Paul Evans
06-03-20


The whole scenario behind the invention of infant toys is that they are to be enjoyed, but part of that enjoyment includes making sure the toys are safe for your children. These are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that your child enjoys his/her toys while taking the appropriate steps to make sure they are safe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Follow The Age And Safety Recommendations On The Toys Package        

  • This information is typically written in smaller print and is often located in a lower corner, or back, of the box.   
  • If the toy contains small parts, consider your child’s behaviour before purchasing.
  • Even if he/she is in the age range recommended by the manufacturer, parents must consider whether or not their child behaves mature enough to handle the toy and it’s parts.
  • Never leave a child unattended when playing with a toy that features small parts.
  • Even if you step away for a minute, that may be all that it would take for your child to decide to put the toy in his/her mouth. This can be very dangerous, so always provide as much supervision as possible while your child is playing with his/her toys and even more so if they feature any small parts. At the same time, never allow children to run with any toys that have sharp or protruding points.                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Never Allow Your Child To Put Toys In His/Her mouth                                                                       

If the child were to swallow any part of the toy, or accessories, the result could be tragic. If you see the child putting his/her toys in their mouth, remove them immediately while saying “no” in a firm voice. It is not necessary to take the toys away from the child, but they should be closely supervised.                                                                                                                                

Pay close attention for safety notices and product recalls

Information from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute is very important because it provides updated information as to the safety of certain products, along with any that have been recently found to have defects. In the latter case, a product recall may be issued in order to avoid injuries. Never allow a child to play with toys that have been recalled or are not deemed to be safe.

Make sure that any drawing markers, paint or crayons that you purchase are non-toxic.                                                                   

On kids toys that have been tested and is proven to be non-toxic, the label will indicate any such findings. Look closely on the back of the packaging in search of this seal before buying these types of art accessories.   
                                                                                                 

                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If a toy is painted, make sure that the paint is not coming off.

This could be dangerous if the child were to put the toys in his/her mouth or if it were to get in their eyes, so be very mindful of chipping or peeling paint.

Make sure toys and dolls are flame retardant.

This is very important for the obvious reasons and to protect the safety of your child.

Make sure the infant toys that you are going to buy your children are authentic and not a cheap imitation, which may indicate cheaper manufacturing.

When shopping for toys, always make sure that you are getting what you pay for.

Monitor the message or rating that videos or video games are promoting.

These days, so many videos and video games are promoting unhealthy messages and violence. It is important to monitor what your child watches and plays. In order to make sure that the influences your child is seeing are best for their age, Visit Pegi video game rating and bbfc for film ratings.


Blog by Gillian Evans

CO-Founder of Kidieez, buy & sell second-hand kids’ clothing and accessories

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