Trying to find the perfect gift this holiday season? Are you shopping for young children? You want to find something age appropriate, entertaining but most importantly – SAFE. When purchasing gifts for small children, here are some tips to consider:
- How old is the child? • Children ages 3 and under are prone to choking on smaller toys, so bigger toys are recommended. Make sure it is bigger then the size of their mouths.
- How well is the toy constructed? • All toys are different, make sure their constructed in a way that ensures safety measures have been taken. Kids can be rough on toys and you want to make sure the toy can withstand a ‘beating.’ Stuffed animals may be an appropriate size but ask yourself – does it have eyes or a nose that could potentially be pulled or popped off and cause a chocking hazard?
- Is the toy larger than the child’s mouth? • The bigger the toy the less likely it will fit in a child’s mouth. That’s not to say kids won’t try but it eliminates the risk. Instead of LEGOS or matchbox cars; dolls, stuffed animals and books may be a better choice.
- What is the recommended age of the product? • U.S. safety standards require toys to have a recommended age that will best enjoy the product. Although you can buy a toy recommended ages 2-5 years for a 6 year old, put this into consideration when purchasing for a 1 year old.
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