10 Game and Toy Safety Tips for Caregivers
Toys! Mommy, can I have that toy? Can I, can I, can I? Think before you give in and buy it. All toys are not created equal. Toy safety isn't just for infants and toddlers. Children with special needs are prone to accidents with toys too. Even young, elementary-age children can choke on small toy parts or game pieces. Until about age six, kids have a tendency to put everything in their mouths. So, make yourself familiar with Game and Toy Safety Tips. Enjoy!
10 Game and Toy Safety Tips for toddlers.
Toy Safety Tips and Toy Recall Information:
- Toy shopping shouldn't be done on sight alone. When shopping for toys, consider the child's age and ability. Don't waste money on flashy toys the child may not be capable of playing with.
- Toy labels give safety warnings and recommended ages for safe toy play.
- Children, especially those under the age of three, love to put toys and small objects in their mouth. Small game pieces, broken toys, or loose parts are choking hazards. If something can fit inside the center of a cardboard toilet roll or paper towel tube, consider it a choking hazard.
- When putting a toy or game together, always read the instructions. Items put together incorrectly can fall apart and become a choking hazard.
- Plastic bags and packaging are dangerous. They can be stuck in the mouth or placed over the nose. It isn't just bags that cause suffocation. A small toddler or infant can suffocate on a piece of plastic stuck over their mouth and nose.
- Children, especially infants and babies, must be supervised at all times during toy and game play. Never leave the room and leave a small child unattended.
- Don't mix baby toys with those of older children. Small blocks are especially attractive to younger children. Keep older children's toys put away in containers. Teach older siblings to put their toys away.
- When toys break, discard them! Don't keep old toys around. Check toys often for broken or loose parts and sharp edges.
- Toy storage is essential. Toys on the stairs can cause family members to trip and fall. Toys left out on the floor can be swallowed by a toddler. Keep toys for babies stored separately from toys for older children.
- Toys with wheels and motors can pinch fingers or entangle hair. Watch children closely with these types of toys. Even cars designed for toddlers can present a problem.
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