Our playtime must haves is back for another edition. This time we are introducing wooden toy companies. Since it is inevitable that your little one will put their toys in their mouth, make sure they are at least safe. When considering toy options for you littles, I highly recommend wood toys. Though, not all wood toys are created equal. You will want to be aware of what type of paint is used as some paint can be toxic. A lot of main stream toy companies still use plastic which contains bpa, phthalates, pvc and in some recent cases even lead. Add on the paint they use to paint those toys, it's better to avoid them if possible. I will admit, we do own a few plastic toys. I cringe every time my daughter plays with them but there are only a few and she is old enough to know not to put things in her mouth. The majority of our toys are wooden or safe plastic (think Green Toys or Plan Toys).
1. Little Peg People - Local to us, Brianne makes the most adorable little peg people. In addition to peg people she also makes a few other wooden toys (cameras, cars, horses). Little Peg People also offers the option to skip the paint and have an image burned with no sealer, making it safe for the smaller babes who put everything in their mouths. Though all the paint they use is non-toxic, sometimes its nice to have the option of burning an image, it gives a very natural look.
2. Hape - I would have to say 1/2 of our toy collection is from Hape. We love Hape and all their toys. Our toys range from their small kitchen to the coffee maker, mixer, cake set, food set, string blocks, pull toys, actually it would be better if I named the things we didn't have. Hape toys are made from sustainable materials and non-toxic ink. They offer such a large variety of toys it would take all day to list them. The best part about Hape, they are often featured on Zulily, a great place to stock up on some safe wooden toys.
3. Haba - A smaller portion of our toys are from Haba. Haba is also made from sustainable materials and painted with non-toxic ink. Haba's plastic toys are pvc, phthalate, lead and bpa free. The list of toys offered is also quite extensive (but that's not a bad thing) and includes our favourite, the french fries. Yes, simple french fries are what my daughter loves. Oh and don't forget the bottle of ketchup to go with the french fries.
4. Elves and Angels - If you are looking for larger wooden toys, Elves and Angels is the place to go. Their dollhouses, kitchens and play stands are made of dreams. Beautiful, handcrafted, made in the USA, finished with a natural beeswax oil, no formaldehyde glue and pieces that are made to last generations. They also offer smaller toys and accessories for their larger items.
5. Bannor Toys - I must admit, our collection does not include any Bannor Toys....yet. I often see pictures posted on Instagram and swoon over their gorgeous wood toys. Their wood toys are made from organic wood, paint and finish. I love everything about the company, small, USA based and made, family oriented and of course, organic focused.
There are plenty of options when it comes to toys. In my opinion, wooden toys are the best option and the safest. I find a lot of wood toy companies are usually local based, so check out your local markets this summer and see what you can find. Make sure to ask what the toys are painted and finished with, as that is as important as the wood aspect. We are now off to "eat" french fries with some ketchup, I may even have some tea made for me. The possibilities are endless.