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
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.