Eco-Friendly Gifts for Baby and Toddlers
It can be difficult to find meaningful gifts for a baby or toddler these days. There are so many flashing, singing, moving, rolling, plastic toys out there that can just end up in a huge toy box, or even fill an entire room in some cases! As a mother of a 5 month old and a 2 1/2 year old our house is full and I have barely bought them anything! We are so lucky to have such generous friends and family that shower our kids with love….and gifts!
Everyone wants to get the kids gifts for every holiday or birthday to show their love and they want to have something that they can see the child open and play with. Ok, I get it. It is wonderful to see the joy on a child’s face when they open a gift just for them. But as their mom I want it to be something meaningful that won’t be forgotten or broken in a day or two.
Finding meaningful gifts
All these gifts that I list below can serve a teaching moment with our kids. We can talk about how they are safe for the environment. They are all made of sustainable and safe materials. My favorite part is they are all from the website She Needs This which gives back at least 10% of all profits to women’s health charities so they can be a great way to teach children the importance of giving back. A baby won’t be able to understand this but a toddler can. And these toys are so well built that they will be able to last and grow with the child for years to come. Buying gifts from a charitable website makes you feel good about the purchase too!
Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly and organic toys for baby and toddler. Make sure to check out the full website at She Needs This too as they have everything for mom and baby here, from clothes to baby products you will love!
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This Eco-Art pad is made in USA with 100% recycled FSC certified paper and printed using soy inks. Add the eco crayons listed below and this would be a perfect gift for any toddler! As a mom I will always love getting arts and craft supplies as gifts because they will always get used and need replenishing.
These fun rock shaped eco-crayons are made with natural wax and mineral pigments. Easy for young toddlers to hold and draw with and good for the environment! Kids will ALWAYS need more crayons. Pairs perfectly with the eco-art pad listed above!
The Skwish grasping toy and teether by Manhattan Toy is the best first toy for baby. This is the first thing my baby was able to reach and grab on her own! Made of sustainable wood with a smooth un-dyed surface this toy is as safe for baby as it is fun!
Stacking toys are great for early learning through play. This stacking toy from Green Toys is made in the USA from 100% recycled milk jugs! A safe non-toxic baby toy made with no BPA, phthalates, PVC, or external coatings. Don’t buy another new plastic toy when you can buy recycled!
Every baby goes through teething and a good teether can be a life saver. This set of natural, non-toxic and environmentally friendly beech wood teethers are easy for baby to hold and chew to soothe their gums. These can also be worn as a necklace (which works great when wearing baby in a carrier) or kept close by with linking rings or baby safe straps.
This set of baby spoons is made with eco-friendly organic bamboo and food grade silicone. They are also BPA, PVC and phthalate free so you can feel good about feeding baby their first foods with these spoons. With the ergonomic design baby will also learn how to feed themselves with this spoon too!
This set of 3 wooden pull along toys are made from eco-friendly organic wood with all non-toxic ingredients for the safety of your little one. Pull toys are great for developing hand eye coordination and walking skills. I always love wooden toys for their durability, especially for toddlers!
There is nothing about the Bears for Humanity that I don’t love. All the fabric is 100% organic cotton and the stuffing is made from recycled plastic bottles. Everything is completely safe and non-toxic. They are hand-sewn in USA in California by at-risk women through the welfare to work program. And with every bear purchased another bear is sent to a child in need, you can even send a note to this child with the bear! What a perfect and meaningful gift for a child in your life.
This adorable plush rabbit toy is made with GOTS certified organic cotton and non-toxic dyes. It is filled with certified recycled polyester made from water-bottles. Your little one will love the bright colors and natural wood teething ring!
This chime ball is made from the same company as the rabbit above. They would go perfect together as a gift for baby! Also made from organic cotton, non-toxic dyes and filled with polyester from recycled plastic bottles. Bright colors and a chime noise when shaken or rolled will keep baby entertained and stimulated!
I hope you have found something for the little one in your life that you will feel good giving as a gift! Do you have any other eco-friendly toy favorites? Please share them in the comments! Need more gift ideas? Check out my post on personalized gifts for baby!