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Toy Safety Tips For Your Little One

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Do you remember that phrase from the movie, A Christmas Story? It is one of my favorite movies. It is a movie about Ralphie, a 9-year-old boy, in 1940, who only wants one thing: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! His mother, his teacher, and Santa Claus all told him the same thing, “You’ll shoot your eye out”. What happened in the end? Well, Ralphie’s dad got him the rifle, and yes, you guessed it, he shot his eye out. Not literally, but he did hit his eye on the rifle when it backfired the first time he used it.

Can you imagine if that was now? Child Protection Services would be called if someone knew that a parent got their 9 year old a pellet/bb gun! Thank goodness it is only a movie.

Today it is very important to make sure children are playing with safe toys. The younger they are, the more likely they will put it in their mouths. The last thing you want is a piece breaking off and your little one choking on the piece. To lower the risk of that happening, here are some things to look out for when selecting toys for your little one to play with.

Toy Safety Tips For Your Little One

  • Buy only age appropriate toys. Buying toys that are intended for older children, can pose a choking hazard for your little one. Even if your child is advanced mentally, it is still a good idea to buy age appropriate toys. Remember, the age-appropriate level for a toy is determined by toy safety factors.
  • Look for toys that are well made and sturdy. Little ones can be rough and tough with their toys. Therefore, to prevent a choking hazard, always make sure the eyes, buttons, wheels, etc. are on securely.
  • Avoid marbles, magnets, or toys that are less than 1.75 inches in diameter. If you are not sure, you can try to put the toy inside of a toilet paper roll. If it fits inside of the roll, then the toy is too small for your little one to play with.
  • Avoid toys with long strings. The strings can be a strangulation hazard.
  • Leave toys that are made of thin plastic at the store.These toys tend to break easily and can leave sharp edges that can cut your little one.