Haba, to me, is an exception to my “rule” that the bigger the manufacturer, the more careless about safety they are. They are the best example of a company that stayed true to itself as it grew, a company with a conscience.
According to Haba their products comply with EU standards, as well as are tested independently.
My two favorite lines of Haba are wooden toys and their new Organic toy line.
The wooden toys are painted with solvent-free, environmentally friendly, water-based stain, which is where the trouble usually arises with some traditional paints having lead and formaldehyde. So you can be sure that it is ok for babies to mouth HABA’s toys.
This Pixie World Stroller Toy was one of Lexi’s favorites to look at when she was little and play with when she got a bit older ( though, I do not recommend leaving your child alone to play with this).
I love all the themes and colors of these toys. I am sucker for pastels and bright happy colors.
The second line that I adore is their Pure Nature line featuring organic toys, dolls, rattles and more. This is a truly awesome line of soft toys made out of organic materials with a polyester stuffing (because natural materials are prone to mold, however it is Oeko Tek 100 Certified). All the toys are fully washable and have the cutest softest colors I have seen to date.
While she didn’t care for the rattle more than any other toy, Lexi really fell in love with the Bea Doll and has been playing with it since we received it. The loose blonde hair of the doll is so much fun to play with for her at this point. She grabs it and throws it around, chews on the hair, shakes it by the arm. I can see her growing with Bea and soon treating her like a little doll rather than a rattle 🙂
Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts, as well as toys for Lexi that I am looking to buy in the future:
On another note, I personally prefer to stick with wooden and cloth toys from HABA. Metal items that could be put in her mouth make me nervous.
If you haven’t read the first post in this feature about safety of toys and how to avoid toxic dangers in toys, you can read it here.
Next up tomorrow: APPLE PARK