As we constantly try to protect our children’s health, reducing their exposure to dangerous chemicals cannot be limited to food and skincare products.
Thousands of toddler toys contain scary chemicals (BPA, phthalates, lead, cadmium, PVC, and even arsenic) that can cause cancer, ADHD, autism, endocrine disruptions, and other serious health issues.
Finding natural, safe and eco-friendly gifts for toddlers is especially important because toddlers are far more susceptible than adults to the ravages of these toxins:
- Their skin absorbs toxins more easily
They engage in a much more hand-mouth activity.
(My 4-year-old still licks toy parts for fun, don’t ask me why)
Every year, just before Christmas, I dive in and start researching the best gifts for toddlers which are all-natural, safe, and eco-friendly.
Add to that our passionate desire to stay away from blinking light, loud noise-making, and battery-requiring toys – this is a very challenging mission.
This year I want to share my findings with you and hopefully save you a lot of time (and stress).
Here are my 5 favorite safe toddler gifts, guaranteed to light the little ones’ imagination and creativity, rather than encouraging passivity:
5 Safe & Eco-Friendly Gifts for Toddlers
Grimm’s extra large wooden rainbow stacker is a beautiful natural toy, hand-made in Germany.
The toy is cut from a single solid piece of linden wood.
The largest part is giant, and there are so many ways this toy can stimulate the cute recipients’ imagination.
It’s a stacker, it’s a puzzle and the pieces can be used as tunnels, bridges, fences, beds, and much more (you’ll need a child’s imagination to for that…).
for his third birthday and loved it. He and his older brother play with it every day making caves, towers, mountains, fortresses, and whatnot.
It is amazingly well made; it might be the only toy that survived their rough playing.
Ages – from 18 months to adults (I would actually really want one of these).
Size – it measures 14.4″ long, 7.1″ high and 2.9″ deep.
Safety: Made from natural wood, painted with certified non-toxic, child-safe water-based stains.
Price – it’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s a great, safe, and eco-friendly gift for both toddler boys and girls that will keep for years. Check today’s price on Amazon.
The Hape Pound & Tap Bench is the #1 best seller in hammering and pounding toys on Amazon, and for great reasons:
The younger toddlers will love playing with the balls (chasing them around the floor, fitting them in the holes), while the older ones will enjoy all the elements, from pounding the balls to playing music to using the xylophone as a ramp for small cars.
It will develop their creativity, motor skills, and music appreciation, and most importantly – It’s a lot of fun.
Ages – 12 months – 3 years.
Safety – the Hape is made from solid wood construction and child-safe paint finish,
Size – 9.4 x 5.9 x 5.3 inches ; 3 pounds.
Price – check Amazon’s price today HERE.
The Haba My First Orchard is probably the best of cooperative board games for 2-year-olds, and one of the few they’ll understand.
This naturally-made (in Germany) learning game is specially designed for the youngest of players, made with large pieces (and a large die) designed for cute small hands and a sturdy basket.
Players roll the die and collect the fruit, hoping to harvest it all before the pesky raven reaches the orchard.
If the raven is rolled on the die, the raven moves one step closer to the orchard.
This fun young toddler game will foster social skills, develop color recognition skills, organization, and counting by ones.
(players vs. raven) rather than having one winner, but toddlers can enjoy it as a pretend play set of solid, wooden fruit.
The Haba My First Orchard is definitely a winner in toddler board games, and won’t lose appeal after a few days.
Ages – 2 and up (1-4 players)
Size – 8.7 x 8.7 x 2.7 inches ; 1.8 pounds
Safety – all Haba Toys are made with Beechwood with a non-toxic water-based stain.
Price – check today’s price on Amazon
This little wooden dog is perfect. Toddlers will be overtaking this adorable pup for a walk, and its rubber rimmed wheels easily roll, are quiet, and will protect your floor inside.
The wood is smooth and the string is long enough to pull standing up.
This solid-built dog does not only go for a walk, he wiggles, wobbles, and wags his tail. He even sits up and begs with some help.
Ages – 1 – 3 years.
Size – 8.7 x 3.6 x 6.4 inches ; 10.6 ounces
Safety – natural wood (from sustainable forests) and water-based non-toxic paint.
Price – Check on Amazon.
Through my research, the Wonderworld shape sorter is the highest quality wooden shape sorter in the market.
Not only is it made from natural rubberwood and non-toxic paints, but its hinges are also perfect, and there’s no danger of pinching for little fingers.
The roof of this educational playhouse has slots for 6 geometrical blocks in primary colors, and it is easy to carry and fill with other little toys he or she likes to run around with.
Size – the house itself is 9x6x6 and each shape is 1.25×1.75.
Ages – 9 months – 3
Safety – made (in Thailand) with solid rubberwood, non-toxic paints, and formaldehyde-free glue. Plus, its double hinge prevents pinched fingers.
Price – check on Amazon
This concludes this year’s natural toddler gifts research, I hope you’ve found these “healthy” gift list helpful, and please – If you know of any other safe and eco-friendly toys you love, let us know in the comments below, o.k?:)
To your health and happiness,