Hopefully w/ all the recalls this is a timely topic for many of us. I know there are lots of mamas who have looked into this (and older threads I can't seem to find... search mavens wanna help me out? ). What are your favorite brands for non-plastic toys? Nontoxic obviously, with a bonus if they are made in USA or really any other place where the workers are getting a living wage and there's probably not lead in the paint!
My DD's 5 months but I'm interested in all info b/c it would be easy to tell grandparents etc "this brand is good" for future gift giving. I know there are great toys in our local shops but for my internet-shopping family and for just passing that brand name along to my not-so-crunchy ILs (the ones who, when we took them to a vegan raw foods cafe, asked the server to be sure there weren't raw eggs in the "ice cream" ).
Haba toys are great for babies. Plan Toys makes wooden toys out of recycled rubber wood. But, babies can throw them, bonking mama on the head. Kathe Kruse (sp?) makes lovely, very expensie, Waldorf-style dolls out of cloth. Manhatten Toy makes wonderful cloth toys for babies.
I bought some stuff from OompaToys.com and have been absolutely thrilled with it - mostly haba but one mushroom-rattle from Selecta. Its all very well made, and I really like it. I'll definetly be buying more