Many toys are made with saety in mind, but notoy is totally sae. oys that break or are misusedcan become dangerous. Tese tips will help youchoose and maintain sae toys. Share them withyour child’s caregivers and grandparents so thatthe gis they give and their homes are saer oryour child, too.
Choose the right toys
oys are age-graded or saety. Age-grades areguidelines that refect the toy’s saety based on:• Any choking or saety risks• he physical skills a child needs to play withthe toy • How well a child can understand how to usethe toy • he interests, needs and abilities at dierentstages o a child’s developmentWith this in mind:• Choose toys that match your child’s age andskills.• When buying used toys, avoid old woodentoys with chipped paint. he paint may contain lead.• Read labels. Buy things that can be washedand that are lame-retardant or resistant.• Choose paints, crayons and markers that say “non-toxic.”• Buy the saety gear that goes with the item,such as a helmet with a bike.
Watch for toy dangers
Sharp edges and sharp points.
oys orolder children and broken toys may havesharp points or edges that can hurt a smallchild. Avoid toys made rom thin plastic that
can break easily. Stued toys may have wiresinside that will stick out i the toy comesapart. Avoid giving toys with metal parts totoddlers and babies.•
Small toys and toys with small parts.
oprevent choking, make sure that toys andparts are larger than your child’s mouth i your child is 3 or younger. Check stuedanimals or eyes, noses and parts that cancome o. Put small toys and toys with smallparts out o reach when young ones arearound. Sot baby toys should be large enoughthat they can’t be swallowed even when they are squashed down.