose toy is well-suited for home or the diaper bag! The recommended age range is six months and up. Available at KangarooBoo for $13.99.
Little Alouette Wooden hippo teether
This simple wooden teether is crafted from Ohio maple, sanded smooth and then finished with organic flaxseed oil. This toy is perfect for teething and a great stocking stuffer for your baby's first Christmas. Sold by Oompa for $13.99.
Sophie the Giraffe by Vulli
The "it" toy for eco-friendly babies since her debut in France in 1961, Sophie features all natural rubber instead of plastic and is attractive to babies because of her easy-to-grasp neck and chewable nubs. You will love her vintage design and non-toxic paint. Sophie can be found at The Elegant Child for $21.00.