Toys are going to be your little one’s companion for a very long time. Not only will they fill your darling with smiles and fun, a good toy will also aid your baby’s development and growth, as well as help in achieving various milestones and skill sets. So it’s really important that you pay close attention to what toys you’re buying for your baby, and know the key points to keep a look out for when shopping for toys.
One of the first things to keep in mind is to make sure the brand you buy from is a reputed one. If the brand has had a ‘toy safety recall’, definitely stay away from the same.
Any toy with small buttons or ribbons poses a potential safety/choking hazard. Even if you think your little one can’t take out the ribbon or any other such small part of toy, there are chances that the same might come out on its own and may find its way inside baby’s mouth.
Small babies, especially infants, will put everything in their mouth, so make sure the toys are not such that might leave colour easily.
Toys with sharp or uneven edges are a hazard as they can hurt your baby.
Read the label carefully and make sure the product you buy for your baby is completely free of any toxic elements, especially lead.
Things like toy magnets, spikey playthings, any product with buttons, bows and anything that might come off is a choking hazard.
If you are giving your little one soft toys to play with, make sure you clean them at regular intervals, as they attract a lot of dust.
For any doll or toy with hair that you buy, make sure you remove the toy’s hair, as it could lead to sucking/chewing and choking.
Remember, anything that you buy for your little one will definitely make their way into baby’s mouth. So read all labels carefully and make sure you buy only age-appropriate products.