Safe Toys For Your Children
Having fun and playing around are the only other things children do when they are not crying, sleeping or feeding. Just like those other children activities, playing is a necessary developmental aspect, meant for both physical and mental growth of the child. It, however, goes without saying that every child fancy’s a toy to play with and every child has their preference when it comes to what they find pleasing for this particular activity.
Due to this fact therefore among many others irrelevant to this piece, there are a whole lot of toys made in numerous shapes and sizes meant for the developing children. The choices are too many that most parents do not know what to pick from the toy store shelves. Some do the random picking and hope that their child likes the toy, others take their children to the toy store and let them point to what they want.
Such mentioned criteria of toy picking are nonetheless not appropriate for a responsible parent, for they pose numerous risks to the child affected. Children, being at the most basic and critical stage of development need toys that help them grow with relevance to their characteristic behavior at a particular growth stage.
For instance, children within the age range of one day to six months old have the characteristic of putting things they fancy into their mouths. Now if you got a child within this age range a toy small enough to fit through their mouth, it would not take a long while before you would have to take them to the hospital for choking on the toy, and there have been numerous cases of such negligence in hospitals every year.
It is, therefore, necessary as a responsible parent or guardian to know what toy suits your child at a particular age of their development. Hence there are certain features that you should seek when toy shopping to ensure the proper, happy development and safety of your child.
Check The Seals And Labels
Very few individuals take their time to read the safety labels and seals on the packaging of the toys they get their children. Such negligence will lead to dangerous consequences if a toy is put in the hand of the wrong toddler. Electric toys, for instance, should have a UL approval label which would be an indication that the electronic toy has been approved by the Pool designers
Some labels are efficient enough to indicate the age range within which a toy should be supplied. Now an ignorant or unconcerned parent would be the kind to ignore such basic instructions. They would consequently have to have a doctor read them out for him or her after their child has been injured.
Look Out For Toxic Toys
Most parents are not aware of what toxic toys categorically are. Despite having overheard generalizations about the presence of toys that can cause physiological harm to their children with timely exposure, not very many of such have taken it upon themselves to find which of the toys on the market pose this particular threat.
One of the most common toxic elements found in toys is lead; the others include; phthalate and bisphenol A. Lead is a metal commonly known to be found in the paint which includes paint found in toys. Especially those manufactured out of polyvinyl chloride also known as plastic.
Giving a plastic toy with lead content to a three-year-old child who will inevitably put it in his mouth, would consequently lead to what scientists term as lead poisoning. Lead poisoning entails a situation where the child’s major physiological systems such as the brain and kidneys are chemically disrupted. The effects to the body of the affected child are tremendous hence high hospital bills just cause a parent bought a cheap toy.
There is a standard size measure for toys meant for children under the age of three. If the toy you have for your three-year-old child or under can fit into the hollow cylinder in a toilet roll, then it poses a choking risk to your baby. Most toys for under three-year-olds should be bigger than their mouths. Also, it not advisable and mostly common sense not to pick a toy for your child that is heavier than them, lest it causes physical harm when it falls on them.
Study The Toy’s Structure
The toy’s structure might form quite a significant hazard to a toddler in the future which may not seem at the time you are purchasing the toy. There are toys for instance which have been fitted with small magnets for purposes of maximizing their efficiency.
Due to the effect of time, the toy gets weary, the small magnets are bound to fall off. Then you child would see something new and small enough to put in their mouth, which would result in choking, intestinal blockages or even infections if they go through with it.
Shatter Proof Toys
Children have an uncontrollable tendency of throwing around and smashing things and lashing out or shouting at them when they do so is not going to help much. You could, however, get them a shatter proof toy so that when the smashing happens, you will not have to rush your child to the hospital with cut wounds from a broken toy.
Shatterproof toys are however not much of a challenge to acquire these days given their current popularity in the toy market; it is the fake shatter proof types that you should watch out for.
Conclusively according to the United States’ Consumer Product Safety Commission more than two hundred and fifty thousand cases of toy induced injuries in children have been reported in hospitals all over the United States. Another matter of concern that poses a high risk to children yet is ignored is the passing on of toys.
Most parents receive hand me down toys by saving money or sentimentality without considering the potential for wear and tear of toys to the children. Children need to play to grow, and they need toys for this, but negligence to certain minor details on the toys. That you choose for them might cause more harm than good.