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March 16 2017

DesignLetters4

Choosing Safe Toys For your kids


Cam Cam Copenhagen
Every time I hear that there is another toy recall, I think to myself - you have to be kidding! How do these dangerous toys even arrive at the shelves and within reach in our curious children in the first place? Did the makers understand that these were potentially harmful? Exist quality control measures to make sure this doesn't happen?

Ooh Noo
I personally know a sweet lady who's a parent of three young girls. When I was visiting together with her one day, I noticed images of a little boy on the walls and asked who it had been. She explained it was her son who'd died at age three when a toy got stuck in the throat. His father had tried desperately to remove the lodged toy, but his attempts were fruitless, and also the child succumbed. I had been horrified and may only imagine how much both of them experienced this sad experience.

It is not easy to watch our kids every minute, but we can make every attempt to remove any toys that could do harm from the ones that they play with every day. Your children may also receive toys as presents from well-meaning family members and friends for birthdays and holidays. How will you make certain that toys you've in your house are safe for your kids?

Another suggestion would be to pay attention to age tips about toys. They are put on the packages for a reason. You may think your son or daughter now has wrinkles enough to experience with a toy that is designed for a mature child, but toys with small or removable parts may cause injuries or asphyxiation. Some older children also still like to put things in their nose, ears and mouths, so you are the most useful judge to be aware what is suitable on their behalf.

If a toy is broken, it is best to throw it away immediately. Be familiar with what is in your toy box. If tiny or broken pieces of toys are present, clean them out.

If your child receives a toy like a present or you have obtained one which they wanted, you should try hard to break it (do not do it while watching child, however). If you can yank around the stuffed animals eyes and they are loose, they could come off and obtain lodged in the child's throat. Try to consider ways that your child could use it and test to see if the toy will break apart. You may also test all toy gifts since they were not given using the intention to harm the child. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Don't be the product, buy the product!

Schweinderl