Choosing Safe Toysenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-safeToy-enHD-AR1.jpgToys are a fun and important part of any child's development. And there's plenty you can do to make sure all toys are safe.new toys, fun, toy-related injuries, toy manufacturers, read labels, inspect toys, supervision, playing, play, national safety council, toy industry, safety standards, safety guidelines, consumer product safety commission, american society for testing and materials, cpsc, astm, child development, loud noises, small parts, flammable, choking hazard, toy recalls, latex balloons, safety equipment, bicycles, bikes, scooters, broken toys, fireworks, scissors, trampolines, art supplies, american national standards institute, ansi, popular toys, christmas shopping, holidays, toy guns, video games, computer games, video game violence, fad toys, lead paint, choke tubes, toy chests, walkers, toy safety, choosing a safe toy07/07/200007/19/201807/19/2018Kate M. Cronan, MD07/12/2018a3474790-d463-4d51-b1b4-544e380a6c12https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safe-toys.html/<p>Toys are a fun and important part of every child's development. But each year, many kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-choking.html/">Choking</a> is a risk for kids ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths.</p> <p>Manufacturers follow guidelines and label most new toys for specific age groups. But the most important thing a parent can do &mdash; especially when it comes to younger children &mdash; is to supervise play.</p> <h3>Toy Guidelines</h3> <p>The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) closely monitors and regulates toys. Any toys made in &mdash; or imported into &mdash; the United States after 1995 must follow CPSC standards.</p> <p>Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for toys:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.</li> <li>Stuffed toys should be washable.</li> <li>Painted toys must use lead-free paint.</li> <li>Art materials should say nontoxic.</li> <li>Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.</li> </ul> <p>Steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs from friends and family. These might not meet current safety standards.</p> <p>And make sure a toy isn't too loud for your child. The noise of some rattles, squeak toys, and musical or electronic toys can be as loud as a car horn &mdash; even louder if a child holds it directly to the ears &mdash; and can damage hearing.</p> <h3>The Right Toys at the Right Ages</h3> <p>Always read labels to make sure a toy is right for a child's age. Guidelines published by the CPSC and other groups can help you make those buying decisions.</p> <p>Be sure to consider your child's temperament, habits, and behavior whenever you buy a new toy. Even a child who seems advanced compared with other kids the same age shouldn't use toys meant for older kids. The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/smart-toys.html/">age levels for toys</a> are determined by safety factors, not intelligence or maturity.</p> <h4>Read more about choosing safe toys:</h4> <ul> <li>for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-toys.html/">Babies</a></li> <li>for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safetoys-young.html/">Toddlers and Preschoolers</a></li> <li>for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safetoys-bigkid.html/">School-Age Kids</a></li> </ul> <h3>Keeping Toys Safe at Home</h3> <p>After you've bought safe toys, it's also important to make sure kids know how to use them. The best way to do this is by supervising kids as they play. This teaches kids how to play safely while having fun.</p> <p>Parents should:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Teach kids to put toys away.</li> <li>Check toys regularly to make sure that they aren't broken or unusable: <ul> <li>Wooden toys shouldn't have splinters.</li> <li>Bikes and outdoor toys shouldn't have&nbsp;rust.</li> <li>Stuffed toys shouldn't have broken seams or exposed removable parts.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Throw away broken toys or repair them right away.</li> <li>Store outdoor toys when they're not in use so that they are not exposed to rain or snow.</li> </ul> <p>And be sure to keep toys clean. Some plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but read the manufacturer's directions first. Another option is to mix antibacterial soap or a mild dishwashing detergent with hot water in a spray bottle and use it to clean toys, rinsing them afterward.</p> <h3>Reporting Unsafe Toys</h3> <p>Check the CPSC website for the latest information about toy recalls or call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC to report a toy you think is unsafe. If you have any doubt about a toy's safety, err on the side of caution and do not allow your child to play with it.</p>Elección de juguetes segurosLos juguetes deben ser divertidos y cumplir una función importante en el desarrollo de los niños. Pero todos los años, son muchos los niños que reciben tratamiento en las salas de emergencia de los hospitales debido a lesiones relacionadas con el uso de juguetes. Aquí incluimos algunas pautas generales para recordar al comprar juguetes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/safe-toys-esp.html/9a9f3db1-ecac-4d64-bc82-f1559e5c460d
Childproofing and Preventing Household AccidentsYou might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/0dfb8dee-0285-4d87-a4d3-a048bdc1289e
Choosing Safe Baby Products: ToysAll toys you select for your baby or toddler should meet safety standards. These tips can help you find safe toys for your little one. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-toys.html/71df43b3-70e1-478e-b6df-c52477e556b3
Choosing Safe Toys for School-Age KidsIs your 10-year-old crying for a pellet gun? How about that used scooter? For help figuring out what toys are safe and appropriate for older kids, read these tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safetoys-bigkid.html/4f664105-5dda-465d-bb8d-f5b02ec06fa5
Choosing Safe Toys for Toddlers and PreschoolersHow can you tell if a small toy poses a choking risk? What types of unsafe toys should you avoid for your baby, toddler, or preschooler? Find out here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safetoys-young.html/bb23c77d-a49a-48fa-941d-53d69bea0c77
Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldYour baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn812m.html/55bb6c92-9363-4394-924f-04470e0f1a72
Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 2-Year-OldKids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn12yr.html/02f47f2b-8593-4120-a748-4db6da7c750e
Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldAfter learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, your baby will start responding more to you during these months and even give you a smile!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn13m.html/c21bc2aa-024b-425b-8d81-d6883141ddcf
Learning, Play, and Your 4- to 7-Month-OldYour infant will learn to sit during this time, and in the next few months will begin exploring by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn47m.html/2432a854-028b-4052-abde-255b5dea3f73
Learning, Play, and Your NewbornPlay is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learnnewborn.html/43b40b93-3a6c-4eb0-9bdf-7cf7662f3a2f
Play & Learn CenterPlay is the building block of childhood. It teaches kids about their world. Here, learn what activities inspire and motivate, and which toys are not only safer, but smarter, too.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/play-center.html/63d65137-a20c-46c4-9dc9-ef5882c6a607
Smart Toys for Every AgeAn age-wise guide on play and the toys that encourage learning, promote motor skill development, and spark imagination.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/smart-toys.html/78a19920-f0bd-4510-844b-1713fe5a59e4
Toddlers: Learning by PlayingIt might look like just child's play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-play.html/4fb8be62-1fe4-4f9f-a8ed-cff02b57f381
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