Safe Toys for the Holidays!
Make sure the toys in Santa’s bag are safe for your child!!
Safe toys are important all year-long, but it tends to be on parent’s minds more through the holidays. Here are a few quick tips to remember as you are helping Santa out….
- Check to be sure that the toy is right for your child’s age and development.
- Read all warning labels. Usually these labels warn if a toy is a choking hazard for children under the age of 3. Government regulations state that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.
- Be very cautious with toys that have button batteries or small magnets. Children can have serious intestinal damage from both of these items if swallowed. Button batteries may be found in musical holiday cards, remote controls and other small electronics.
- Check for pointed edges and sharp corners especially for little ones who still put toys in their mouth!
- If the toy has a cord or pull string, be sure that the cord is not too long if you are giving it to an infant. A cord or string over 12 inches long can pose a strangulation hazard.
- Check to be sure that there are no small parts that can come loose or can be pulled off. (think button noses and eyes) This is a real hazard for children under age 3.
- If you are buying art supplies or any toy with liquid, be sure that it is marked non toxic. The label should state if the item is safe if a child swallows any of the liquid.
- Balloons continue to be a huge safety issue for children. Broken or un-inflated balloons can cause a child to choke or suffocate. Keep these items away from children under age 8.
- Keep toys for older children away from younger children. Have a designated area for older children’s toys. Be careful during the holidays with all the excitement!
- Remember the helmets for bikes and scooters and knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards for skates!
- Be sure that the toy is not recalled. This is especially true if you are buying used toys. Check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if the toy is on the recall list.
With the new government regulations that have been in place the last few years, the numbers of toy recalls have decreased dramatically. The worries about lead paint and poorly made toys coming into this country have diminished greatly. We parents still need to follow manufacturer’s guidelines and use common sense when buying toys for our children. Take a look at what might be good suggestions for your child’s holiday toy list and here is to a safe holiday season…right Santas?
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.