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Friday, December 18, 2009

How To Make Sure You are Buying The Right Toy

Often while shopping we see the flashy, cool looking toys that we think any child would love but are we always right? Are you buying the correct toy for that child on your Christmas list? Here are a few tips to be aware of while you are shopping and gifting.

  • The package often contains recommended age and skill levels. This is not only a recommendation but often the wisest note to be aware of
  • We all know that infants and toddlers love to put toys (and everything else) in their mouths Gifting toys with small parts could lead to choking hazards When buying toys for the youngest on the list be aware of a special safety tip: if the toy can fit through the toilet paper role then it is not proper for the ages 0 to 3 years of age.
  • Another feature of toys to be aware of for children in the youngest age group is to not purchase toys with metal parts, cords or strings. Once again all these items can lead to safety problems
  • Magnets can be a problem for all ages. The older ones should be taught to never put a magnet in their mouths and the youngest group of children should never be gifted with a magnet related product
  • For important information on toy recalls you can easily sign up for notices from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov