Once we're all stuffed like our turkeys, we'll sit down and look through the sales ads to make our Black Friday plans. Toys are at the top of the list in our family and boy is it a struggle to select just the right items (my daughter is 2, so she's not able to nag me for the 'it' gift yet).
Sadly, last year there were an estimated 181,900 toy-related injuries. Yeah...I know! They're toys for goodness' sake. Shouldn't they be kid-friendly? Unfortunately, despite extensive regulations and testing, hazards still get through the toy-making process. (Perhaps we should talk to elf-management about that.) Thus, parents and other caregivers are left to step up and take care of toy patrol.
A few things to keep in mind when shopping:
- Purchase age-appropriate toys. Those guidelines are there for a reason.
- Be careful with small parts. Children under age 3 put things into their mouths and can choke.
- Look for well-made toys.
- Read the warning labels before buying. Read the assembly instructions and keep them!
- Complete the warranty cards and mail them. You will be notified of any recalls.
- If you are shopping for gently used toys, do a quick check at www.cpsc.gov to see if they are on recall. CPSC also offers email notification on toy recalls.
For more information on toy safety, go to www.safekids.org.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!