Wooden baby toys are a great gift for new parents or an investment to make for your own child. Wooden products tend to be more durable than their plastic counterparts and can be handed down to younger children later. Wooden toys are also less likely to break and cause a choking hazard. Rattles, blocks, cars, puzzles, and pull toys – such as a duck on wheels, are all popular items for infants and young toddlers.
These items are often pleasant enough to look at that they can be displayed on shelves in the nursery or in a nice basket in the play area or living room. Wooden toys should have a non-toxic paint or other natural finish for safety concerns since most items will end up in the baby’s mouth. One brand known for quality is Melissa and Doug. These toys will allow for creative play, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Many parents prefer wooden toys also because they are quiet, non-battery powered, and seem to have a lesser impact on the environment than their plastic counterparts.