December is National Safe Toys month, and with all of the holiday hustle and bustle around our houses it’s important to make sure that safety is still a priority! We’ve all seen Ralphie in A Christmas Story, so below are a few tips we have compiled to ensure that your little helpers stay safe this year.
1. TP test ~ if the toy or any of its loose parts can fit inside of a toilet paper or paper towel roll, it’s a “no no” for kids younger than 3. Keep the toys which are suitable for older siblings in a separate toy storage area that is inaccessible to the younger tykes.
2. Read the box ~ recommended age ranges are included to consider both age (with regard to small parts) and edges but also maturity level…if you’re gifting to a friend or family member’s child make sure to get the “ok” from the parents first.
3. Stay informed ~ toy recalls are published constantly, so keep your ears and eyes on the lookout for new findings (hint: also check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website, in 2007 19 million toys were recalled due to various reasons like lead paint or small parts).
4. Keep a lookout ~ supervise children playing with their new toys, it’s an easy one but this way you can make sure that they are using them according to directions and that there aren’t any broken or missing parts (and you can witness how happy your kids are with their new gifts!)
What are your tips for safe gifting to little ones? Share with us below!