Toys

9 minimalist toys you'll definitely want in your home

Keep it simple. And organic. And maple or pine.

By Amy Valm

9 minimalist toys you'll definitely want in your home

Baby mat

No brightly coloured mats for you. This simplistic pad features beautiful illustrations and patterns. The black and white design will attract baby’s eye and the soft organic cotton is cozy for tummy time or nap time. French Design, $120, ellaandelliot.com

Black and white baby mat.Photo: Ella and Elliot

Plush bunny

Throw it back to the olden days of simple rag dolls with this sweet bunny. Standing at nearly eight inches tall, she’s soft and squishy, making her the perfect snuggle companion. Andrews + Blaine Ltd., $25, indigo.ca

Plush bunny wearing pink.Photo: Indigo

Flock mobile

How beautiful is this mobile? Made in Toronto by purse deigner Bookhou, when your baby grows out of his nursery, this maple flock of birds can find a spot in any room of your house. $160 US, bookhou.com

Wooden flock mobile.Photo: Bookhou

Wooden pull toy

This pull toy is a great friend for new walkers as they toddle along. Crafted from solid maple, it’s durable and easy for small hands to grasp. Hape, $10, indigo.ca

Wooden elephant pull toy.Photo: Indigo

Burly teether

When those teeth start to come in, baby obviously needs to gnaw on something beautiful. This handcrafted teether is no exception. The wooden parts are organic maple, and rattle as they clank together. Otherware, $38, ellaandelliot.com

Marble and wooden baby teether.Photo: Ella and Elliot

Money bank

It’s never too early to start saving. Throw baby’s commemorative birth year coins in this sleek wooden bank. It will look sharp on a shelf and teach the value of money as your child grows. Danish, $110, ellaandelliot.com

Wooden panda toy.Photo: Ella and Elliot

Lowercase ABC blocks

Slated for the three-plus crowd, these blocks make a pretty nursery accessory in the interim. Set includes 14 double-sided basswood cubes. Father Goose, $21, bloxxtoys.com

wooden blocks with lowercase letters carved into themPhoto: Bloxx Toys

Rainbow mobile

Brighten up the nursery with sweet music. Pull the cord to hear a lullaby. The neutral colour palette will look great with all your maple furniture and sheepskin rugs. Danish, $55, ellaandelliot.com

Rainbow baby mobile.Photo: Ella and Elliot

Wooden camera

Thanks to social media, your baby is probably used to being in front of the lens. Made in Australia with natural pine, it comes in black, white and pretty pastel hues. $36, littleminimalist.ca

Wooden toy camera.Photo: Little Minimalist

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