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Wooden Baby Toys

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Wooden baby toys have a universal appeal. They're a traditional favorite that will stimulate your child's imagination. Wooden toys are a natural choice too. They're usually made of safe, biodegradable materials that can take quite a bit of punishment and be sturdy enough for the next child who comes along.

When shopping for wooden baby toys, watch for these things:

Choose toys that are age appropriate for your child. Multi-piece toys can sometimes have small sections that can constitute a choking hazard.

Look for toys that are 100 percent biodegradable. Typically, there'll be a notation on the marketing materials.

Watch out for inexpensive imports that may be decorated using lead based paint or treated with other chemical compounds. Besides checking government watchdog sites for information about safe products, rely on names you trust. Although there can be recalls involving well known toy manufacturers, typically quality control will be better and more reliable with recognizable brand names.

Domestically made wooden toys will generally have fewer recalls, but regardless of the wooden (or other) toys you buy, check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's web listing for hazardous toy recalls periodically to make sure your child's toys are safe. Just perform a web search for "hazardous toy recalls" to access this government consumer safety site.

Review promotional materials carefully. Wooden toys are attractive in part because they are natural and wholesome. Prefer toys that are made with vegetable dyes and treated with wax, like beeswax, instead of chemical resins. Look for finishes that use water-based paints over oil-based paints.

Invest in quality. All wooden toys aren't created equal. Insisting on solid wood construction and choosing a maker that either specializes in or is well-known for making wooden toys is the best guarantee that the toys you buy will last for many years.

If you want to make the greenest choice, look for toys made from wood that was sourced responsibly. Sustainably harvested wood products are wholesome and earth friendly.

Avoid toys with chips or cracks. Quality wood toys will have multi-layer finishes that are naturally resistant to chipping, peeling, and cracking. Inspect the toys you plan on purchasing for quality construction. Avoid toys that are made using narrow wooden pieces that could break or splinter. Also watch out for sloppily glued joints or flimsy metal wire construction.

Wooden baby toys can be heirlooms-in-the-making, so take the time to buy the best and safest toys available.

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