Kleynimals solve the great baby-car key dilemma

Kleynimals - toy keys for babies The beloved car keys–Babies just can’t get enough of them. And no matter how realistic those toy keys look, babies know the difference. And even though desperate times can call for desperate measures, it’s certainly not ideal. That’s why Kleynimals are so brilliant.

Inspired by the same dilemma, a smart mom invented the very smart Kleynimals:
toy car keys that look like cute little animals, but made from non-toxic,
food grade stainless steel. Kleynimals sound like keys when you shake
them and they probably taste like keys, you know, minus all the grime, sharp edges,
and possible lead.

Because they’re stainless steel, these keys (or is it kleys?) are definitely much heavier than plastic toy keys, so watch your own head–and your wee one’s–when they’re swinging them around. And they do have a bit of a metal smell, which isn’t bad, just noticeable.

They’re a fantastic alternative to the icky plastic toy keys and the expensive silver keepsake rattles that you don’t really want to let them take out of the house. I’m already imagining my baby’s delight when that
moment of key sucking can go on for more than just a minute. Without the “ew.” –Elizabeth

Find out more about Kleynimals and purchase them on their website.

Elizabeth Leach is a freelance writer and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks


  • Reply February 26, 2011


    I got a set of these and LOVE THEM! They are sturdy, with exactly the same feel and weight of keys, but they are so cute and are as safe as silverware. We never leave the house without them…

  • Reply February 26, 2011

    Stephanie S.

    What a great idea! Putting it on my “to buy” list!

  • Reply February 26, 2011


    what a great idea, my kid is key-obsessed!

  • Reply February 26, 2011


    Whoever came up with this is a GENIUS! I love it! Just wish I’d thought of it first! LOL!

  • Reply March 2, 2011

    Hilary S

    Cute! but pricey, esp if baby loses everything down some hole or crack (like mine). We bought a bunch of key blanks from the hardware store, washed them well and put them on a keyring for baby. She loved them, esp b/c they looked just like my set.

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    Reply March 3, 2011

    Cool Mom Picks

    Hilary, I promise we’re not the judgy types but the majority of keys contain lead, especially the brass ones. You might reconsider giving them real keys to suck on, no matter how clean. If it’s price that’s the issue, consider ones made of a safe silicon or other food-grade metal.

  • Reply March 5, 2011


    Brilliant! I may have to get some of these for all of the little babies that I need to buy gifts for this year.

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