As a parent, you of course want to keep things safe for your child. Most parents know to check the safety notes a toy that they are buying, but are you aware of the general guidelines for toy safety? There are a number of hints that you can use to find out if a toy is suitable for your child, and some of the dangers that these guidelines warn about are ones that you may not have considered. Take a moment to consider the things that you need to remember to keep your small children safe.
Look at the Eyes
When you are purchasing stuffed toys for a child under the age of five, make sure that he eyes are embroidered onto the stuffed animal. Though glass or acrylic eyes might be more attractive, they can actually become loose from the animal. Given the fact that small children love to put things in their mouth, you will find that even safety eyes can become loose over time. Prevent real problems by making sure that the eyes on your stuffed animals are simply embroidery.
Skip Long Thin Toys
Giving your child something like a wand or a baton seems safe enough, but this type of toy should wait until the child is at least three or four. Small narrow things like this are a risk for your child in that your child might stick them up his our her nose or ear. Make sure that longer toys are relatively broad for this reason. Keep an eye on toys with long wooden handles for this very reason.
String or Ropes
Toys that have string or ropes on them are completely inappropriate for any child under the age of two, and they should be considered carefully. Take a moment to think about the items with cords and straps out there. They are quite dangerous for small children because they are a strangulation hazard, so be very cautious when you are thinking about purchasing something of this sort for a young child.
Guns of Any Sorts
If you have a toy gun that shoots projectiles of any sort, you should save it until the child is older. For example, things like BB guns can actually cause eye injuries. Skip the projectiles until your child is fifteen years old or older. Guns that shoot soft projectiles can be handled by younger children, but make sure that your kids know that you should never shoot at someone’s face. If they cannot be trusted to stand by this rule, they should not be trusted with toy guns!
The rule of thumb states that the larger a toy is, the softer the edges should be. Wooden blocks are relatively safe, but consider things like riding cars or toy tables. Make sure that the edges on any large toy that you give your children is gently rounded. Small children are very accident prone, and the last thing that you want to do is to see them trip and give themselves an injury.
Purchase a Choke Test Tube
We’re told to avoid giving our children any toys with small parts, but what constitutes a small part? This is where purchasing a choke test tube comes in. A choke test tube is a small cylinder that mimics the size of a small child’s throat. If the toy fits inside the tube, your child should not have it.
Take a moment to consider what toys are safe for your child and what you need to know.
Byline: Franklin Burke writes on all toys, from puzzles and drawing equipment, to dolls and custom bobbleheads.