Choosing Safe Toys

There are millions of toys for kids to enjoy. Thousands more are made every year by various toy manufacturers. Sadly, while toys are a vital part of a child’s development, many kids end up in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Among these injuries, the most common is choking which affects children aged 3 and below since they love to put things in their mouths.collage

To avoid problems, take note of a toy’s age recommendations before buying it. Young kids should avoid toys with small parts since these pose choking hazards. Stay away from those that fit inside a choke test cylinder or no-choke testing tube. This tube measures 1 1/4 inches wide by 2 1/4 inches long – the size of a young child’s throat.safe_play

The toys you saved may make your kid happy and are certainly better than spending money on new ones. However, old toys and hand-me-downs from friends and family may not be suitable for your child since they may fail current safety standards. Worse, they can be so worn out and easily break wile your child is playing with it. Again, this is bad news for a kid since the toy becomes dangerous.collage2

It’s also best to avoid very loud toys. You may find them amusing but the noise produced by certain rattles, squeak toys, and musical or electronic toys can be so loud and damage your child’s hearing. Uninflated or broken balloons are choking hazards as well.

Lastly, avoid toys with BPA. This is a chemical found in some toys, baby and children’s products that can affect your health. To check this, look for the number on the bottom of the toy in the recycling arrows. Products with the numbers 3, 6 and 7 are bad. Don’t use clear plastic bottles unless these are BPA-free.