Toy Safety

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Toys are the priceless treasures of childhood, they should be chosen with care and also preserved carefully. Following are the toy safety tips:

Following tips can make it easier for the child and parents to start school:

  • The "Recommended Age" sticker can be taken as the starting point in the process of selecting toys. Be realistic in choosing the game for your child and consider your child's ability and maturity.
  • The toy parts should not be small as children have a tendency to swallow things. So they should be big enough to avoid the risk of choking
  • If the toy is too heavy, then it might harm the child if it falls on the child. Hence, heavy toys should be avoided.
  • Battery operated toys should have the batteries enclosed in a location which requires tools to open the case, like, screw holds the battery case tight.
  • For stuffed toys, make sure that the tails are sewn properly and paint is not peeling. They should also be free of ribbons, buttons or anything else which can be easily swallowed by a child.
  • Used toys which are passed down from older sibling to younger one, should be checked properly. It should be in proper working condition and any damage should be mended properly before giving it to the child.
  • Try to avoid toys which have long cords or strings. They can get tied around the child's neck and cause strangulation.
  • Discard plastic wrapping, boxes with staples or sharp points immediately. They can get choked in the wind pipe. Also check for splinters in wooden toys.
  • Read the instructions manual properly and review it with the child. See to it that the toys are non-toxic. The paint used should also be specified as non-toxic.
  • Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly secured eyes, noses, and other potential small parts.
  • Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age 8. They are harmful for children and it may cause severe burns.
  • Children's ears are more sensitive than adult's ears and their hearing can be easily damaged. If a toy is loud for you, it can probably be too loud for the child. You can remove the battery or cover the speakers with tape.

Copyright 2001, 2004. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this article in whole or in part without written or verbal permission is strictly prohibited. For information about reprinting this article, contact the copyright owner: Vanessa Rasmussen, Ph.D, Starting a Day Care Center,