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Playing Safe With Ride On Toys

Jan 10, 2008
The safety of our children has always been a priority, but recent troubles and lack of quality control in the toy industry have created an even greater concern for toy safety and potential play time dangers. Traditional toys are a choice we can feel comfortable with as parents. Traditional toys typically feature durable, non-toxic construction and undergo stringent testing to ensure that the toys exceed the expected standards of quality and safety while providing hours of educational fun.

Ride on toys are no different. Wooden ride on toys are simple constructions, made of high quality, natural materials and featuring smooth connections that reduce injuries. Even though these traditional toys are made to uphold extremely high safety standards, toys with moving parts, especially wheels, can pose a number of hazards. It is important to follow the safety guidelines for any toy. The following tips will ensure a safe and happy playtime with your child's ride on toys.

Age Appropriate

Most toy injuries occur because a child is playing with a toy that is not suitable for his developmental level. Select ride on toys that provide your child with a good fit and make sure he is capable of operating the toy in the correct way. Most ride on toys are propelled with foot to floor movement and are typically low to the ground, making them ideal toys for toddlers.

Stability

Children love to experiment so don't be surprised to see your little one ride around backwards, or even sideways, on her ride on toys. This natural curiosity creates a need for a toy that is quite stable and doesn't tip regardless of where the weight is located. Check several points of the toy to ensure it is completely steady.

Designate a Safe Play Area

Ride on toys require open space that is free of obstacles. Never let your child ride near stairs, open water, or steep grades and avoid areas with vehicle traffic. Many toddlers enjoy playing inside with these traditional toys. Remove furniture that could be dangerous to her while she plays, like tables with sharp corners, and hide electrical cords that may be snagged.

Supervision

Small children should be constantly supervised on their ride on toys. Keep your child in the designated play area and never point the toy toward a hill. Stay beside your child if he is riding near a road or driveway; ride on toys are typically low to the ground and not too visible to motorists.

General Outdoor Safety

Anytime your child is playing outside, there are some common guidelines that should always be followed.

- Apply sunscreen to prevent sun damage, even in overcast weather.
- Offer your child plenty of water to keep her hydrated.
- Do not allow him to play near flower beds or wooded areas that may house snakes, spiders, and other harmful species.
- During hot weather, dress your little one in light colors and lightweight attire to minimize overheating.
- Never dress your child in loose, baggy clothing or clothing with dangling ties or accessories to play with his ride on toys or other active equipment that could catch and cause injury.

Traditional toys like ride on toys are one of the safest choices for playtime, but there are still several concerns you should be aware of. These guidelines, along with the manufacturer's recommended operation, will ensure a safe and happy playtime full of learning opportunities.
About the Author
Gary is an expert writer on matters concerning children's toys and is Managing Director of Monkeyshine the UK retailer of traditional toys .
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