Friday, December 02, 2016
How to select toys that are fun not funky
Obviously in shopping for the tots, no sharp edges or long strings or cords.
Equally importantly, though:
--Be mindful of age. Play is the WORK of childhood," says Sue Rzucidlo, a nurse practitioner at Penn State Pediatrics. But don't think a child will grow into a toy--say a bike--without the "work" skills to operate it.
--Remember, younger siblings may try to play with an older child's toy. Little kids put everything in their mouths...tiny movable parts on big sister's toy--not good.
--If a child is under three, make sure none of their toys would fit through a toilet paper tube.
--Those small, button batteries are often swallowed.
--Latex balloons can choke.
--Small magnets, when swallowed, can glom onto each other through the intestinal wall and cause a blockage or infection.
--When giving a toy with wheels--bike, skateboard--also give the safety gear.
--See what the toy is made of. Some plastics are toxic. Older toys--say from yard sales--can have lead paint on them.
Remember those lawn dart recalled some years ago--yeah. those were genius...
And ant farms? Those ants can escape. Take it from me.