My Kids Favorite Baby Toys and Dolls Are Made In Europe By Kathe Kruse
Looking to buy quality toys, puppets and dolls not made in China? Have a look at the Kathe Kruse brand. Kathe Kruse offers quality toys, puppets and collectible dolls made in Europe. These toys are affordable, cute and original. My 2 kids own 3 Kathe Kruse grabbing toys and they love them.
Intro image: Daughter with her pink cat grabbing toy
If you want to buy original toys, puppets or dolls not made in China, I invite you to discover this German brand. You will fall in love with these amazing baby toys. I know I did! Every time I have a baby gift to make I buy one of the cool grabbing toy!
Musical Baby Soft Toys - Whimsical music box
Why I Love Kathe Kruse Toys
Baby toys not made in China
All the collection is handcrafted in Germany. The quality is amazing. I do not collect dolls (the brand is famous for their amazing high end dolls), but over 5 years ago I ran into Kathe Kruse grabbing toys and bought one for my son. It's a cute colorful horse and he is very attached to it. The quality is amazing, the toy still looks and feel like new after over 5 years of intensive grabbing and hugging!. They are the best!! Incredibly soft, easy to hold and so cute!! I also bought him a Giraffe later on and bought 3 more grabbing toys over the years to offer as gifts to new parents. And two years ago I bought a pink cat for my newborn daughter.
I am a fan of organic, eco-friendly and not made in China toys such as Selecta for their wooden toys collection, Kallisto for the cute plush animals and Lana organic. That is why I also love Kathe Kruse baby toys!
Doll Maker Extraordinaire
Kathe Kruse was originally known for her quality dolls. She started making dolls in the early 20th century. Over the years her reputation has cross the German frontier and she became renown among doll collectors worldwide. Now the Kathe Kruse company offers a beautiful selection of safe and quality baby toys and puppets as well as dolls.
2 Cute Kathe Kruse Dolls Star in a Stop Motion Short Film
Books and important references for Kathe Kruse dolls collectors
Books On Kathe Kruse Antique And Collectible Dolls - History and reference books
Kathe Kruse dolls are highly collectible. Here's a few books that may be of interest if you collect these dolls, or if you are interest in antique dolls in general. Some books are in German, but still provide a lot of visual information.
Kathe Kruse Baby's Grabbing Toys - So soft!! These are a must. Honestly, the best and softest baby toys ever!!
These grabbing toys are SOFT. Really soft. They also are very easy to grab and hold. My daughter really likes her pink cat and It has been a favorite for a long time. I highly recommend those Kathe Kruse grabbing toys. They are high quality and will last long. My son has 2 of them, they are still looking almost new after over 5 years of intense love. The Kathe Kruse grabbing toys are colorful with vibrant colors. Some of these have rattles inside, others have a squeaky thing. You should choose one with a rattle for the babies because they just need to pick up their grabbing toy to make sounds.
You can hand wash them from time to time. I did that often without problem. Don't put them in the dryer.
They are designed to stimulate a baby's sight and touch and help to develop their motor skills. They are mostly unisex toy, available in a large selection of colors and patterns.
Cherrystone Pillow by Kathe Kruse - warming pillows / cooling pillows
1 minute in the microwave and these cute pillows will help your baby upset tummy. They can also be helpful for bedtime, they are so cuddly!
1 hour in the freezer will also take care of bumps and other small ailments. These pillows will be you child best friends for a long time.
These are washable, just make sure you remove the cherrystones bag before.
Kathe Kruse Organic Towel Dolls - Comforting for babies
This is a great doll, not as a toy but as bedding item: use it in a crib and place your baby's head on it. It's perfectly flat. As a mom, you can sleep with it a couple of days, or have it on you around the house, so your smell with stay on it. Your baby will be comforted, even when you left him alone for bedtime. I suggest you do buy the organic ones for health reason.
Regular Towel Dolls
Cheaper than the organic ones, these towel dolls are as beautiful and soft!
Kathe Kruse Fairies Puppet Theater - Excellent role play game
There are dozens of different finger puppets. You certainly don't need the theater to have fun with them. From knights and kings, to frogs, dragons and pirates. There is no limit to your kid's imagination.
Kathe Kruse Waldorf Doll - Large selection of Waldorf
Waldorf dolls have neutral features so your child can give his doll the personality or mood he wants. Waldorf is about kid's imagination and creativity. These Waldorf dolls are made in Germany.
For your Information: Latest Toy Recalls
Bookmark this website and visit often: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This site list all the latest toys (and household items) being recalled in North America. You can also report dangerous toys to them. To no one surprise, most of the recalls are from products made in China.
How Can I make Sure the Toys I buy Are Safe
- Avoid 1$ stores Toys sold in these stores are cheap, made in China. More than often than not they are knock-offs and fakes. Chance are that anything sold there have never been inspected. It is risky. You don't want anything from there around a kid. These toys can contain lead paint, toxic chemicals, dangerous part. Not to mention that you have absolutely no idea by whom they were made (would you like to encourage child labor?)
- Buy organic cotton or oeko-tex certified soft toys Cotton production uses a huge amount of pesticides. On the other hand organic (and oeko-tex certified) cotton toys must meet strict requirements, over and above regular government standards and so they are inherently safe from heavy metals, pesticides, etc.
- Read the packages Important safety indications are provided on all packages, as well as the recommended age. Read and follow these recommendations!
- Check often to see what toys have been recalled I have listed a few link you can check on this page. Use them. I know it is hard to keep track but better be safe than sorry.
- Avoid buying toys of unknown origin
More Eco Friendly Gifts and Toys for Babies and Kids
- Kallisto organic stuffed toys
Beautiful European made stuffed toys. Kallisto toys are high quality and not made in China.
- Selecta wooden toys
High quality European wooden toys for all the family! From babies grabbing toys to grown up puzzles.
- My son's favorite plush toy Quack
Meet Quack, a Lana organic plush duck. Lana organic are our favorite eco-friendly plush toys maker.
- Buying Toys Not Made In China
Avoid made in China
- 3 Favorite Manufacturers Of Toys Not Made In China
For those looking at alternative to toys made in China.
- Montgomery schoolhouse toys
Made in USA toys
- Green Toys made in USA
Made in USA toys
© 2008 Nathalie Roy
Stanley Green from Czech Republic on August 30, 2013:
Lovely dolls... The best thing I love about these is, they are not just another "Barbie"-like dolls.
MaggiePowell on August 29, 2013:
I've always loved Kathe Kruse, my children played with them too. Added your lens to my http://www.squidoo.com/german-baby-toys lens!
sojourner-1 on April 14, 2013:
These are new toys for me. I have previously not heard of them before. Nice lens.
Missmerfaery444 on April 02, 2013:
Hadn't heard of these Kathe Kruse toys before, they are lovely! I love the grabbing horses and the puppet theatre.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on April 02, 2013:
If I could have a dedicated space just for me in the house, I think I could become a doll collector - just love them
Sue-DN on February 03, 2013:
I knew about Kathe Kruse antique dolls but had no idea they were still making them. This is one to keep in mind for my grand-daughter as we're being extra vigilant at the moment about anything made in China. If you start looking at the small print on labels it's frightening - so thanks for the good advice here.
BestBuys4Baby on December 14, 2011:
These are really lovely, perfect for a new baby and would make lovely baby shower gifts.
Pat Moire from West Village, New York City on November 23, 2011:
The Grabbing Toy Elephant and Camel are so unique. One of those toys where someone on my list has to get one of these as a present, just need to figure out who.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on October 29, 2011:
Just popped through stumble upon and then realized that I had already been to visit your Kathy Kruse dolls lol. Have a wonderful holiday season. Best of wishes.
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on October 20, 2011:
I will have to remember this brand of toys when buying toys for little ones. There is such a wide selection and they are quite cute.
Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on October 17, 2011:
so good to see these adorable toys, i do not have right now proper grandchildren, they want car now, but still can enjoy this beautiful lens with beautiful toys.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 28, 2011:
These are so beautiful and well made. I wish I knew about them when the grand kids were younger.
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on September 22, 2011:
Very informative lens. What great gifts for children these would make. I especially like the little dragonfly doll.
ForestBear LM on September 22, 2011:
very cute, nice collection you have here. Thank you for sharing
MelissaRodgz on September 16, 2011:
Wow these dolls look beautiful
KimGiancaterino on September 13, 2011:
Beautiful ... the kind of toys I would make if I had more time for crafts.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 25, 2011:
I had never heard of these toys of course but going back to old fashioned quality in toys is certainly an idea that catches my attention. Wonderful tpy designs.
Stacy Birch on May 12, 2011:
I just love the home made look of these toys.
Trudy on February 24, 2011:
Great lens!! Anyone concerned about children coming in contact with excess chemicals can use this information to make safer choices. Beautiful toys! Thanks
darciefrench lm on December 30, 2010:
Very cute collection of dolls!
katiecolette on November 29, 2010:
Wow - great toys and excellent lens! Sounds like a great gift idea for the little ones :)
Senora M on November 11, 2010:
never heard of these toys, but they look cute. likin' them!!
julieannbrady on September 12, 2010:
Yes indeed ... I have been a fan of Kathe Kruse since I first saw them. Simply ADORABLE.
enslavedbyfaeries on April 18, 2008:
Oh, I must send you some pictures of my girl's Kathe Kruse Dollhouse Doll Collection. They are so adorable!! I bought them years ago at Magic Cabin Dolls and they are treasured in our house.
janieruth on February 15, 2008:
OH, NO! I am going to have to add these dolls to my collections - I don't even collect dolls - well at least I didn't. Now, I guess this goes on my short list of must haves! What a great lens, I do love those darling grabbing toys, too! 5 Star Lens, and lensrolling you to my Fabulous to Funky Finds lens. Thanks for sharing, janieruth
badmsm on February 13, 2008:
Wow, I love these dolls. Great Lens!
CollectorsCottage on January 14, 2008:
These dolls are new to me - thanks for the great information! I'm happy to add your lens to the Collector Clubs group!