Whether it’s for a birthday present, for the holidays, or just because, it can actually be hard know what to buy for a baby. A lot of times we buy toys for our kids, only to have them prefer to play with kitchen utensils instead. Or maybe you’ve been overwhelmed by the great toy options out there, only to find that every single thing your baby likes to play with is made with PVC or other toxic materials.
That’s why I’ve put together this list of gift ideas for babies.
These are tried and true toys that have been a hit with babies. And, they’re made from safer materials. So you shouldn’t find any BPA, PVC, or phthalates in these items. And any cotton used will be GOTS-certified. These recommendations are suitable for babies 0-18 months.
Plus, while a whopping 80% of toys are made in China, many of these are not. Please note that it was impossible to put together a useful list of good toys and avoid China altogether. So you’ll find toys listed below are made in China, including some that are made by responsible companies that own their own factories in China.
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I’ve carefully selected these items not only because of their quality but also because they are sure to make any baby squeal with delight. I hope these non-toxic gift ideas provide your sweet baby lots of joy, too!
Made in Thailand. Every baby should have this amazing wooden drum! We never get tired of ours because it’s simply so much fun to play with. It makes a beautiful hollow kind of drumming sound. Highly recommend as a great gift idea for babies.
Made in Morocco. This natural rubber duck is beautiful and really well made. It’s also hermetically sealed, so you don’t need to worry about mold. We love ours, and use it as a bath toy. This duckie is so soft it could be played with at any age; in fact my 4 year old still loves his.
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A non-toxic play gym, the Lovevery gym grows with your baby. It is great for tummy time in the beginning and then is great for baby’s independent play time as she grows. It comes with a free booklet with playtime ideas for babies, and the detachable toys are made from cotton and/or silicone. The mat is made from polyester, but you can always cover it with a cotton blanket or just use your own non-toxic playmat.
Made in Germany. Clutching toys are great for younger babies who are working on their grasp and/or who are teething. They’re also just really fun to hold. This is a great gift for 0-9 months.
Made in China. These activity cubes are very popular, and offer five sides of fun play. I would get this for babies 6 months and up, though it is great for toddlers, too.
Made in USA. Shape sorters help babies to develop their hand-eye coordination and shape recognition. This one by Green Toys is made from a cleaner type of plastic. If you prefer a wooden one, try this wooden shape sorter for babies.
Made in Germany. This rainbow stacking puzzle is a classic! There are so many ways to play with this, and it is fun for kids of all ages (making it a great pick for families with older siblings).
Made in China. This is the perfect ride on toy for babies and toddlers. It’s a huge hit in our home. My youngest really started to appreciate this toy around the 12 month mark.
In addition to their popular play gym, Lovevery also offers Play Kits, a quarterly toy subscription box for your baby or toddler. We loved them — the Lovevery Play Kits make a fantastic gift for babies! Check out our full review of the Lovevery Play Kits.
Made in Egypt. Like all of their stuffed animals, this cute Elephant is made with GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Made in New Zealand. Honeysticks makes crayons made from beeswax, which is a cleaner option for your baby. Especially because babies tend to mouth things (or try to eat crayons!) I think it’s important to get non-toxic crayons that are perfect for little hands, like these from Honeysticks.
Made in USA. These bears are adorable and are made with a GOTS-certified cotton outer fabric. Both of my kids have their own for bedtime cuddles. These are appropriate for any age.
Frame made in China; Toys made in Peru or India. Made from birch wood and featuring toys made with organic cotton. These toys also attach to a stroller or car seat, making them useful for on the go. This is a great gift for babies up to 9 months of age.
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Made in USA. This fun baby set includes stacking cups, key rings, and an elephant toy. These are great for babies 3 months and older.
Made in China. A wooden rainmaker toy that makes fascinating sounds.
Made in Thailand. Babies love to mimic what they see in the home. This tea set is a perfect opportunity for pretend play.
Made in USA. Silicone cups can be used for so many things — including bath toys. They make a perfect gift for babies who love to explore. We have gotten a lot of use out of these, and they have held up after months of daily baths.
Made in USA. Uncle Goose makes high quality blocks in 23 different languages and on various themes. These are a great buy! For more ideas, check out our guide to the best blocks for babies.
Made in Germany. These ergonomically designed maracas are lots of fun. Have a mini jam session with your baby!
Personalize the name and appearance of the main character in this cool personalized story book. Even babies appreciate hearing their own name!
Made in USA. These high-quality wooden name puzzles will get lots of use over the years. And they help teach kids the letters of their name, which is helpful.
Made in USA. A stacking toy that helps babies 6 months and older develop their hand-eye coordination.
Made in Israel. These musical toys are a huge hit in our home. They are plastic, but they are free of BPA and phthalates. These are one of my go-to gifts for first birthdays. However, if you’d prefer to avoid plastic altogether, check out this wooden tambourine toy.
Made in USA. These high contrast cards help stimulate your baby’s vision, and they are easy to take along with you in your diaper bag.
Made in China. These cogs are fascinating to watch as they spin around!
Made in USA. A Pikler Triangle is a climbing toy that can be used as early as 6-8 months of age. Popular among Montessori and RIE advocates, it helps babies develop confidence and gross motor skills. If you have the space for this, it makes a great gift!
Made in China. Sensory balls are great for sensory exploration, but most popular sensory balls are made from plastic. These are made from food-grade silicone, so you won’t have to worry when your baby plays with them or even chews on them. These may be a little heavy for younger babies, so you might have to use them with supervision.
Made in Germany. This is another favorite in our home, and it is small enough to tuck into the diaper bag for playtime on-the-go. The colors are beautiful and there’s just something so simple about it that makes it lots of fun.
Made in Germany. Though this will really come in handy as your baby gets closer to preschool age, I find that even babies under 18 months enjoy playing with this abacus.
Made in China. My kids would always play with the bead mazes at doctor’s appointments, so I finally brought one home and it has gotten lots of use.
Made in Thailand. Like the walk-along puppy, these wooden pull toys make a fun gift for babies and toddlers alike. I don’t leave these within reach because of the string, but we do let the kids play with them while supervised.
Made in China. This bright and colorful 3″ sensory ball made from natural rubber makes a wonderful (and all-around safe) gift for babies.
Books are always a good idea! Soft and literally indestructible, Indestructibles are safe for babies to play with. For more baby book recommendations, check out the top books for your baby’s first library.
Made in Egypt. These adorable stuffed animals are made with 100% cotton fabric and filling, making them safe for babies to chew on.
Made in France. A tried and true favorite teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe also makes a great gift. Made from natural rubber, Sophie is a safe toy (and teether) for babies of all ages. Make sure to look for her other friends, too.
Made in USA. Another great classic from Green Toys, this tug boat makes a great gift for babies 6+ months.
Made in China. An adorable plush toy perfect for babies of any age, Organic Farm Buddies are handmade in China. They are 14″ and made with 100% organic cotton and feature a corn fiber filling. They also make an adorable matching blankie.
These teething beads are genius! I wish I had known about these when my boys were teething. They make a great gift for babies 3 months and older, though a newborn would also eventually get plenty of use out of them.
Made in China. These links connect and can attach to a stroller, car seat, or high chair. They’re a safer alternative to popular plastic links and would be great for most babies beginning at 3 months or so.
I hope you found these non-toxic gift ideas for babies useful! It really is worth it to buy non-toxic toys whenever possible so that you can avoid BPA, PVC, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals. This goes double when your baby is putting everything in their mouth. Whether you’re shopping for your baby’s first birthday or for holiday gifts, I hope you found a few great toys on this list of gift ideas for babies. For more non-toxic gift inspiration, check out my list of safer toy brands.
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