Safe, Affordable Wood Toys for Infants

Safe, Affordable Wood Toys for Infants

Carrie McBride
May 17, 2010

Q: While we know babies don't play with toys right away, we have many generous relatives and friends who already want to buy toys for our little guy. I haven't registered for any yet because I cannot find any options that are (1) safe (no lead paint, BPA, etc), (2) affordable and (3) made in the USA. (Leah's question continued below).

Sent by Leah

We are all about the wood toys, but we know it isn't realistic to think everyone is going to go for that ... not to mention the eco-friendly toys we have come across seem pretty pricey ($14-20 each) compared with the options at places like Babies R Us and Target ($3-10 each). I would rather spend more and get a better product ... but these little guys are already so expensive that I am hoping to find an affordable solution.

So, do your readers have any suggestions for safe, affordable (i.e. under $10 each) toys for children under one year? We are crossing our fingers "yes"!

Editor: It's true that wood toys (especially made in the U.S.) cost a bit more, but they also last longer. Perhaps a mix of toys is the way to go. Readers, what's your best source for affordable quality wood toys for infants?

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