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In order to get the longest life out of your Wee Gallery wooden toys, be sure to care for them properly.


Spot clean your wooden toys with a nontoxic cleaner or soap, diluted with water, or a solution of vinegar and water in a 1:1 or less ratio. White vinegar or Apple Cider vinegar work well for cleaning. Use a soft cloth or brush dampened with the cleaner, and never soak or immerse wood toys in water, as this can cause the wood to warp or crack and potentially weaken it. Be sure to dry the wood right away with an absorptive cloth and/or fresh air (avoiding too much sunlight).


Toys containing wooden teething rings may benefit from a replenishment of their natural moisture by rubbing them with olive oil or a nontoxic food grade beeswax such as Bee Luna Natural Beeswax Polish. This includes the teething rings on our Cotton Teethers, Crinkle Teethers, and Activity Pads. Our other wood toys that are not for teething are finished with a protective nontoxic varnish, so they should not require this treatment.


Avoid storing your wood toys in harsh sunlight or in moist environments. A little sun is ok, but too much can cause fading and cracking.

While wood is strong and can hold up to play, it is not indestructible. If any wooden pieces become broken, or appear cracked, they should be removed from small children immediately. Scratches and dents, however, are a natural occurrence, and add patina to the natural beauty and history of the wood. Every toy carries a story, and we encourage our toys to be loved and passed on for years to come.

Collage of young children playing with wooden tray puzzles.

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