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Toy Box Materials and Safety Tips
A wide variety of toy boxes are readily available in the market. They come in
different sizes, materials, and color. Deciding which toy box is best for you might take
time. Below are some tips and information to help you narrow down your list of toy
box options.

Toy box materials
Handmade toy boxes are commonly made from quality hardwoods and are highly
durable. These types of toy boxes can last for generations and manage to maintain its
classic condition.
Like handmade toy boxes, toy boxes made of wood also have classic characteristics.
Wooden toy boxes are the most popular type of toy boxes because of their ability to
naturally blend in most environments. Wooden toy boxes are also known for there
durability.
Plastic toy boxes offer wider selection of shaped toy boxes. Creatively-shaped boxes
help motivate children organize there belongings. This type of boxes is also easy to
clean because they are lightweight and waterproof.
Most metal toy boxes are covered with designed fabrics to serve as cushion. The toy
box’s metal frames are long-lasting type of metals; however, the fabric covering the
metal frame may require constant maintenance (laundry) and is prone to damages.

Toy box safety
Toy boxes are supposed to organize your children's room. It is best to keep them to
where it is most accessible to your children. Teaching your children to keep their toys
after playing and organize them in the toy boxes will help them improve their sense of
responsibility and diligence. It is also important that your toy boxes are safe for your
children for obvious reasons that they will be frequently using it.

· Choose toy boxes with good mechanical features. Poor mechanical features often
cause casualties, such as sudden shut of the box’s lid, which can cut a child’s finger or
even worst, hurt their heads.
· The lighter the lid, the better. Getting slammed by the toy box’s lid is the most
common cause of toy box injuries.
· Toy box with locks and any mechanical feature similar to that is not safe for
children. Children’s imaginative and creative nature often leads them inside their toy
box or they may accidentally slip into it; however, whatever the reason is, they should
be able to open the lid from the inside to prevent suffocating.
· To free yourself from worries, you may also opt to just remove the lids on your
toy boxes.
· Check on the material’s finish. A non-toxic paint is a must for toy boxes, as this
can cause harmful effects on children.
· An ideal toy box for children should be free from sharp and pointed edges. Sharp
edges should be sealed and covered if there is no way to replace them. This will
prevent possible accidents such as getting cuts and bruises.

Careful consideration of details is the main ingredient to finding the right toy box for
your child. Accidents can be avoided with necessary precautions, but it would also
help if you can educate your child on how to handle possible dangers using their toy
box.
Some parents prefer to build their own toy box. Building your own toy box may take
time, but can give you the advantage of maximizing safety precautions that you think
are necessary. You may also alter the standard model of a toy box into something that
is more suitable for your children’s need.

				
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