Play It Safe: A Guide to Choosing Child-Friendly Toys

A little girl playing with child-friendly toys.

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The holidays with littles means that your house will be filled to the brim with new toys. And while that can be a dream for your children, as a parent, this can be a cause of extreme stress.

Unfortunately, not all toys are created equal. Some are large, some are small, some are made up of one thing, and some have a million little parts. And all of these differences contribute to the safety of the toy for the child.

Whether you are standing in the toy aisle at a store or looking at brand-new gifts in your living room, here are a few tips you can use to decide which toys are worth buying and keeping.

Selecting Child-Friendly Toys

Choose Age-Appropriate Toys. So, this first tip is the simplest to follow because the toy manufacturers do the work for you. The government requires manufacturers to add a safety label to all toys, and that regulation should not be ignored! More specifically, you want to make sure that you are paying attention to the age requirements for a toy. Typically, toys with tons of small parts are not recommended to children under three because they do not understand that those pieces should not go in their mouths. So, they present a likely choking hazard. A good rule of thumb for this situation is if the toy can fit into a toilet paper roll, it is too small for your child.

“Designed for Adults”. As previously mentioned, toy manufacturers must follow a lot of rules and regulations for their products. To get around these rules, some toys will sport the label, “designed for adults”. That allows the maker to bypass the US toy safety standards for children. Fidget toys are prime examples of this.

Watch Out for Magnets. There are serious dangers that have been linked to toys with small, strong magnets. If your child tends to put toys in their mouth, these magnet toys are a huge no-no. Due to the extreme strength of these magnets, if swallowed, they can connect through the walls of the intestine and lead to blockages and perforations.

Playing It Safe

Your child’s safety is a serious matter, and it can become overwhelming with constant new parenting tips coming out and declaring what is safe and unsafe for your children. Regarding child-friendly toys, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC, has compiled a list of good toys for young children that match their stages of development and abilities.

Hopefully, these tips will ease your mind and allow you to walk down toy aisles with confidence.

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