5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Toy Haul
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The countdown is on to find the perfect toys and games for the kids on your shopping list. They of course have to be wildly entertaining and, most importantly, safe for children to play with. It may seem stressful—but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are the top five safety tips to keep in mind as you begin the hunt.
1. Choose a toy that matches a child’s age and interests
The “perfect” toy is the one that’s right for the child’s age and interests. If a toy is too advanced, the child will become frustrated and if it’s too simple, they’ll get bored.
2. Follow the age grading on toy packaging
Make sure you select something that’s age-appropriate. The age grading on toy packaging is not about how smart a child is; it’s safety guidance based on the developmental abilities of kids at a certain age, and the specific features of the toy.
3. Avoid toys with small parts for kids under 3
Toys that have small parts are fine for older kids, but can pose a choking hazard for children 3 years old and younger. Toys that contain small parts will have a warning label on the packaging and be age-graded accordingly, so keep a careful eye out as you shop.
4. Pick plush toys that have age-appropriate features
Make sure plush (stuffed) toys have embroidered or well-secured eyes and noses for younger children and seams that are reinforced to withstand an older child’s play.
5. Shop at a retailer you know and trust
Staff at established businesses tend to be knowledgeable about age-appropriate toys. When you’re shopping online, reputable retailers will likely have that information in the product description or elsewhere on the site.