If you missed the Toy Safety post, go back to read it here.
Begin Again, a fairly unknown toy company that makes one of a kind eco toys. Begin Again was founded on the principles of Benjamin Barlowe, an early 20th century inventor from Fort Collins, CO, which is also where the company is located.
These toy makers have 4 RULES:
1. Kids are the true noisemakers!
No batteries, no electronics, ever!
Collaborate, share, and build in partnership.
3. Don’t leave a mess
Take OIL out of play, use plant based materials whenever possible and always reduce, recycle, and seek improvement.
4. Great products have greater purpose
BeginAgain gives 1% to the community.
Their toys are made out of the following materials:
- Natural rubber
- Natural cotton fabrics
- Sustainably harvested woods
- Wheat starch plastic
However, that doesn’t limit them one bit. Their toy categories are separated by your child’s personality as well as age.
Toys for an ARTIST:
Toys for a WRITER:
Toys for a SPORTSTER:
Kicking Putt Putt ball (non PVC ball, can you beat that?)
Toys for an INVENTOR:
Toys for a HERO:
Bathtub Playset (one of the few bath toys that don’t contain PVC)
Actually, Lexi’s first obsession with a toy was courtesy of Begin Again. She went crazy over The Bathtub Ball’s “The Red Man” (which is what we call the diver dude) and the octopus. It probably had something to do with the feel of rubber on her gums, but she literally didn’t let either one of these toys out of her hands for weeks when she was first getting her teeth. They went with us everywhere. We had to use the Bathtub Ball exclusively outside the bathtub because she just LOVED those two guys. Once that extreme obsession wore off after about 2-3 months, we finally got to experience the bathtub ball where it belongs, in the tub. It has remained her favorite toy while bathing that she often takes with her while we dress her.
I can confidently say that this is the best non-PVC bathtub toy I’ve encountered.
The earthworm didn’t excite Alexis beyond the usual chew and throw game that 4-6 months olds are so fond of. I was quite surprised at that because I surely enjoyed “playing” with it myself. It’s a simple wood toy with sections of its body connected to each other in a way that allows it to take any shape and be flexible. That could be just her, though, because a few other toys that are technically ball shapes connected on string haven’t fascinated her either. Don’t let it stop you from getting it for your 3 months old, if he/she is into that type of thing.
Why Begin Again toys should be in your child’s toy arsenal?
Aside from using all natural non-toxic materials, their toys are one of a kind. True inventions that tap into an older child’s imagination as well as challenge a small baby. You can’t beat wood, lead-free natural paints and nitrosamine-free rubber.
Rather than fill up your child’s toy box with tacky looking plastic noisy toys, going back to the basics and using creative play with Begin Again will definitely be a step in the right direction.
The Art of Making a Baby, in conjunction with Begin Again would like to offer a simple giveaway of the bathtub ball for the lucky winner to try.
Disclosure: Begin Again sent us the bathtub ball and caterpillar in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own, as always.