Shopping for Gifts
Finding gifts for your child can be an exciting and rewarding experience. From dolls to action figures to building blocks, there are so many items that could be on your child’s wish list. When shopping for presents, keep these toy safety tips in mind:
- Check for safety labels that say the toy is non-toxic as well as age recommendations for the item;
- Find games that meet your child’s abilities, age, and interest; and
- Search for products with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The ASTM tag means that it has met the national safety standards.
Toy Safety at Home
After finding the perfect gift, it’s important to continue toy safety at home. Children are curious and some are prone to swallow or grab whatever they can get their hands on. Stay attentive by incorporating safe practices in their playtime.
- Remain up-to-date with recent recalls. Many toys can prove to be harmful even after you’ve inspected them yourself. If your child owns one of the items recalled make sure to remove it.
- Tell your child to clean up after playtime. Safely organizing toys can prevent accidents such as tripping or falling.
- Avoid toys with tiny parts for children younger than 3 years old. These small items pose a choking hazard.
- Examine toys for safety hazards, pointed edges, and broken pieces.
- Purchase a small parts tester to make sure toys don’t pose a choking hazard.