mother and child playing with toysAs your little ones are anticipating Santa’s arrival with toys and gifts that made their list, the staff at Mooresville Pediatrics and Adolescent Care has some friendly reminders for parents when it comes to toy safety.

 

Follow age guidelines. In addition to helping gauge your child’s potential interest and skill level, age guidelines also take safety into consideration. When purchasing gifts for babies, toddlers and young children who still have a tendency to place objects in their mouths, avoid toys containing small parts that can easily be swallowed or pose choking hazards. Pay special attention to batteries and magnets that can pose a serious health hazard when swallowed. Children under age 10 should not have toys that requiring plugging into an electrical outlet. 

 

Read instructions carefully. Especially toys that say, “some assembly required.” Swing sets, bikes and similar items must be sturdy and securely put together.

 

Don’t forget safety accessories. If grandparents are looking for gift ideas, a helmet makes a great gift for a child who will be receiving a bike, scooter or other riding toy.

 

Be cautious of long strings or cords. Toys with strings more than 12 inches in length could be a strangulation hazard.  

 

Storage counts, too. Store toys in a designated location, keeping toys for older kids away from younger children.  

 

Pay attention to recall notices. If a toy comes with a registration or warranty card, complete it and mail it in. You’ll receive firsthand notification of any recalls for that toy. Additionally, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for recalls.  

 

We hope you and your family have a safe and fun holiday season.