22 Nov Ten Safety Tips to Remember When Buying Toys
With Black Friday just a few days away, it’s important to be aware of the dangers that some toys pose to children. A full discussion of toy safety could fill a book, but some of the most important tips can be found here, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Make it age appropriate: Some toys appropriate for certain ages may be harmful for younger children. Use the age guidelines on the toy as a reference. And for special needs children, remember that the key is their developmental age, not necessarily their chronological age.
- Read the label: Follow the instructions and pay attention to warning labels. Make sure you show your child how to use the toy the right way.
- Think large: Make sure all toys and parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking.
- Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air: These can cause serious eye injuries.
- Avoid toys that are loud: This will help prevent hearing damage (and cut down on parental headaches, too).
- Buy plastic toys that are sturdy: Thin plastic toys may break easily and become a choking hazard.
- Buy stuffed toys that are well made: Make sure all the parts are on tight, and seams and edges are secure. These toys should be machine washable. Remove any loose ribbons or strings to avoid strangulation. Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets inside or stuffing that could cause choking or suffocation if swallowed.
- Electric toys should be UL approved: This should be easily seen on the label.
- Avoid toys with toxic materials: The label should say “nontoxic.”
- Use caution when buying crib toys: String and wires that hang in the crib should be kept short to avoid strangulation. Crib toys should be removed as soon as your child can push up on her hands and knees.
For more advice about toy safety, please visit our Healthy Handout provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://pediatrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Parents-Guide-to-Toy-Safety-min.pdf