Unlike what one may believe, toys aren’t always as safe as they should be. It’s important that you are careful about which toys your child is playing with, especially babies, who like to put everything in their mouths. If you have an infant or toddler that still uses his or her mouth as a way to explore objects, then you will need to make sure that the toys that you purchase contain no lead or BPA. You’ll be surprised to learn how many toys in stores contain these toxins. Many toys have been knocked off of shelves, but unfortunately, not all of them. There have been recalls on a variety of toys that we thought were safe. To help you keep an eye out on what’s safe and what’s not, you can subscribe to web sites that send you email alerts when a toy has been recalled.
To stay on the safe side, you can purchase your baby toys from a source that guarantees no toxins (like lead and BPA) are in the toys they sell. A lot of toys that have paint on them usually contain such toxins, so read the labels to make sure. You want to check to see if there is a label that says no harmful toxins used.
For older children, buying toys seems easier, but this isn’t always the case. Bigger kids like to play with guns that shoot and objects that move or are thrown. If you choose to use potentially dangerous toys, make sure to supervise children when they’re using them. You should also coach your children on how to use the toys appropriately. Set ground rules that have to be followed in order to use the toys as well. Toys can easily become deadly due to misuse, like throwing or standing on them.
Think of worst case scenarios whenever you purchase a toy for your children to help you think of all the dangers they will be faced with if you were to buy the item.