Wooden toys are built to last and can be in the family for generations. But you want to be sure you are buying the best quality, and that the wood is responsibly sourced and not harmful for the child.
Wooden rattles are great teething devices for babies. When it comes to a baby's health you want to be sure. You want to be sure you are not buying a toy that could put your child's health at risk. Buy wooden rattles made of organic wood. Toys that your baby will chew and eat to relieve the pain of teething need to be left unfinished, or if they are finished they should be coated in organic child-safe oils. It is important to buy organic wood toys made of pure wood for your teething baby. Also you should avoid wood that is coated in paint, especially oil-based paints.
Avoid woods such as Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). This wood is made from wood fibers glued together under heat and pressure. You want solid natural wood for your baby's toys. Although the toys you are purchasing may claim to be organic wood toys, try and make sure that the wood is being locally sourced and that the company has a replanting program. Locally sourced organic wood will use less fossil fuel from transportation. Wood that is indigenous to the U.S.A. is more likely to be following environmental standards than exotic wood from remote areas.
Do the right thing. Buy organic wood toys. Not only for the health and safety of your child but for the planet as well.