Best Organic Baby Toys
In this article, I like to introduce you to the best organic baby toys. You may or may not be familiar with natural baby toys and products and the benefits it has for your little people and you.
It is a great feeling to buy natural products for your baby with the knowledge they are safe to be close in your babies environment and even safe to put in babies mouth,(as they do).
My interest in Organic products has only been growing recently. Only since I had my second baby, my awareness of harsh chemicals used in products started to concern me.
How more I learn about the truth of many products on the market, how more respect, love and passion I feel for Natural products. Harsh chemicals are not suitable for anyone, but especially for babies’ it is essential to minimise exposure to chemicals.
Choosing for organic baby toys are going to give you massive benefits minimising exposure of chemicals for your baby. It is a reassuring thought to know you don’t have to worry when your baby put toys in their mouth for potential dangers.
I love organic products, but admittedly I don’t have only natural toys in my house, so I like to know what the concerns of regular toys are? Are they that bad? Are they tested for safety? Let’s have a look in this article what the standards are.
What are organic baby toys?
We live in a time that the awareness of our environment has grown a lot. Knowing where your product comes from is ensuring thought necessary for more people these days. Unortuanally, not all products are made in the most ethical way or with the most natural products.
Organic products are grown or manufactured without the use of harsh chemicals in the most natural way.
‘When you like to know how your babies’ toys are made, you may like to read further’.
Please find here the best organic baby toys with organic cotton yarn and G.O.T.S. certified.
The wooden toys shown in the image are made from untreated hardwood and finished with vegetable seed wax.
The people who made the toys are paid a fair wage and worked in a healthy work environment in India and Peru.
Choosing Organic toys for your baby, or as a gift for a loved one who is expecting is a fulfilling choice. It very satisfying feeling to know you buy something very unique, ethical and safe.
Have you seen the abbreviation G.O.T.S. before? Please understand the full meaning in the snippet below. Finding this text on your product, you can be sure the product you buy is certified organic cotton.
Standards of regular toy testing
Let’s have a look at regular toys now. As we know, babies’ put everything in their mouth, and it is the way they learn and develop. But for this reason, extra important to give baby-safe toys.
One would hope that everything sold in the shops is tested and safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, or not thorough enough anyway.
In the U.S, toy safety standards are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The CPSC enforces basic rules safety guidelines for toys with small parts that children could swallow or sharp points or edges on toys or lead in paint. However, there are more materials to worry about, such as Formaldehyde, Flame Retardant Chemicals, lead, P.V.C. and Phthalates and Bisphenols (B.P.A.
In 2008 the U.S. enforced new rules to improve the current safety standards on products sold in the U.S. The new law signed in 2008 by President George W Bush is the (C.P.S.I.A.)Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
Unfortunately, there have been fatal accidents related to toys. In 2005 20 children under 15 years of age died in the U.S. with accidents associated with toys. An additional estimated 200- 300 kids in the U.S. experienced injuries related to toys and needed treatment in a hospital that year.
Even though it is excellent the safety standards are improved, the question is of all area’s of concern are covered with those changes though.
I think it is essential the parents are vigilant what to purchase for you baby and kids and to find out that the products you are interested in meeting the standards you feel are safe in you babies environment.
In Australia, there are five mandatory safety standards toys have to meet before sold in Australia. These regulations are enforced by the (A.C.C.C.), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to maintain toy safety.
- Floatation and aquatic toys
- Lead and other elements in toys
- Magnets in children’s toys
- Projectiles in children’s toys
- Mandatory requirements toys for children under 36 months
All toys in Australia have to comply with the Australian and New Zealand standards. Toys have to be voluntarily tested either in the house of manufacturing or external in a test lab to ensure the five mandatory safety standards in place.
‘All toys sold in Australia have to obey the legal safety standards in Australia’.
The Australia Toy Association represents the Toy industry of Australia and ensures these standards are maintained. The Europinion standards have some small differences but are very similar than the Australian and New Zea land toy safety rules.
When purchasing Certified Organic Products, you buy products grown or created without the use of harsh chemicals. It has only been recent since I have become more concerned about the use of chemicals in the products we use. I used to hear it, but I was not doing all that much with the information and wrote it off as it wouldn’t be all that bad.
After I had my second child, my awareness slowly started rising to a higher level of concern, and my interest in organic products extended.
I have learned to respect and appreciate the companies who produce these honest and natural products for us, and I am more aware of the potential danger when buying mush produced baby products.
It is a reassuring thought to know you are giving your baby a safe toy made ethically. The toys made on the pictures:
- are made from untreated Indian hardwood all products are G.O.T.S. certified 100% organic cotton
- is made from non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes & wax
- are ethically made in Peru & India
All knitted products are hand made as well. You can be sure to have the best quality and the highest safety products for your baby. No P.V.C., Magnet or lead concerns what so ever in these beautiful toys.
Contributing to a more ethical world is such a great feeling as well, you make a difference in somebodies life with your action. At least, I know it does for me.
Even though there are standards and improvement of the rules for regular toys to comply with, it is evident that the action taken to ensure toys are safe is quite minimal. Your own experience and judgement are critical to ensure the toys for your baby are safe.
Manufacturers have to comply with the standards, but not all area’s of concern may be covered.
The significant concerns where is focussed on with these checks are :
- choking on small parts for children up to 36 months.
- Safety of magnets in children toys,
- floatation toy warning and projectile toys and lead in paint, but however they are the main focus, there is more to worry about such as materials like Formaldehyde, flame retardant chemicals, lead, P.V.C., Phthalates and B.P.A. and B.P.S.
Being suspicious is advisable when you purchase regular toys. Being critical is key to ensure desired safety and quality is in place.
A safer option for toys, especially for babies’ who like to put things in their mouth, are organic baby toys. This way, you are ensured to offer your baby safe toys with no nasties.
Buying from small companies where quality and safety is vital has excellent benefits for all parties. Often products in such companies are made ethically. The other bonus is that their quality standard is high and they have unique products which make great gifts as well. Going back to basic and choose Organic is not a bad idea.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped you to give an overview of what you can expect when purchasing toys. If you have any feedback, I love to hear from you in the comments below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.