We want the toys we buy kids to be entertaining, educational and safe. Too much to ask for? Not at all, and plenty of kids toys meet all those parental requirements, knowing these safety tips will help you find the perfect toy.
Safety Tips for Buying Kids Toys We want the toys we buy kids to be entertaining, educational and safe. Too much to ask for? Not at all, and plenty of kids toys meet all those parental requirements, knowing these safety tips will help you find the perfect toy. Age Recommendation for Toy Sure, you know your kid better than toy manufacturers, but the age recommendation for a toy is listed on the front of the toy box for a reason, a safety reason to be exact. Toys that contain small parts are not recommended for kids under the age of three for safety reasons; those small toy parts in small hands can end up in the nose or mouth. Weight recommendations on riding toys are implemented for safety reasons too, the riding toys are designed to safely transport up to a certain weight, above that weight and the riding toy may collapse and injure a child. Protective Gear for Riding Toys Riding toys, such as battery powered motorcycles, skates and scooters have a higher rate of injury than other types of toys, for obvious reasons. Keep child safe on riding toys by purchasing the appropriate protective gear. Safety gear, like helmets and knees pads, must fit properly to provide the greatest safety protection. Try protective gear on kids before purchase. Toy Weapons and Eye Injuries Toy weapons that have small parts that shoot out can cause serious eye injuries, even blindness. Skip purchasing toy weapons for younger children, and purchase only toy weapons that are of the soft Nerf variety or have soft suction cups on the ends. Consider the safety of straps or slings that are often on toy weapons too. Straps, slings, strings or similar toy apparatus that is longer than seven inches pose a strangulation hazard for kids. Listen to Noise Making Toys Toys that make noise, even if the noise is music, often exceeds the safe decibel level of sound and can permanently impair a kids hearing. When considering purchasing a noise making toy, hold the toy up to your ear and listen to the sound. If the sound is loud enough to hurt your ear, it will hurt your kid’s ear too. Before purchasing a new toy, check online for updated list of toy safety recalls. Heirloom Toy Safety Been saving that special toy train you played with as a child for your own kids to play with? Maybe not the best idea. Heirloom toys, collectible toys and antique toys may have been painted with lead paint and will place your kid at risk for lead poisoning. If passing a beloved toy down to future generations is planned, wait until the child is old enough not to want to play with the toy and can just enjoy it’s sentimental value and beauty from a safe distance.
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