As a parent, it pays to know what kind of responsibilities that you have. Every parent is obviously different as no two children are the same, but in general parents have some pretty common responsibilities. One of your major responsibilities, though, is to keep your children safe.
Unfortunately, many parents suffer and struggle to do this as they keep picking the wrong kind of toys for their children. If you want to ensure that your child can have an engaging and exciting lifestyle growing up, then choosing the right toys for your kids is very important.
In this article we want to take a look at how to keep your kids safe when choosing toys. It’s hard enough finding toys that they enjoy playing with, but finding toys that your kids can use safely? That’s even harder!
What’s It Made Of?
The first question you should be asking yourself is “what is this toy made of?” working this out will really help you out in the long-term. Toys that are looked after well and appreciated can be used in the right manner, but if they come with lots of little extras like equipment or add-ons, they can be quite dangerous.
Kids are by their nature quite inquisitive and it won’t take long for a kid to wonder how something tastes. More than once, I found my sons eating their toy soldiers! My daughter choked on a small piece of equipment for one of her doll houses.
I was lucky that nothing came of it and she was OK – not everyone is the same, though. This is why I recommend always looking at the material a toy is made of, and how easy it is to “eat”.
Can It Break?
Another common mistake is not noticing something has snapped on a toy. Kids can cut themselves or hurt themselves otherwise on a damaged toy – therefore, it’s imperative that you try and avoid this problem. Take a closer look at every toy that your kids own and try to determine if they are in the right shape.
Always keep an eye out for sharpened or cracked edges, especially on plastic.
Is it Heavy?
The other thing I take into consideration is the weight of the toy. My sons like to play with toy guns but they tend to be pretty heavy and this can lead them being hurt. Therefore, I always try and find products which can be held in one hand – at least then, if it does fall, it’s just a bump.
Safety should never be underestimated with toys!