Eco-Friendly Baby Toys That Boost Development Naturally! These natural toys for infants and babies provide a rich sensory experience for the developing newborn. These are toys made of wood and other natural materials, making them the perfect green baby toys for infants and toddlers. With recommendations from Waldorf & Montessori, these toys for babies make perfect baby shower gifts!
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The Best Natural Baby Toys for Infants to Toddlers
When I was pregnant I was overwhelmed by the massive abundance of toys for babies to choose from. Even though I had worked as a nanny for many years, I struggled with choosing the best eco-friendly baby toys to benefit my child’s development in all areas.
I also wanted baby toys I felt safe giving to my infant. Toys I didn’t mind seeing in her mouth. There are a lot of baby toys out there filled with chemicals that I don’t want my baby putting in her mouth!
I love toys that are inspired by Waldorf and Montessori education. Although they differ in their educational philosophies, they both believe that there is nothing better for a baby’s development than toys made from natural materials.
While not every toy on this list is perfectly natural, I didn’t want to leave out toys that stimulate development in areas in line with Montessori education, such as the mobile and child-safe mirror.
I hope this list of eco-friendly baby toys for infants to 18 months olds will provide assistance in choosing high quality developmentally appropriate toys that your baby will LOVE!
22 Eco-Friendly Baby Toys: Best Toys for Infants and Babies
This gift guide contains the top toys recommended by Waldorf and Montessori education. These must have educational baby toys are for infants to toddlers. Each natural toy for babies provides a stimulating environment for the developing child.
Eco-friendly toys made of wood and other natural materials provide a rich sensory experience and learning environment for the developing newborn. We have listed these natural baby toys in order from infants to toddlers. In other words, toys for newborns and infants are listed first, while toys for babies and toddlers are found towards the end of the list.
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1. Photo Mobile
Mobiles are the Montessori go-to item for baby’s visual development in infancy. First, hang black and white photos (or cards sold separately) and later in baby’s development you can add color.
You can also hang pom-pom’s, small handmade crafts, or anything else that this mobile can support. There are small parts so make sure baby can’t actually get a hold of it. This baby toy for infants is for the eyes to enjoy not the hands! Find this toy for newborns HERE.
The perfect gift for a baby boy or girl! This baby toy for infants encourages early motor skills while giving infants something to hold and manipulate. A wooden play gym that is easy to assemble and folds away for easy storing or transportation.
The removable construction allows you to easily change or add more toys. It has a basic A-frame construction with a fixing rope which ensures STABILITY while a baby is playing and can fold flat and stored when not in use. Free of chemicals and 100% safe for baby. Find this toy for babies HERE.
Use it with a REAL sheepskin rug to help baby’s developing sensory system!
Extra hanging sets for wooden baby play gym:
- Wooden ring baby teethers
- Wooden crochet beads and teething rings hanging infant toys
- Make your own toys with this DIY wooden accessory set!
A child-safe unbreakable acrylic mirror with mylar backing to hang on a wall low enough for baby to stare into and play. Maria Montessori considered a mirror to be one of the most important items to have in a home with a baby.
From tummy time antics to playing with toys in front of it and learning to walk, a mirror has many developmental opportunities for the young child, including the eventual realization, “Hey, that baby is me!” A must-have! Find this toy for babies HERE!
4. Calmies Natural Teether and/or Banana Toothbrush
CALMIES is an all natural rubber infant teething toy made out of the sap that comes from the Hevea tree which smells like natural rubber. Safe, soothing, sustainable, & multi-sensory. The easy to grasp ball shape is a functional toy and developed by a doctor to provide relief while teething.
Banana Toothbrush – This ‘a-peel-ing’ toothbrush gently massages little teeth and gums with soft silicone bristles, which helps develop good oral hygiene habits early. It has easy-to-grasp banana peel handles and is made of 100% flexible silicone to prevent mouth injuries. The perfect toy for teething babies!
Introduce your baby to the fun of music through playing their own instruments. This set includes a triangle castanet, handle cage bell, and a sparrow Shaker. These music toys for babies provide a rich sensory experience of both sound and touch.
The sparrow shaker toy contains vegetable pellets in it that make it sound like a rain stick. A perfectly sized animal shaker for little hands to grasp and shake! Another option is to make your own see-through rainstick for baby to enjoy. Click on the link to learn how easy it is!
Developmentally this set provides a treasure trove of benefits. This set contains four Black, White & Red, Infant Developmental Toys to Stimulate visual activity, and early motor skills. A double-sided infant crib mirror, sounds & textures soft blocks, double-sided book & bumper panel, and baby’s first photo album.
This soft rainbow ball provides a rich multi-sensory experience for baby with the textures, colors, and sounds. The perfect infant toy for baby’s early grasping, throwing, rolling and catching experiences! Playing with your infant can help your baby develop their grasp and work on their hand-eye coordination.
These cute little teething plush toys are easy for baby to grasp, hold and chew. There are many other plush animals and toys available. Click through to see all of the cute options!
Made with formaldehyde-free, organic cotton with azo-free dyes for your child’s health and well-being. It is soft, flexible, and easy for baby to hold and shake to make a playful rattle sound.
The textured, crocheted organic cotton yarn offers relief on teething gums. This Chime Rattle stimulates baby’s sensory, movement, interactive, cognitive, and creative learning pathways for early, whole development.
Silk is a natural fabric that provides a rich sensory experience for wee ones. Play silks are perfect for little hands to hold and play peek-a-boo. Our favorite play silks are Sarah’s Silks because they are made with real silk instead of polyester–ugh!!
Please note: The colors available are always changing and going in and out of stock, just look around and be patient for the return of the color or colors that you are looking for Sarah’s Silks are the best!
When children get older play silks are a basic ingredient for children’s imaginative play. They can be used to create elaborate costumes, build forts, create landscapes and water for boats and animals, blankets for babies, and much much more.
A super cute little wooden roller that contains a bell that hits the wood as it rolls and creates a lovely sound. It stimulates vision, hearing, and hand-eye coordination. It’s fun to roll back and forth with a baby when they begin to sit. My baby also loved to try to roll over or crawl after to go get it.
Skwish is a perfect clutching toy for developing gross motor skills. The beads slide back and forth along the dowels when shaken, producing a very pleasing rattle and allowing baby to explore sound and learn cause and effect.
A wonderful set that includes Montessori style infant toy bag, organic wood toys, sensory, teething & grasping ring, rattle, peg family, and organic wood polish. These toys will help your child develop grasping, spatial reasoning, puzzle solving, and discovery learning skills.
This set consists of a box with two holes, a tray, and a white plastic ball great for helping your child develop object permanence while having fun.
Invite your baby to drop the little ball into the hole in the box. The ball will roll out of the box and into the attached tray which will allow your baby to experience object permanence by seeing that the ball did not just disappear.
Using this baby toy allows children to practice precise hand movements that develop hand, wrist and finger control–known in Montessori education as “refined hand movements.”
These Stacking Rings are made of wood and include graduated brightly colored rings. It is based on a classic design that promotes a child’s understanding of color, shape, and size. I like this set because of the added challenge of the sphere on top.
Baby’s first love to grasp and bang these together to make music. Later they spend endless amounts of time stacking them. With repeated use, the child learns how it feels to succeed when he has achieved a goal on his own.
A pop-up toy that features hardwood construction and spring-loaded action that will provide hours of entertainment. The recommended age is 12 months and up but our daughter enjoyed this beginning at 6 months when she began sitting.
This classic toy is ideal for developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and color recognition for baby. It is also a fabulous toy to be used in pretend play for the older child. We have found that can be used for many years before it is passed down to the next generation.
These block sets are perfect for little ones. Baby’s First Blocks are wooden multi-colored blocks with 12 blocks in 6 different colors. They are small enough for your infant to grab and stack, but large enough to prevent choking.
The Discovery Blocks Set includes six blocks with added surprises to engage your child’s mind and keep them entertained. Each block features a hidden surprise: a rattle, push button, mirror, rotating ball, colored plexiglass, and a kaleidoscope.
Together these two block sets provide lots of stimulation for the developing baby. They can help your child develop grasp, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, color recognition, and develop the sensory system the ability to stack.
In addition to color and shape recognition, this toy helps babies and toddlers develop hand-eye coordination, object permanence, learn matching skills, and begin to develop problem-solving by discovering that the square shape fits in the square hole. The small blocks can also be used for beginning patterning activities and can be combined with the block sets above for open-ended play.
Bead mazes bring hours of simulated sensory exploration for babies, toddlers and preschoolers improving their focus, eye-hand coordination, and thinking skills.
This colorful bead maze for babies will introduce little ones to shape, colors, spacious thinking, problem-solving, and improve fine motor skills. Four sturdy suction cups secure the solid wooden base to virtually any smooth surface. A great size for travel–we found it wonderful in restaurants!
Push toys are great for baby’s development as they go from crawling to walking. They exercise the large muscles and assist in maintaining an upright posture while learning to walk. When your child begins to walk, holding a push toy will give him/her something to guide and lead her naturally into the habit of looking ahead, avoiding obstacles, and maneuvering.
Once your child begins to walk push and pull toys are a must have. Developmentally, using a pull toy is more complicated than using a push toy. Instead of just looking and moving forward, your child has to hold her arm back and look back to make sure her toy is still there. Meanwhile, she’ll also be moving forward and looking for a clear route.
This toy, like most of the others I have provided here, also has the potential for many years of use unlike much of the competition. Toddlers will not only enjoy taking this friendly puppy for walks–it will also eventually encourage imitative and imaginary play, and promote fantasy story telling, role-playing, and creativity.
A four-wheel drive takes on a whole new meaning with this best-selling, foot-powered ride. Encourage lots of short rides so your child can develop muscle strength and balance, and increase the wheel time and distance as your child gains more power and confidence.
This baby toy is perfect for older babies and toddlers that are beginning to test their mobility and develop active motor skills. We found it to be an easy transport toy for trips to the park, around the home, and more.
A few more push, pull and ride on toy options can be found in best natural toddler toys.
The Best Natural Toys for Babies Make Great Baby Shower Gifts!
It can be hard to find the perfect toys for your developing baby. I hope you find this list of natural Waldorf and Montessori baby toys helpful in your search.
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