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The Basics Of Buying Safe Toys

Sep 5, 2008
Safety should always be first, even when you're purchasing a toy. You want to make sure your child learns, and has fun without worrying about them getting hurt with the toys they love.

First, check the toy recall list. With all the recalls lately, you want to make sure the toy your child wants doesn't appear on that list. Playskool has been advertising that they have not had any of their toys on recent recall lists so you may want to keep that brand in mind.

Make sure the toys are age appropriate. You want to check for any small parts in toys made for ages 3 and under. Stuffed animals are not a good idea for young babies, as the eyes or nose can come off or if it is placed in their crib. You'd be increasing the risk for SIDS.

With all the lead recalls lately, a lot of parents are leery of painted toys. You can buy toys from "Melissa & Doug", a popular US brand. Their toys are lead free. If you have already purchased painted toys, then get a lead kit and test the toys just to double check that they're safe for your child.

Be cautious of soft vinyl toys, as they have been known to have high toxin levels, including lead.

Pull toys with strings attached are very cute for babies, yet they do pose a dangerous strangulation hazard. Make sure the string is no more than twelve inches long and also don't let the child play with it when you're not around.

Be sure to double check where the toy was made. The majority of toys made outside of the United States have tested for high levels of lead and other dangerous toxins.

Toys are not babysitters, so make sure you are always around while your child plays with their toys. Most accidents occur when parents are not looking, therefore make sure your baby does not pick up big brother's toy or that the older sister does not use their little sister's rocking horse as a snowboard.

It is such a shame that in this day and age that we have to be so attentive about the safety of a toy, however we have no choice. The key to purchasing safe toys is by being informed of recalls and other information. An informed parent is more likely to be more careful in choosing that perfect toy for their child.
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