No need to clutter the crib with plastic playthings when your baby begins to teethe; Their toys can be good for their gums, good for the environment, and darn good-looking, too. Made from solid maple that's sanded smooth, these simple shapes from Little Sapling Toys are easy to grasp and clean, and for every purchase a tree is planted for Trees for the Future. If you're looking for gifts for a young one, their site has a bunch of beautifully crafted pieces, from blocks and skittles, to rattles and a rocking unicorn.
It's tough to remember all the way back when our only possessions were playthings, and everything we owned could be carted around the house with pride. Scot and Amy Herbst of Kaiku designed the Push Pull for all the little modernists out there, and their parents who know that kids' toys can be good-looking and built to last.
The Toy/Chaise from Brooklyn-based designer Lisa Albin is a durable dresser and storage unit that doubles as a comfy space for your kid to sit and lounge. The birch plywood box has a built-in backrest so the little one can take a rest after picking up her toys. IglooPlay had a wonderful display at Dwell on Design this year, and it's definitely worth a look at the website to see more modern tot furniture.
This simply shaped maple veneer mobile makes like a modern flock taking flight above your baby's bed. It's just one of the many lovely things on display at Bookhou, a beautiful shop based in Toronto, which offers a selection of handmade, small-batch items from tea cozies and coasters to benches and chairs to paintings and sculpture.