One way I’m trying to create a safe environment for my daughter, and one that encourages her imagination, is through her toys. Fae has a small collection of all-natural, simple toys that she loves and gets excited about–and lets them know by babbling to them. We’re avoiding plastics, many of which often contain harmful toxins–BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and arsenic, which are known to disrupt hormones, affect growth and development, create illness and irritations, and even cause many types of cancers. Instead, we choose wooden toys with safe paint and finishes, and soft toys made of natural fibers (cotton, wool and hemp) that are colored with safe dyes. We choose simple toys that aren’t busy and overwhelming in order to stimulate Fae’s imagination.
A few of my favorite brands for Fae, that are easy to find, are: Haba, which makes beautiful wooden toys with safe paint and finishes; Vulli, maker of the popular natural rubber “Sophie” giraffe; Kathe Kruse, an old company that makes Waldorf style dolls–good for the imagination; and Miyim, which has a great selection of soft, organic toys.
These are just some of the companies I’ve found online–there appears to be hundreds–that make such toys.
Fae is in my arm, holding onto the edge of the couch while she jumps. She’s very excited about it.