Children can have fun times with their toys. However, the safety of each toy should be our top priority. Every year, thousands of children are injured or injured because of a toy.
Read on to know what to consider when buying a toy and how simple safety tips can prevent injuries.
How to prevent injuries
Most injuries caused by toys are minor cuts, scratches, and bruises. However, there are times when they cause serious injuries and even death. This occurs when toys are dangerous or improperly used.
10 tips to buy a safe toy
Here are ten tips that will help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your child.
- Read the label. This gives important warnings and facts about how a toy should be used and for what ages it is safe. Tell your child how to use the toy properly.
- Think BIG. Make sure all toys and pieces are larger than the child’s mouth, to avoid choking.
- Avoid toys that shoot objects in the air. These can cause serious eye injuries or choke.
- Avoid loud toys to prevent damage to your child’s hearing.
- Look for well-made stuffed animals. Verify that all parts are well glued and seams and edges are secured. It must also be machine washable. Remove any loose tape or string to avoid strangulation. Avoid toys that are filled with small balls or may cause choking or suffocation if the child swallows them.
- Buy sturdy plastic toys. Those made of thin plastic can easily break.
- Avoid toys made of toxic materials that can cause poisoning. Make sure the label says “nontoxic” (not toxic). For selecting safe toys you have search deeply.
- Avoid buying them children under 12 games to make models or kits quick to. These can cause fires or explosions or contain dangerous chemicals. If the child is older, make sure he knows how to safely use these types of toys.
- All electric toys must have the “UL” certification (Underwriters Laboratories certifies that it complies with safety standards). Check the label to check.
- Be careful when buying crib toys. The cords or cables that hang from a cradle should be short to avoid strangulation. These toys should be removed from the crib as soon as the child can get up or get on their knees and hands or when they turn 5 months old, whichever comes first. These toys can strangle your baby.
Gift ideas according to age
Recommendations on age-appropriate toys can be useful, as they offer guidance on:
Toy safety (for example, if it presents some risk of suffocation)
The child’s ability to play with the toy
The child’s ability to understand how the toy is used
The needs and interests according to the different levels of development of the child
Important information about toys that have been recalled:
One of the goals of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect consumers and their families against dangerous toys. The entity establishes rules and guidelines to ensure that the products are safe, as well as issuing product withdrawal orders if a problem is detected. Toys are recalled for several reasons, including dangerous levels of lead, choking or fire hazards or any other problem that makes them represent a danger. Toys with withdrawal orders should be discarded immediately. If you think your child has been exposed to a toy that contains lead, ask the pediatrician for a test to detect elevated blood lead levels.