Eco-Friendly Bath Toys For Safe Sensory Play
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At the end of each day, my kids enjoy a nice warm bath—mainly because they get to play with their favorite bath toys. And mom gets to ask them questions about their day while getting to relax and sit for a while—even if it’s on the toilet lid.
But, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I started to swap out plastic bath toys for safer alternatives, so don’t feel bad if you’ve just started doing the same. If it makes you feel better, my kids had McDonald’s Happy Meal toys floating around in their bath water—and I didn’t know any better.
Then one day I read about plastic bath toys and how they leached chemicals in hot water and I decided to throw all of them out, and went shopping for non-toxic alternatives instead.
Why Should I Avoid Plastic Bath Toys?
A majority of plastic bath toys are made from PVC and contain some really toxic hormone disrupting chemicals that aren’t safe for anyone—let alone babies and young children.
When these plastic toys make contact with hot water, they start to leach chemicals like cadmium, lead and pthalates, which young children (especially babies and toddlers) absorb via skin and mouth.
That’s why it’s so important to be mindful and make eco-conscious choices when shopping for bath toys.
Things To Consider When Shopping For Bath Toys
When shopping for eco-friendly bath toys, there are several important things to consider:
- Avoid toys that contain PVC, Pthalates and BPA (look for the recycling symbol #3 and you’ll know it’s PVC)
- Choose toys made from natural rubber, food-grade silicone, stainless steel or wood.
- Choose toys with sealed holes to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water and saliva which results in mold.
With that said, it’s time to ditch the plastic bath toys, and start using non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives instead!
And to help you find a true non-toxic bath toy, I’ve put together a list of green brands that make some of the cutest ones, so that your little ones can enjoy some safe sensory play!
Best Non-Toxic Bath Toy Brands
Caaocho Natural Rubber Bath Toys
The super adorable and environmentally friendly bath toys by Caaocho are made from 100% pure natural rubber, and have a sealed hole which prevents the accumulation of stagnant water and saliva. You’ll also be happy to know that these toys are coated with non-toxic food grade paint, and contain fun textures for little mouths to explore. We are especially in love with the little sea turtle and flounder!
Plan Toys Wooden Bath Toys
PlanToys is a sustainable toy brand that makes adorable wooden toys and bath toys made from chemical free, kiln-dried recycled rubber wood that are designed with water based non-toxic colors as accent. Eco Mom Diaries loves all of the fun boat designs that can kids can use in the bath and swimming pool.
Tikiri Ocean Buddies
The Tikiri Ocean Buddies are made from all-natural rubber, and each character is easy for tiny hands to grip. When shaken, it responds with a gentle sound that is sure to comfort your little ones, because each bath toy contains a built in rattle to stimulate your little one while they’re in the bath!
Green Toys Recycled Plastic Bath Toys
Green Toys makes some eco-awesome bath toys that keep kids entertained while keeping them safe from toxins. Eco Mom Diaries loves the fact that all Green Toys are made from recycled milk jugs and are manufactured in the USA with a tight, local supply chain that minimizes the carbon footprint and supports the domestic economy!
Honeysticks Bath Crayons
The Honeysticks Bath Crayons are a great choice for your little one’s bath time because they’re made from a beeswax and soy wax blend with food-grade color pigments! Eco Mom Diaries loves that these non-toxic bath crayons are also fragrance-free and the wrappers are completely biodegradable! The con? All bath crayons are a pain in the butt to clean no matter how environmentally friendly the ingredients are! However, if you don’t mind doing a little scrubbing, then this brand is your go-to.
Sophie La Girafe Natural Rubber Bath Toy
Sophie La Giraffe is made from eco-friendly and non-toxic natural rubber. This adorable bath toy features a variety of soft textures and angles for baby to chew on, and does not contain any holes. The great thing about this particular bath toy is that it can be used in and out of the bath—especially if your little one is teething!
Hevea Natural Rubber Bath Toys
Hevea eco-friendly bath toys are made from 100% natural rubber from HEVEA trees, and have a silky smooth touch that is gentle on baby’s face and teeth, but resistant to bites. Eco Mom Diaries loves that all Hevea bath toys are completely plant-based and biodegradable at the end of their life, and feature chemical-free FDA-Approved color pigments. Choose from whales, natural rubber duckies and more!
Oli And Carol Natural Rubber Bath Toys
These adorable and eco-friendly origami bath boats are made of natural rubber from Malaysian Hevea trees, and hand painted with food graded dyes—safe for teething and tub time! We at Eco Mom Diaries especially love the minimalist-style origami design.