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Hi all! I hope this is the right place for this post. I have 4 1/2 month old and we are looking for some toys for her. I am just wondering what kind of toys everyone else is purchasing these days. It makes me nervous with all the toxins out there and I really want something safe for her to play with. I would really like to find something that will keep her interested, something that lights up and plays music...Educational is good too!! I am sure that is hard to find as most of these toys are made from plastic or come from a place that has had lead recalls.<br><br>
Any hints or ideas will help.(not looking just for light up musical toys)<br><br>
HELP PLEASE!! TIA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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In terms of musical/light up stuff, I am not sure there is a guarantee that anything is 100% safe, but I do think that many of the larger, mainstream toy companies took the recalls seriously and that *most* of what is on the shelves is probably lead free. You should check out <a href="http://www.healthytoys.org/home.php" target="_blank">http://www.healthytoys.org/home.php</a> to see what has tested as being "safe". Lots of Step2 stuff is made in the USA, and I *think* they have light-up baby stuff. From an environmental standpoint, it would make sense to read up on what's been recalled and then check your local thrift and consignment shops for those plastic/light up toys. I see tons of them there, and with a quick scrub, they'd be good as new.<br><br>
My favorite online stores for toys are-<br><br>
atoygarden.com<br>
threesisterstoys.com<br>
novanatural.com<br><br>
I've found fun stuff at Ikea, too.<br><br>
Hope that gets you started!
 

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I'm a huge fan of Oompa toys' selections, but especially Haba wooden toys (all their others are Made in China), Selecta, Bajo, Green Toys and for outside Step2, Little Tikes & American Plastic Company (at least, those things that are Made in the USA by them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.<br><br>
I have a blog all about toys, where different toys are made, recalls, etc: <a href="http://thetoyreport.wordpress.com" target="_blank">http://thetoyreport.wordpress.com</a> It probably needs updated with more toy recall news... but yeah <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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in my experience, the flashy noisy light-up toys are super exciting . . . for a few days. then they're old news. don't get me wrong - they are great to have on hand to pull out when you need to distract baby, but if they're around all the time, they really lose their magic. for example, if not overused, they are great in the car. especially the toys that resemble items you use - telephone, car keys, computer.<br><br>
the winners with my kids have been balls of all sizes and materials (well, all safe sizes, of course!), anything on wheels (does not have to be metal/plastic, there are great little wooden cars), anything with a face (doll or animal), and things with little moving parts they can mess with. that last category includes beads they can slide along a wire/rod, flaps to lift, spinning parts, etc. oh! books. duh. books are probably the favorite "toy" of both my children (ages 33 months & 15 months). i know a lot of babies love to do what mama does, like with a play kitchen or whatever, but mine want the real thing and not their toys, so i let them play with the actual kitchen items (just as an example).<br><br>
hope that helps!
 

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Thank you all for the help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am not looking just for plastic toys, I am also looking for safe alternatives. Aside from wanting one toy that lights up and plays music, I would also like to find some good toys for her that aren't just plastic. I suppose the only real way to be sure things are really safe is to make them myself, which I will do but right now I just don't have the time!
 

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Why on earth don't you have the time to make your own toys? It's not like you're busy caring for an infant or anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'd planned to make myself tons of nursing clothes, but couldn't do it when I had a nursing baby (or two) in the house!<br><br>
The truth is that babies really don't need a lot of "stuff". I'd recomend staying away from most of the flashy, noisy toys and relying mostly on simple wood or cloth toys. Unpainted, smoothly sanded wood isn't going to have any lead paint or anything else potentially toxic. Cotton or wool dolls, stuffed with unprocessed wool, is similarly going to be completely safe. Silicone and natural rubber are safe materials for chewy teethers.
 

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plan toys is a very green wonderful company.....
 

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I love wooden toys - don't have any yet. I have made a few crochetted baby toys so far as well.
 

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I've been keeping my eye out for some safe wooden toys but the only thin I could find in my area are the "Melissa & Doug" toys but I heard there are some issues with them as well. I am looking for safe toys of any kind that I can buy in stores, not online. I am not really an online shopper.
 

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My MIL lives in Columbus and has found some Haba/Selecta toys in various toy stores there... but you aren't really going to find many (if any), in Toys 'R' Us, Walmart, Target, etc.<br><br>
As much as it might seem wierd to order stuff online, if you live in a remote-ish area or an area with only big-box stores, then thats probably your best bet. Check out <a href="http://www.oompa.com" target="_blank">www.oompa.com</a> - they have LOTS of great stuff!!
 

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Where in Canada are you located? I'm on the East coast, and if you'd like to look at the real thing try <a href="http://www.nurtured.ca" target="_blank">www.nurtured.ca</a> (She's in Dartmouth, NS and you can go and see and pick out) Also in Halifax, Uncommon Kids.<br><br>
I think there's a place in Fredricton too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where in Canada are you located? I'm on the East coast, and if you'd like to look at the real thing try <a href="http://www.nurtured.ca" target="_blank">www.nurtured.ca</a> (She's in Dartmouth, NS and you can go and see and pick out) Also in Halifax, Uncommon Kids.<br><br>
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Well, I am from NS but I am not there anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Thanks anyways!! I am in Ontario now!
 

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My daughters have always loved play silks. They loved them when they were babies to play peek a boo with and roll around with, then as they grew older started using them as baby carriers, fairy forts, dress up, and tons more. I always give them as gifts to any age kid. You can check them out here <a href="http://www.hipmountainmama.com/playsilks.html" target="_blank">http://www.hipmountainmama.com/playsilks.html</a>.<br><br>
My daughter also loved anything she could put in her mouth at that age (4 months or so). I would recommend one or two small wooden rings or other toys made safely for kids to munch on or a nice soft doll.
 

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Playsilks and (relatively) small toys. They love to wrap toys up and play hide the toy, etc.<br><br>
Stacking cups (you can find natural materials if you are willing to pay.<br><br>
Toy car (can be wooden or whatever)
 

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heres a cool canadian shop; <a href="http://www.naturalpod.com/shop/" target="_blank">http://www.naturalpod.com/shop/</a>
 

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We have some wooden Haba rattles. She really likes <a href="http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/HA0974/Haba-Clutching-Toy-Bonita.html?oompaItem=Haba_Clutching%20Toy%20Bonita" target="_blank">this one</a> right now. DD is also taking interest in DS' old Infantino toys <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FInfantino-Peek-Rattle-and-Teether%2Fdp%2FB0009HXY0W%2Fref%3Dsr_1_13%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbaby-products%26qid%3D1216958995%26sr%3D1-13" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Infantino-Peek...958995&sr=1-13</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FInfantino-150-3045-Activity-Triangle%2Fdp%2FB0002Q2OPG%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbaby-products%26qid%3D1216958995%26sr%3D1-6" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Infantino-150-...6958995&sr=1-6</a><br><br>
After they turn one is when you can really get some cute wooden toys. I love wooden donut stacking toys, pull toys and blocks.
 

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We struggled with this, and my husband actually began to make toys! I didn't like that Melissa and Doug were made in China (my friend had them tested, and one had a very small amount of lead in it. Small, but still...) Lots of the others were $$$$.<br><br><a href="http://www.happysquashtoys.com" target="_blank">www.happysquashtoys.com</a><br><br>
(if I can't post that, just let me know)<br><br>
Besides our own, we love Haba ($$$$$) and Plan Toys for things we can't make.
 
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