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Learning About Organic Toys

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Author: abbybrooks

Wooden ToyOrganic toys -- who knew they existed? Well, I didn't...until now! My little one will be two in a couple months (Oh my -- did I just write that?! Why does it have to go by so fast?). But I remember those days when EVERYTHING went straight into her mouth. I won't admit how much time I spent "washing toys" -- it was a regular item on my to-do list. If a toy hit the floor, it was immediately taken out of circulation. I was very concerned about what got on the toy after it crashed to the floor, but not as concerned about what was on and even in the toy when I took it out of the package.

I've recently come across a whole world of natural toys. Lots of wood toys: teethers, push and pull toys, riding toys, blocks, on and on. Several varieties of old fashioned wooden toys can be found at www.pioneerpastimes.com (think back to basics!). There’s more modern and innovative wooden toys at www.novanatural.com (check out the cool blocks!). Then there are all the organic soft toys: stuffed animals, dolls, and many more. I found some really sweet soft baby toys at www.edenhome.com. These toys are made from natural materials and even finished with natural dyes.

Of course, I cannot afford to replace the mountain of toys my daughter has accumulated, I'm a stay-at-home mom and that comes with sacrifices. But if I could go back, I would purchase a couple natural toys for those "Oh that's a cool toy...chomp, chomp, chomp" days. I am just amazed -- I thought "organic" was only for food and now I know there are organic fabrics, cosmetics, personal care products, and TOYS! This is so cool!

photo: Juhan Sonin

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abbybrooks
03/24/10
I bet your friends were thilled, tracyanne7! Great baby gift choosing!
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tracyanne7
03/23/10
Great blog post! I have 2 pregnant friends who are very dear to me, and I bought them each a wooden rattle from a great Etsy seller, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/TickiTackiToys" target="_blank">Ticki Tacki Toys</a>. Their products are made from natural wood, dyed with fruits and vegetables, and finished with beeswax and flax-seed oil. I had stumbled onto their store by accident (or by fate!) and got to thinking how nowadays most children's toys are plastic. The thought of babies chewing on plastic gave me such a sick feeling! I wanted to give my friends' children something safer.