So you were just told that you are the godparent of a bouncing baby boy or girl and you have decided to get the baby a toy. Or perhaps you are a parent searching for a variety of toys for your baby. Regardless of the background or the reason for your purchase, the rules remain the same.
You may have noticed that one of the first things a baby does with anything it can grasp and move is to place it in their mouth. This makes safety a great concern when purchasing a baby toy so you have to put some amount of thought into it.
Things to look for when buying a baby toy
In order to ensure that your toy is safe for your baby, therTIPS-FOR-SELECTING-BABY-TOYS-1e are certain things you need to pay attention to before you make your selection.
- Check the age recommendation. This is one of the first steps that you should follow as it often gives a very accurate guide regarding the safety of the toy based on the age of the baby. Most toys nowadays have labels with age recommendations.
- Make sure it will not be easily broken or it is unbreakable. If a toy poses the risk of being broken, small parts may break off and be potentially harmful to your baby. Remember that most toys will get knocked around so they have to be able to withstand harsh treatment. You may want to consider the overall durability of the toy.
- Ensure that battery cases are very secure. Because babies are very curious, they will try to open anything that they can; this includes a battery case. You need to make sure that it is not easily accessible.
- Confirm that the toy meets all safety standards. Many toys will have labels that indicate whether it has been tested and has met all the required safety standards. If this information is not present, assume that it hasn’t been tested or it does not meet the requirements.
- Ensure that some toys have educational value. Think about toys such as puzzles and blocks that can be manipulated in some way. Babies should be encouraged to play while building and enhancing very crucial developmental skills. Toys that are colourful as well as those with a variety of textures are good at stimulating your baby’s senses.
Things to avoid when buying a baby toy
To maximize the safety of your baby, you need to avoid some things when you select a toy for your baby.
- Avoid small toys. You do not want to purchase a toy that is small enough to be swallowed by your baby nor do you want it to have very small parts that may break off and get swallowed. Use a small-parts tester or a choke tube to make sure the toy is safe for your baby.
- Stay away from toys with sharp parts. This includes eyes, wheels or even buttons that may be separated from the toy easily. Don’t forget to check the edges of the toy.
- Avoid strings that are longer than 7 inches. Strings can be very dangerous if they are too long and your baby begins to swallow a piece of the string. It can also be dangerous if it gets caught around their neck.
- Avoid toys with parts that can pinch fingers. Be aware of moving parts that have small spaces between them. Your baby can easily get pinched by these small spaces.
- Avoid small marbles, coins and balls. This is a major swallowing hazard as these objects can easily be swallowed and then get stuck at the throat.
ABSOLUTE NO-NO’s FOR BABY TOYS
The safety of your baby should be very important to you so these tips are of EXTREME IMPORTANCE.
- DO NOT ALLOW YOUR BABY TO PLAY WITH SMALL TOYS OF AN OLDER RELATIVE.
- DO NOT GIVE YOUR BABY VENDING MACHINE TOYS AND BE WEARY OF CARNIVAL TOYS.
- DO NOT ALLOW YOUR BABY TO PLAY WITH BALLOONS UNATTENDED OR LATEX GLOVES.
- DISCARD THE PLASTIC WRAPPER ON ALL TOYS BEFORE GIVING IT TO YOUR BABY.
- KEEP TOYS CLEAN TO PREVENT YOUR BABY FROM GETTING ILL FROM DIRTY TOYS.