Toys are supposed to be fun, but sometimes they can be dangerous. In 2004, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 210,300 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of those, 35 percent (72,800) involved kids under 5. It is important to keep these toy safety tips in mind:
- Check recall lists often
- Is the toy suited for your child's developmental level?
- Until your child turns 3 toys should be bigger than the child's mouth
- Toys should be light enough so that if the toy falls over on your child it can't hurt them
- Toys should be well put together
- Is your child physically ready for this toy?
- Toys should be in good condition
- Toys should not have a string or cord longer than 12 inches to avoid strangulation
- Avoid toys with small magnets. If the magnet falls out of a toy children can swallow them. 2 magnets in a child's digestive tract can attract each other can cause twisting and binding among other unpleasant problems.