We all love the excitement of selecting toys and gifts for the little ones on our list. What could be more fun than finding a toy that is sure to bring delight to a child on Christmas morning? It is easy to get caught up in the holiday buzz and forget to use some common sense when selecting safe toys for children. You don’t want your fun gift resulting in a trip to the Emergency Room!
Prevent Blindness America has created some smart guidelines for selecting toys for kids that we thought were worth sharing.
- Make recommendations to family members and friends about gifts that you feel are appropriate for your child. Be diligent about inspecting these gifts before allowing your child to play with them.
- Inspect all toys before purchasing. Monitor toys that your child has received as gifts to make sure they are appropriate for your child’s age and developmental level.
- For younger children, avoid play sets with small magnets and make sure batteries are secured within the toy. If magnets or batteries are ingested, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
- Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (such as a basketball along with eye goggles or a face guard with a new batting helmet for baseball or softball).
- Any toy that is labeled “supervision required” must always be used in the presence of an adult. Keep toys meant for older children away from younger ones.
- Always save the warranties and directions for every toy. If possible, include a gift receipt. Repair or throw away damaged toys.
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
- Inspect toys for sturdiness. Your child’s toys should be durable, with no sharp edges or points. The toys should also withstand impact. Dispose of plastic wrapping material immediately on toys as they may have sharp edges.
- Don’t give toys with small parts to young children. Young kids tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If the part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under the age of 3.
Real Kids Shades is proud of our ongoing commitment to work with Prevent Blindness America in educating consumers about the long-term danger of unprotected sun exposure to children’s eyes.
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