As a parent, there are few things more stressful than the thought of your child getting injured by a toy. It can be tempting to just buy the cheapest thing on the shelf in hopes that it will last long enough to see another birthday. But that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice safety for the cost!
There are plenty of ways to make sure your kids' toys stay safe and fun.
Nowadays, it's hard to find a toy that doesn't have at least one potential health and safety danger.
It can be hard to find a toy that doesn't have at least one potential health and safety danger. Some toys are made of toxic materials, others are poorly constructed and unsafe for kids to play with.
Today's world has become a minefield of dangers for children's toys, so it's important to be vigilant when purchasing or creating your own toys.
When buying toys, take a closer look at the labels.
When you’re shopping for toys, don’t buy anything that has removable small parts. This includes things like magnets and marbles. You should also avoid buying toys that have a lot of small parts that can be easily swallowed. Make sure the box says “age appropriate” on it as well!
BPA is also found in water bottles and plastic containers for food.
BPA is also found in water bottles and plastic containers for food. The plastics industry has been known to say that BPA is safe at low levels, but the FDA has recently changed its position on this matter. This is because there have been several studies showing that even minute amounts of BPA can affect health in children and adults alike.
To avoid BPA, look for toys that are labeled as “BPA free” or made with “phthalate-free” plastic. Also, be sure to stay away from any products made from PVC plastic #3 as well; these tend to leach harmful chemicals into the air over time (such as dioxins).
If a toy or product is broken or seems damaged, get rid of it right away.
If a toy or product is broken or seems damaged, get rid of it right away. If you don’t use toys properly, they can become dangerous. A broken part can cause an injury to your child if they play with the toy and accidentally swallow small parts. The same holds true for items that are not designed to be played with by children, like flowers, plants and seeds.
You can stay safe by choosing the right toys
To stay safe and have fun, you should always choose the right toys. Your parents will help guide you on this important decision, but there are some things to keep in mind:
- Be sure the toy is age appropriate. If a toy says 4+, that means it's best suited for kids who are at least four years old.
- Choose toys that are well-made, durable and safe. Look for labels like ASTM F963 or CPSIA compliant; these labels mean that the toy meets certain safety standards and requirements.
As you can see, toy safety isn't just about avoiding choking hazards. It's also about making sure that the toys you buy are safe for your children and pets to play with. While these precautions may seem like overkill at first glance, it's important to remember that unsafe toys could cause injury or even death in some cases! So please take our advice seriously—we want everyone out there playing happily without worrying about getting hurt.