Choosing a safe and appropriate toy for your little one
There are so many different options for toys for young children on the market today that it can be quite overwhelming to walk into a store with the intention of only buying one toy for your child. For a young child, a good toy is qualified as one that is interactive, engages creativity, promotes physical activity and is age-appropriate. Despite manufacturers attempting to abide by Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, Kids Health reports that many children each year are hospitalized for toy-related injuries. One measure to take to prevent a tragedy is to supervise your children as they play. Furthermore, Gambit reports about a couple of ways you can ensure that a toy is the best choice for your young children:
Safety first: Overall, these toys should be well-made, with no small parts that could easily be choked on by your young children. Children are naturally curious, which is why providing them with safe toys will mitigate any risk of them harming themselves or others. Also, make sure the toy is easy to clean and does not contain lead-based paints. For children under three, one important tip is to make sure parts cannot fit through a toilet paper roll. If they fit, the toy is a choking hazard.
Imagination station: You want to find a toy that will encourage your young children to be creative and use their budding imaginations. Toys that make them use their cognitive or social skills to solve a problem are also excellent ways to promote brain, physical, and social development. Finding a toy that is not only fun, but also aids them in learning and growing is important and not as hard as it sounds. Look for open-ended toys like blocks or playdough that can be used for an infinite number of creative activities.