As every parent knows, there are few things on earth more heartwarming than watching the look of delight on your young one’s face as they play with their favorite toy. You can watch them at it for hours.
Every parent should also know that it’s of the utmost importance that baby toys are completely safe to play with, posing no risk of harm to your delicate bundles of joy. In this article, we’ll be diving into what exactly you should be on the lookout for when it comes to baby toy safety.
Let’s get right to it.
Edges and Points
A 2-month-old baby, for example, can’t really be expected to understand the dangers of sharp objects and points. Their play will be free and random, and so it falls on the parents’ shoulders to ensure that any toy their cute baby has access to is completely free of any potentially injurious edges and points. Be especially careful not to give your baby anything containing glass, metal, or wires that might be exposed in the course of their play.
It should go without saying, but it’s important that you keep toys meant for older children out of the reach of toddlers and babies. The age recommendations to be found on most children’s toys are well considered by professional childcare experts to match a particular age’s skill level, interests, and self-awareness. Read the labels and abide by them.
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Your cute baby, aged under one year in this case, should never be exposed to any potentially toxic materials through the toys they play with. Toddlers and babies are extremely curious about their environment, and their learning process involves touch, sight, sound, and taste. Most toys will find themselves in the mouth of your cute baby at some point or other.
Every parent should be careful when it comes to baby toys that have cords, ribbons, or strings attached. These represent a real risk of entanglement to your baby, which could injure them or even lead to their death, depending on which part of their body is caught up. A baby jumper might be the only exception here, as the bands holding your baby in place are designed for support only, even for a fat baby, and aren’t capable of causing any sort of entanglement or injury.
As we mentioned earlier, babies are prone to putting things in their mouth as part of the process of exploring the world and learning about, so the risk of choking is a very real one for them. A handy tip for parents looking to prevent the risk of choking for their babies is through the use of an empty toilet paper tube. What you should do is see if any toy you intend to give your baby can fit through the opening of an empty toilet paper tube. If it can, then you shouldn’t give it to any young one under the age of three years.
Another tricky area when it comes to baby toy safety doesn’t involve the toys themselves, but rather how they are stored. Many homes will store children’s toys in a chest or storage container in the children’s playroom or baby play mat. This could pose a potential risk of pinching your baby’s fingers or toes so you have to wary of heavy lids. Another danger comes about due to the natural curiosity of any cute baby which might lead them to crawl into the chest and potentially suffocate should it close while they are inside it. Pick out a lightweight toy chest with good ventilation for maximum safety.
Toy guns or any toys that will shoot objects are a big no-no when it comes to baby toys safety. Whether you have a fat baby, a playful one, a safe baby play mat, or any other combination of conditions, projectiles are always cause for concern when it comes to young children as they will often be reckless or clumsy when it comes to aiming them, potentially causing damage to eyes and other sensitive regions or choking.
At the end of the day, every parent wants to put a smile on their child’s face. The trick here is to do it in such a way as to guarantee their safety. This isn’t as difficult as many make it seem. Simply adhere to basic safety precautions such as those outlined here, listen to the advice of your healthcare professional, and you and the cute baby should be just fine during playtime.