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Discover Healthy, Safe & Educational Toys For Your Children.
Buying toys for your children should be an easy task, right? We all look for fun, educational toys that we think our children will love and learn while playing with them.
What Toys are the best for your children?
It seems like an easy enough question, but you don't want to buy your child a toy that isn't safe or that he isn't going to play with. More important than that, you don't want to buy a toy that is not safe and could be dangerous to your children's health even threat their life. We have witness in dismay, reports all over the media about toys that has been removed from the market (after been sold in millions) because of the health hazards and danger these toys represent to our children.
Toys undoubtedly play a big part in a child's life. Therefore, it makes sense to give the best toys to a child. After all, we want only good influences in our child's life, right ?
So, whether you plan on giving your child toys for birthday, holiday season or for other occasion, it is important to select toys carefully.
How to Find Safe Toys for Your Kids
The good thing about all of the media coverage on this issue is that many parents are becoming very choosy about the toys they buy.
Here are some tips to help make sure the toys your children play with are safe.
Seek out toy-making companies that still maintain quality and safety in their products. Be sure to ask questions about their toys, such as what types of chemicals are used in their production.
Look for organic and “green” environmentally friendly toys that use beeswax-based coatings, natural vegetable dyes and organic, chemical-free fabrics and materials (such as wool, cotton and bamboo).
Support companies that use third-party testing of their products for lead and other heavy metals.
Toys that are painted should always be labeled as having “lead-free paint,” but still avoid buying painted toys made outside of the United States or Europe.
Get creative. Books, sports equipment, music, and even cardboard boxes that can be turned into forts make great, safe alternatives to traditional “toys.”
Some of the things parents should take into consideration when choosing toys for their children.
Choking hazards. Choking is the number hazard associated with toys. Children can choke on small toys or on small parts of bigger toys. To prevent choking accidents:
Follow the age recommendations for toys. If the label says that a toy is meant for ages 3 and up because of small parts, don't buy it for your 1-year-old.
Think about everyone who might play with a toy. Something that is perfectly safe for an older child could be deadly for a younger one. This doesn't necessarily mean you can't buy that fun toy with small parts for your ten-year-old if you have a toddler in the house — or one who visits a lot. But it does mean that you need to have rules about where the toy is stored and who plays with it.
Check toys carefully for loose parts.
Strangling and/or entanglement. When toys have things like cords or chains, or when they have moving wheels or other features that can grab hair or clothes and pull hard, bad things can happen. Again, read the labels, use common sense, and supervise your child's play.
Magnets. More and more toys — from building sets to cars to doll clothes — are being made with small magnets, many of which can detach and be swallowed. This can be very dangerous, especially when two magnets in different parts of the intestine attach together, which can lead to holes in the intestine and other serious complications. If you have kids in the house who might put a toy in their mouths, don't buy toys with magnets.
Lead paint. Warnings about the hazard of toys with lead paint on them are all over the news these days. Children, especially small children, tend to put things in their mouths. Putting lead into your mouth, even small amounts, can lead to brain damage. Most of the products recalled and taken off store shelves so far have come from China. But that doesn't mean that all products from China have lead — or that all American products are safe. You can stay up-to-date about toy recalls by signing up for the Consumer Products Safety Commission's (CPSC) e-mail updates.
PLAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN, IT'S THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU'LL EVER MAKE!
Here are some suggestions on how to play with your child, based on age.
Infants (Birth - 1 year):
- Sing and Talk to your Infant
- Play Music
- Use large toys with bright colors that move
- Play Peek-a-Boo
- Name body parts, people, foods, colors, etc.
- Likes to hear animal sounds
- Read to your infant
- Mirrors that will not break
- Bells & Rattles
- Brightly colored toys
- Teething toys
- Items that can be pushed or pulled
- Needs space to play & explore
- Likes to imitate others
- Likes sandboxes, play grounds and water
- Allow your toddler to help with chores
- Limit TV time
- Read to your child
- Items that can be pushed & pulled
- Shovel & Bucket
- Encourage play with other children
- Read to your child
- Take trips to the park, beach, etc.
- Regulate TV time
- Trucks, cars & airplanes
- Dress-up clothes
- Doctor & Nurse equipment
- Toys that play music
- Art supplies
Providing our kids with green toys, made of sustainable, natural materials is a great step in leading them in the "green" direction. What better way to teach our little ones to respect our environment than through their play? In this webpage I created for you, you will find green/earth friendly toys, dolls, books and even art supplies of superb quality. Children love to cuddle with soft cotton dolls stuffed with warm wool, and build with natural wooden blocks that can become anything they dream up. You'll find some great books that aim to educate children about respecting the earth and our world through thoughtful stories and vibrant art. Some are more subtle in their mission, while others include eco-friendly tips for kids on how to live green, and facts about animals and nature.
Green toys are healthier for the environment and safe for children. Make sure that the toys you buy come from companies who are environmentally conscious and socially responsible (with no tolerance for sweatshops or child labor).