No batteries. No bells and whistles. No bright lights or loud noises. If you're looking for tech-free toys this year to inspire imagination, spark creativity and encourage open-ended play, we've got you, mama.

Here are our 14 favorites for a quieter, more creative holiday season!

1. Classic Rattle

A simple, beautiful hardwood rattle that's easy for little hands to grip + shake and gentle on teething gums.

Colorblock Classic Rattle, Bitte Shop, $19.00


2. Pinch Toys Retro 80's Cars

Bring back the decade of big hair and wood-paneled station wagons with these awesome retro push cars handcrafted from alder wood and painted with non-toxic, water-based paints.

Retro 80's Cars Set of 3, Bitte Shop, $30.00


3. Kiko + And GG Wooden Camera

Smile! Your little one will love snapping photos just like a grown up with this imaginative pretend camera.

Wooden Camera, Maisonette, $30.00


4. PlanToys Preschool Big Drum

While we can't promise this one will provide lots of quiet play, we can promise little ones will love exploring their sensory skills and banging on this drum perfectly sized for preschool hands.

PlanToys Plan Preschool Big Drum, Amazon, $36.00


5. SensoryPlay Wooden Rainbow Stacker with Acorn Sorting Bowls

This handmade rainbow stacker can be stacked however your little one's heart desires. The acorns and sorting bowls teach colors and help with fine motor skills.

Wooden Rainbow Stacker, Amazon, $49.99


6. Kid O Free Play Magnatab

Get creative with this learning tool that provides sensory-reinforced learning and provides hours of free-play fun. Kids will love the audible click of the magnetic pen, and you'll love that the beads stay securely captured inside the board.

Kid O Free Play Magnatab, Amazon, $24.00


7. Maileg Mice

File this one under "toys we wish we could play with as adults." No detail is spared in the world of these whimsical mice, from beautifully stitched mouse clothes to ohh-inducing accessories. Your little ones will never want to leave this magical pretend world!

Maileg Mouse, Maileg USA, $27.00 and up


8. Prince Lionheart Balance Bike

Balance bikes teach kiddos how to balance, a crucial skill before learning to transition to a traditional bicycle. This beauty has a 100% birch wood frame and an adjustable height seat for easy customization.

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike, Amazon, $74.78


9. BEKA Traditional Wood Blocks

These solid maple, heirloom quality blocks are a staple of childhood and will be played with for years. Kiddos will love stacking them up, knocking them down and building their own creative masterpieces.

Beka Wooden Blocks, Amazon, $84.99


10. Peg and Awl Wooden Tree Swing

Let your little one feel the wind through her hair and the freedom to fly with this beautifully handcrafted tree swing. It's easy to secure to any large tree branch and comes with 20' of rope.

Round Wooden Tree Swing, Etsy, $120.00


11. Petit Collage USA Floor Puzzle

Work on your spacial skills and your geography skills while putting together this bright, vibrant floor puzzle.

Petit Collage Floor Puzzle, Amazon, $16.52


12. Hazel Village Dolls

Few toys inspire the spirit of play more than dolls. From whimsical forest creatures to exquisitely crafted dolls, these heirloom quality toys will inspire countless hours of imagination.

Hazel Village Dolls, Hazel Village, $40.00 and up


13. Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape Activity Kit

Unleash the power of creativity! We love this art project and dress-up costume all rolled into one.

Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape Activity Kit, Amazon, $38.10


14. The 50 States

One of our go-to gift books of the year, this fact-packed volume explores the 50 states through vibrant maps packed with everything you'd ever want to know about the U.S. of A.

The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps, Amazon, $20.40


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Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.


A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.



We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson


One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy


The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma


"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.


@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby


Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory


Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile


Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

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But you know what we did not discuss? Which parent would be in charge of pediatrician visits. Who would handle researching the best way to introduce solid foods. And, down the road, which parent would take the lead on communicating with teachers. And oh so much more!


If there is one thing I would love to go back and redo, it is having a very specific conversation with my partner about how parenting duties were going to be shared.

Here's what I wish we'd talked about.

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