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Welcome to Best Years
The Best Place to Find Toys for the Best Years of Our Lives.
We love toys. We love how they help imaginative play, and help cement friendships. We love how children create worlds around their toys and this is why we feel that toys should be as special as the children who play with them.
So we spend our lives searching for the best possible toys and the people who can make them. We like to work with people who share our values which is how we came to partner with Pebble and their network of fairtrade coooperatives. We also work with artisans in Peru and disabled groups in Vietnam. Talented people who make the most gorgeous toys
Not only do we think that we have the cutest toys around but they are uniquely suited to the needs of young children. Knitted and crochet toys bring a tactile quality to baby toys which is great for helping sensory development. They are also robust enough to stand up to even the most active of toddler play. And it helps that they are machine washable too!
Our toys have it all - fun, engaging, loads of play value, tactile, bright, practical and handmade. What more could you ask?
Best Years have been specialising in making toys for over 10 years and claim to be the first people to introduce knitted dinosaurs to the world!
Having young children ourselves the appeal of knitted and crochet toys was instant as it offered a great alternative to the ubiquitous soft toys found all over the high street.
We are an ethical company and ethical sourcing is at the core of all our products so we found a great factory to make our first knitted toys for us, and now we have hundreds, still working with the same people we met all those years ago.
This interest in ethical sourcing also led to our 2009 partnership with the Pebble fairtrade cooperatives who handmake knitted and crochet toys in rural Bangladesh creating thousands of fairly paid and flexible jobs in the process.
And since knitted and crochet goes hand in hand with cotton it was a natural process for us to find the organic cotton Under the Nile ranges we which we now offer.
So whether you are looking for a great toy for your child, or specifically for a Fairtrade and/or organic toy we have a great selection for you to choose from.
- All our toys are tested to CE, All our toys are tested to EN71, All our toys are suitable from birth and All our toys are machine washable
It matters to us that our toys are not only well designed, but well made and safe which is why we spend so much time making sure that quality stays at the core of our designs. Its why we don’t have bead eyes or any small parts on our toys.
We are an ethical company and our ethics extend from the people who make the toys through to the people who play with them and we never take shortcuts with safety.