All children love toys and before you know it; you have a house full of them. Between the overeager grandparents and the excited parents more toys than necessary have been bought and too often were bought without much thought given to the child’s safety. Because many children are hurt each year, parents need to take time and be aware of safety issues with their children’s toys to make sure they stay safe. Here are some tips to help you.
First, take your time and choose your child’s toys carefully. Don’t let the excitement of Christmas or birthdays get the best of you and buy toys without thinking. Keep in mind when you buy the toys, your child’s age. Are they too young for the toy? Do they know how to operate it? Is it something you are interested in but not necessarily your child is interested in? What is your child’s skill level? Think about all of these things. If your child is too young to operate a certain toy, wait. You have plenty of time to buy that toy when your child can handle it.
When considering a particular toy for your child, read the labels. When a toy manufacturer recommends on the label “Not recommended for children under three” it means that there are small parts or something in the toy that the child could be harmed by. Look for labels that say “Flame retardant” or “Flame resistant” on fabric toys. Another helpful label to look for when it comes to stuffed animals and dolls is “Washable/hygienic materials”. This means that the material is certified as hygienic and can be washed by you.
So many toys are made overseas because of cheaper costs. Cheaper costs for the toy companies mean cheaper quality. Poor quality results in toys that aren’t made properly and may fall apart causing injuries or have sharp or unfinished edges that your child could be cut on.
One thing many parents overlook when it comes to toy safety for children is to throw away all the plastic that comes in the packaging. Too often the parents are busy trying to assemble a toy and while they are distracted, the child plays with the plastic bag either suffocating themselves or choking on a piece of plastic bag. Throw away all plastic immediately.
Although there are many children hurt each year by their toys, it doesn’t have to happen to your child. By following the tips in this article to buy age appropriate toys, throw away plastic packaging, and reading the labels, you can prevent injuries to your child.