Infant Toy Safety Tips for Parents
If you have a new baby you will definitely receive many gifts for the new infant from friends and family members. These may be new toys, clothes or some other baby accessory. But before you give the toys to your infant there are several facts you should consider regarding infant toys. Here are some of the many infant toy safety tips for parents.
Check the Warning Label
To ensure toy safety, be sure to go through the warning label printed on the package of the toy. If you have been gifted a toy that is not recommended for children younger than three years, do not give it to your infant or child less than 3 years of age. Similarly do not buy toys that are not meant for his age even if you feel he is smart and bright for his age and can handle and play with the toy. The risk of injury is higher than the benefits, when the child plays with an unsuitable toy. Always check if the toy has lead. For example, toys made in china are known to contain high levels of lead.
Throw away broken Toys
At times a parent may feel that a child can continue playing with a toy even if it is a little broken. But this is very wrong tendency when toy safety is considered. Broken toys may have sharp edges which can cause injury or loose parts that your precious little one can try to swallow. So as a rule, throw away all the broken toys even if they seem usable.
No Toys in Crib
Toys in the crib look good but they can be dangerous. Do not keep toys in your newborn baby's crib. Infants can try to put small parts of the toy in their mouth and swallow it. If the toy has a string attached to it, your baby can get entangled in it.
Avoid Soft Toys
Soft toys look cute and cuddly but they can cause great harm. They pose choking hazard and small children have a tendency to suck on the soft toys. If there are loose hair or stuffing it can become dangerous if swallowed. If your baby plays with soft toys ensure that it is properly sewn, and there are no loose strings, hair or stuffing dangling out.
Give one Toy at time
Parents often tend to give a basket full of toys to the baby to play with. Toy safety suggests that small children should be encouraged to play with one toy at a time. This way you can keep a watchful eye on what he is playing with and it decreases the risk of playing with or ingesting loose parts of a toy.
Consider choking Hazards
Your child can swallow parts of a toy or a small toy and it can get lodged in his throat. This makes it important that you do not give your infant small toys or toys which have small pieces that can come out. To find out if the toy or a part of a toy is too small for your infant do the “toilet paper roll” test. Take the cylinder tube (the cardboard part) of the toilet paper and put the toy into the opening. If the toy or part of the toy goes into it consider the toy as a potential choking danger or hazard.
Ensure there are no Strings
Strings on the clothes and toys can get entangled around your child and pose a threat (especially if it is around the neck). Do not allow your child to play with a toy or wear a garment with long string attached to it.
Toys and playing are important for a child. But toys are not always risk free. If you think a toy is not safe don’t allow your child to play with it. As a parent it is always better to err on the side of caution than be sorry.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team May 19, 2011
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