Whether you have kids of your own or are looking to buy a present for any child, you must make sure that the toy is child friendly. With all the toys coming from countries that have less than stringent manufacturing standards these days, it is especially important to keep an eye on the quality of toy that you buy for your kids. In this article, I will present to you some tips on how to choose the perfect toy that is safe and will provide hours of fun and entertainment for any young child.
For especially young kids, choking is the biggest risk. Kids that are less than 3 years of age tend to put small objects in their mouths so it is probably not a good idea to buy them toys that are choking hazards. One of the most important things that you can do as a parent or guardian is to simply supervise the kids when they are playing. Keeping an eye on youngsters goes a long way in keeping them safe.
Safety standards in many countries are constantly improving so you may want to reconsider giving your child an older toy that is a hand-me-down. These older toys can be extremely dirty and unsanitary and may not be up to current safety standards. Older toys can also contain jagged edges or protruding pins and nails so it is probably best to steer clear of them. You should certainly be careful of any toys bought in a garage sale or a flea market.
Another tip is to make sure that the toy in question is not made from flammable material. Kids are fascinated by fire and it is always best to be on the safe side. You should also make sure that any plush toys are made from washable material. Kids are prone to getting messy and also getting their toys messy. For the sake of good hygiene, it is important to wash any stuffed animals or teddy bears regularly. If you have pets in the house, their hair can get all over stuffed animals which can also present a choking hazard for young children. So make sure you machine wash your child's toys on a regular basis.
In the old days, paint contained lead. But these days, the standard for paint is to be lead free. Make sure that the paint used for your child's toys is also lead free. This is not much of a problem with new toys but certain older toys may contain lead paint. This is another reason not to give your kid's older toys.
One last tip is to make sure that all objects near your kids are non-toxic. This includes crayons and other things that a young child may ingest. This goes without saying but kids tend to eat almost anything so it makes sense to keep things non toxic to avoid a medical scare and an expensive trip to the emergency room. Let's keep our kids safe by providing them with a great playtime environment. I hope that these tips will help you in finding some excellent and fun toys for your child.