Choosing Safe Toys

4.Make sure your child is physically ready for the toy. An example would be if parents of older kids buy a bike one size too big so as not to have to buy a new bike the next year. This tactic can lead to serious injury if a child doesn't have the physical skills to control the bigger bike. Maybe you could settle for a used one for a couple of years until your child is older.

5. Don't pick a toy that is too heavy. If your child could get hurt if the toy fell on them, it is to heavy. Wait until your child is older to choose this toy..

6 .Avoid toys with small magnets. The CPSC calls magnets a hidden home hazard. Some toys, especially electronic ones, often use small, powerful magnets which may all out of the toy and be swallowed by a child. Two or more swallowed magnets (or a magnet and a metal object) can be attracted to each other through intestinal walls, twisting and pinching the intestines and causing holes, blockages, infection, or worse if not discovered and treated promptly. The agency recommends keeping toys with magnets away from kids under the age of 14

7.Watch out for toxic toys. Even when you find a toy that seems safe, you'll want to be sure it's not made with chemicals that can harm your child. Phthalates, or "plasticizers," are used to make plastic more flexible and durable, and these chemicals are found in many toys. Cadmium, lead, mercury, and arsenic are other chemicals you can find in everything from dolls and action figures to children's jewelry and stuffed animals. These are some of the chemicals found in most of the Chinese made toys.

Next time, I'll share with you, some of the most recent children's toys which have been recalled because of safety reasons.

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