3 Tip for Choosing Safe Toys for Kids
By Brandi Goodman
With December deemed as Safe Toys and Gifts Month, it's best to start considering changing the typical toys you buy. It's important to skip the bigger gifts for little kids and stick with things appropriate for their own age. Eye safety is one of the major concerns when it comes to toys. As you're choosing your holiday gifts this month and continue buying for special occasions anytime of year, be on the lookout for the safest and most practical options for the age group.
Gift Safety Gear Too
Too many people give kids balls and other sports equipment as gifts but do not include the safety gear along with it. Be sure you're also gifting safety gear so the kids can be protected as they play. Masks, goggles, knee pads, shoulder pads, and helmets may be necessary depending on what sport the child you're buying for is into.
Buy Soft Toys for Small Hands
Hard plastic toys and pieces can hurt a young child's hands if they grasp them too tightly. Buy soft toys for small hands instead so you can be sure they can't hurt themselves. Soft books rather than hardcover ones are important for infants, for example. You can start to purchase hard items for older children as long as you're sure to inspect them and see no sharp edges or damaged pieces that could hurt them.
Check for a Safety Inspection Label
Not all toys are labeled as safe. Those that are will have a safety inspection label provided that indicate they've been approved. The American Society for Testing and Materials or ATSM label should be included somewhere on the package. Don't buy toys online from sellers you're unsure of because they may not have to adhere to these same standards and the toys won't have the appropriate label of safety.
Always choose safe toys and gift options for kids and teens. You don't want to get items that are too old for their age that they could end up hurting themselves with. Eye health is a serious matter and one of the most common complaints about toys. You may remember growing up watching A Christmas Story. "You'll shoot your eye out, kid" is a famous line remembered from the movie because of how true it is. Dangerous toys can cause damage to the eyes and cause trouble in other ways as well. There are much safer and healthier options.
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