Are wooden toys safe?
Wooden toys are void of BPA and PVC, two chemicals commonly found in plastic toys. Wooden rings/loops and wooden beads are often used to make baby teethers because they are natural and free of chemicals found in plastic.
When making your own wooden toys make sure it is well sanded to avoid splinters. To finish them use a food safe wood finish like mineral oil.
Why are wooden toys better than plastic toys?
Wooden toys are made from a sustainable resource making it much more eco-friendly then plastic toys. Wooden toys are biodegradable and can be recycled. Their natural coloring as opposed to the bright colors of plastic toys are much more soothing for your child. By giving your child simple toys it allows for their imagination to stretch and encourages them to explore. A set of peg dolls can be used as a family, class, community helpers as well as mathematic manipulatives.
Another great thing about wooden toys is wood is naturally antibacterial. Wood has a porous surface which absorbs the bacteria and moisture from the surface causing the bacteria to ultimately die, unlike plastic which causes the bacteria to multiply.
How can I disinfect wooden toys?
Wipe down with a mixture of water, vinegar and a natural dish soap. Never soak wooden toys in water as it will cause it to expand and change shape.
What type of wood should I use when making my own baby toys?
Hardwoods have a higher density making for less wear and tear as well as less likely to splinter. Some great options are maple, birch, oak, beech, walnut, poplar, and ash. Although hardwood is more expensive it is well worth the money for the safety and quality that can last generations.
Woodpeckers crafts sells a large variety of hardwood parts that are great for creating your own toys. We sell wooden blocks from birch in various sizes, which are great for teaching hand eye coordination. We also carry birch peg dolls, square dowels from poplar and more, making Woodpeckers crafts a great starting point for your DIY baby toys.