This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned below! Just spreading the love for some products we adore.
If you’re shopping for a toddler and you are an eco-conscious consumer like me, it can be hard to find an alternative to the shelves of over-packaged plastic contraptions, batteries not included, that line the big-box store shelves.
Let’s face it: when you shop for a child, you’re also shopping for their parents. Now that I have a toddler, I am always grateful when Cub receives presents that are sustainably made and parent friendly (ie: not loud and obnoxious).
Here are my Top Three Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts for Toddlers:
1- Hape Toys “Your Body” 5-Layer Puzzle (Well.ca, affiliate link)
Cub received this puzzle for his birthday and it’s been a hit ever since. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this puzzle is the one toy for which he will turn off the television or the iPad.
Although it is listed for ages 3+, Cub has no problem manipulating the pieces, and he gets a total kick out of naming the body parts. He knows “brains,” “lungs” and “heart” thanks to this puzzle. When we sit down and play with this puzzle, we talk about the different body parts and then point them out on our own bodies. It’s really helped increase his vocabulary. I love that the puzzle is anatomically correct: yup, the boy has a penis! (Also available in a little girl version.)
The puzzle is wooden and made by a very environmentally-responsible toy company, Hape.
2- Loot Trading Happy Dough Aromatherapy Play Dough
We received Happy Dough for Christmas last year, when he was 15 months old. He’s been using it ever since. You can read our full review here.
Happy Dough is just like traditional play dough except it is made of 100% natural ingredients like shea butter! When you play with it, your hands are moisturized and your nose is filled with the relaxing scent of pure essential oils. Each colour is a different scent with different therapeutic properties.
If you’re in Montreal, you can purchase Happy Dough at Boutique Bummis. In British Columbia, these retailers carry Happy Dough. To order directly, contact Bryan via Loot Trading’s contact form! (Update: It seems like Happy Dough may not be readily available right now due to importation issues.)
3- Öko Creations Organic Cotton Bath Poncho
My love for our Öko Creations Bath Poncho has grown even more since recently visiting the Öko Workshop and seeing with what joy and care Öko’s textile products are made. Their organic cotton bath poncho keeps Cub warm out of the tub, since post-bath, he tends to want to run around like a crazy wet dog (Have you ever seen a dog run around after a bath? It’s the same thing with my kid) before letting me get him dressed.
Made from the most carefully-selected materials and constructed in Laval, QC in their cozy workshop, toddlers and parents will treasure this bath poncho!
You can purchase a bath poncho on Öko’s website, where you’ll also find a list of retailers.
What are you favourite eco-friendly gifts for toddlers?