Safe, Non-Toxic Toys Guide

Written by:

Maia James

11/20/2023

Updated: 11/21/2023

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Toys, like evvvvverything else, can introduce toxins into your home, to say nothing of the environmental impact of producing and disposing of ALL THAT plastic. I’m certainly guilty of buying my fair share of cheap plastic toys, but I am always trying to do better.

While you will inevitably end up with some plastic toys in your home, you can minimize the risks to both your kids and the planet by investing in higher-quality, non-toxic toys. And, there are some happy surprises when it comes to the risks posed by toxins in toys (see The Good Stuff below).

(By the way, if you are interested in finding safe, non-toxic teethers/baby toys, check out this guide. And here’s our 2023 Non-Toxic Gift Guide.)

This non-toxic toy guide helps you minimize the risks to both your kids and the planet by investing in higher-quality, non-toxic toys.

Cheat Sheet: My Two Favorite Brands for Non-Toxic Toys

Below, you’ll learn about 21 non-toxic toy brands that we consider safe. If we had to pick just TWO brand as our very favorite, it would be Apple Park and Plan. More about

3 Tips for Choosing Safer, Non-Toxic Toys

If you want a truly toxin-free toy box, you will need to:

  1. Avoid painted wooden toys, unless they’re made in the United States or Europe or by brands you’ve vetted. Lead paint continues to show up in Chinese-made toys. Lead has been banned from toys produced in the United States, so you can be reasonably sure that toys that are made in America will be lead-free.
  2. Be selective with Chinese toys. Unfortunately, lead paint isn’t the only thing to fear in Chinese toys. Many Chinese-imported toys have also been found to be contaminated with brominated fire retardants (including notorious PBDEs). Although these chemicals are banned for most uses in Europe and Canada, and no longer produced in the U.S., a legal loophole allows finished toys that contain these toxins to be imported and sold here. Since more than 85% of toys are made in China, they are not easy to avoid! Being made in China doesn’t necessarily make a product Bad Stuff; in some cases, a company will be based in Europe but may have a devoted manufacturing facilities located in China (or elsewhere in Asia). In general, when companies go to the trouble to use organic cotton, real wood, water-based paints, etc., they are also the companies that maintain close control over their production facilities–wherever they are located.
  3. Avoid toys made of vinyl (PVC). Phthalates are typically added to PVC toys as a softening agent. You can find phthalate-free PVC, which is safer than conventional PVC, but I would still avoid it where you can. One study by HealthyStuff.org found that 78% of toys tested contained PVC in one or more components, so again, avoiding this entirely is easier said than done.

Here’s a quick non-toxic toys cheat sheet, with a few brands that you may be wondering about:

The Worst Stuff in Toys

Some types of toys are consistently found to more toxic than others in study after study. Be especially cautious when purchasing:

Are Non-Toxic Toys Always Plastic-Free?

For the purposes of this guide, I am not going to designate any toys that are entirely made of plastic as “Good Stuff.”

That said, there are some plastics that are likely completely inert and therefore don’t present a health risk. See “The Okay Stuff” below for a bunch of safe plastic toys. Toys that use recycled safer plastics also deserve a mention.

From an environmental perspective, I would love to see us all support those companies who make high-quality wooden toys that can be passed down rather than thrown away.

Good Stuff

Apple Park

Apple Park makes adorable plush toys made from 100% certified organic cotton and OEKO-TEX 100 toxin-free dyes. These are stuffed with a corn fiber, making them plastic-free.

Bannor Toys

Bannor offers a bunch of non-toxic toys to babies and toddlers. Everything is handmade in Iowa with wood from local lumberyards and only VOC-free paints.

Begin Again

Begin Again makes great bath toys of 100% natural rubber. They also make a range of safe wooden puzzles and other non-toxic toys.

Camden Rose

This line of wooden toys and teethers uses a beeswax/jojoba finish or a food-grade mineral oil on all of their non-toxic toys.

Dena

We love this European brand’s line of platinum silicone toys–and they are safe for the youngest kids because they are entirely non-toxic should they end up in a mouth.

Eco-Kids

Eco-Kids makes great art supplies, such as crayons and modeling dough. Their materials include natural wax, mineral pigments, and 100% pure beeswax. We also love their candle-making kits.

Grimm’s

This German brand also goes by Spiel & Holz, and is admittedly expensive! Still, their wooden toys are absolutely stunning. The non-toxic stains (rather than paints) means that you don’t have to worry about these toys chipping.

Haba

Haba produces most of their wooden toys in Germany, and they use nontoxic paints and finishes. Haba’s timber comes from sustainable forests from Germany, Finland, and Russia. Their paints are water-based and free of all solvents.

When Haba uses plastic, it’s polypropylene or ABS, both of which are among the safest plastics out there.

Hevea

Hevea makes an awesome line of PVC-free natural rubber ballsbath toys, and teethers (along with pacifiers). My kids loved these non-toxic toys when they were babies.

Holtztiger

Made in Germany of hard maple and beechwood, Holztiger wooden animals are colored with water-based paint and finished with a water-based sealants.

Kleynimals

I had two key-obsessed babies, and I was freaked out when I learned that not only are your set of house keys filthy, but they also often contain lead. Kleynimals 100% stainless steel toy keys are made in the USA.

Lovevery

ParagraphThis newer brand uses solid wood, non-toxic water-based paints, and organic cotton for almost all of its toys. I like their play kits.

Ostheimer

Some of my favorite wooden animals are those made by Ostheimer, mostly because of simply how pretty they are. They are hand-carved in Germany, and use only non-toxic paints and natural oils for finishing.

Maple Landmark

This company’s Schoolhouse Naturals line is free of any kind of finish. Note that the other toys made by Maple Landmark do have petroleum-based lacquer and urethane finishes and would not be considered Good Stuff.

Natural Earth Paint

This is a great brand of safe, natural paints and face paints. Ingredients include simply organic corn starch and natural mineral pigments.

Petit Collage

Petit Collage makes adorable games, puzzles, wooden pull toys, instruments, and other non-toxic toys. Everything is made without PVC, and using recycled paper and vegetable inks.

Plan Toys

Plan makes all of their non-toxic toys in a sustainable factory in Thailand, where they maintain control and employ solar power.

Plan Toys wooden toys are made from natural rubberwood trees that no longer produce latex. To keep the wood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil for at least three years prior to harvesting the wood, and the wood is strengthened via a chemical-free kiln-drying process.

Plan’s printed materials are made of recycled paper and soy ink, and assembled with zero-formaldehyde-free glue. Plan’s dyes are free of heavy metals.

Tender Leaf Toys

Like Plan, Tender Leaf Toys are made of rubberwood and painted with water-based paints. I rank them slightly below Plan because they are less transparent and overtly eco-friendly, although I can’t find anything to suggest they contain toxins.

Tegu Magnetic Blocks

Tegu blocks are made of solid wood and coated with water-based paints with water-based pigments.

My kids have tons of Tegu blocks and they don’t emit any odor, and hold up well after years of play.

Uncle Goose

This brand makes my very favorite wooden letter blocks, which are handcrafted in the USA out of basswood and printed with non-toxic ink.

Under the Nile

UTN is my go-to source for soft toys because they use 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. I am obsessed with their line of Waldorf dolls in particular.

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Okay Stuff

Battat/B. Toys

A lot of you asked about this brand, and while their toys are made in China, they are all free of lead, phthalates, and BPA. This company is also committed to environmental sustainability in their packaging.

Bruder

Bruder vehicles, which are made in Germany, are constructed of ABS plastic, which is non-leaching and safe.

Coco Village

There is nothing overtly toxic about these toys, but their claims of non-toxicity are vague and there are no third-party tests available.

Green Toys

Green toys are among the best plastic toys you can find. They are made in America of recycled polyethylene, which is a non-leaching and safe kind of plastic.

Hape

While Hape does make their toys in China, they maintain control of their factory, and most of the materials (paints, etc.) are sourced in Germany. The wood they use comes from forests that Employ sustainable forestry practices and are FSC certified. Their paints are solvent-free.

Ikea

The Swedish giant has phased out PVC from all of their toys, but don’t offer a lot of info on the paints or glues used. Many of Ikea’s toys are made in China, although some are made in Sweden. The plastics in Ikea’s toys conform to EU laws, but Ikea does use some synthetic rubber and some lower-formaldehyde particle board.

KidKraft

Many of you have asked me about the play kitchens made by KidKraft. These kitchens are made mostly of wood, but they do employ some particle board (though it’s CARB II compliant), and some plastic.

Lamaze

This company didn’t get back to us with any certifications to back this claim up, but they assured us that none of their plush toys are treated with flame retardants.

Legos

Legos are made of ABS plastic, which is a safe, non-leaching type. This is great news for moms like me, who often feel like we are drowning in a sea of Legos! Unfortunately, Legos are not recyclable, so I still don’t consider this an eco-friendly toy.

Le Van Toys

This brand makes the prettiest dollhouses, and I was hoping I could call Le Van Toys Good Stuff. While I didn’t find anything alarming in terms of toxicity, the materials used in all Le Van Toys are not especially eco-friendly besides vague claims of “non-toxic” paints.

Magna-Tiles

Magna-Tiles are one of my boys’ favorite toys, and while they are manufactured in China, they do not contain any BPA, phthalates, PVC, or other toxic materials. The clear Magna-Tiles are made of non-leaching ABS plastic.

Spielstabil

This line is under the Haba umbrella, and produces high-quality, nontoxic, plastic toys. All Spielstabil items are made in Germany and are all free of phthalates, BPA, lead and PVC. Spielstabil products are made of food-grade ABS plastic and anything that needs to be joined together is done so using hygenic ultrasonic welding rather than glue. I am tempted to call these Good Stuff, but am sticking with my rule that nothing plastic gets categorized as such!

Steiff

While not organic or certified as non-toxic, I think Steiff is the best brand for more realistic stuffed animals. Steiff animals are made from higher-quality materials, like mohair, alpaca, cashmere, 100% cotton, and wool felt.

Don’t see your favorite toys in any of the Good, Okay, Bad, or Sneaky categories? Comment below and let us know!

Bad Stuff

Alex

Alex chalk and their twist-up crayons were both found to be high in mercury in HealthyStuff studies. Their “Best Friends Bracelets” are high in arsenic, so two strikes is enough for me to call Alex Bad Stuff that should be avoided. Better alternative: Eco-Kids art supplies.

Barbie Dolls

Barbie Dolls are made at least in part of PVC vinyl. On the upside, Matell has ditched the solvent-based paints for Barbie’s eyes.

JC Toys

Baby dolls, like this one by JC Toys, are usually made of vinyl.

Manhattan Toys

Manhattan Toys contain polyurethane tubing.

Mash’Ems

My kids used to love Mash’Ems, and we have many of them. Unfortunately, they have been found to contain xylene.

Matchbox

Matchbox cars were found to contain “toxic chemicals” in this study.

My Little Pony

In addition to  the fragrance added to My Little Pony figures, the ponies themselves are made of vinyl.

Play-Doh’s

Play-Doh’s exact formula is proprietary (which is always a bit of a red flag for me), but chemists suspect it’s a mix of innocuous ingredients like flour and not-so-good stuff, like borax, fragrance, PEG chemicals, and of course artificial colors. Better alternative: Eco-Kids art supplies.

TCG’s Road Racers Play Mat

TCG’s Road Racers Play Mat was found to have high levels of bromine in a study by HealthyStuff.org.

Transformers

Like Legos, Hasbro Transformers are made of ABS plastic, so I assumed they would be safe.  In a recent study, Hasbro’s Transformers were found to be free of even trace amounts of heavy metals and other contaminants. However, a phone representative told a reader of ours that they are “neither BPA- nor PVC-free,” so we have to call them Sneaky Stuff.

Sneaky Stuff

Janod

Janod makes really cute European wooden toys, and while they use water-based paints, the wood is plywood, which likely means formaldehyde.

Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug is sold absolutely everywhere, and my kids have a lot of their toys. Unfortunately, Melissa & Doug toys are all made in China, and some of them have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals.

Schleich Animal Figurines

We own a lot of Schleich animal figurines, because I assumed they would be safer than the cheap alternatives (it’s a German company and the animals are beautiful and high-quality, the paint never chips, and they don’t smell toxic). Unfortunately, Schleich figurines are made of PVC, and they only mention being free of the phthalates that are banned in children’s toys.

Playmobil

I was disappointed to learn on Healthystuff.org that Playmobil is contaminated by a range of toxins and heavy metals. These were among my favorite toys when I was a child, and I assumed they would be a safe plastic choice until my research told me otherwise.

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263 responses to “Safe, Non-Toxic Toys Guide”

  1. hmaggio Avatar
    hmaggio

    How do you feel about jellycat brand stuffed animals?

  2. julesbedard82 Avatar
    julesbedard82

    So the ASTM/EN71 reports for Plan Toys do show small amounts of lead for most of their products yet they claim to be free of lead and other heavy metals. When I reached out and asked about this the rep said that they were certified to be free of lead. When I asked for clarification, I received an email that said that they could not discuss it any further with me. I am very disappointed. What is your take on the small amounts of lead being detected in their products? Are these products still supposed to be classified as lead-free if that is the case? I don’t know the legal standpoint. All I know is that the CDC says that there is no safe level of lead exposure but then the ASTM and EN71 certifications allow for 90 ppm. It is so conflicting. The US banned lead in toys but does that mean they are actually lead-free or is it just that it isnt allowed above certain limits?

    1. John Goss Avatar
      John Goss

      Thanks for the input Jules,
      The 2 certifications you cite, ASTM and EN71 are widely considered to be pretty reliable. This means that if there is lead, the levels are so low that these toys can still be considered nontoxic. They also have a bunch of other safety/environmental awards. Much of this has only fairly recently come to light and it seems nearly impossible to get to the bottom of this without more information. It is worth being cautious.

  3. Natalie Hall Avatar
    Natalie Hall

    Do you have any good recommendations for a simple BALL? Finding a non-toxic one is surprisingly hard…

  4. Timothy Avatar
    Timothy

    This is a great list! Thank you for taking the time to compile all the information, it’s tedious trying to get all the right info!
    Heads up on the cute Apple Park dolls – I have a few Apple Park dolls for my little ones and had a concern about the corn fiber filling, and upon calling them with my concern they confirmed that the filling is NOT organic corn fiber, and it is not tested for any chemical traces such as Glyphosate. It’s just the shell that is organic cotton. I undid the stitching in all the dolls and restuffed them with organic kapok batting, so buyer beware!

  5. Andy Avatar
    Andy

    Senger makes beautiful organic stuffed animals. https://senger-naturwelt.de/

  6. Tori Avatar
    Tori

    Hello! What would be a good substitute for the Manhattan toy pictured and the o-balls typically found in Target? My daughter has cerebral palsy and her hands are very tight and spastic and these thinner, lightweight toys are about the only thing she can grasp, but want something non-toxic, especially as she tries bringing to her face.

  7. Talia Avatar
    Talia

    Hi there, I contacted Safari Ltd and here’s what they had to say:

    “The majority of our figurines are made from a durable but flexible PVC plastic. Some figurines and our Good Luck Minis are made from a more flexible material called TPR (or TPE). Our Safariology exploration products are primarily made out of recycled ABS plastic, which is more rigid.

    Our toys are non-toxic! We perform rigorous testing on our toys every year to ensure that they are free of harmful lead and other chemicals, including additives like phthalates and BPAs.”

    Hope this helps those with kids into animals and dinosaurs like ours. Just hope they’re not being sneaky in any way. Do you know anything about Papo – the French company?

    This list has been so helpful for Christmas Maia, thanks!

  8. Melanie Avatar
    Melanie

    I’m confused by playmobil. If it’s made in Europe, don’t they have to follow European standards? Everything I could find was about BPA, not other toxins, and over a decade old. Do you happen to have any newer information? Thank you!!

  9. Jessie Avatar
    Jessie

    Hi!
    What about these brands:
    Bigjigs Toys
    Brio
    Coco Village
    Le Toy Van

  10. Bianca Avatar
    Bianca

    What about Coco Village? Any input on the wood and paint? Thank you

  11. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    What are your thoughts on Infantino toys?

  12. henrietta wilson Avatar
    henrietta wilson

    Do you know of any beaded mazes that are safe for infants ?

  13. Gazelle Avatar
    Gazelle

    Hi this is such a wonderful resource! Thank you for this great list. Do you have a suggestion for animal figurines that are safe but look life like. The wooden ones mentioned look more abstract and cartoonish.

  14. Isabel Avatar
    Isabel

    Hi Maia! I’m looking for a non-toxic alternative to the infamous “sensory balls” for babies. I found these “natural rubber” ones by miniland, have you heard of them or know if this is a safe product? https://minilandgroup.com/educational/en/sensory-balls/

    1. Kaley Avatar
      Kaley

      We have these and my kid really likes all the different textures. I want to say I saw them recommended on a gift guide here from a previous year but I can’t remember for sure!

  15. Mariane Avatar
    Mariane

    I would love to know if the kidkraft outdoor placards are safe. Can’t find much info. There is some plastic windows and the slide. Maybe it has phthalates? Thanks for all you do.

    Also, I have tons of Melissa and Doug. Should we probably not continue its use?

  16. Ali Avatar
    Ali

    Hello! I may have missed it, but have you/could you review Le Toy Van please? 🙂
    Thank you!

  17. Amy Avatar
    Amy

    I’m really questioning these j’adore painted wood toy sets we got for our baby. It’s made in China and says in compliance for formaldehyde which is not really reassuring to me, but now I’m worried about lead, etc. any knowledge on this brand? the wood is chipping in parts, and it’s still packaged!
    when my husband sent pics from the store I thought it was battat brand which i like, but unfortunately it’s j’adore.

  18. Brittany Avatar
    Brittany

    How about toys by mindware like babu wooden toys? Additionally, how about toys by SLotic made in China (we were gifted a set of painted wooden jigsaw puzzels.)

  19. Joy Curd Avatar
    Joy Curd

    Do you know if Bruder metal toys are safe? (Lead free, non toxic etc) I haven’t been able to find much information on the metal ones. Thank you!

    1. Maia Avatar

      yes I do think those are safe.

  20. Andrea Mourad Avatar
    Andrea Mourad

    Hi I know this is an old post but I am wondering about Le Toy Van

  21. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Any thoughts in Brio train sets?

  22. Christie Lambert Avatar
    Christie Lambert

    Your website is amazing and so helpful. What do you think about TAF toys? I have contacted them and they said that all their products are phthalate free but wanted to know what you think. Thanks!!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I think these are at least Okay Stuff!

  23. Gin Avatar
    Gin

    What about terra by battat?? Animal figures??

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Unfortunately these do not seem to be Good Stuff.

  24. Elizabeth Avatar

    That’s is an amazing and beautiful Article. I really love it. It makes my day super. thanks for it

  25. Lizzy June Avatar
    Lizzy June

    Have you heard of tender leaf toys? I’ve seen them compared to plan toys but was wondering what your thoughts are on the brand as they have more variety when it come to the store/kitchen/tool playsets

  26. Nikki Avatar
    Nikki

    HI there! Thank you so much for all that you are doing to promote non toxic play for little people ! I REALLY appreciate it!

    I am wondering what you might know about Boley animal figurines? They claim to be fully non toxic and pthalate and lead and BPA free, but then when I dug deeper, I saw that they are made of “child-safe PVC” and I am wondering if that actually means safe? I also saw that they are made in China…?

    If you know anything about this, I’d love to hear! Thank you, NIkki

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      PVC is vinyl, so no I wouldn’t call these Good Stuff.

  27. Brenda Avatar
    Brenda

    Hi,
    I am also wondering why Lovevery is on the “Ok” and not the “Good” list. We have been getting their play kits since my daughter was born, and I thought they were one of the best non-toxic product companies out there nowadays. I’d love to hear the reasoning for it to be on the “Ok” list. If there are toxins in their products, I would like to know about it, since my daughter has been exposed to a lot of their toys. Thanks! And thank you for the great list, its been super helpful!

  28. Elena Avatar
    Elena

    Hi Maia!

    What about Hape toys that contain some plastic pieces? Is their plastic safe?

    Thanks!

    Elena

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Hape doesn’t say anything about their plastic being safe. So I wouldn’t recommended their products as Good Stuff.

  29. Nikki Avatar
    Nikki

    Any thoughts on the Our Generation dolls by Battat, sold at Target? When I asked the company, they said that the dolls are BPA free, lead free, and phthalate free. However, the dolls are made with PVC, just phthalate free PVC. Also, how much should I be concerned about flame retardants on stuffed animals? I try to stick with brands that I trust or at very least stuffed animals that are washable in the hope that the flame retardant might come off if it is present, but there are always a few that I just don’t know about. Thanks for all this great information!

  30. Rachelle Avatar
    Rachelle

    Hello,
    Have you researched Djaco toys? I see they are based in France and made in China, can’t tell anything else. Do you know if they are safe?

  31. Lina Avatar
    Lina

    What about Top Bright wood toys?

  32. Charlie Avatar

    CollectA, please! And Safari Ltd. too!

  33. James Avatar
    James

    Thank you so much.

    How about hot wheels?

  34. Kathryn Holden Klingler Avatar
    Kathryn Holden Klingler

    I really appreciate this list of products I am familiar with being good or bad and ones that I was unaware. What about WonderWorld?

  35. Sylina Avatar
    Sylina

    Just wondering why Lovevery didn’t make the good stuff list given the materials they use?

  36. Hilary Avatar
    Hilary

    What’s the difference between good and okay? We have Lovevery, but I’m not sure why that’s on the just “okay” list?

  37. Amy Ulloa Avatar
    Amy Ulloa

    Thank you so much for sharing your research! Do you know if crayola chalk is safe?

  38. Kasandra Avatar

    Thank you for all this info!
    Do you know anything about TenderLeaf Toys based in the UK?

  39. Veda Cuillard Avatar
    Veda Cuillard

    thank you for all your info here!
    do you know anything about J’adore wood toys?
    i can’t seem to find anything about their products and i already threw away the packaging.

    thanks!

  40. Stefanie Avatar
    Stefanie

    I’ve noticed Hape hasn’t made the list whether good, bad, or sneaky. Do you have any information on that brand? Thanks so much for this resource!

  41. Loren Avatar
    Loren

    How about innocheer toys?

  42. Lee Ellen Dye Avatar
    Lee Ellen Dye

    Is the wooden painted foods from “food group Melissa and Doug” SAFE??

    1. Bianca Avatar
      Bianca

      This post mentions that Melissa and Doug toys are contained with heavy metals in the paint

  43. Viveka Sternberg Avatar
    Viveka Sternberg

    How about the soft animals from Jellycat? Do they contain any flame retardants?

    1. Dianna Avatar
      Dianna

      Hello, how about The Green Elephant Toy Company? https://greenelephanthome.com/

  44. Alejandra Yost Avatar
    Alejandra Yost

    Caroll dolls? I’m assuming not great but figured I’d ask

  45. Tabitha Kieper Avatar
    Tabitha Kieper

    Are ALL of Manhattan Toys unsafe? I only see that the tubing is mentioned, but what about toys that are wood but don’t seem to have any tubing? I’m not a fan of the fact that they are Made in China, but someone sent one as a gift, so I want to double check.

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Hi Tabitha,

      We cannot say with certainty that nothing they make is safe, however this brand didn’t make our Good Stuff list.

  46. AK Avatar
    AK

    Hi Maia, My kids really want stuffies for Christmas–in particular chicken stuffies. Can you recommend any brands for kid stuff animals rather than baby toys? Thank you

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I like Apple Park, but that’s probably still too babyish? I think of the more realistic options, Steiff is probably best.

      1. AK Avatar
        AK

        Thank you for the great tip.

  47. Lashaina Avatar

    Thank you so much, this list has been my go to for info on safe toys! What a lifesaver!
    I recently came across Eco-blocks by Once-Kids. Their toys look promising, but I haven’t been able to find out whether or not they have any hidden toxins.
    Have you heard anything about their stuff?

  48. Beth Avatar
    Beth

    Have you found any safer toy dinosaur options? I noticed the ones you had listed are no longer available and would love to find an alternative. Thank you!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Not yet, ugh!

    2. Georgia Sutton-Hitch Avatar
      Georgia Sutton-Hitch

      Hi Beth. Tender Leaf Toys do some lovely wooden dinosaur figures!

  49. Michal Goldman Avatar
    Michal Goldman

    What about Erzi made in Germany?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I don’t know that brand, but we will look into it!

  50. Shanti Avatar
    Shanti

    Hi! Lovevery unfortunately does not use solid wood for any of their materials. I’ve had their playkits for over a year. They also did not even know what type of material was used to coat their puzzles. I have been in communication with them several times about it and they say they don’t know what their manufacturer uses and cannot find out. Their puzzles were rubbing off dark stuff when I cleaned them.

  51. Allison Avatar
    Allison

    Tender leaf toys?

  52. Hollie B. Avatar
    Hollie B.

    Any ideas for a non toxic foldable ball pit? Tinker tots no longer has one available.

  53. Corrie Avatar
    Corrie

    Do you have any recommendations for a company that sells a decent non-toxic baby doll? I love the Waldorf Dolls, but was hoping to get something a little more realistic for my toddler. Would love your input!

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Yes we sell the cutest dolls! They are waldorf inspired but have a smile and extra clothes and are organic. I was a waldorf mom and used to make dolls. I love them but I get it. The problem is it’s hard to find a non-toxic doll. https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/store/under-the-nile-hazel-dress-up-doll/?utm_source=Custom%20Feed&utm_campaign=klevu-feed&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=29324

  54. Rosa Avatar
    Rosa

    Hi, what are your thoughts on these brands?
    Kids Concept
    Little Dutch
    Ooly
    Kid Made Modern
    Floss & Rock
    Tender Leaf Toys
    Dough Parlour
    Le Toy Van

  55. Amy Avatar
    Amy

    Hi there! Can you recommend some sidewalk chalk? The ones you previously recommended are no longer available on Amazon! Thanks so much!

  56. sandra ervin Avatar
    sandra ervin

    walmarts ” spark imagine create “wooden puzzles are made in china they do not say”nontoxic paint” are they safe for babies under 1 year?

  57. Bre Avatar
    Bre

    Thank you for this list! This is really helpful.

  58. Kathryn Navor Avatar
    Kathryn Navor

    Hey there! Thank you for the list! How about Terra by Battat, Safari LTD, and Boon (bath toys)?

  59. Janice Avatar
    Janice

    Hi,
    What about the brand “Woodlet”? Is it safe to use? Thanks
    See example: https://www.toysrus.ca/en/Woodlets—Fruit-Set—R-Exclusive/638E339E.html

  60. Kelley Avatar
    Kelley

    Hi, what about brio wooden trains and hot wheels cars? Also, is crayola crayons and chalk toxic?

  61. Carly Avatar

    Would you be able to provide information about how puzzles are made, specifically Cobble Hill and Ravensburger? You have already commented about Melissa and Doug products. Are there other options for wooden puzzles with the same detailed quality as Ravensburger (if these, too, contain chemicals or toxins)?

  62. Kitty Avatar
    Kitty

    What do you know abou Bigjigs toys? I haven’t been able to find any information on the toxic ingredients they are either free of or contain. They just say the materials are sustainably harvested, but nothing about toxins. Thank you!

  63. Jackid Avatar
    Jackid

    Hello. Lovery manufactures their toys in China. Do you still think they are non toxic?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Yes, we are convinced that Lovery toys are nontoxic.

  64. LH Avatar
    LH

    Thank you for a detailed review on these toy brands! Would you mind looking into Le Toy Van and Tender Leaf Toys? I recently came across those brands when shopping for play food.

  65. Mae Avatar
    Mae

    I bought my son Plan toys been buying from them for two years. He was chewing on the veggie set since he got them. I tried not to worry as they are non toxic but today, I found out from ecocenter website that it has bromine. What do you think about bromine, Maia?
    https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/samples/baby-vegetables-set

  66. Lynne Avatar
    Lynne

    Are Tumama toys safe?

  67. Katy Avatar
    Katy

    I’ve had a hard time with plastic animal toys! I definitely want to get wooden holtziger toys but for water play/outdoor/car rides I’d hate to use the beautiful wooden ones! I moved away from schleich and bought safari Ltd, what do you think of Safari LTD, Terra by Battat, lakeshore learning, or Kaplan early learning brands? I’d love a comparison on all plastic animal toys!

  68. Elsa Avatar
    Elsa

    Hi, thank you so much for this precious information. Do you know something about those brands: Djeco, Viga and animal planet. Thank you

  69. JM Avatar
    JM

    Hi! I recently bought a Begin Again puzzle and so excited to get it. The quality looked great. When I was unpacking it I was very impressed but then I see…. MADE IN CHINA! I was so disappointed. Just thought you should know they might have changed.

  70. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    I am looking for an answer of whether j’adore toys,specifically the nature wood toys, are safe if my kids put them in their mouth and chew on them?

  71. Bi Avatar
    Bi

    Lovevery toys are made in China!

  72. Ana Avatar
    Ana

    What about Brio toys?

  73. Rebekah Avatar
    Rebekah

    What about manhattan toys that are just wooden? Are they made in the US?

  74. Julie Avatar
    Julie

    Any recommendations for sidewalk chalk? Or any chalk that is non-toxic pretty please ?

    1. TwoBuddhas Avatar
      TwoBuddhas

      Recommendation for SIDEWALK CHALK. You might want to check out Urban Infant’s Non-Toxic Toddler Sidewalk Chalk. It’s the “cleanest” sidewalk chalk I have found yet. I’ve be interested to know if Maia has researched it. https://www.urbaninfant.com/non-toxic-toddler-kids-chunky-sidewalk-chalk/

  75. Jessica Furnell Avatar
    Jessica Furnell

    Also disappointed to hear about the Schleich toys! Are there any non-toxic plastic figurine options?

      1. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        Unfortunately, I don’t think these are any better!

  76. Dana Avatar
    Dana

    This list needs to be updated. The only dinosaur toys on the list are on a dead link.

  77. Kara Avatar
    Kara

    Hi!

    Any thoughts on non-toxic letter magnets for the fridge? I keep googling and goggling but I don’t seem to be coming up with much just yet.

    Thank you for any help!

    Kara

  78. Hollie Avatar
    Hollie

    I have the wooden rainbow colored balls toy from the Manhattan Toy Company. Can you tell me if it is safe? I researched prior to buying and it looked like it was.

  79. Regan Avatar
    Regan

    I noticed PlanToys in “the good stuff” category make their toys from rubberwood.
    I purged a few of my daughter’s rubberwood toys after finding out that rubberwood is highly susceptible to fungus and bug attacks,it and is therefore usually heavily inundated with pesticides and other chemicals.
    I figured you would probably want to know so that you can research it for yourself.

    1. Marianne Zimmerman Avatar
      Marianne Zimmerman

      Regan, where did you find this information? Can you share the article?

    2. Jas Avatar
      Jas

      I am curious what Maia’s reply for this..

    3. Jas Avatar
      Jas

      I am curious to know what Maia’s response about Plantoys toys from rubber wood that maybe is indicated with pesticides. I hope she will say her thought on this.

      1. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        In the case of PlanToys: they told me that three years before cutting down the rubber trees, they stop using any fertilizer, so that all harvested wood is toxin-free.

  80. Steph Avatar

    Hello! I recently bought Apple Park toys for my newborn, made of cotton and free from harsh chemicals, but made in China. I was wondering if you had any experience/insight into the brand. Thank you!

  81. ruthy Avatar
    ruthy

    HI Maya,
    thank you so much for an updated toy guide! do you have information about BRIO Trains? What brand for wooden trains would be the best?

  82. Erin May Avatar
    Erin May

    I recently discovered Le Toy Van, a brand that makes adorable wooden toys (lots of play food, doll houses, baby doll accessories, classic toys) — they are based in the UK, and it looks like (at least some?) of their toys might be made in Indonesia. The toys are solid rubber wood like Plan, and some of the toys specify that they use water-based paints, but some just say “non-toxic” paint. The thing that gives me pause is that there are several non-answers posted in their FAQs on pertinent subjects. Some of their toys can be purchased on Amazon.

    I’m also curious about Wonderworld — I think I read a couple years ago that their practices were very similar to Plan (made in Thailand out of rubber wood, water-based paints, etc.). We own a few of their toys, and my kids like them.

    1. Erin Avatar
      Erin

      By the way, we own and LOVE so many of the Good Stuff brands: Haba (although it sadly seems like they are making less and less in Germany now), PlanToys, Begin Again, Camden Rose (we just have one of their phenomenal play kitchens, but that is enough!), Hevea, Grimm’s, EcoKids, and Petit Collage (their puzzles are the BEST — we own four of the beginner puzzle sets now, and they are possibly my son’s favorite toys; he is two, and he has played with them probably every day for the past year). We own these toys in part due to your excellent research and recommendations, so thank you! We could not second your recommendations more!

      1. Maia Avatar
        Maia

        Awww thanks so much! Glad it’s been helpful:)

  83. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    Hi there,

    I tend to purchase the Green Toys dough over Play dough.

    It’s much more affordable than the Eco Kids, which is quite costly here in Canada. And with my little ones, some of the dough inevitably lands on the floor and then into the garbage.

    I wonder if the Green Toys dough is any better than the Play Dough? The only claim made on the packaging is that organic flour is used.

    Thanks again

  84. Ellen Avatar
    Ellen

    Bummer about Schleich. Thanks so much for this valuable information!

  85. Sylvia Avatar
    Sylvia

    Thank you for this! I’m so bummed to hear about the Schleich figurines, especially since my girls enjoy how realistic the dinosaurs are (and we live in Germany, so they’re easy to come by). Obviously I won’t be buying any new ones, but should I be concerned about my girls’ continued handling of the ones we currently own? (E.g., should they wash their hands more often, etc.)

    1. Natalia Avatar
      Natalia

      I bought Safari Ltd figurines this year and they are beautiful and seem to be free of most concerning stuff. Wondering if anyone else has tried these and knows anything about them.

    2. Maia Avatar
      Maia

      Honestly, kids are in so much contact with so much plastic that I wouldn’t worry about the Schleich figures….My kids have a bunch of them too!

  86. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    Does anyone know about Beyblades? I know they’re not eco-friendly, by I can get them secondhand. I’d love to hear thoughts.

  87. Raishelle meagher Avatar
    Raishelle meagher

    The lovevery kits are made in China….what do you think about that? I’m trying to decide if this or the other popular one (also made in China) are a good choice for my little one.

    1. Maia Avatar
      Maia

      I have looked into the details of Lovevery and feel comfortable with their oversight of the Chinese-made toys they sell…

  88. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    Do you know about the Picasso Magnetic Tiles? They are a cheaper version of the magnatiles (which I love)

    1. Maia Avatar
      Maia

      Those should be fine, but of course still plastic so not an eco-friendly choice!

      1. Alison Steele Avatar
        Alison Steele

        You should consider replacing Magna-Tiles on your list with Picasso Magnetic Tiles. Magna-tiles have exposed metal grommets that contain arsenic, mercury, and cadmium. https://tamararubin.com/2021/12/magnatiles-brand-magnetic-building-toy-tested-positive-for-trace-levels-of-arsenic-mercury-and-cadmium-in-the-metal-rivets/

        1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
          Suzanne Weaver-Goss

          Yes, we listed them not as Good Stuff but Okay Stuff because the plastic was better quality. I will check out Picasso Magnegtic Tiles.

  89. Shayna Manheim (aka Grannie) Avatar

    Our 5 month old grandbaby visited for Thanksgiving and loved the ball toy and the wooden rattle. I love you because I don’t have to worry about the safety of items I buy from you. Thank you so much!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      So glad to hear this. Thanks so much for supporting our store:)

  90. Emily Sinnott Avatar
    Emily Sinnott

    Thanks for your article. I’d like to know about Goki brand and Goula brand. Do you have any information on them?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I don’t know those, but I’ll look into them…

  91. Becca Avatar
    Becca

    With Christmas approaching I’m on the search for a safe play kitchen. My 3 year old currently has a Hape kitchen set but it is too small and he is asking for something bigger. I’m looking at a Melissa & Doug or KidKraft kitchen. Can you comment on the safety/toxicity of these two brands or recommened another brand that is better for bigger/older kids?

    1. Carol C. Howard Avatar

      Dear Becca hi I am Carol and a grandmother. I have opted out of Melissa and Doug as I have read some negative reviews about their paint. I have been buying green toys for my grandson. My new granddaughter I dont know yet? I know nothing about the kitchens. I bought a kitchen for my grandson when He was little but cannot remember the brand. I bought it on amazon and my daughter approved. he is nearly 3 1/2. He was about 2. He plays with his mother’s old cabbage patch kitchen and I bought all green toys foods, trucks and other toys for him. My worry as I hate toys made in china and they all are are the beanie babies. I have bought him some and he loves them. I bought several for them both for Christmas. My granddaughter is a new infant and cant play with it. I bought her Rainbow Designs toys on ebay from a British company, I am half British. I was very upset to later find they too are made in China. I could look up the kitchen brand for you on amazon and it was the boy’s version. I am so worried now about beanie babies. my grandson is nearly 3 1/2. I read and look even Steiff baby toys are made in china. I am sick of it. furious. I live with American antiques I hate this . I have alot of old toys and my toys. hugs Carol xo Becca I am going through the same thing with Christmas looking up dinosaurs and the ratings are all wrong. this site is an eye opener I have never liked things toys anything clothes made in china. best of luck. xo I steer clear of Melissa and Doug. period. xo

  92. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    This is my go-to reference for toys; thanks so much.

    LEGO now has a recycling program within the US. Hoping it will expand to Canada and other countries!

  93. Jasmine Avatar
    Jasmine

    I also want to know about the safety of Lovevery kits and KidKraft (specifically the play kitchens)! I would love to get my Littles a play kitchen for Christmas but want it to be non-toxic. Safe play kitchen advice? I know Hape is on the list. Just want to explore my options!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      We’ve updated the post with info on KidKraft:)

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Updated again to include Lovevery!

  94. Roxana Mohammadi Avatar
    Roxana Mohammadi

    Hi I’m wondering about kid kraft toys?

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Haven’t reviewed but we will add it to the list.

    2. K Avatar
      K

      I was wondering about kidkraft as well since they make such a large variety of play kitchens and dollhouses.

      1. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        see above– we’ve added Kid Kraft.

  95. C Avatar
    C

    What about lovevery kits since they contain painted wooden toys?

    1. Jasmine Avatar
      Jasmine

      I also want to know about the safety of Lovevery kits and KidKraft (specifically the play kitchens)! I would love to get my Littles a play kitchen for Christmas but want it to be non-toxic. Safe play kitchen advice?

      1. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        The guide has been updated to include KidKraft.

  96. Martha Avatar
    Martha

    Any non-plastic recommendations for dinosaurs for toddlers/preschoolers? They’re so ubiquitous and beloved and sketchy.

  97. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    I was wonder about the B baby toys if they are toxic

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      I would like to know too!

    2. Danielle O. Avatar
      Danielle O.

      I’m pretty sure this is the same brand as Battat / B Toys, and they are listed as okay.

      1. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        Yes, that’s correct! Okay Stuff.

  98. Marianne Zimmerman Avatar
    Marianne Zimmerman

    What do you think about Manhattan Toy Baby Stella dolls? Looking for a safe doll for my Grandbaby.

  99. Sandra Patteraon Avatar
    Sandra Patteraon

    Looking for childrens cooking supplies for retail.

  100. Carla Avatar
    Carla

    It looks like Schleich animals are phthlatate-free:

    http://www.schleichtoystore.com/store_info/Materials.php

  101. beth Avatar
    beth

    Does anyone know about the ‎ulysses toy brand?

  102. mona Avatar
    mona

    What about Goki?

  103. Cindy Avatar
    Cindy

    Is prang hygieia chalk a safe alternative?
    Thanks,
    Cindy

  104. moonshoes87 Avatar
    moonshoes87

    Hi Maia,

    Do you know anything about Discovery Toys and where their toys might fit on the spectrum?

    thanks,
    Lori

  105. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    Hi Maia,

    I love your guides. They have helped me to pick everything from sippy cups to toothpaste to cleaning supplies! I also love this list. I’m curious where you place Guidecraft. They have some really cool blocks, but I was worried because they don’t seem to give quite as much information on their website as Plan Toys and I know that rubber wood can be manufactured using strong anti-fungals. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!

  106. Sunny Avatar
    Sunny

    Chewbeads are made in China 🙁 I haven’t checked the rest of the Good Toy list.

  107. Savvy Avatar
    Savvy

    Hi,
    Thanks for the list. Very helpful. Wanted to know if you did any research on Leapfrog products ? A very old article showed their products are toxic.

  108. Natalie Avatar
    Natalie

    Finally found the companies making safe play mats. Just a couple though. And they are way too expensive!
    Could you please recommend okay mats for low budget families? We just can’t afford to pay over $200 for one mat:(. Or maybe place where we could buy used ones ?

  109. Natalie Avatar
    Natalie

    Can’t find a safe play mat link here.((

  110. Faith Duncan Avatar
    Faith Duncan

    I ordered Begin Again Bath toys and when they came, realized each figure has “made in China” written on the bottoms! ?

  111. Bobbi Avatar

    Hi Maia,

    there is a company near Seattle, Washington State that just started wooden toys made of solid wood, not painted. Here is the website:
    https://victorykids.toys/
    The company Victory Kids is operating under the main company Velo Transit (that manufactures waterproof backpacks in SeaTac, WA).

    Thank you for your great information regarding non-toxic wooden toys.

  112. Daria Avatar

    Thanks for the post! I have a little daughter and it was very interesting to discover such a fact about harmful toys. Now I will thought carefully before buying a new toy

  113. Amanda Avatar
    Amanda

    The Manhattan Toys — do ALL the toys have tubing? I’m looking to get my girl a Baby Stella doll.

    Thanks!

    1. Bailey Avatar
      Bailey

      I called awhile ago (before my son got one of their baby dolls) and they said the dolls don’t have any of the tubing in them! Hope that helps!

  114. A Avatar
    A

    Hi!

    What about Kidkraft or Indigo Jamm toys?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Don’t know these–but will look into them!

  115. Kandyce B. Avatar
    Kandyce B.

    Hello! I am searching everywhere for a safe pretend cleaning toy set(mop, broom, etc.)Do you have any recommendations? Thanks!

      1. Kandyce B. Avatar
        Kandyce B.

        Thank you.

  116. Susanna Avatar
    Susanna

    Hi, what do you think of Bigjigs toys?

    Thanks 🙂

  117. Alyssa Avatar
    Alyssa

    Hi!

    Your website is like my Bible! Any remommendations on play tables?

    Thank you!
    Alyssa

  118. C Avatar
    C

    Tender leaf toys looks pretty harmless, but wanted to check w the experts! Designed in UK, made in Indonesia.
    https://www.tenderleaftoys.com/about-us

  119. Maria Rosales-Hartshorn Avatar
    Maria Rosales-Hartshorn

    Hi Maia:
    Any safe magnetic numbers and letters I can buy for my 2-year old? He loves playing with the foam magnetic numbers and letters at the library. I know they are not good so I hope you have a recommendation .
    Thanks for doing this!!!

    1. Mahriana Avatar
      Mahriana

      I know this post is from a while ago. But, any suggestions on this from anyone?

  120. Mildred Avatar
    Mildred

    Hello, just wanted to inquire about where a few toy brands would fit please: Apple Park, Vulli, Wonderworld, and TAG.
    Thank you so much for your response.

  121. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    Thank you for sharing! How do you feel about Fisher Price products? Ie. Little People sets, not the vintage ones but the more recent ones. I didn’t see it on your safe or “ok” list so I am now concerned.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I wouldn’t be overly concerned, but also wouldn’t call Fisher Price Good Stuff.

  122. Daria Avatar
    Daria

    Modern children are so keenly interested in all new and so quickly master technologies that, having barely learned to walk and talk, they are already asking for a mother’s phone or father’s tablet to play.

    So why don’t use some colorful applications that will help to entertain a toddler and spend time with benefit to both kids and their parents?

    https://androidappsforme.com/free-android-apps-for-toddlers/

    For example, we’re fond of different painting and music apps. They develop creativity and fantasy. But is there some harm? There’re different opinions…

  123. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    What is a safe, non-toxic play tunnel?

  124. Rachel Butler Avatar
    Rachel Butler

    Hello,

    I called Manhattan toys about their Stella baby dolls. They said they don’t put polyurethane in it. They sent me a list of materials they use. Are any of these bad stuff?

    Thank you so much for all that you do!

    Component

    Location

    Material / Color

    Material Content

    fabric

    doll main skin fabric

    skin fabric

    100% polyester

    fabric

    doll top hair

    YELLOW nylex

    100% polyester

    fabric

    pacifier fabric

    light pink and pink nylex

    100% polyester

    fabric

    doll skirts

    printed knit

    100% polyester

    fabric

    doll skirts trim

    pink nylex

    100% polyester

    nylon thread

    embroidery in face

    nylon

    nylon

    fabric

    PE inside of pacifier

    White PE

    PE

    fabric

    magnets

    iron

    iron

    fabric

    inside

    polyester fiber/white

    100% polyester

    fabric

    N/A

    polyester tape / white

    100% polyester

    fabric

    N/A

    paint / red, black, purple

    100% acrylic

    painting

    N/A

    Painting/colorful

    PE painting

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      none of this looks concerning to me:). It’s not made from renewable materials, but from a toxicity standpoint I’m not worried.

  125. Rina Bliss Avatar
    Rina Bliss

    I dream that you will investigate Crayola products specifically! If you have time 😉

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Perhaps when we update we will!

  126. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    What about Tag Toys?

  127. Elena Avatar
    Elena

    What are your thoughts on Eeboo, Crocodile Creek, and Djeco?

  128. Whitney Avatar
    Whitney

    Do you have any thoughts on “chewbeads” silicone links? If they are not safe, are there any good alternative ring links for baby toys?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      i think that they are fine–certainly better than plastic!

      1. Sunny Avatar
        Sunny

        Made in China though 🙁

  129. Ayelet Avatar
    Ayelet

    Thanks you so much for helping us protect our kiddos! What are your thoughts on green sprouts products like this?

    https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/green-sprouts-reg-sprout-ware-reg-float-boats/1045836626

    Thanks!

  130. Rebekah Avatar
    Rebekah

    Schelich are Phalate free!

  131. Jas Avatar
    Jas

    It is confusing to me that in this Guide, it says we should avoid all Chinese made toys but some of the items listed in the good stuff are actually made in China. I wonder if it means it is okay if it is made in China so long as it is under strict care by the company?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, it’s really a case-by-case basis, unfortunately!

  132. Rossy Hansen Avatar
    Rossy Hansen

    Is the apple park organic baby dolls safe?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      yes:)

  133. Rossy Hansen Avatar
    Rossy Hansen

    Hi, do you know of safe baby dolls to buy that don’t have vinyl? I know you mention the under the Nile brand but do you recommend any non cloth baby dolls for my daughter? Please let me know if you know of a safe brand. Thanks!

  134. Jas Avatar
    Jas

    When my son turned One , he received so many plastic toys. And of course, chewing and licking them. Now I am freaking out learning about lead, PVC, phthalates, etc…. I am worried sick now that he had been playing with plastic since he was a baby. Just imagine too, the highchair, exersaucer, playmat… I could not sleep thinking about the bad stuff he had come in contact with. So my husband got our son Begin again wooden toy. However, I just found out that the one he bought was made in China. Are all of the Begin Again toys and even those made in China safe?

    1. Mel Avatar
      Mel

      My child has three Begin again toys. Before buying from them, I sent them an email asking about their toys. I am sharing to you my reply so you don’t need to worry anymore.
      —————–

      All of our Rubberwood items are Made in China as that is where the Rubberwood is harvested. We do have some teethers, lemonade sets, and sand trucks Made in the USA as they are made using a corn base.

      Our wooden toys are finished with water based stains vs using paints. These stains have been selected for their water based formulas and have been independently tested for USA, Europe, Australia-New Zealand, Japan, and South Korean toy standards.

      Our wood factory is female owned, and family run and is an approved factory for a variety of global retailers. Our USA facilities are OSHA and ISO compliant and have been approved and audited by Bureau Veritas.
      – Begin again toys

  135. Robin J. Avatar
    Robin J.

    Hi Maia,
    I have follow up on your review for the Magna-Tiles. They’re listed as Okay Stuff, but you reference only the ‘clear Magna-Tiles’ as made with non-leaching ABS plastic. Is there any reason that the ‘clear’ ones are named specifically? Or do you consider the solid colored, frost, or ice ones also safe? We received the Frost set (from Target) recently, so was wondering if anyone else had a similar question. On Magna-tiles website it states they’ll made of ABS plastic, with no differentiation between the various styles. Thanks again for all your research, we’d be lost without you!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      This is a great clarifying question—all of them are safe!

      1. Robin J Avatar
        Robin J

        Thank you so much!!

  136. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    Great list and a wonderful resources! I’ve been looking for a safe brand of realistic animal figurines. Most are made from pvc unfortunately. I wanted to know if you had looked into Bullyland or Safari Ltd? Bullyland looks to be made from latex and Safari Ltd states that their products are phthalate free. Any thoughts on these brands? Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I don’t know the brand Bullyland (will look into it), but the Safari ones are pretty stinky…

  137. Lotem Avigdor Avatar
    Lotem Avigdor

    Hi, how about Rose & Rex toys? They claim to be made from 100% natural latex from Hevea rubber trees. Thanks!

  138. Ed Loewenton Avatar
    Ed Loewenton

    I don’t see MY VERY OWN Rattle among the items pictured above. It’s just pure American Rock Maple, and a long-demonstrated favorite of kids 5 months to 2 years. It’s my favorite, too, but then, I am biased – I make them. And Gimme The Good Stuff sells them in your on-line store. On this very website! It’s a perfect arrangement!

  139. Mel Avatar
    Mel

    Hi! What’s wrong with the Fisher Price stacker pictured on your list?

  140. Allison Leshovsky Avatar
    Allison Leshovsky

    Hi!
    Would you purchase toys made in China but meet the European safety standards?
    I am asking in regards to a brand called Goobi. They make magnetic structure sets.
    http://goobi.com/magnetic_construction_set_building_toy_sale/product_info.php/goobi-110-magnetic-construction-set-p-2051?osCsid=0a145b9d3e5542b2d879a0f5614ec650

  141. rssymendez Avatar
    rssymendez

    What about B. Toys? Are they safe?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I haven’t looked into these yet, but will add to my list for when I update this guide!

  142. Riley Avatar
    Riley

    B brand toys from Target. I love them, but have a fear they are not as great as they are advertised to be.

  143. Claudia Avatar
    Claudia

    Hi! Do you know of any green/non-toxic floor mats? The kinds that have interlocking pieces? Thanks!

  144. Bailey Avatar
    Bailey

    Thank you so much for the list! I do a lot of research on my own but your list is much more comprehensive! Super sad about Playmobile-I loved them as a kid!

    I am curious about your thoughts on Just B-B you toys? My son has some of the musical instruments. I know the plastic isn’t great but ok paper they look like a better brand as far as plastic. Also curious if you know anything about the felt food that ikea and target sell?

    Thanks so much!

  145. Samantha McGinnis Avatar
    Samantha McGinnis

    Thanks so much for the guide! I’m wondering what your thoughts are on B. toys and Lewo toys?

  146. Kelly Avatar
    Kelly

    Thank you for the list! Any snow sled recommendations?

  147. Anna Avatar
    Anna

    I saw someone asked about KidKraft, was wonde