Most of the parents, out of love for their kids, buy their kids whatever toy the kids sees and asks for without going into the nitty gritty of it. What I want to convey here is that, many of us do not ensure that the toy is safe for our toddler.
A study carried out by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission made the picture clearer with its startling figures about toy related injuries and deaths in the USA reaching upto a staggaring 240,000. Quite shocking, ain’t it?
Well, the idea is to talk about considering safety of the kids first while buying toys for your toddlers and preschoolers. First and foremost it has to be on mind that it’s a toddler who does have a tendency of mouthing and putting it even in the nose or the ear. So, it’s important to check the size of the toy, the color used and the material as well. The weight of the toy also matters because kids keep throwing toys, and a toy that’s heavy can possibly cause harm.
Here’s a run- down some of the vital points to consider while buying toys for your child
Age appropriate Toys – Toys do have a mention on packs about their suitability to an age group. So, before you buy a toy, do ensure that it is for your toddler’s age.
Be Careful of sharp edges – Toys with sharp edges can be very harmful, so do avoid sharp edges.
Get only Non-toxic ones – Many low-quality toys that you may get very cheap are made of toxic substances and hence it’s advisable to select toys that are made as per international safety standards made for kids.
Magnetic toys – Small toys with detachable magnets is a strict no because they are life threatening in nature. Once swallowed they can cause intestinal blockage and death as well.
Fur toys – Fur toys is also a no for toddlers and even if you buy one ensure that you wash them frequently
Avoid Noisy Toys – Toys that make noise above 100 decibels can be harmful to your kids ears.
Avoid Projectile toys – Projectile toys can be harmful if projected at others and hence it’s better to avoid if you have a naughty toddler at home.
Well, these are only a few of the points to be considered while purchasing toys. Do look for the following safety symbols when choosing toys.
TOY SAFETY SYMBOLS
Well, safety of toddlers is a prime concern and neglecting the same can cost you irreparable damage at times. So, be aware and alert for your kids aren’t.