In our bid to save money with the upcoming holiday season, we can spend a lot of time online trying to find the best bargains as far as toys are concerned. But do you think much further than that? Toys are one of those things that, across every generation, are integral to our childhood. But as every generation insists, their toys were much better when they were younger. Not only this, though. When we hear so many horror stories about toys with various defects sometimes there’s no way for us to tell what’s safe and what isn’t, but what should we look for, and what should we practice as parents?
Some Basic Guidelines
When shopping for toys, the safety aspects can’t be overlooked. Some of the basic guidelines include toys being labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant when they’re made of fabric, the paint should be lead-free, but also when you are buying crayons or paints, on the package, the code ASTM D-4236 should be displayed. This means that it’s been examined by ASTM International.
Choosing The Right Toy
Labels need to be read. This way you will know if a toy is appropriate for your child’s age. As far as resources are concerned, there are guidelines published by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) so you can know exactly if a toy is suitable. Unfortunately, sometimes there are defects in toys, which demands that they get recalled. If you ever come across this, be sure to return the item to the store you bought it from right away. But if it’s too late, and there’s been an injury sustained by your child, you can instigate legal proceedings via firms like Greene Broillet & Wheeler that deal with product defects.
Gauging It According To Your Child
Sometimes we can have other relatives buy toys for our kids that are older than the recommended age guideline, but even if your child appears advanced in terms of intelligence, this doesn’t mean that you should buy them toys older than their years. When it comes to the age levels for toys, the factors are determined by safety. The intelligence of your child doesn’t come into it. But you also need to think about your child’s habits, behavior, and general temperament. What might be suitable for one child at the age of 2 may not be suitable for yours at all. And this is why we have to gauge it ourselves, as responsible parents.
As far as buying safe toys for our children is concerned, especially in the run-up to Christmas, the rush to buy something that’s cheap, but also does the job, can override any common sense. Sometimes it’s easy to tell whether we should steer clear of a specific toy, because of something like a choking hazard, but when we have children that are of toddling age, or up to the age of 10, this is where it can get quite tricky. And while we can all read the guidelines, the best defense is you, the parent.