We have a bit of a plastic embargo in our house. This goes for toys (plastic is only condoned in the bath, otherwise everything’s pretty much wooden or material), furniture (did you know you can get a wooden child’s loo seat?) and it also extends to eating materials. Ok, so the china cereal bowls have the odd glued-back-together chip. Wooden toy boats do not like being immersed in water for too long. And we’ve had to say farewell to an occasional drinking glass that didn’t agree with the terracotta floor tiles. But I still stand by our decision. Natural materials look nicer and are a greater pleasure to use.
VUPbaby is totally on my wavelength as it is dedicated to providing non-toxic baby products (and some adult stuff as well) but doesn’t sacrifice style or practicality.
On their hugely comprehensive website, you might find a BPA-free rubber teether, organic cotton toy grapes dyed with metal-free colours or a fairtrade security blanket made from organic egyptian cotton.
Something that I found hard to source for my own children are glass baby bottles. I hate the idea of plastic nasties leaching into their contents and find plastic also affects the taste of drinking water (or milk for that matter). VUP baby stocks four different brands (as well as stocking inert plastic ones too) with prices starting from £5.99. Wee Go, Beaba, Born Free and Bibi Dino make a variety of standard bottle sizes, with BPA-free teats and coloured silicone sleeves.
For older children, I love the Klean Kanteen drinking flasks that are made from food-grade stainless steel. I have my eye on a candy pink number myself…