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Hi!<br>
I am putting together a holiday list for DD, and am interested in listing some enviro friendly and safe toys for DD. (No electronic or PVC.)<br>
Anyone have any personal favorites?<br>
TIA!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
ETA DD is 8 1/2 mo now, and will be 12 months ON Christmas.<br>
 

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Wooden shape sorter box!!! DD loves hers and plays with it daily <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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HI!<br><br>
Our house is a battery-free zone when it comes to toys, so we have lots of favorites.<br><br>
First of all, we have a basket of instruments -- maracas, drums, flutes and whistles (my speech therapist sister recommended these blow instruments as a good exercise in speech), whatever we can get our hands on.<br><br>
Ruby also loves her Brio train set and her wooden alphabet blocks.<br><br>
A puppet theatre with puppets, LOTS AND LOTS of art supplies, and a dollhouse -- more favorites!
 

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Yeah, these are great ideas.<br>
Could you give me brands and locations for purchase?<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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storyteller felts are a big hit around here<br><br>
and of course playsilks (since i sell them the girls get them every holiday. LOL)<br><br>
and lots and lots of art supplies!!
 

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nak<br>
can you pm me your store site Colorful~Mama ?<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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We love wood toys!<br><br>
My favorite catalog/webstore is called The Playstore, you can find it at <a href="http://www.playstoretoys.com." target="_blank">www.playstoretoys.com.</a> It is run by a group of wahms, and the products are excellent. The toys are divided into age groups, so it should be easy to find something that your dd would love.<br><br>
My guys are only seven months (well, almost seven months!), but they are on the physical development fast-track (already cruising <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">). They love their "walker wagon."<br><br>
Wood toys can be expensive, especially the good quality ones. I prefer to have fewer, nicer toys myself!<br><br>
Happy shopping!<br><br>
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Our wooden shape sorter came from Ross :LOL But they sell a lot of neat wooden toys are Target now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Lex-<br>
OMG!<br>
That is a beautiful site! Thanks!<br><br><br>
What are Ross toys?<br><br><br>
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Well, ds was 1.5 when he got these, but he loves love loves them - ramps that you can roll wooden balls down. I got a small, cheaper one (but still all wood) at the mall at some little kiosk, and my mom got a bigger, much nicer one at one of the catalogs that's mentioned here a lot, but I can't remember which one. (If I remember it I will post it here.) It's kind of like this one <a href="http://www.playstoretoys.com./playframes.html" target="_blank">http://www.playstoretoys.com./playframes.html</a> (the musical ball run that is listed in the one year old category), but it has bells at the bottom, and cool waldorf doll style heads at the top. He still plays with both of these toys daily.<br><br>
Push toys were also a big hit at that age. The one we have is plastic, but I have seen wooden ones.
 

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Ross is a discount chain that carries mostly clothes, but they usually have a nice selection of toys including some Thomas stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It's the same type of store as Marshalls, and TJ Maxx if that helps any.
 

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I listed <a href="http://www.JoMamaCo.com" target="_blank">www.JoMamaCo.com</a> on my list for places to get toys for dd. The woman who owns it is a friend, but we met when I stumbled onto her site. Her dd is about15 months now and I'm sure she will help you pick some age appropriate toys from the site. Our dd will be 12 mos 3 weeks on Christmas, so we are kind of in the same boat- except we are asking others to give her toys and we are getting her a Wooly Wonder acrylic soaker with a matching hat... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hyena.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hyena"> Anyway, you want to make sure that they wooden toys you buy are painted and finished (sanded and not finished is the best) with completely non toxic products. Europe tends to have better saftey standards than the US, so I recommend toys from Haba and Selecta. You can do a search for those names and find some sites that are WAHM that carry them. Also, <a href="http://www.ecobaby.com" target="_blank">www.ecobaby.com</a> has a ton of toys. DD is not quite 10 months and is still into nor ebaby-ish toys, not that she won't play with older baby toys, but she still prefers things that make noise. We are musicians, so we get her a LOT of musical intruments. Mostly percussion, but at one most kids can blow into thigns to make a noise. I HTH, I gotta run my mom is visiting!<br>
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Thanks Lauren for the info!<br>
I am very excited about putting together xmas/birthday lists!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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