16 Best Wooden Toys of 2021
Best Wooden Toys for Babies and Toddlers
November 5, 2021

Best Wooden Toys for Babies and Toddlers

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These timeless-looking toys are eco-friendly, long-lasting 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:

Aesthetic Alphabet

Each side is used to its maximum potential with this beautifully designed set of 28 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.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+

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 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 natural-colored version.)

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Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+

Sweet Shape Sorter

Shape sorting is a classic skill for babies and toddlers to learn, and there are countless toys out there to help them develop that skill. This sweet little owl keeps things simple yet adorable with four basic shapes to sort, and it has an open back so baby can easily retrieve the shapes to sort again and again (no need to worry about lids or trap doors with this shape sorter!).

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

A Versatile Stacker

This stacker has a lot going for it! Kiddo can practice their balancing by stacking the gears up to make a tower, or hone their puzzle-solving skills by fitting the pieces together inside each other so the whole thing lays flat. Each gear piece has the color in English on one side and in Spanish, French and German on the other, so this toy not only doubles as a stacker and puzzle, it triples as a language learning tool! Keep in mind: The French translation of purple is the less commonly used word (violet is more common).

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Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+

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+

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

Baby's First Roller Coaster

Is your little one ready for their first loop-the-loop? This colorful bead maze encourages fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as little hands guide the beads along the two twisty tracks. Four sturdy suction cups secure the base to smooth surfaces for extra stability.

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Child Guidelines Ages 6 months+

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+

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+

Two-for-One Toy

Who knew a stacking toy could be heirloom quality? These half-circle blocks nest together to create a rainbow, but they also have plenty of options for more than just stacking; build bridges, tunnels, mountains, fences, anything your little one can imagine. And since the turtle base comes with a pull string, the entire thing doubles as a pull-along toy for kiddos who are walking.

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

For the Music Maker

You can add beautifully crafted wooden toys to music time too. Get your toddler tapping (and pounding) sweet melodies with this two-in-one xylophone. Send the wooden balls rolling down the keys with a tap of the mallet, or pull the xylophone out to play it on its own. While most of this toy is made of wood, the keys are made of metal to produce a clear, bright tinkling sound.

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

Not Just Another Set of Blocks

A good set of blocks is a playroom staple that your child will use for years to come, but what about a block set that’s more than just a block set? Crafted by child development experts at parent-favorite brand Lovevery, this set features 70 heirloom-quality wooden pieces in 18 different shades and shapes, all finished with non-toxic paint. There’s also a guide included that walks you through 20 stage-based activities to help your little one learn through play, whether it’s stacking, shape sorting or even building a wagon.

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Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+

Perfect Starter Puzzle

These simple 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. Ready to move on from basic shapes? There are also several themed puzzles to choose from, including pets and safari.

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Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

Neutral Aesthetic

This floor gym brings both minimalism and sustainability to your little one’s playtime. Made with pinewood (that’s free of any varnishes) and 100% food-safe silicone beads, this is one baby item that’s sure to look stunning no matter what room you have it in. And if your baby really loves the hanging teething toys (we’re certain they will), you can easily slide them off the frame and take them on the go as stroller or car seat toys.

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Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+

Cookin' Up Fun

Toy kitchens can often be large enough to basically be pieces of furniture, so why not make it blend in with what you have? This realistic pint-sized kitchen is made from solid poplar wood and MDF with iron and stainless steel hardware. It includes a sink, stove, oven, refrigerator and two storage cabinets—plenty of space to cook up grand (play) meals and store all of your little one’s kitchen accessories and play food.

If you’re looking for a play kitchen that’ll last for literal generations, we also love the handcrafted, heirloom-quality toy kitchens from Elves and Angels.

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Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
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