Toy Safety Basics For Parents
Even though you’d like to, you can’t spend all your free time with your baby. You might need a break from them and vice versa. Which is why toys are indispensable for kids. It helps keep them occupied and entertained when you can’t. You probably have enough toys for an entire grade of kindergarten students, but you can’t help buying more when your child gets bored of them but doesn’t allow you to throw them.
However, did it ever cross your mind that these toys you buy for your baby could be harmful to your baby?
1. Avoid toys with magnets
Everything invariably ends up in a baby’s mouth, whether you like it or not. However, a magnet is the last thing you’d want them to swallow, so the best way is to avoid buying them all together. These are the most dangerous kind of toys because if they’re swallowed, they can attract each other through organ walls and cause internal bleeding. Your kid’s body isn’t equipped to handle surgical invasion yet, which is the only way to get magnets out of the body.
2. Age and size
A very important rule you can live by is: the smaller the child, the bigger the toy should be. This makes it more difficult for your baby to swallow the toy as a whole or even parts of it, thereby avoiding any accidents.
3. Read the label
All labels give information about the target age group for the toy. Children below three years of age don’t have a very developed coughing reflex system, which is why they should play with toys created for their age group to avoid a mishap.
4. Shape and contents
Avoid toys with sharp edges that could harm your baby. Also, try as much as possible to ensure that the toys you’re buying are free from toxic elements like lead paint. Another thing you should look out for is the battery of the toy. Make sure it is secured in a way that’s hard for your baby to undo. Liquid fluid also poses a very serious risk.
One last measure you should keep in mind is whether the toy is allowed to be sold. Ideally, it is the duty of the seller to remove recalled items from the shelves, but just to be safe, ensure that the item you want to buy hasn’t been recalled by the manufacturer because of a mass defect.