12 Best Wooden Toys of 2019

Best Wooden Toys for Babies and Toddlers

September 11, 2019

Best Wooden Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Eco-friendly, non-toxic and best of all provide hours of fun for baby without adding plastic clutter to your home.Best Wooden Toys for Babies and Toddlers

There’s something enduringly sweet about wooden toys. While they aren’t as flashy as their plastic counterparts, they are eco-friendly and non-toxic, and they will still spark a child’s creativity.

Wooden toys can also withstand loads of abuse—being banged around, chewed on and thrown across the room—and still look good. Because they’re so durable, wooden toys can last through multiple children and even generations. Keep them clean by wiping them with a damp cloth dipped in a mild soap or a vinegar-and-water solution. Don’t dunk them in water, though—it can cause the wood to swell and split.

Find your look-good, last-forever toys here:

For Future Scientists

Flexible webbing holds together wooden rods and beads to create this molecule-like structure that’s fun for tots to grab, bite, pull and smush. Worried about this natural rattle being annoying? It’s not: the rattle is subtle and comes from the beads plinking as they slide together. (Note: there’s also a brightly colored version.)

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Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+

Pretend Pet or Pull Toy?

Once your tyke can walk, they’ll become obsessed with pushing and pulling moving things. This friendly alligator is perfect for your little one to take on walks around the house. Your toddling kiddo will be utterly satisfied with the clacking sound of the gator’s head and tail as they move along.

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Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+

Choo-Choo!

Your little one will be totally on board with this solid wood train set. In addition to choo-chooing around the living room, kids can stack the multi-shaped blocks on the pegs or separate the trains to help develop fine motor skills. The set is also durable, which is great because two-year-olds.

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Child Guidelines Ages 2-4 years

ABC, 123

Each side is used to its maximum potential with this set of 40 blocks. Besides stacking them and knocking them over (which is endlessly amusing!), your child can also sort these blocks by color, line them up by letter or number order or point out their favorite animal.

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Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+

Luxury Ride

This bike isn’t just adorable; it’s designed to grow with your little one too! It converts from trike to little bike to big bike, and the pedal-less design means lots of practice at balancing. Made from birch and eucalyptus wood (with smooth-riding pneumatic rubber tires), this ride is a lightweight luxury that definitely has heirloom potential.

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Child Guidelines Ages 1–5 years

Eco-Walker

Sleek, sturdy and minimalistic, this walker puts a modern twist on a classic toy. The 29 brightly colored garden-themed blocks inspire imagination and hours of open-ended play. And you can feel good about this toy too: it’s made from sustainable rubberwood trees, and for every tree used to make their toys, Tender Leaf Toys replants another tree in its place.

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Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+

For the Music Maker

You can add beautifully crafted wooden toys to music time too. Get your toddler tapping to the beat with this sweet, melodic drum. And no worries about loud, monotonous booming—the drumstick’s rubber head softens the sound, and the unique carving means a different sound on each part of the drum.

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Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+

A Versatile Stacking Toy

Who knew a stacking toy could be heirloom quality? These rainbow-colored blocks will attract your child’s attention, and the half-circle shape means plenty of options for more than just stacking; build bridges, tunnels, mountains, fences, anything your little one can imagine. Note: when nested together, this toy is only 6.75” wide and 3.6” tall, so it’s smaller than your average stacker.

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

Natural Learning

Montessori materials are a great addition to your little one’s wooden toy collection as they’re expertly designed for specific developmental stages (and they fit the aesthetic, too!). This object permanence toy is a favorite among many Montessori learners, and it also helps with hand-eye coordination and grasping.

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

Kiddo's First Puzzle

These simple pet shapes make a great first puzzle for toddlers. The large knobs are easy for little hands to grasp, and the matching pictures under the pieces help guide little ones to the correct spot. There are also several other themese to choose from, including fish bowl, safari and vehicles.

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

Bunny on the Move

With mobility comes a newfound love of mobile toys. Enter this sweet toy with working wheels: finished with a mix of beeswax and flaxseed oil, this cherry-wood bunny is safe even for teething babies to gnaw on and has an easy-to-grasp handle. The bonus? You can have it engraved with your child’s name.

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Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+

Minimalist Chic

This handmade floor gym brings the minimalism and modern aesthetic of Scandinavian design to your home. Your baby will love grabbing at the rings and watching the hanging beads gently swing. It’s made of high-quality maple with food-grade silicone teething beads, so you can rest assured that it’s sturdy and safe for your little one.

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Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
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