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Buying Safe Toys for Your Kids
When you are buying toys for your kids, how carefully do check the labels? What about when some else buys toys for your children? Do you check the toys for safety before you let your kids play with them?
According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission report, there were more than 250,000 toy-related injuries in 2017. That’s a lot of kids injured by toys.
So, what can you do to make sure that toys are safe for your children to play with? Here are some tips on buying safe toys for your kids.
1. Read the Labels Carefully
Labels on toys will give you some guidance on the suitability of the toy for your child. It will say what age groups the toy is suitable for. Check for any warnings as well, such as “contains small parts”.
2. Think About the Potential Hazards
Look at toys carefully to assess the potential for injury to your child. Long ribbons, for example, could get wrapped around a small child’s neck. Small parts could be a choking hazard.
3. Think About What Your Child May do With the Toy?
Think about what your child might do with the toy. Does your child put things in their mouth? Do they like to take things apart?
4. Big Toys Are Best for Very Young Children
When you are buying toys for babies and tots, the large toys are the safest. Look for toys that don’t have parts that are smaller than your child’s mouth. Small parts that a young child may put into their mouths could cause choking.
5. Avoid Toys with Flying Parts
Avoid toys that shoot things in the air. Toys that shoot objects into the air are great fun. But they could cause an eye injury, even if the flying parts are soft.
6. Only Buy Toys That Are Nontoxic
Only buy toys that are clearly labelled nontoxic. Some paints and plastics can cause poisoning.
7. Don’t Buy Chemistry Sets for Young Kids
Chemistry sets and hobby kits are not suitable for young children. They might contain dangerous toxic chemicals or flammable materials. These types of toys are only suitable for children over the age of twelve. Even then, your child will need to be taught how to use them safely.
8. Look at the Quality of the Toys You buy
Buy toys that look well-made and sturdy. If a plastic toy breaks, it could leave sharp edges. Make sure that there are no small parts that could get detached from the toy. Small pieces of a broken toy could be a choking hazard.
9. Avoid Toys that Make Loud Noises
Young ears are very sensitive, so avoid toys that make very loud noises. Prolonged exposure to noisy toys can cause hearing loss in a child.
10. Avoid Toys with Small Magnets
Avoid buying toys with magnets in for very young children. If a child swallows a magnet, it can cause serious injury.
11. Make Sure that Batteries Can’t be Removed from Toys
Check that the batteries can’t be taken out of battery-operated toys. Especially small batteries that could be swallowed. If a child swallows a battery, it can cause serious injury. It can also be fatal.
12. Be Especially Careful with Crib Toys
Be very careful about the crib toys that you buy for a baby. If you hang toys over a crib, keep the string or ribbon short so that it can’t get wrapped around the baby’s neck. Hanging toys should be removed from a crib as soon as the baby is able get on his hands and knees by himself.
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