Lead and Phthalate free, Non-toxic toys for Christmas, updated

Last updated: November 20, 2008

Because Christmas is right around the corner and the new bill protecting children from lead and phthalates will not go into effect until February 10, 2009, I am taking it upon myself to search for safe toys for Christmas 2008.

Here is the list I have come up with and will continue to add to it as I find new toys that meet the standards of being lead and phthalate free. If a toy has any of these toxins, I will not list them. I also did my best to steer clear of anything that contains BPA. Please note there are millions and millions of toys out there, so this is in no way a comprehensive list. If you are aware of another toy that is free of ALL lead, phthalates and BPA, please comment (along with a website or other evidence you may have if available) and I will add it to the list. Also, I will not list the obvious, like stuffed animals or books, but will do my best to include the obvious categories.

Also, some companies do have toys made with phthalate-free PVC. I have listed these and made a note by those toys. Although it would be great to avoid PVC altogether, as PVC can contain lead. 

Most of the products are linked so you can read reviews, get more information and even purchase online.

Brands who are promising that all their toys are lead and phthalate free:
Edushape
Haba
Kids Give
Lamaze Baby Toys
Lego Systems 
Little Tykes 
Lisa LeLeu 
Melissa & Doug (wood and plush toys) 
Mudpuppy 
Plan Toys 
Publications International 
Sckoon 
Selecta
Step 2
 
Tiny Love 
Under the Nile  

Art supplies/Crafts
(note: many art supplies, including Play Doh, contain trace amounts of arsenic. I did not list these products in the list. Unfortunately, it makes for a shorter list)
EcoTots Art time easel
Melissa and Doug Deluxe Easel
Melissa and Doug Paints
KidKraft Deluxe Easel
Leaf Press by Selecta
Organic Crafts (book), by Kimberly Monaghan
Plant colored pastel crayons

Blocks
Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks, Melissa & Doug
Mega Blocks
Legos   (all systems including Duplo)
Edushape (They had these at my daughter’s daycare and they are great! They are flexible so perfect for toddlers just learning to play with connecting type blocks.)
Kapla Wood Building Set
Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks, Melissa & Doug

Books
LIttle leaf house book, HABA

Cars/Vehicles
Automoblox mini’s (3 pack)
Automoblox vehicles
Baby Car, Plan Toys
Bulldozer Chunky Wooden Truck, FAO Schwartz
Cement Mixer Chunky wooden truck, FAO Scwartz
Discover Rig, Sprig Toys
Dump truck chunky wooden truck, FAO Schwartz
Firetruck Chuncky wooden truck, FAO Schwartz
Side Kick Vehicle, Rally Racer, Sprig Toys
Road Contruction Set, Plan Toys

Dolls
Babipouce Grenadine – 12″ Cloth Doll by Corolle 
BabiCorolle Sorbet Melodie Doll 
All Dolls by Corolle (made of PVC-free vinyl), including Tidoo, Calin, Chouquette Eva, and Poupette Lili  These dolls are all just BEAUTIFUL
Baby Stella by Manahattan Toy
Flippippi Fortune Butterfly Red by Kathe Kruse 
Kathe Kruse Dolls (some cloth, some PVC vinyl)
Keptin-Jr Dolls (some cloth, some PVC vinyl)
Keptin Jr – Organic Cotton Doll
Paola Soft Doll by Haba
Pottery Barn Kids Dolls and their Baby Dolls (though note, these are spot washable only, however cute they are)
Sweet Dolly by Baby Gund
The Earth Friends Doll Raji
Waldorf Flippippi Fortune Fairy by Kathe Kruse
Zapf Creation Dolls (made of PVC-free vinyl)

Whatever doll you choose, be sure the dolls are not treated with flame retardants, are free of heavy metals, and are painted with safe/non-toxic paints.

Games
Bamboo Art, ages 18 months+
Battelo (memory and strategy game, age 4+, made of Bamboo)
Cagola Balancing Game, Bamboo Collection, ages 4+
Colora Magnetic Design, Bamboo Collection
Dominos, Bamboo Collection
Hasbro Bamboo Matching game (I saw at Wal-Mart, but cannot find online anywhere. It’s cute though.)
Natural Wood Memory Game by Selecta

Interactive Toys
Battino Pounding Bench, Selecta
City Beads (wood), Wonderworld
Click Clack by Plan Toys
Click Clack Ball Track by HABA
Hammer Balls by Plan Toys
Pounding Tower, Plan Toys
Ryan the Zebra Activity Center, by K’s Kids 
Wood Baby Gym, Selecta
Wooden Ball Track Set by Selecta

Kitchen Sets
Guidecraft Deluxe Kitchen 
Guidecraft Wooden Kitchen
Plan Toys Kitchen Center
Plan Toys Kitchen Set
Pink stove top by Plan Toys and Red stove top
Dishwasher by Plan Toys
Refrigerator
by Plan Toys
Melissa and Doug Classic Deluxe Kitchen


Musical Instruments
Banjo, Plan Toys
Deluxe Band Set, Melissa and Doug
Drum Set, Plan Toys
Pine wood train whistle, maple and Marks
Hohner harmonica, Rosie’s Hippo
Mini Red Piano, Schylling
Melissa and Doug Band in a Box
Oval Xylophone, Plan Toys

Push/Pull Toys
Bird Family Pull Toy, Rosie’s Hippo
Circo Pull Toy, HABA
Dancing Alligator, Plan Toys
Frolicking Frog Wooden Pull Toy, Melissa and Doug
Trotto Wooden Push Toy by Selecta
Mini Pull along Giraffe by Sevi
Natural Wood Push Toy, Pedella, by Selecta
Sorting Train, Plan Toys
Walk and Roll, Plan Toys
Wooden Chomp and Clack Alligator Push Toy, Melissa and Doug
Zoo Animals Pull Along, Melissa and Doug

Play Food/Cookware
Alex Toys Deluxe Cooking Set
Bambu Kids Cooking Utensils
Erzi play food: Erzi Assorted Vegetables Box; Erzi Assorted Fruit Box; Erzi Assorted VegetablesErzi Assorted Fruit; Erzi Assorted Fruit Box Tropical FruitsErzi Assorted Tropical Fruits 
Learning Resources – Made of PVC and polyethylene, but is lead and phthalate free
Lunch With Friends” wood tea party set by Djeco
Melissa and Doug: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Play Food – 10 Piece Set; Melissa & Doug Sandwich making set; Melissa and Doug Deluxe Wooden Spice Rack Set; Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box
Melissa and Doug Food Groups; Melissa and Doug Pizza Party; Melissa and Doug Birthday Cake; Sushi 
Plan Toys: Fruit and Vegetables, Breakfast Menu (with tray), Birthday Cake with candles, Vegetable pairs 
Plan Toys Toaster
Plan Toys Microwave
Shopping cart by Plan Toys
Cookware set by Plan Toys
Tableware set by Plan Toys
Tea set (wood), Plan Toys
Tupperware Childs Kids Mini Baking Set
Tupperware Kids Cake Taker, Plates, & Spatula
Tupperware Kids Mini Party Set with Mini Cake Taker

Playmat (Infant Activity Mat)
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe – Lights & Music  
Wood Play Gym by Selecta

Pretend Play – Barn
Farm Animals, Plan Toys
Folding Barn, Melissa and Doug
Folding Horse Stable, Melissa and Doug
Plan Toys Country Barn
Plan Toys Wood barn

Pretend Play – Castles
Dragonstone Castle With Inhabitants  by Haba
Princess Castle by Melissa and Doug
Folding Midevil Castle by Melissa and Doug 
Dolls for Melissa and Doug Play Castles

Pretend Play – Playhouse
Neat & Tidy Cottage by Step2 (my daughter LOVES this house)
Daisy’s Market, Djeco

Pretend Play – Dollhouse
Plan Toys Chalet Dollhouse with furniture
Plan Toys My First Dollhouse
Plan Terrace Dollhouse
Plan Toys Contemporary Dollhouse
Plan Toys Victorian Dollhouse (I want this one!)
Plan Toys Modern Dollhouse
Colonial Dollhouse by Plan Toys
Deluxe Wooden Furnished Dollhouse, Melissa and Doug
Dollhouse furniture by Plan Toys
Dollhouse Furniture, Melissa and Doug
Farm House, Plan Toys
Fold and Go Dollhouse, Melissa and Doug
Victorian Dollhouse, Melissa and Doug
Wooden Doll Family for Dollhouse, Melissa and Doug

Pretend Play – Other
Children’s Broom, Camden Rose
Pet and accessories, Plan Toys
Plan City Parking Garage
Pirate Ship, Plan Toys
Tree House, Plan Toys
Doctor’s kit, HABA

Puzzles
Animal Alphabet, Imagiplay (3D puzzle)
Clutching Puzzle Sunny Land by haba 
Counting Bunnies 3D puzzle
Melissa & Doug wood sound puzzles
Nativity Puzzle, Imagiplay (3D puzzle)
Wood Animal Puzzle by Selecta

Riding Toys
4×4 WD Adventure Car, Plan Toys
Arabian Rocking Horse by Plan Toys 
Lights and sound fire engine, Wonderworld
Pony rocking horse by Plan Toys
Puffy Dragon Ride On, Wonderworld
Rocking Cater, Wonderworld
Sports Car by Plan Toys (this is super cute!)
Trike Rider by Brio

Sports/Interactive
Wooden Bowling Set by Sevi 
Ball Track Roll ‘N Roll ‘N Roll by Haba  

Stacking Toys
Fun Stacker, Plan Toys
German Stacking Tower, HABA
Monkey Ring Stacker, miYim
Rainbow Tower, HABA
Rokkolina Wood Stacking Toy, Selecta (cute flower pot design)
Stacking Rings, Plan Toys
Witty Worm Stacker, Rosie’s Hippo
Wooden Rainbow Stacking Tower, Nunoorganic
Rocky Color Cone, Holgate Toys 

Stuffed Animals
Andrew the Hippo, miYim Organic
Baby Victoria the Bunny, miYim Organic
Chikos the Hen, Deglingos
Cuddlekin Bunny Molly, HABA
Natural Friends Sheep Musical Toy 
Pikos the Hedgehog, Deglingos
Ronronos the Cat, Deglingos
Sandwich Striped Cat Doll by Blabla
Solid Red Goose, Lana Organic
White Goose, Lana Organic

Teethers for Baby
Please see my post here: BPA and phthalate free teethers and rattles

Tools
Handyman Tool Box (wood), Wonderworld
My first tool set, Educo

Trains, Vehicles and other accessories
Alex Activity Mat
Brio
Maple and Marks
Melissa and Doug 
Plan Toys
Super City Wooden Railways from Heros! 

Companies with no phthalates (PVC) – Note: I have not yet determined if they are making the same claim for being lead-free. Also note that not all Evenflo, Gerber or Sassy products are BPA free.
Brio 
Chicco 
Evenflo 
Gerber 
International Playthings
Sassy 

Watch for these companies:
Leap Frog (Phthalate-free; some toys contain PVC; most packaging in boxes) 
Manhattan Toy (Use phthalate-free PVC)
Vtech (Use phthalate-free PVC) 
Sassy (Use phthalate-free PVC (since 2000), working to eliminate BPA and eventually, PVC) 
Fisher Price (Frequently use PVC (including teething rings), only toys for kids under age 3 are phthalate-free)
Mattel (Frequently use PVC) 
Playskool (Frequently use PVC)
Baby Einstein /Disney /Kids II (Frequently use PVC)
KidKraft (Claims all painted toys will have some amount of lead, anything wood is fine)
Especially for Baby @ Babies R Us (Geoffrey Inc.) (Frequently use PVC, including teething rings)

Gaming Consoles
XBox and Playstation 3 contain high levels of phthalates, though they are NOT considered toys so will not be affected by the new law banning phthalates in children’s products. Read more about it here.

Another cool site with eco-friendly toys is http://www.euphoriababy.com/

Please check back as I will be updating this post until Christmas is here! Happy shopping!

For more information or to research specific toys not listed, visit these sites:
http://www.healthytoys.org/product.searchtype.php
http://toyportfolio.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/update-complying-companies/
 
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21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maria on October 23, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Step 2′s play mats are made entirely with EVA, which is PVC free from what I understand. EVA is approved for use in teethers. I wonder about the rest of Step 2 products. I am going to call them and ask!

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  2. Posted by Trisha on October 23, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Thanks Maria!

    Step 2 has signed an agreement that all their products are lead and phthalate free! :) This is according to the Toy Portfolio.

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  3. thanks for the article. It is so important to make sure the toys are kids are playing with are safe. As you know, finding safe non-toxic toys can be hard. That is what I discovered this time last year when I started looking for toys for my son (now two). As most of you I was so nervous to by anything that I decided I was only going to buy toys made in the US or the European Union. Wow, that was also really hard. I discovered that there are companies out there that sell a few select items, but you really have to read the lables because some are “American Made with imported parts”. Or some sell a few American Made items and the rest are from China. What I really wanted was one website dedicated to selling American Made toys with American Made parts. And a site with a variety of toys for all ages. We are all busy parents to one-stop shopping is so much easier. So I developed one. At http://www.GiggleFliggle.com we sell American made toys (we have three from Italy, and they are PVC-free!) You can find fun, safe, educational and NON-Toxic toys for kids of all ages. I am also in the process of adding links to sites that sell other American made kids products. If you have a site like that let me know I would love to add you as a resource link.

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    • Posted by kendra Vogt on June 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      I love lullabyorganics.com she sells safe toys, baby clothing, sleeping items such as mattresses and covers etc. She focuses on selling USA products as well as safe and organic goods. This company has been driven by a child’s story. Check them out for safe toys etc. for baby and children.

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  4. Thank you so much for this list, I have already put it to good use. Great job!

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  5. Posted by Henriette Chang on November 25, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    What a perfekt list!

    I have contacted Zapf Creation about there Baby Born dolls, but they wont answer me. How do you know that those dolls are Phthalete-free.

    If you arsk in a danish toy store, they will tell you that they are not phthalete-free!!

    I would really like to know the true answer, since I’m looking for a doll for my daughter, one without a soft belly.

    Henriette

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  6. Posted by Nikita on December 9, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    if you look at the Healthy Toys.org website–it says that Edushape letters and numbers bath toys are HIGH for lead and arsenic—yet you have EDUSHAPE as a lead free toy company?? Any way to find out about this? http://www.healthytoys.org/product.details.php?getrecno=8080

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  7. [...] came across this blog post at Family Health & Safety that compiles a list of companies promising non-toxic (lead and phthalate free) toys, as well as a [...]

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  8. Posted by Priscilla Calvo on August 31, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you so much . My twins are 13 months and im trying to give them from food to toys as natural as possible with no chemicals,BPA,PVC, lead free and its hard when it comes to the toys. I call the companies before purchasing the toys but they never have an answer for me. One question so every toy thats for ages 3 and under are PVC free?

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    • Posted by Trisha on September 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

      Priscilla, new toys manufactured in the US for children under the age of 12 are supposed to now be free of phthalates (not necessarily PVC-free though). This is under the new law that went into effect in Feb earlier this year.

      However, some toy manufacturers may not be fully complying and others are lobbying to get parts of this new law changed.

      I would suggest sticking with wood toys from more “green” manufacturers as much as possible. We have a lot of Melissa and Doug toys — non-toxic, fun and they are affordable too!

      Good luck to you!

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      • Posted by kendra Vogt on June 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        Also, unfinished wood toys as well as stainless steel are completely safe. They make everything in unfinished wood from teethers, dumptrucks to kitchen sets in unfinished wood. Look around at various new websites searching under unfinished wood toys etc. to find great buys which will last a lifetime! Stainless steel rattles and dishware are great! Also great about stainless steel dishware is that they don’t break as glass may and they won’t leach chemicals as plastic or lead as ceramic can.

  9. Does anyone know if the toys that are certified as being ok have actually been checked? I am not being cynical or anything, but …. ok I am being cynical!

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    • Posted by Trisha on December 8, 2009 at 9:41 am

      There is not a true certification program or anything. Some companies have signed a statement saying they do not use certain items in their toys, or that they amounts are in compliance with new regulations, but there is no third party that verifies this. healthytoys.org has tested many toys and while that is not a perfect system either, it’s certainly better than anything else out there. Of course their database it limited. There are millions of different toys out there and you can only test so many. Thus it is best to opt for natural toys that do not use paint or formaldehyde glues, etc. I’m working on a new list for 2009, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Posted by Trisha on February 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      thanks for the comment. That article was from 2007, and looks like there may have been some discrepencies in testing. Either way, they had signed an agreement in 2008 saying their products were lead-free and in looking at healthytoys.org, the Mega Bloks tested there were free from any traces of lead. I’m checking with other sources too. Also, the healthytoys.org tested a newer toy, so older versions of Mega Bloks could have lead contamination. Other than this article, there are not any others I can find nor has their been a recall, so I think new Mega Bloks are likely OK, but parents should use discretion if buying used.

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  10. Posted by rachel on December 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for all this info! I’m currently looking for a stroller/pram for my little girl for Christmas and am trying to find a wooden one that is made with non-toxic paint or lacquer.

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  12. For a fun, non-toxic and U.S. made craft toy, visit http://www.wikkistix.com. They have limitless creative opportunities and have been non-toxic and U.S. made for 20 years. I love them even more because they are reusable! We did a fun solar system project with Wikki Stix and old golf balls. You can view the slideshow at http://www.shoddyshirtbooks.blogspot.com.

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  13. Posted by kendra Vogt on June 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Fisherprice/Playskool, Hasbro/Mattel, and Bright Starts will not give out information as to what plastics they are using in our toy products. I have been calling on all toys in our home and throwing out anything with the numbers 3,6 or 7 and of course the unknown. I will only purchase unfinished wood, plush(organic) or stainless steel for my children in the future. Until we stop purchasing these toxic toys and demand change from our representatives and senators we won’t have safe toys. Without efforts for change our hands are as dirty as the toy industry. Also, the paint in the wooden toys may contain many harmful toxic chemicals. Hop onto healthychild.org and check out more information regarding these and other chemicals which are harming our children. Check out http://healthychild.org/issues/policies/tsca_reform/ and take action against some of these chemicals!

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  14. Very nice write-up. I absolutely love this site. Keep it up!

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