Toy Safety
What to Know What to Do

When Buying Toys

  • Look for solid toys made out of quality materials.
  • Rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers should be big enough so that they cannot fit into the baby’s mouth.
  • This prevents choking.
  • Throw away all plastic wrap on toys as soon as they are opened.
  • Look on the label for age requirements and safety warnings. You should find labels such as “Flame retardant/ Flame resistant” on cloth products and “washable/hygienic materials” on stuffed toys and dolls.
  • Latex balloons are dangerous to all children. Substitute Mylar balloons instead, which are less of a choking hazard.
  • Toys with long cords or strings pose a strangulation hazard for infants and young children.
  • Toys that plug into the wall pose a shocking hazard and are not recommended for children younger than eight.
Taking Care of Toys

  • Teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger brothers and sisters if they are not age appropriate.
  • Sharp edges on wooden toys or surfaces covered with splinters should be sanded smooth.
  • Check toys regularly for broken or hazardous parts. Check outdoor toys every few months for rust or weak parts that could become dangerous.
Storing Toys

  • Teach children to put their toys safely away on shelves or in a toy chest. This can help prevent trips and falls.
  • Check toy chests for safety. It is best to use a toy chest with no lid. If yours has a lid, be sure that the lid will stay open and not fall on a child, and that there are air holes in the toy chest. Additionally, watch for sharp edges that could cut or hinges that could pinch.
  • Make sure that indoor toys that are brought outside are put away properly after play-time. Rain or dew can rust or damage toys and may make them unsafe.