The chemicals added to PVC make it the most toxic plastic. Just about every soft plastic toy is made with PVC. ... One of the most harmful effects of plastic toys and the biggest safety risk with these toxins is that they can leach out – especially when babies or children put the toys in their mouths.
Although there are EU regulations for which toxins may or may not be included in toys, there are products that can slip through the cracks. Plastic toys may, for example, be made of, or contain, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which contains lead and cadmium — both toxins that are harmful to children.
But the answer to the question of how many toys your baby should have is pretty simple: only as many as is needed to cover a few important bases. Even just three to five of the right toys can provide your baby with all of the stimulation he or she needs to develop and learn.
Wooden toys never go out of style. ... They're more durable (yielding less waste than their plastic counterparts), biodegradable and may even be made with sustainable wood. Good quality, eco-friendly wooden toys also don't contain PVC, phthalates, or similar chemicals used in plastic toys.
Wooden toys have an amazing, naturally antibacterial quality to them – with it's porous surface, wood absorbs the moisture and bacteria from the surface and that bacteria is said to eventually die instead of multiplying like it does on plastic.