- Buy age-appropriate toys.
If you’re like me, you think your children are smarter than their age, and you might want to buy them a toy that is recommended for an older child. As tempting as this is, it is not a good idea. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides toymakers with guidelines designed to keep potentially harmful toys out of the hands of young children. The recommended ages are based on what is safe and fun for each age.
- Give new toys – not used or antique ones.
Used toys can have missing or loose parts that may be a choking or strangling risk. Older toys may also have lead paint or other harmful materials. Learn more about lead poisoning.
- Do your homework beforehand.
Search online for the latest toy recalls or safety alerts. The CPSC keeps a list of recalled toys and other safety information.