Looking for some thoughtful gift ideas for babies? Here’s my list of the best non-toxic gifts for babies!
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 non-toxic 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!
Non-Toxic Gift Ideas for Babies
1) Plan Toys Wooden Drum (Made in Thailand)
Every baby should have this amazing wooden drum! We never get tired of ours.
2) HEVEA Kawan Mini Rubber Duck (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.
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3) HABA Wooden Triangle Clutching Toy (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.
4) Hape Country Critters Wooden Activity Play Cube (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.
5) Green Toys Shape Sorter (Made in USA)
Shape sorters help babies to develop their hand-eye coordination and shape recognition.
6) Finn & Emma Play Gym (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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7) Grimm’s Large Rainbow Stacker Nesting Puzzle (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).
8) Hape Rocker Puppy Ride on Toy (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.
9) Under the Nile Stuffed Elephant Toy (Made in Egypt)
Like all of their stuffed animals, this cute Elephant is made with GOTS-certified organic cotton.
10) Hape Rainbow Xylophone (Made in China)
A well-crafted wooden xylophone that’s fun for babies and toddlers alike.
11) Honeysticks Pure Beeswax Crayons (Made in New Zealand)
Truly non-toxic crayons that are perfect for little hands.
12) Bears for Humanity Organic Sherpa Teddy Bear (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.
13) Green Toys Baby Starter Set (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.
14) HABA Rainmaker Toy (Made in China)
A wooden rainmaker toy that makes fascinating sounds.
15) Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Solid Wood Building Blocks (Made in Thailand)
Solid wood blocks are perfect for playtime. Please note that these are large and heavy, so they would make a good gift for babies 18+ months.
16) Plan Toy Solid Wood Tea Set (Made in Thailand)
Babies love to mimic what they see in the home. This tea set is a perfect opportunity for pretend play.
17) BeginAgain Bathtub Pals Set (Made in USA)
Dishwasher-safe natural rubber bath toys make a perfect gift. We have gotten a lot of use out of these, and they have held up after months of daily baths.
18) Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks (Made in USA)
Uncle Goose makes high quality blocks in 23 different languages and on various themes. These are a great buy!
19) HABA Musical Eggs (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.
21) Fat Brain Toys Personalized Name Puzzle (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.
22) Green Toys My First Stacker (Made in USA)
A stacking toy that helps babies 6 months and older develop their hand-eye coordination.
23) Hohner Kids Musical Band (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.
24) Gigglespots High Contrast Cards (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.
25) Fat Brain Toys Spinagain Toy (Made in China)
These cogs are fascinating to watch as they spin around!
26) Little Climber Pikler Triangle (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!
27) Fat Brain Toys Sensory Rollers (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.
If you prefer sensory balls that are not made in China, look into these.
28) HABA Magica Clutching Toy (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.
29) HAPE Rainbow Counting Abacus (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.
30) HAPE Double Bubble Wooden Bead Maze (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.
31) Plan Toys Dancing Alligator (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.
32) CaaOcho Natural Rubber Sensory Ball (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 25 books for your baby’s first library.
34) Plan Toys Duck Racer (Made in Thailand)
Too cute not to list, this duck racer also helps babies develop their fine motor skills.
35) Under the Nile Bunny Stuffed Animal (Made in Egypt)
These adorable stuffed animals are made with 100% cotton fabric and filling, making them safe for babies to chew on.
36) Sophie the Giraffe (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.
37) My First Tug Boat by Green Toys (Made in USA)
Another great classic from Green Toys, this tug boat makes a great gift for babies 6+ months.
38) Organic Farm Buddies Belle Cow Plush Toy (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.
39) Chewbeads Stroller Teething Toys (Made in China)
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.
Another non-toxic play gym for you to consider, 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.
41) Chewbeads Silicone Links (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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Author of The Baby Registry Handbook. After learning about the toxic chemicals found in mainstream baby products, I created The Gentle Nursery to help other parents make healthy choices for their babies. With a 10-year background in research, analytics, and leadership for a Fortune 100 company, I apply the same principles and attention to detail to every article I write. I consult with an amazing team of moms, medical professionals, chemists, and other experts to ensure accuracy and perspective.
My driving mission is to help reduce the rates of disorder, disease, and trauma in mothers and children and to inspire others to lead a healthier, happier, and non-toxic life. I am a graduate of the University of Southern California and have studied newborn baby care at the University of Colorado. Read more >