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The Holiday Guide to Shopping for Organic Baby Toys

written by: Nicki H•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 6/28/2011

Many toy shoppers are worried about the harmful chemicals found in mainstream products. The benefit of buying organic baby toys is they are free of harmful chemicals such as phthalates, protecting your little ones from toxic materials.

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    Avoiding Toxic Baby and Toddler Toys

    As the holiday approaches, many shoppers are seeking organic and baby Eco toys. Because toys are often made with toxic chemicals, such as phthalates, linked to hormone disruption, kidney damage, cancer and asthma. Some toys also contain harmful chemicals in the dyes and wood finishes. Here’s a holiday guide to shopping for organic baby toys.

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    Organic Baby Toys

    Babies often find comfort in soft plush toys. Our Green House offers a variety of plush toys including: monkeys, lions and penguins. These toys also have teething surfaces, so they double as a tether for babies.

    An organic plush gift set is also a good choice. Maple Grace offers the miYim Organic plush gift set which includes: a lamb burp cloth, duck rattle and a little plush bunny. The gift set is made with 100% organic cotton and costs about $50.

    Rattles have been a baby staple for years. A well made rattle can be passed on from child to child. Maple Grace offers non-toxic organic wood baby rattles which are relatively inexpensive – about $13 each.

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    Organic Toddler Toys

    Toddlers love to play “make believe,” and a fair trade organic basket of plush vegetables is a great toy for this age group. It comes equipped with a variety of veggies that are plush and free of harmful dies and chemicals. This item is available for purchase at Our Green House.

    To complete your toddler’s “make believe” experience, purchase a Haba Wood Cash Register. It features an opening lid and colored buttons and is non-toxic, using water based stains and costs about $45 at Maple Grace.

    Toddlers that enjoy playing with dolls will enjoy the Organic Jill Doll. She makes a great companion, and even has a change of clothing packed in her purse.

    And finally, if your toddler doesn’t have a teddy bear, consider the Kallisto organic cotton bear plush toy distributed by Maple Grace. It’s both soft and toddler friendly. The bear is made from organic cotton and filled with pure wool. Plus, all dyes are Oko-Tex certified.