Babies rely on us to take care of their health and safety. That is why we need to examine everything that we hand to our little adorable versions of us. Depending on a toy store to understand the safety and wellbeing of our children is not enough, you need to keep in mind the following guidelines before you give your baby any toy:
1. Don’t Give Them Balloons
There is no way a baby can inflate a balloon but if you give a baby a balloon, they will probably put it in their mouth where it might enter and block their airway! Inflated balloons are of an equal threat because once they blow up, the little pieces look inviting for children to swallow.
2. Listen to Age Recommendations
Toys come with written age recommendations which consider the safety of the toys to children and the ability of the children to play with them. For toys safe for children under the age of 3, make sure that all toy parts are bigger than the child’s mouth to prevent choking accidents. In order to ensure that the toy isn’t swallow-able, try passing it through a paper roll, if it passes, them discard it. Moreover, make sure that the toy is not heavy so that if it falls on the child’s toes, it wouldn’t hurt.
3. Throw the Packaging Away
Toy packaging can have many safety threats such as staples, pieces of tape and cardboard. Children will not recognize that the packaging is just trash, because it is usually shiny and colorful. That is why it is important to throw it away and let the baby enjoy the toy instead of playing with the useless, yet possibly dangerous, packaging.
4. Consider the Chemicals
Unfortunately, children’s jewelry, dolls and stuffed animals may contain chemicals that are quite harmful to a baby’s health. Chemicals you should watch out for include mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead and phthalates that are used in making plastics flexible. You can find out these components from labels on toys.
5. Tell Older Siblings to Keep Their Toys Organized
Babies with older siblings are in higher risk of handling toys that are not appropriate for their age. Hence, it is essential to teach older children these threats and tell them to keep their toys in a proper storage after playing with them. Deliver this information carefully and make sure that they can play together with fun, harmless toys.
6. Ensure That Batteries Are Secure
Toys that operate with electricity can be very fun for babies to play with, but batteries aren’t that fun. Batteries and their fluids have alarming threats like choking, chemical burns and internal bleeding. Therefore, make sure that all battery-operated toys have the batteries secure in cases closed with screwed leads so that babies can’t reach them.
7. Carefully Examine Toys before Handing Them to Babies
Whether you just bought a toy or got it from an older sibling or relative, it is essential to check every single part of it. For instance, you need to make sure that little parts like buttons, beads and eyes are secure and won’t be snapped easily. You also need to check for sharp or pointed parts that may injure your child. It is preferable to stay away from glass completely. As for battery-operated toys, you have to check the security of the batteries and the wires also. I hope you find these instructions easy to follow. Share the information with anyone with babies and if you have extra advices, tell us in comments.