September is National Baby Safety Month, and there’s no better time to stay informed about the latest updates in baby toy safety. Celebree School has got you covered!
Your baby’s toys are more than just entertainment; they are essential tools for growth and development. The right toys can provide your child with so many benefits – they foster imaginative play, stimulate the senses, support the development of essential skills, and so much more. However, without the right precautions, toys can also pose risk.
Celebree School is here to help you navigate those vibrant toy aisles, helping you make informed choices for your precious little one. Check out Director of Education Kristen Miller’s top seven tips when it comes to baby toys:
- Choose Non-Toxic Toys with Rounded Edges: Babies are naturally inclined to explore the world with their mouths, so it’s essential to select toys that are non-toxic and free from sharp edges. Opt for toys like a baby mirror with rounded edges or wooden toys that are not only safe but also tactile and engaging for your little one.
- Stay Away from Small Objects: Small objects can pose a choking hazard to babies and young children. Always choose toys that have passed the choking test and are large enough to prevent accidental ingestion. Soft balls are a great example of safe and entertaining options.
- Opt for Natural Materials: Whenever possible, consider toys made from natural materials. Fabric baskets, soft stackable blocks, realistic animal figures, and rattles that make gentle noises are all fantastic choices. These toys are not only safe but also environmentally friendly.
- Keep a Choking Tube Handy: To ensure your baby’s toys are the right size and won’t pose a choking hazard, keep a choking tube or a small parts tester nearby. You can easily find suitable options online, such as those available on Amazon.
- Avoid Thin Plastic and Metal Parts: Toys made from thin plastic can break easily, potentially leading to sharp edges or small pieces that could harm your child. Additionally, some metal toys may contain harmful substances like arsenic. Instead, consider safer alternatives like wooden blocks and soft puppets.
- Follow Age Recommendations: Pay close attention to manufacturers’ age recommendations on toy packaging. Some toys may have small parts that are not suitable for babies or young children. Always adhere to these guidelines to ensure your child’s safety during playtime.
- Secure Battery-Operated Toys: While we strongly recommend just staying away from battery-operated toys, if you opt for battery-operated, ensure that they have battery cases that secure with screws. This precaution prevents curious little fingers from prying them open, which could lead to choking hazards or exposure to battery fluid, a potential danger for your child.
By following these baby toy safety tips, you can create a secure and stimulating play environment for your baby, helping them learn and explore safely. Your child’s safety is always a top priority, and thoughtful toy selection is a crucial step in keeping them safe and happy.