I suspect that you have a few Tips for Buying Safe Toys that you could share with us. I hope you do in the comments at the bottom of the page. Today I am sharing some tips that I have learned through the years and from other parents.
Check out the Tips for Buying Safe Toys by age group…
3 Years-Old, or Younger:
Tip #1: The principal danger that toys pose to toddlers and small children is choking. As you are aware, babies, toddlers, and small children put everything that they pick up into their mouths. A rule of thumb is to have the parts to any toy by larger than 2 inches in diameter. If you see that your child can fit a particular part of a toy into the mouth then take it away and dispose of it. This is just a general rule. Check with your pediatrician for other ways to determine is a toy or its parts are dangerous for your child.
Tip #2: Remove marbles, small inflatable toys, balloons, and any toys or their parts that have sharp points or edges.
4 to 5 Year-Olds:
Tip #3: You may have to include your 6 Year-old in this group, due to behaviors that continue to put toys into the mouth, nose, or ears. My 9 Year-Old grandson put pea gravel in his nose. He had to be taken to the doctor’s office to have them removed they were so far up in his nasal cavity. Always be aware and beware!
Tip #4: Even with this age group, you may have to remove marbles, small inflatable toys, balloons, and any toys or their parts that have sharp points or edges depending on the tendency to put these objects into the mouth, nose, or ears.
Tip #5: Please avoid toys, which are made of highly breakable plastic or other materials. These toys when broken present a choking, inserting, poking, and cutting hazard.
6 to 12 Years-Olds:
Tip #6: 6 Year-Olds may still be too young and immature for toys that are suitable for this age group.
Tip #7: The range of toys available for children in this age group is numerous and is often intended for physical activity, such as a bicycle. In this age group, children may well be able to play safely with almost any toy you give them.
Tip #8: A skateboard may not be suitable for a 6 Year-Old, but certainly may be fun for a 12 Year-Old. Always have safety equipment ready for use with skateboards, bicycles, and other action toys and equipment. Some safety equipment includes helmets, knee and elbow pads, and padded gloves.
Tip #9: Be very very, very, very careful about trampolines!!! A brain injury is not repairable! These are not suitable for 6 Year-Olds, and older children must be supervised at all times. Learn the proper handling of this sports equipment.
A Family of Children in Different Age Groups:
Tip #10: Monitoring toys in a family in which there are several age groups of children can be a headache, if not problematic. Different ages means different toys and not all these toys will be proper for every child. Children of different ages have different interests. Younger children are fascinated by the toys of their older siblings.
- One solution for this dilemma is to have a toy box for each child, or a toy box for each age group with two or more children sharing a toy box. You can facilitate the habit of your children putting away their individual toys at the end of the day, just before bath time.
I guarantee that you will not be able to keep these toys separate all the time, but each day they will be separated and you will be able to identify those toys that are too dangerous to keep in the house. Creating the habit of sorting and putting away toys will keep everyone in the household aware of the hazards of toys to toddlers and small children. To be vigilant is to be at least safer…
- Another solution is to educate and encourage your older children to keep their toys up and out of reach of the younger children. You can create an area specifically for this purpose. Shelves in a bedroom closet located higher than the younger ones can reach are one such are that may be ideal.
Tip #11: Remember that allowing toys to lie around the home is an accident waiting to happen both for adults and for children.
Tip #12: Keep toys maintained and in good repair. Take immediate action when a toy becomes broken or worn from use. Throw away anything that is broken, or has pieces missing. With suitable electronic toys for small children there are screws holding the cover to the battery replacement compartment. Leave them there. You replace the batteries not your 4 Year-Old.
Tip #13: If you have purchased a toy that after you get it home turns out to be hazardous or unsuitable for the age group listed on the package, please return it. Get that toy out of the house.
Should you contain the desire to go one-step further, please write, or call the manufacturer to let them know the problem you have discovered. The more people that continue to make contact with the manufacturer, the more likely the manufacturer is to make a change in that toy, or remove it from the market. In this case, it may be best to keep the toy for examination in the event that you are asked to return it to the manufacturer. Jot down the details of the problems that you encountered with this toy and the name of the store in which you purchased this toy.
Tip #14: Your Tip Here!
Awareness, watchfulness, and caution should be your ‘by-laws’ for purchasing Safe Toys for Toddlers.
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