Safe Toys for Baby

Make sure that your baby’s playtime is both fun and safe by choosing the right toys, and always checking them for any potential hazards. Watch for a few key things to make sure your baby is playing with safe toys.

Recommended Age

Always check the package for the manufacturer’s recommended age before purchasing a toy. The age on the package is carefully chosen to make sure that the toy is both developmentally appropriate and safe for your baby. Remember, however, that not all babies develop at the same rate. Your baby might be six months old, but isn’t necessarily ready for every toy marked 6 months and up. Conversely, if your baby is developing rapidly you might want to choose some toys that are beyond his age range; however, if you do this, make certain the toy is not potentially dangerous. Toys meant for older children might have small parts that present a choking hazard.

Choking and Strangulation Risks

Look every toy over carefully for any small parts that could come loose. Things like wheels on toy cars, eyes sewn onto stuffed animals or dolls, or other small pieces. Check baby’s toys over regularly for signs of wear that could result in pieces of the toy coming off and posing a choking hazard.

Toys should not have any strings or cords longer than 6 inches as this could pose a strangulation risk. Check any toys that do have a cord to make sure it is secure and not fraying over time.

Washability, Durability and Paint

Look for toys that are easily washable so that you can sanitize them regularly. Babies love to put their toys into their mouths, so keeping them clean will help keep baby healthy. Some toys can be washed in the washing machine or dishwasher, while others will need to be hand washed. Make sure to clean bath toys regularly as the constant wet can cause mildew, especially inside of toys like bath squirters, which should be replaced regularly.

Look for toys that are durable and won’t break easily. Wooden toys should be smooth with no danger of splinters. Plastic toys should not shatter or snap if dropped or thrown. When choosing toys, look for high quality items; they might cost more, but they will last longer. Check all toys regularly for any signs of wear.

Check the finish of the toy. If it is painted, you will want to make sure lead paint was not used. While the US has laws against use of lead paints in children’s toys, many other countries where toys are manufactured may use them. When choosing painted toys, stick to a manufacturer dedicated to the use of safe materials. Plastic toys too may have a finish that could wear off, especially if chewed on. Scratch it with your fingernail to see if anything comes up. If so, toss the toy.

Safe Toy Storage.

Look for toy storage that is low to the ground, so baby won’t tip it over trying to get toys out. If using a toy chest, be sure is has safety hinges that will prevent it from slamming on baby’s fingers. Toy storage should allow for air to get in, just in case baby gets stuck inside with the lid closed.

If you have children of different ages, store toys for older children out of reach of baby. Consider keeping them in the older child’s room, and make sure that your older child cleans up all the toys after play. Toys meant for older kids can pose a risk to your baby.

Playtime should be fun, not dangerous. So keep an eye on your baby’s toys to make sure they are safe and clean!

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