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Safety at Play

It's important to know how to select toys that are the safest and the most beneficial for kids.

Children are born with only semi-formed vision. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than toys and activities that involve hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial relationships. The best toys to encourage an infant's visual development in their first year of life include toys with basic shapes or colors, and activity mats that have interactive or removable objects, balls, books and puppets. In the initial three months of life, babies can't completely see color, so simple black and white pictures of things like bulls-eyes or checkerboard patterns are particularly helpful for encouraging visual development.

Because children spend a large amount of their day playing with their toys, moms and dads need to be sure that their toys are safe for their eyes as well as their total wellbeing. Firstly, to be safe, toys should be age-appropriate. It is equally important to make sure that toys are developmentally appropriate, too. Despite the fact that toy manufacturers specify targeted age groups on toy packaging, it is up to you to be responsible, and prevent your son or daughter from playing with anything that may result in eye injury or vision loss.

A great toy for most age groups is blocks, but for younger children, check that the corners and edges are blunted, to decrease the possibility of harm. And don't forget to take note of the size of toys. If you have little children any object that can fit into their mouths is not something they should be playing with. Be on the lookout for toys that can be manipulated into a smaller size also. Put that small toy away until your son or daughter is no longer at risk of choking.

Avoid toys with edges or any sharp parts for a young child, and if your kids have toys with long handles, like pony sticks, make sure the ends aren't sharp. Always pay attention when they play with those kinds of toys.

For kids below 6 years old, stay clear of toys which shoot, such as arrows. Even when they're older than 6, always pay close attention with those kinds of toys. Whereas, if you have older kids who play with chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they have correct safety eyewear.

So the next time you're thinking about gifts, look for the toy makers' recommendation about the intended age group for the toy you had in mind. Make sure that toys you buy don't pose any harm to your child.

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