Sunday, January 4, 2009

Toys Safety



Read the label first. Labels on toys provide safety information and the recommended age of the child that the toy is suitable for. Do not ignore them

• Assess and reassess the function of the toy. Old and damaged toys should be thrown away unless they can be used to stimulate learning. For example, a broken toy bear can be used to stimulate learning by saying to the child: “Oh dear, the bear has a broken leg. What can we do for him?' It is important to assess the function of a toy regularly to see if the toy is serves its function or if any damage will hurt the child
• Feel the toy for sharp edges, sharp points and movable or removable parts. These may result in cuts, abrasions and injury to the child.
• Ensure that toys with strings or cords are never hung in cribs or play pens. Children may be choked or strangled if they get the cords coiled around their necks
• Ensure that toys are large enough to prevent the toys from being swallowed by your child
• Ensure that toys are stored away after use so as to prevent the risk of tripping.
• Test the toys, especially electronic ones. There must be at least one demonstration on how to use the toy safely for both the parent and the child.

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