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December 6, 2018

Have some new babies in your life and looking for some thoughtful gift ideas you can feel good about? Or maybe you have a crunchy mom friend who only gives her babe passive toys (me). These eco-friendly gift serve any budget and are anywhere from $100+ to just over $10.

Whether it’s for a birthday present, for the holidays, or just because those cheeks are too kissable, it can actually be hard know what to buy for a baby. A lot of times we buy toys for our kids, only to have them prefer to play with kitchen utensils instead. Or if you are like me, its can feel overwhelming to research every toy and make sure they are free of BPA, PVC, or phthalates. Sadly, many toys are made with PVC or other toxic materials and what is the first things babies do? Put them in their month.

I’ve carefully selected these items not only because of their quality but also because they are sure to make any baby smile with delight. I hope these non-toxic gift ideas provide your sweet baby lots of joy, too!


1. Grimm’s Large 12-Piece Rainbow Stacker

This truly beautiful natural toy, made by hand in Germany, will stimulate children visually, mentally and creatively. Its an open-ended toy so it encourages imagination. 

2. Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone 

Promotes dexterity, hand eye coordination, manipulation, arm movement, cause and effect. Not to mention, encourages musicality and exploration.

3. Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks 

Every kids needs a classic pair of blocks. These of course are non toxic and made with sustainable basswood.

4. Solid Wood Drum

This drum will exceed your expectations. It has a lovely unobtrusive sound and will be a household favorite. 

5. Galt Toys Wooden Retro Pop Up Toy

So simple and utterly engaging. Its a classic staple toy for any child.

6. Hape Rock and Ride Wooden Rocking Horse

This timeless toy gives hours of imaginative exercise while developing basic balance and coordination skills. Every kid needs a rocking horse right?

7. HABA Wooden Rainmaker Colors & Sounds

This rainmaker is just too much fun! Made of birchwood and utterly captivating

8. HABA Rainbow Fabric Ball

Grant loves these toys! It crinkles, textures and rattles. Just the right amount of age-appropriate stimulation for your baby’s development. Certified child-safe and non-toxic.

9. Toy Tea Set 

A tea set has real world functionality and encourages creative play. Imagination is key in every developmental stage of children. I just love how simple and durable this tea set is.

10. Hape Counting Stacker Toddler Wooden Stacking Block Set

The Counting Stacker encourages the development of basic color recognition, sorting, and counting. Its bright honeycomb shapes creates a fun visual experience.

11. Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

Stack, topple, spin, balance, wobble, tilt, wiggle, and roll! Young minds revel in the discovery of endless ingenuity; ideal for busy, curious children; design-savvy, functional conversation piece for parents. 

12. Hape Rainbow Wooden Counting Bead Abacus

What a fun and visually pleasing way to learn numbers and counting skills. I am just in love with this colorful abacus.

I hope you found these non-toxic gift ideas for babies useful! It really is worth it to buy non-toxic toys whenever possible so that you can avoid BPA, PVC, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals. This goes double when your baby is putting everything in their mouth. Whether you’re shopping for your baby’s first birthday or for holiday gifts, I hope you found a few great toys on this list of gift ideas for babies.

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