My friend was shopping for his niece who was turning 2 this weekend and he felt lost and overwhelmed with all the choices available. I’ve touched on the topic of toys that help visual development (https://www.avenueeyecare.com/2012/12/05/christmas-gift-ideas-for-babies/) and today I want to emphasize safety guidelines.
Every year, thousands of children are affected by serious eye injuries from toys. Here are some guidelines to help reduce these risks:
1. Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
2. Buy toys that are age-appropriate as indicated on the packaging.
3. Avoid toys with sharp points and edges.
4. Ensure the toy can withstand the impact of a child at play, look for pieces that could break off into smaller ones.
5. Look for ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) on the packaging
6. Avoid toys that can shoot or have parts that fly off until the child can responsibly handle it
7. Supervise younger children while at play
8. Separate toys for different age groups if you have more than one child
9. Store toys after use to reduce risk of falls
10. Ensure kids wear the right eye protection with sports related toys
Be safe and have fun!