Best Toys for Kids 2020: 6 Ways to Choose Safe Toys for Children This Christmas by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

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Best Toys for Kids 2020: 6 Ways to Choose Safe Toys for Children This Christmas

The holidays are upon us, and we all know what that means: time to get shopping. There are nearly three billion toys sold annually in the United States. Giving children the right gifts can spur imagination and development. Getting the wrong gifts can sometimes do more harm than good.

According to Stanford Children’s Health, toy-related injuries send tens of thousands of younger children to the hospital every year. Most frequently, the cause can be traced back to giving young children toys meant for older kids.

With so many toy and gift options available, it is important for gift givers to ensure they select age appropriate and safe options for younger children. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when selecting the right gift for kids:

  1. Read instructions and warnings on the packaging. Often, these will inform the buyer of the appropriate age group for that toy.
  2. Avoid toys with sharp edges or rigid points.
  3. Avoid balls, marbles or other objects that are 1.75 inches wide or less for children under the age of 3.
  4. If you purchase a gift with wheels – like a scooter, bike or skateboard – ensure you purchase an accompanying safety helmet.
  5. If purchasing crayons or other art supplies, be sure to look for the “ASTM D-4236” designation, which means the item has been inspected by a toxicologist.
  6. Avoid toys with small parts that can present a choking hazard.

Gifting a toy to a child is one of the most rewarding experiences, topped only by seeing them enjoy that gift for years to come. This holiday season, let’s ensure that safety is the top priority.

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Donna John
Didn't know that about the crayons and art supplies. Good to know! Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Such great advice here. I will never forget one of my kids shoving a small object up her nose. I was panicked but got it out. Thank you for the tips, Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP !

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