Sadly, PVC is still a mainstay in children’s bath toys. But with some digging, we were able to find an array of alternatives. Keep an eye on our list, because we’ll add to it as we learn of more BPA, PVC and phthalate-free options.
All WOW toys are BPA, PVC, phthalate, lead and flame retardant-free! This impressive company offers all pertinent information freely, and most of it’s listed on their website as well. There are four designated bath toys, although any WOW toys could be used in the tub.
Alex Toys offers a nice selection of safer bath toys, although the information is not readily available. Some of their toys contain PVC, although Alex Toys informed me that they use EVA foam and phthalate-free PVC exclusively. The following toys are BPA, PVC and phthalate-free.
- Sea Horse Water Pump
- Fishing in the Tub
- 3 Boats in the Tub
- Lobster in the Tub
- Croc in the Tub
- Rock’n’ in the Tub
- Fashion in the Tub
- Stickers for the Tub
- Dinosaur Island
- Paradise Island
- School of Fish
- Tub Soup
- Big Scoop
- Fish in the Tub
- Spin and Spray
Milliwik Splashimals Bath Toys are made from EVA foam and have been third party test to ensure they’re free of formamide.
Hevea makes unique bath toys from natural rubber. Their Pond Bath Toy Set is unlike anything we’ve seen – totally natural and even biodegradable!
Zoë b Organic
Zoë b Organic recently launch the first ever Biodegradable Bath and Beach Toys! They’re made from bioplastic made from corn, not petroleum.
The Scuba Search Playset and Dolphin Explorer Boat make the perfect bath toys. Like Green Toys, Sprig uses recycled materials, including saw dust, to create their ingenious line of eco-friendly toys. Read more about them in our spotlight interview.
All of Boon’s Bath Toys, bath tubs and accessories are BPA, PVC and phthalate-free.
International Play Things
We ran into International Play Things bath toys everywhere we turned. They have listened to concerned parents and worked to add many new safer bath toys!
- Bathtime Shower
- Tub Boats
- Lil’ Squirts
- Bath Paddlers
- Bubble Frog
- Funny Face Beakers
- Super Sudser
- Mix N Match in the Bath Puzzle
- Lobster Tub Caddy
- Scoop N Strain Water Wand
Rich Frog Industries Bath Toys
- All Natural Rubber Duckies, Lucy Goose, Sparky Rabbit, Peggy Pig, and Chill Polar Bear are made without the use of toxic chemicals.
- Surfer Dudes, Terry Cloth Toys, Tub Sponges and Bath Mitts are free of BPA, PVC and phthalates, but they also meet the American Society for Testing and Materials standards and are free of lead and other toxins.
Sassy Bath Toys (updated 2/2011)
Sassy offers a wide range of safe bath toys. We wanted to make sure you knew though that one of their newer toys, the Stay Clean Silly Squirts, are made from PVC. The list below includes products that are made from safer materials:
- Soft Swimmers
- Catch & Release Net
- Pour & Explore Cups
- Fill & Float Duckie
- Scrub-A-Dub Carwash
- Soft Touch Rinse Cup
- Count N Spell Appliques – Rainbow
- Count N Spell Appliques – Pink
- Pull & Go Boats
- Bathtime Pals
- Aquatic Bobbers
- Bath Wigglers
- Stack Up Critter Cups
- Bath Links
- Squirting Sea Creatures
- Squishy Squirt Pals
- Counting Fish ‘n Net
- Double Duckies
- Hip-O-Boat (please note that the Gator Boat does contain PVC).
- Fishing Links
- Hook, Line and Sinkers
- Bloom and Groom Garden Set
- Twist and Turn Trio
- Tubby Tumblers
Needless to say, we were thrilled to hear that Sassy offers so many great bath toy options.
- Splashing Fun: 5 pc. set includes boat, water mill, spoon scoop, draining cup and a rubber ducky (the rubber ducky is made from phthalate-free PVC).
- Stacking Cups
- Transparent Bucket with Geometrical Sands Molds
- Transparent Bucket with Small Boats
- Beaker Set
- Baby’s Water Fun Set: Funny bucket with rattle rings and foot print on bottom, watering can, baby spoon and 3 animal water squirters (all of the animal water squirters are made from PVC)
- All Sand Toys are BPA, PVC and phthalate-free: Baby Foot Bucket, Mole Sand Hand Set, Sand Play Set, Sand Spoons
We were thoroughly impressed with Spielstabil’s very quick response. We also learned their whole line of toys (with the exception of the ones noted above) are completely BPA, PVC and phthalate-free!
Juvenile Solutions, Inc.
- Baby Cocoon Bath Seat
- Thermobaby Daphne Infant Bath Seat
- Thermobaby Plastic Bathtub
- Peli’s Play Pouch Bath Toy Organizer
- Digital Dolphin Thermometer
We were pleasantly surprised to learn that each and every product offered by Juvenile Solutions, Inc. is BPA, PVC and phthalate-free! Their line includes the very popular Baby Cubes, as well as baby dishes, utensils, bibs, etc.
We hit a wall when inquiring about Fisher Price’s Aquarium Bath Center and Rainforest Bath Center. We were told by the rep and the rep’s supervisor that their list of materials is “proprietary.” Then they topped off our disappointment with letters of BPA and PVC safety assurance. (This remains true as of September 2011)
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