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Your Guide to Buying Safe, Age Appropriate Toys

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Your Guide to Buying Safe, Age Appropriate Toys

Kids can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it's important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys. released some advice on what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often prevent injuries.

Preventing injuries from toys

Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are dangerous or used in the wrong way. It's also important to look out for button batteries or lithium coin batteries, high-powered magnets or other small objects that children might be tempted to put in their mouths, noses or ears.

Here are tips to help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your child.

  1. Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the toy is safe for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy the right way.

  2. Think LARGE. Make sure all toys and parts are larger than your child's mouth to prevent choking.

  3. Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air. They can cause serious eye injuries or choking.

  4. Avoid toys that are loud to prevent damage to your child's hearing.

  5. Look for stuffed toys that are well made. Make sure all the parts are tight and seams and edges are secure. It should also be machine washable. Take off any loose ribbons or strings to avoid strangulation. Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets or stuffing that can cause choking or suffocation if swallowed.

  6. Buy plastic toys that are sturdy. Toys made from thin plastic may break easily into sharp pieces.

  7. Avoid toys with toxic materials that could cause poisoning. Make sure the label says "nontoxic."

  8. Avoid hobby kits and chemistry sets for any child younger than 12 years. They can cause fires or explosions and may contain dangerous chemicals. Make sure your older child knows how to safely handle these kinds of toys.

  9. ​Electric toys should be "UL Approved." Check the label to be sure.

  10. Be careful when buying crib toys. Soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation should be kept out of the crib. Any hanging crib toy (mobiles, crib gyms) should be out of your baby's reach and must be removed when your baby first begins to push up on their hands and knees, or when the baby is 5 months old—whichever comes first. These toys can strangle a baby. Look out for toys with small batteries or loose magnets

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