When a kid is at play, he is seriously at work. And we parents should be serious about choosing toys which are safe for him. We should be aware that not everything that’s out there is safe for our kids. Sometimes, without our knowledge, a seemingly safe toy can be made of substances almost as harmful as if it was found in one of those medical carts from some highly-toxic facility. Here are some points to consider when picking out toys for our kids:
Size. For younger kids, especially those under the age of three, steer clear of toys with bite-size parts such as tiny wheels, buttons or eyes. Everything almost always finds its way to their mouths, and the last thing you’d want is to do the Heimlich on your kid.
Shape. As much as possible, avoid buying toys with sharp edges or blunt ends. They can cut and hurt your kid.
Surface. There are toys painted with harmful substances, for instance. Your best bet would be getting toys with an attached label which identifies the material from which it was made.
Above all, you should always supervise your kid while he’s at play. In the blink of an eye, things can go from fun to tragedy.