Whether you want to be kinder to the environment, you want to reduce your kiddo’s exposure to plastic and chemicals, or you’re just tired of replacing batteries every 18 minutes, wooden toys are an awesome way to entertain your little ones. Keeping cost, customer reviews, and longevity in mind, we’ve rounded up 25 of the best wooden toys for babies from newborn to walkers and every age in between.
Keep your curious explorer out of the Tupperware drawer by giving them their own set of bowls to sort, stack, and knock over. Finished with non-toxic water-based stains and food-grade plant oils, these bowls are even safe for chewing on if the mood strikes (and with babies, you know it will). Get them on Amazon.
All of HABA’s wooden clutching toys are made in Germany using reforested Maple or Beech wood. Parents reviewing this mesmerizing little teether have said that it’s entertained their babies for extended periods of time thanks to its ability to be twisted and bent into all kinds of shapes. Get it on Amazon.
Give your little one all the fun of a wait in the doctor’s office without any of the nasty germs. With activities including a shape sorter, bead maze, turnplate and more, kiddos will love exploring each of the 5 sides on this non-toxic play cube. Get it on Amazon.
One day it’ll be a lot harder to hand the keys over to your baby, so it might be a good idea to start practicing now. These keys are made from Maple, Cherry and Walnut and can even be personalized in case they get lost (but that rarely happens with keys, right?) Get it on Etsy.
Get your baby started on kale smoothies before they even know it’s cool. These adorable teethers come in a variety of designs, perfect for the style-conscious baby who doesn’t want to rock the same teether as all the other babies in their playgroup (just kidding, but these teethers are seriously unique and cute). Get them on LexyPexy.com.
HABA makes the list again with this fun little rattle complete with a house with a mirror, a flower with a bell, and colorful characters that are visually interesting, and great for chewing on. With 72 years of toymaking experience under their belt, it’s safe to say that HABA knows what they’re doing when it comes to keeping babies entertained. Get it on Amazon.
Hidden magnets give a satisfying “click!” when the pieces of this little wooden bug are twisted and snapped automatically back into place. This toy is recommended for kids anywhere from one month to eight years, which means that it’ll be one that you can keep in the toy box for years. It’s fun to shake, twist, and pull apart, and it’s safe for chewing on due to its non-toxic, water-based finishes. Get it on Amazon.
Whether your babe is into planes, trains or automobiles, this set of 4 wooden vehicles has something for everyone. Perfect for tummy time, sitters and crawlers, these cute little autos will be fun to play with for babies of all ages. Get them on Amazon.
My son received one of these as a gift, and after trying to figure out what the heck it was supposed to be used for, it quickly became one of his favorite toys. It’s fun to squish (hence the name), easy to grab and shake, exciting to drop on the floor, and maybe one of the most interesting things to chew on of all time. Get it on Amazon.
This cute little rattle makes a clacking sound that babies love, is easy for tiny hands to grasp, and comes with the option to clip it onto something if you’re a mean parent like me who doesn’t want to play the “pick up the rattle off the floor” game for the 200th time in a row. Get it on Amazon.
Sometimes the simplest designs are the best and this toy is no exception. Handmade in the USA, this rattle and teether is sealed with Organic Virgin Coconut oil, making it safe to chew on and the three middle rings make the perfect sound when shaken. Get it on Amazon.
Personalized baby toys are always incredibly special, and this puzzle will help your kiddo not only to practice their fine motor skills, but also their letter recognition as they get a little older. Get it on Etsy – Prices vary depending on the number of letters, but 10 letters are $26.
The wooden pull toy is a classic and comes in pretty much any shape, size and style you can imagine. This sweet little elephant is eco-friendly and finished with water-based non-toxic paint and varnish. Babies mastering the walking stage will love watching this guy’s ears flap and body bounce as he’s pulled along behind them. Get it on Amazon.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a celebrity being chased by the paparazzi, this camera is the perfect gift for your baby. They’ll love the buttons, rings and prism viewer, and you’ll love trying to avoid having your photo taken while you’re in the bathroom (don’t worry, all photos taken on this thing are 100% imaginary). Get it on Amazon.
If there’s a cuter stacking toy out there, I don’t think I’ve seen it. Give your baby the chance to practice their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills with this stacker made from beechwood, teawood, engineered wood and stainless steel. Get them at Pottery Barn.
Keep your baby entertained with this gorgeous, modern-looking activity gym. It comes in a variety of colors and is so pretty that you won’t mind making it a centerpiece in your living room. Get the frame on Etsy for $20. Add the hanging teethers for $16.
Even though this is a walker, crawling babies will still love to load up the storage area and play with the beads, gears, and car on the handle bar. Once they’ve started to walk, kiddos can push the sturdy walker around the room – just make sure all stairs have sturdy gates to keep them safe while they explore! Get it on Amazon.
What could be better than a toy that involves banging things with a hammer and making music as a byproduct? The 770 people who gave this toy a 5 star review would probably say “nothing”. Falling balls roll down the xylophone to make a fun sound, and even the tiniest babies can appreciate the fun of smashing things with the little wooden hammer. This one’s a winner. Get it on Amazon.
Honestly, this whole list could have been made up of toys created by HABA. This colorful clutching toy is fun to squeeze and pull, easy to grab onto, and fun to rattle, drop and throw (hey – babies have to get their kicks where they can). Get it on Amazon.
The best kind of egg is the one that doesn’t smash when it hits the floor, and these ones have the added benefit of making different sounds when they’re shaken, rattled and rolled. Budding rhythmists will love making music with these colorful eggs! Get them on Amazon.
When my husband and I came across this gem at the toy store, we were tempted to buy it just so we could play with it ourselves. If your little one is too young to read the song cards that come with the piano, you can set it to auto mode so no matter what key they press, the next note from the song will play. It may be a wooden toy that comes with batteries, but it was too cool to leave off of the list. Get it on Amazon.
Are there any wooden toys that you and your baby couldn’t live without? Drop them for us in the comments!
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