The 7 Best Organic Baby Toys of 2021

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As parents, it’s our job to keep our babies safe and healthy. But we don’t always consider the toys they sleep with, put in their mouths, and carry with them everywhere. With their immature immune systems, delicate bodies, and growing brains, they are more at risk than adults, so we must do what we can to protect them.

Perhaps surprisingly, not all baby toys are made with health and safety in mind, and some may even contain concerning chemicals or residues. Thankfully, toys sold in the United States are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and those sold in the European Union must meet even more stringent standards for safety, health, and environmental protection. You can look for the “CE” that is stamped on toys that meet EU standards. Looking for toys made with organic materials is also a popular strategy for may eco-minded parents.

Below are just a few of the adorable, well-rated, certified organic and natural baby toys that will comfort and stimulate your growing baby. Each also makes an excellent gift for a family-to-be.

The Rundown
Fair trade animal toys that are hand-knit in Peru and stuffed with wool.
A blanket that's award-winning, snuggly cute, soft, and affordable.
Providing jobs for underserved communities and giving back to kids in need, these stuffed animals are made in the United States.
Cute creatures made entirely from upcycled 100% organic Fair Trade Egyptian cotton scraps.
Kits designed specifically to stimulate your baby’s growing brain at every stage through age three.
Fair trade blocks that made in Michigan and available in 60 styles and 23 languages.
Beautifully designed animal toys made from sustainably harvested pure Hevea rubber.

Best Overall: Finn + Emma Rattle Buddies

Mini Rattle

Although each of the toys in our list could have earned the Best Overall spot, we chose Finn & Emma Rattle Buddies because not only are these knit stuffed animals charming, they’re also hand-knit in Peru using GOTS Certified organic cotton yarn at a fair trade artisanal women’s collaborative that fosters financial independence. They’re stuffed with wool and, according to Finn & Emma, their dyes are “non-toxic” and the rattle inside is phthalate-free.

Whether you choose Finley the Fox, Ramsay the Racoon, Kellan the Elephant, Jack the Shellback, or Sully the Flying Pig, this 8-inch-tall toy may become your child’s preferred exploration buddy well into their elementary school years.

Finn & Emma also offer 100% certified organic cotton clothing and pacifier holders, and unfinished Indian hardwood toys.

It’s clear that organic and natural toys cost more than those that are mass-produced with lesser materials and lower standards and quality. But when it comes to your baby, perhaps fewer, high-quality toys are better than quantity. Remember to watch for sales and clearance as well to save.

Apple Park carries a range of organic baby toys including the adorable Apple Park Organic Farm and Picnic Pal Blankie Buddies in a variety of styles. You can choose from many options in their GOTS Certified organic cotton Blankie Buddies lines. Each uses GOTS Certified fabric dyes and is filled with naturally biodegradable and hypoallergenic corn fiber. Their toys comply with a number of other Good to be Green Standards as well for your peace of mind. Each has the head, hands, and feet of a stuffed animal or knotted corners and an approximately 12-inch by 12-inch blanket as the body.

Your baby will appreciate the snuggly security of their Blankie Buddy as well as the soft sensory stimulation and cheerful colors of a blanket. This San Francisco-based company also won Dr. Toy's Best Green Product Award.

You may also enjoy their teething rattle lines that include sweets, flowers, woodland pals, farm pals, and mushrooms.

Best Plush: Bears for Humanity Organic Stuffed Animals

Bears for Humanity Organic Dinosaurs

Plush toys are often your baby’s favorite snuggly. My son couldn’t sleep, travel, or even head to the grocery store without his stuffed dog, Pickle. To our children, they are security, friendship and gentle sensory stimulation.

Bears for Humanity Organic Stuffed Animal Pals are an excellent candidate to become your baby’s favorite. Created by a California mom and made in the United State, Bears for Humanity remains family-owned. You can choose from 10-, 12- and 16-inch sizes in a variety of soft and floppy animals including teddy bears, pandas, eagles, orcas, and a range of African animals.

They use GOTS Certified 100% organic cotton for the exterior, and the interior is recycled post-consumer polyethylene teraphthalate (RPET) fibers made from plastic bottles. Although cotton or corn fill would be more ideal, using RPET fiber filling does keep a waste product out of the landfill for a bit longer.

Each stuffy is hand-sewn and stuffed, helping to create jobs for underserved communities. Bears for Humanity’s Buy One Give One program donates a stuffed animal to a child in need for every product sold.

Best Cotton: Under the Nile Soft Toys


Under the Nile Scrappy toys are sustainably made with GOTS Certified 100% organic Egyptian cotton scraps from a clothing manufacture that have been upcycled into toys. Under the Nile was the first company in the United States to earn GOTS Certification. The cotton is grown using biodynamic agriculture, which includes organic farming practices focused on sustainability. Each toy is made in a Certified Fair Trade facility in Egypt that trains women in textile manufacturing, and employs labor standards that ensure workers are treated and paid well.

Unlike many of the other brands, Under the Nile Scrappy toys are also filled with GOTS Certified 100% organic Egyptian cotton scraps. Choose from Scrappy Cat, Dog, Bunny, Lamb, Elephant, Scraptopus, and even lovies, bibs, and training pants in a range of upcycled colors and sizes.

Why organic cotton?

Among textile crops, cotton is traditionally grown with more pesticides than any other. In the United States, seven of the 15 pesticides commonly used on cotton are listed as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s why certified organic cotton is so important.

Best Splurge: Lovevery Play Kits

Lovevery Play Kit

Selecting just the right quality, quantity, and educationally appropriate toys for each stage of your baby’s development can be time-consuming.

Lovevery has already done that work for you. The company has developed Stage-Based Play Kits for each stage of your baby’s development, with a range of high-quality organic and natural toys that are just right for your baby’s growing brain. Each kit includes enough variety that you may not need to buy other toys. You can buy kits individually or subscribe to a monthly box, and Lovevery will automatically send you a new age-specific kit every two to three months depending on the age of your child, up to age 48 months.

Each kit is inspired by the Montessori learning tradition and was built based on advice from a team of academic and research scientists that specialize in child and brain development. Kits use only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified, sustainably harvested wood, and OEKO-TEX Certified Organic Cotton.

Lovevery aims for these multi-award-winning kits to be carbon neutral by 2030 by funding environmental projects that offset transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Wooden toys are a staple of many childhoods. Whether for stacking, learning the alphabet, or for imaginative play, blocks are versatile toys that will entertain and educate your child into adolescence.

When choosing your foundational set of blocks for your baby, Uncle Goose Blocks are an excellent option. Each set is made by hand by talented craftspeople, who are paid a living wage in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some have families who have been in woodworking for generations.

Each block is made from fast-growing, sustainably harvested American basswood trees, also known as Linden trees, a hardwood grown in the Great Lakes area. This makes the blocks sturdy yet soft to the touch. They’re untreated so you don’t have to worry about your baby being exposed to varnish, polish, sheens, or glosses.

The blocks are big enough so that they’re not a choking hazard. Uncle Goose also buys inks from an American manufacturer that are third-party tested to confirm that they contain no heavy metals. You can choose from, yes, 62 different kinds of blocks, that include 25 different languages. The colors and designs are classic yet unique and beautiful. 

Uncle Goose’s dedication extends beyond their products too. The company re-purposes its scrap and wood dust to heat homes and as horse bedding. It's also committed to using recycled paper for packaging and literature.

Because these blocks are uncoated, Uncle Goose recommends that you leave your block set out of reach until your baby has passed the stage where everything goes in their mouth. But the company also notes that: “If a child licks or bites a block, they’ll be fine.”

Best Bath: Tikiri Pure Natural Rubber Baby Rattle & Bath Toys

Lion Toy

Baths are for much more than just getting clean. All on their own, our babies are also learning about the world with every bath. The bathtub is where they first innately learn about the physics of water, bubbles, and soap. It’s where they learn about buoyancy, water tension, and waves, how to pour liquids, and about the magical, spinning swirl above the drain.

For a beautiful set of bath toys, consider Tikiri Pure Natural Rubber Bath Toys. They’re made from 100% pure natural rubber sustainably harvested from the Hevea brasiliensis tree, originally native to the Amazon but grown on Sri Lankan plantations since 1876, now certified organic. The plant-based latex is harvested from family-run plantations using a sustainable hand-tapping method that does not harm the tree (similar to maple syrup extraction).

Unlike synthetic and processed rubbers, Tikiri uses no chemicals for preservation nor any added antifungal agents, UV stabilizers, or absorbers so they will eventually biodegrade. This line of organic rubber bath toys won the award for Best Ethical Gift of 2020 and Moms Choice Award Gold in 2020. However, anyone with latex allergies should avoid this option.

If you like the bath toy rattles, you may also want to consider Tikiri's baby teething collection as well (view on Smallable).

Final Verdict

While each of these certified organic and natural baby toys is an excellent choice for your growing baby or a thoughtful gift, the fair trade, hand-knit, and wool stuffed Finn + Emma Rattle Buddies (view at Finn + Emma) are extra adorable. To round out your stash of organic baby toys, consider a quality set of wooden blocks (view at Maisonette) that were made in the United States and sustainably harvested natural rubber bath rattles (view at Maisonette).

What to Look for in Organic Baby Toys


Choose organic cotton that is certified under Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) or the Soil Association. If you must buy plastic toys, choose those that are marked free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates as these chemicals are harmful during manufacture and release toxic chemicals as they break down over time.

Safe Paints and Dyes 

When choosing toys for your baby, look for those that use plant- or water-based dyes. Other dyes may contain heavy metals like cadmium known to cause cancer. Some toy paints have been found to contain heavy metals like lead that can cause lasting damage to our baby’s growing nervous system.

Fewer Synthetic Materials

Some toys are made with flame retardants linked to cancer, cotton grown with pesticides, and polyester fill made from petroleum that’s treated with chemicals, breaking down over time to micro-plastics. Instead, it’s a good idea to look for toys made with natural materials, like organic cotton, hemp, wood, or natural rubber. 

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Lorraine Wilde has only the highest standards for the health and safety of her twin boys. She also holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and is a firm believer that consumers can make healthy, informed, and environmentally conscious choices to protect their families and our planet.

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