Safety is always our number one concern with children. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing toys for kids.
Safety is always our main priority with children in our care. Toys they play with should be carefully selected to ensure they are age-appropriate and safe. When choosing age-appropriate toys, it is important to read the label and pay attention to the age range listed.
Many toys contain small parts or could be easily taken apart and would not be appropriate for children under the age of 3. Keep in mind choking hazards as young children put everything in their mouths. Weight limits are also important to check when purchasing toys that kids can ride on, jump on or sit in. Make sure your child falls on the low to middle range so they can get the most out of that toy before they quickly outgrow it. Once the child is past the weight limit, do not let them continue to use that toy as it could pose danger of breaking and the child getting hurt.
Once age-appropriate and safe toys are selected for your child, it is important to make sure the toys remain in good condition. Inspect toys on a regular basis to look for loose or missing parts, cracks, broken pieces or any danger that may be exposed by extensive use by your child. Metal toys can get rusty, so be sure not to leave them outside or in damp locations. Electrical toys need to be checked to make sure cords are in proper working order and not damaged. Always supervise your child during play and make sure they are playing with toys in their intended manner.
This time of year, gifts can also be an issue with well-meaning friends and family members giving things to your child that may not be age-appropriate or safe. While we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, it is important to make sure we check out the toys so our children don’t get hurt or play with something that is unsafe.
Michigan State University Extension suggests sitting down and playing with your child as they explore their new treasures and do a little inspection to make sure the toys are appropriate. If you do find they are not safe or age-appropriate, finding a way to redirect the child and give them something else to play with can work well. Safety is always our number one priority.