If your child is old enough to make a holiday wishlist it’s most likely made up of multiple pages filled with various toys. While your child probably won’t be receiving everything on his or her wish list, it’s important to make sure the toys that he or she does receive are safe. Toys are integral to a child’s imagination, creativity, and education, but if they pose a threat to a child’s well-being they are far from beneficial.
Each year, children are sent to the ER with serious injuries related to a faulty or dangerous toy. According to Zachary Mushkatel, a Glendale personal injury lawyer, an injury resulting from a child’s toy is often an accidental injury, but they can also be prevented. More often than not, a toy-related injury is the direct result of someone’s carelessness, particularly in the manufacturing of the toy. Fortunately, for parents who do a little research and take extra care in choosing their child’s toys, a life-changing injury can be prevented.
Before You Buy
When purchasing toys for your child you may have a few rules. Maybe it needs to be a “quiet” toy without batteries or should be mostly educational or non-violent in nature. Since your child is tough on toys, maybe you don’t want to spend more than $15 on any toy until he or she gets a little older. Before you take your child’s wish list to the store and fulfill the list, do a little research.
Check Recall Lists: The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has a mission to keep all consumers, young and old, safe from any products that pose a threat. Before you purchase a specific toy for your child, check to make sure it hasn’t been recalled; as recalled toys should not be available for purchase. (EU readers can search here.) If you have purchased an item that has been recalled, be sure to follow the proper precautionary steps in returning the item. Do not let your child continue to play with the toy.
Edit Your Child’s List: As a parent, it’s up to you to decide what is an appropriate gift. Help any potential gift givers (such as relatives or friends) by giving a specific list of toys that you have already pre-approved. If someone gives your child a gift that you don’t think is safe, exchange it for something else. Don’t make a big deal out of the “wrong” gift; sometimes it’s the thought that counts.
Keeping Toys Safe in the Home
Children have and will always be hard on their toys, however, it doesn’t mean that the toy should or will automatically become dangerous. The best way to extend the life and safety of the toy is by teaching your child how to play with the toy. Make sure you monitor your child as he or she plays with toys and pay attention to any pieces that break off or go missing. Always make sure that a toy is age appropriate and doesn’t have too many small pieces for young children (as they can be a choking hazard). If the toy is too advanced but safe, for your child, store it away safely until he or she is of the right age.
Author Bio: Amy Patterson is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in her spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina, you will usually find her catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach with her family. She loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness but often writes about families and safety.