we will be very careful this year when making our holiday purchases. the recent toy recalls have made us more aware than ever about what we let our kids eat, wear and play with. this is no easy task as only 10% of toys are manufactured here in the US. 80% are made in china and 10% are made in other misc. countries. another strike against parents is even if you find safe, natural toys made in the US they are often a hard sell to kids as they aren ‘t battery operated, extremely loud or adorned with a favorite cartoon or tv personality.
here are a few websites i have found that sell safe toys:
etsy is a great source for handcrafted and often one of a kind items
Rosie Hippo: http://www.rosiehippo.com/ they have over 1000 products and only 10 are made in China. These are clearly marked on the website.
Willow Tree Toys: http://www.willowtreetoys.com/ this link here will take you directly to the country of manufacturing – so you can search within that criteria.
The Wooden Wagon: http://www.thewoodenwagon.com/ european toys
Oompa toys: http://www.oompa.com// they have a blog and have set up a “made in Europe” category. Their very helpful blog provides is a lot of information about where European toy parts are sourced, and gives a toystore owner’s perspective, who is also a mother. It’s a great place to get some information like safty reports.
Magic Cabin: http://tinyurl.com/288ua4 all the toys have a country of origin listed and very few of them are made in china.
and if you would like to win some non toxic toys visit My Two Boys. they are having give aways throughout november. right now you can enter to win an adorable wood puzzle from La LaNatural or a cute little doll from Happy Green Bee! good luck!!