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In addition to budget constraints and your child's personal interests, there are a slew of factors to consider in choosing a toy. The following suggestions will help you find safe and enjoyable toys for your little one.
Stay up to date on toy recalls. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues children product recalls. Check the CPSC website for the latest recall information.
Find the perfect toy for any age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children play with toys appropriate for their age and stage of development. Toys that are too advanced can pose safety hazards.
Watch for small parts. Don't allow your toddler or small child to play with toys with small parts as this could lead to an increased risk of choking due to accidental swallowing. In fact, choking is the most frequent cause of toy-related deaths, especially for children under three.
Avoid toys that make loud noises. Noise-making toys can permanently impair a child's hearing. Sounds of more than 100 decibels can damage hearing in fewer than 15 minutes of exposure.
Choose stuffed animals that are well made for children. The construction and features of a stuffed animal must be of a high standard. For example, the eyes and noses must be well embroidered and the seams well reinforced so that an older child can safely play with the stuffed animal.
Keep your children away from toys with strings, straps, or cords longer than seven inches. Long strings and cords could wrap around a child's neck and strangle them.
Stay away from toys painted with lead-based paint. Lead is toxic and can be particularly harmful to young children. Any child who chews, sucks or bites on toys that have high lead concentrations is at risk of encountering lead poisoning, which can cause serious damage to their brain, kidneys, and nervous system.
Watch out for toys that have sharp edges, small parts, or sharp points. Children may unintentionally cut themselves or another person.
Be cautious about electric toys. Electric and battery-operated toys can overheat, produce sparks or even catch fire. Before your child plays with a toy, inspect it to ensure mandatory requirements for maximum surface temperatures, electrical construction, and prominent warning labels are met.
Beware of the establishments where you buy toys. Always seek advice and buy from responsible merchants, who willingly offer thorough information about their toys and the ability to file accident claims should you encounter a problem.
If your child has been injured by a defective toy, contact a lawyer who can help you understand your legal options. The experienced lawyers at Rosenbaum & Associates will help you take legal action against an irresponsible manufacturer. Click here to learn more.