Toys are an important part of any baby‘s development. Toys are a way of allowing a child to learn and to use their imaginations. Also, toys usually cost less than the real item so the child can play and pretend with the toy while also learning how something works. But each year, the number of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries increase rapidly. How to introduce your babies to play with toys safely? Here are some general guidelines to keep your babies safe when they play with toys.
Firstly, the parents should consider the right toys at the right ages. The age levels for toys are determined by safety factors, not intelligence or maturity. When checking a toy for a baby or toddler, make sure it’s unbreakable and strong enough to withstand chewing. Most riding toys can be used once a child is able to sit up well while unsupported – but check with the manufacturer’s recommendation. Riding toys like rocking horses and wagons should come with safety harnesses or straps and be stable and secure enough to prevent tipping.
Secondly, the parents should buy the toys made of fabric which are labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant. Stuffed toys should be washable and art materials should say nontoxic. After buying safe toys, it’s also important to make sure kids know how to use them. The best way to do this is by supervising play. Playing with your kids teaches them how to play safely while having fun.
Last but not least, be sure to keep toys clean. Some plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but read the manufacturer’s directions first. Another option is to mix antibacterial soap or a mild dishwashing detergent with hot water in a spray bottle and use it to clean toys, rinsing them afterward.