Take a ride on the Peace Van: hand knitted toys and rattles with purpose

If you’re into peaceful babies and peaceful communities, you’re going to love this sweet collection of hand-knitted rattles and toys that helps artisans in Bangladesh rebuild their lives.

Peace Van baby toy at Cool Mom Picks

The toys and rattles from Kahiniwalla are all hand-knit of 100% cotton by artisans at Hathay Bunano in rural Bangladesh. They’re so fabulous we even included them in our 2013 Baby Shower Gift Guide.

The program centers on providing livable working conditions and fair trade wages in rural areas so that women aren’t forced leave their families to work in larger and more dangerous garment facilities. Each piece is carefully designed to be beautiful and functional–not to mention machine washable.

Knit monsters at Cool Mom Picks!

Ice cream rattle at Cool Mom Picks!

We love the combination of vibrancy and traditional quality as much as we love supporting an organization that helps mothers rise out of poverty with dignity. And we adore the stories behind each piece, like how that Peace Van rattle is based on an actual vehicle owned by one of the Kahiniwalla wholesalers.

If there’s a baby in your life who needs a sweet gift, we know you’ll find something to love in the rattle and toy collection: from fruit and veggies to dolls to animals to flowers to cars, everything’s just as lovable as the message. And the prices are especially good for handknit toys, starting around $8.95 for a watermelon rattle. Sweet. –Delilah

Find handknit 100% cotton toys and rattles at Kahiniwalla and in our Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide.


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply September 17, 2013

    denise johnson

    These knitted toys are so gorgeous. These are indeed a perfect baby gift idea. But how much do these toys cost? And what’s the appropriate age for children to have these toys?

  • Reply February 19, 2014


    Hello, I’m just jumping in here to answer your question. Better late than never I guess.

    Cost- Pebble toys range from $8.95 for Food and Ball Rattles up to $62 for our new Organic Crochet Blankets – Our most popular rattles retail for $15.50 and our popular hats retail for around $20.

    Pebble toys are safe for kids from birth onwards. Because a child learns to grasp and respond to rattles at slightly different ages, there is quite a range of time as to when they will exactly enjoy them the most. We have had teenagers buy the rattles for their dorm room 😉

    – The dyes used are non-toxic in anticipation of the product going straight into a child’s mouth. There are no removable parts, so there is not a danger of choking. They have been safety tested in the US and with the EU’s stringent safety requirements including flammability testing.

Reader Comments