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American-made baby toys from Earnest Efforts: Safe, non-toxic, beautiful rattles

If you know me, you might know I’m a little bit of a snob when it comes to woodworking.¬† (I blame it up on my upbringing. My dad built furniture at the Anthony Hay shop at Colonial Williamsburg when I was a kid, and now he builds pipe organs at Taylor and Boody near Staunton.)

That’s why I tend to be super picky when it comes to wooden toys, and I really scrutinize ones made by small woodworking shops. If we’re going to sell them, they need to be good. And these hardwood teether/rattles from Earnest Efforts are good. They’re sanded silky-smooth and the glue joints are essentially¬† invisible. They’re a great size for teething babies to hold and gnaw on, and the rattle sound is excellent (nicer than similar rattles I’ve tested). And the wood selection is cool — they offer familiar options like maple and cherry, plus madrone (a hardwood that grows on the Pacific coast. We don’t see it here on the East Coast very much, so it’s kind of fun!).

If you’re looking for a safe, beautiful, American-made rattle option, these are a fantastic choice! Local customers can find the rattles in our Staunton, Virginia store now, and our online customers can find them here.

Earnest Efforts teething rattles

Earnest Efforts teething rattles in walnut, Madrone, cherry and maple

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Baby Department “World Tour”

I was looking around our baby department today, and realized that we have LOADS of different parts of the world represented in our product selection. I snapped pics of some of my favorite baby items from around the world:

wet bags from BABY by danish - made in the USA

Wet bags from BABY by danish – made in the USA

"Chubbies" vehicles by Viking - made in Thailand

“Chubbies” vehicles by Viking – made in Thailand

Rainbow babies and towel dolls by Kathe Kruse - made in Germany

Rainbow babies and towel dolls by Kathe Kruse – made in Germany

The Sophie So'Pure collection - made in France

The Sophie So’Pure collection – made in France

Stacking and sorting toys from HABA - made in Germany

Stacking and sorting toys from HABA – made in Germany

Playmobil 123 play sets - made in Germany and Malta

Playmobil 123 play sets – made in Germany and Malta

Tug boats and cool clear buckets - made in Denmark

Tug boats and cool clear buckets – made in Denmark

The original rubber duck - made in Spain

The original rubber duck – made in Spain

Starbright Baby teething giraffes - made in the USA

Starbright Baby teething giraffes – made in the USA

Pacifier clips by HABA - made in Germany

Pacifier clips by HABA – made in Germany

Resnackit reusable snack and sandwich bags - made in the USA

Resnackit reusable snack and sandwich bags – made in the USA

Stuffed elephants from Kathe Kruse - made in Germany

Stuffed elephants from Kathe Kruse – made in Germany

Messy Baby bibs from Mimi the Sardine - made in the USA

Messy Baby bibs from Mimi the Sardine – made in the USA

Maya Wrap - made in Guatemala

Maya Wrap – made in Guatemala

Wooden rattles and teethers from HABA - made in Germany

Wooden rattles and teethers from HABA – made in Germany

Sweater balls - made in the USA

Sweater balls – made in the USA

Knitted dolls - made in the Philippines

Knitted dolls – made in the Philippines

Busy Boat and Rainbow People Mover - made in the USA

Busy Boat and Rainbow People Mover – made in the USA

The Nosefrida - made in Sweden

The Nosefrida – made in Sweden

Kathe Kruse stuffed bunnies - made in Germany

Kathe Kruse stuffed bunnies – made in Germany

Lifefactory bottles - made in the USA and France

Lifefactory bottles – made in the USA and France

Crocheted links - made in Canada

Crocheted links – made in Canada

New from the makers of Sophie! Sophie So’Pure Ball Set and Sophie So’Pure Block Set

Our favorite French giraffe, Sophie, now has more company in our store! Today we got our first shipment of the new So’Pure rubber balls and rubber blocks. They are soooo squeezy, y’all. Babies are going to love ’em.

Like Sophie herself, they’re made in France from 100% natural rubber.

Sophie the Giraffe So'Pure Ball Set

Sophie the Giraffe So’Pure Ball Set

Sophie the Giraffe So'Pure Rubber Block Set

Sophie the Giraffe So’Pure Rubber Block Set