Here are some useful tips that will help your children to stay safe when playing with their toys.
Ensure that the toy you are buying is labelled with age recommendations. Select toys that suit the age of your kid. Also, pay attention towards safety labels like flame resistant or washable/hygienic materials.
While unwrapping the toys, ensure that the plastic wrapper is dumped well; it must be kept away from the child. Sometimes, they can become fatal for infants or very small kids.
For children less than 1 year, select toys that are colorful and vibrant having multiple textures and are made up of non-toxic materials. Kids during this period develop their sight, sound, taste and touch and also get habituated to put things in mouth to feel it. So, keep in mind that the substance that you let your children to play with must be hygienic.
Never give your children toys that have detachable parts like eyes or nose to play with because in case they swallow it may cause fatal suffocation and has high degree threat of choking hazards.
Inspect the toys for their sharp edges, which are made up of glass or metal. Such toys should not be given to children under 7-8 years of age. Avoid buying stuffed animals as they are internally wired and there are high chances of cuts.
Toys with ribbons or strings must not be hung with playpens or cribs as they may cause serious injury or death if children become entangled with these.
Train you elder kids to keep the toys that have removal parts or toys that run on electricity away from their younger siblings. Younger siblings are very anxious and may try to explore the toys of their elder siblings, so it’s necessary for you to keep in mind that your elder kids are taught such things.
Discard the broken or out of order toys as they may cause injuries. So, it’s your duty to segregate the broken toys from closet and prevent your kids from accessing these stuffs.
While your kids are playing, it’s your duty to keep on supervising as you have to ensure that they play at a safe, free play place. And it’s applicable for both indoor and outdoor environments. Regularly check your kid’s toys for durability and safety. Generally, kids use and abuse it harshly and so regular maintenance is necessary.
Remember to keep the toys away from kids when they finish playing with them. Keeping the toys scattered may cause fatal consequences when kids accidentally fall on them.