Learn how to avoid toxins lurking in many newborn toys and find the best stuffed animals, wooden, and rubber toys for baby. Plus, get safer plastic options.
Have you ever walked down the baby toy aisle and realized that so many of those toys are made of plastic or other synthetic materials? Yikes! This might leave you wondering: What exactly is my newborn supposed to play with?! Whether you’re just starting to make your baby registry or your baby is already here and ready to play, we can help you choose the best and safest newborn toys.
In this post, we’ll cover:
- The best toys for newborns
- How to choose safer toys
- Plus, why newborn toys are important
The Best Newborn Toys
A 2008 study by Michigan-based consumer-safety program called the Ecology Center discovered that about a third of all the toys tested contained potentially harmful levels of lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other harmful substances.
Unfortunately, labels can be very misleading and even things labeled “eco-friendly” may not be the best choice. Look for toys that have a GREENGUARD certification. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and The Consumer Product Safety Commission are also excellent resources when shopping for safe newborn toys.
It may take a little detective work, but finding toys made without harmful materials is worth the effort, since babies tend to mouth, chew, or even teethe on newborn toys.
With that said, the best toys for newborns are:
Wooden newborn toys
Because even BPA-free plastic can be harmful (source), the ideal toys are made of natural wood without any paint or stain.
Consider these options: