Toys Safety tips

Toy Safety Tips  

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When choosing a toy for a child, we recommend the toy be appropriate for the child's age and stage of development. This makes it more likely the toy will engage the child – and reduces the risk it could cause injury. Below are some additional tips on toy selection and safety:

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys that are too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.
  • When choosing gifts for babies and toddlers, consider toys that will build developmental skills. Toys that can be manipulated, such as shape sorters, stacking blocks, and baby-safe puzzles, are great for developing fine motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills. 
  • If you are considering a digital device for a child or teen, such as a tablet, smartphone or game system, think about the purpose of the device and the rules you want to set around its use. 
  • Be cautious about toys containing button batteries or magnets. Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death – after swallowing button batteries or magnets.
  • To prevent burns and electrical shocks, do not give children under age 10 a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.
  • If you are buying a gift for a young child, look for toys without small pieces. Young children can choke on small parts contained in toys or games.
  • Children can choke or suffocate on broken or uniflated  balloons. Do not allow children under age 8 to play with them.
  • Remove tags, strings, and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children. Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches long, because they could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
  • When your child receives a gift, be sure to read the label and instructions. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages it is for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy.
  • Parents should store toys in a designated location, such as on an open shelf or in a bin, and keep older kids' toys away from young children.

Source: American Academy of pediatrics( AAP)


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