How do you know if a toy is safe?

Inspecting the kids' toys cannot be overemphasized. It is one thing to get a nice looking toy but is it appropriate for the child's age? The following tips in addition to yesterday’s post can help ensure the toys do not cause the child harm. 

Check the instructions and explain to each child how to use the toy.

Supervise children while they play. Learn to spot an accident about to happen.

Check toys periodically for broken parts and potential hazards. A toy with broken parts should be repaired immediately or thrown away. Sharp or splintered edges on wooden toys should be sanded smooth. Use only non-toxic paint on toys or containers that children come in contact with. Check outdoor toys for rust and weak or sharp parts that could become hazardous.

Teach children to put their toys away so they do not get broken or create a tripping hazard.

Use toy shelves for storage. Open shelves allow the children to see favorite toys and return them to the shelf after play. Be sure the shelf is secured and won’t tip over if a child climbs on it.