Special Article - Kids Toy Safety Tips
baby shopping We go baby
Pregnancy and Childbirth | Baby Names | Baby Shower Gifts | Parenting | Personalized
  so you don't have to!
Child Safety Locks
Child in the Hospital

Avoid Sugar Spike/Crash

Jobs for Stay-at-Home
Kids Toy Safety Tips
Morning Sickness Tips
Top 10 Baby Sleep Tips
Benefits of Mother's Milk
Pregnancy Weight Gain
Introducing New Foods
Car Seat Safety
The Perfect Diaper Bag
Naming Your Baby
Traveling with Baby
Right Time to Potty Train 
Kids and the Kitchen
Potty Training 
12 Special Tips
Help Your Child Read
Family Fitness
Child's Energy Levels
Children & Migraines
Science & Preschoolers
Crazy Colors Activity
Balloon Party Games
Bubble Blowing Fun
Christmas Spirit
Decorating a Kid's Room
Trick or Treating Safety
Kids Toy Safety Tips

Educational toys are an important part of a toddler’s life.  They teach a little boy or girl about colors, sounds, letters, motion, and friction.  They can also inspire a child’s creativity.  Yet, it’s also important that toys be safe so that children do not get hurt while playing. 

The Risks

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 191,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries in the year 2000 alone.  The figure includes some 70,000 toy-related injuries to pre-schoolers.  As a result, fire and safety experts have put together some tips for keeping children safe at play.

Check the Label

As a parent, you need to check for markings indicating that toys—especially any sort of ride on toys, like the popular Dora The Explorer ride on toy — have been safety-tested by an independent, third party product safety organization, such as UL.  A UL mark on a toy means that the product has been thoroughly tested by UL engineering staff and found to meet all relevant safety requirements.

Look for the Age Designation

Chances are the toy you are considering purchasing has a marking such as “age 3 and up” or “age 2 and up.”  If your child is only a year-and-a-half, it’s best to stay away from such toys for safety’s sake.  The toy could contain small parts that might pose a choking hazard for your child.

Look for Warnings

The toy you’re considering may contain a manufacturer’s warning.  You need to take the warning seriously.  It has been placed there for your benefit—and to protect your child from harm.  Also, be sure to read any instruction booklet that comes with the toy.

Be Sure to Clean Up

You should immediately throw out any plastic packaging and gift-wrapping after a toy has been opened.  This is because such materials can represent a suffocation hazard.  Also, be sure to inspect the toy for possible cracks, breaks, or ripped seams which could pose a danger to your child.  Keep in mind that sharp edges can lead to painful cuts for children.  If a toy must be assembled, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly.

Article by:
Michelle O’Connor, Personalized Toy Chest


Toys | Cribs | Baby Bedding | Baby Furniture | Kid's Furniture | Toddler Beds

Home | About Us | Contact Us


©Able Baby Company  All Rights Reserved  |  Privacy Policy

Apple to the Core | Kiddie Corral | Love Those Curves | Steve McQueen Site | Senior Track | Animals Matter Too! | Ever Outdoors