The safety of children is always important. So when you do your holiday shopping this year, you want to work on finding safe Christmas gifts and toys for children. There are quite a few toys out there that can become choking hazards, cause illness, or cause other injuries. Toys that are harmful are usually recalled and taken off the stores shelves. Even if you have a list of the recalled toys, you still want to be sure that the toys and gifts you choose are safe enough for the child you are giving it to. It does not matter where the toy is made, but how it is made is what is important.
Everyone who is shopping for a child should be sure the gift they choose is safe, whether you are a parent, other relative, or family friend. Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you with finding safe Christmas gifts and toys for children.
First of all you should look up who made the toy and how they made it. This way you can ask them questions about the process it took to make the toy, the materials that were used, the safety procedures, and so on. You can also look up the company who has designed the toy to see if they have a good or bad reputation from other parents and adults.
When contacting the company, ask if the toy includes lead-free paints and finishes. Lead can be very harmful to your child, and you certainly do not want it in any toys! You should also be sure the company abides by the federal regulations, such as the regulations set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States.
There are more tips and suggestions to follow when finding safe Christmas gifts for children. Here are a few to keep in mind and use as a Christmas shopping checklist.
When checking out a toy, be sure that there are not any small parts the could break off. Even the smallest parts can become dangerous, especially if your child is still putting toys in his or her mouth.
Always check the age limits on the box or package of the toy. What may be safe for an eight year old child maybe not be safe for a three year old. In addition to safety, a toy designed for one age group may be difficult or boring to another.
Avoid toys that have sharp points or edges. A child could become hurt if they get stuck with a sharp edge or point. Be sure that you check this for toys of any ages. Just because a child grows older does not mean he or she cannot get hurt.
If you are getting your child a toy that contains makeup, read the labels to see what kind of chemicals were used. You want to make sure it does not contain anything that is hazardous or that your child is allergic to.
Speak to other parents about this toy and ask questions. If there are any problems with the toy, parents will not hesitate to let others know/
Read the labels on the box or package for any safety recommendations.
You should also think about your child’s abilities before purchasing a toy. This will avoid frustration, anger, injury, etc.
If you have children of different ages in your home, make sure the toy to purchase for the older child will not pose a thread to the younger child.
Finding safe Christmas gifts can be easy so long as you keep these tips in mind. You can even write them down to use as a check list. You want the holiday season to bring joy and laughter, not injury and illness. Your little one will have fun and stay safe as they play with the gifts you choose for him or her! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!