Being a child means spending many hours focused on play. Toys are what we use to help our kids learn basic concepts and develop their imaginations, and are sometimes even their first friends. But while we want them to have fun and learn, parents are hard-pressed to not worry about what their kids are playing with when it seems there is a recall or study that comes out every day telling us that our kids' toys are poisoning them in one way or another. Luckily there are plenty of non-toxic toys on the market, and while in some cases they may cost a little bit extra, they are worth it when it means that you'll know your children will be safe while they're having fun.
Sophie the Giraffe
Baby's first toys typically go straight for the mouth, so it's more important than ever to be certain that they're non-toxic. The Sophie the Giraffe teether is made from natural rubber and decorated with food paint and is free of BPA and phthalates. It's easy for babies to hold, soft so that they can't hurt themselves with it, and squeaks for added entertainment value. (Sophie the Giraffe Teether, $20)