10 Tips on Choosing Safe Toys For Children

One of your main concerns as a parent is your child’s safety. Making sure that he’s got safe environment to grow in is essential for a great childhood.Toys play an essential role in a kid’s development, so it’s important that you make sure they are both education but also that they pose no threat. But I don’t want to you get overboard with this. It’s OK to be concerned and careful, but don’t get into the over-protective mode! Or, at least don’t appear to be so.So here are ten tips to help you chose safe toys for your child:

Consider your child’s age. This is obvious, and it will determine the range of toys you need to look for. If you’re out of ideas, most toy stores have their shelves organized on age groups so you can easily get huge list of appropriate gifts for your kid. Read the labels. These provide lots of useful information like instruction of how to play with the toy, how to assemble it, the age groups it is recommended for, whether adult supervision is required or not and so on. Be flexible with the age groups. If your kid is 3 and the toy is labeled for kids of age 4, it’s still a good idea to choose that toy, given you’re supervising the play. Check for the sturdiness of the toy. If there are small parts that are very likely to come off after a light drop, it’s a good idea to look for something else. I’m thinking of the wheels of toy cars, eyes from teddy bears and so on. Are they easy to clean? It’s a good practice to clean the toys at least once a month to avoid any germs that may spread this way. For stuffed toys, they should be easily washable because they tend to gather lots of dust. Bath toys should also be washed pretty often because they tend to be covered in soap and leftovers from the bath. Given the pleasure young kids have to chew toys, it’s a good idea to have them clean all the time. Chose toys that have large parts for younger kids. Toddlers and babies like to chew things. Having a great selection of teething toys is great, but most often, they just grab any of the toys they have and have their way with it. Get toys with no detachable small parts and watch for any potential flaws in the toys when he’s playing. Avoid toys that make sharp noises. Young kids are more sensitive to powerful noises and it is possible to damage the hearing for life and, more or les dangerous, it may be a powerful shock that will psychologically traumatize him and make him scared of everything. Avoid toys that shoot things in the air, like arrows or small balls. Toy guns are a definite no! Still in the same category, toys with sharp edges should never be found in your kid’s toy collection. They sometimes throw toys, more or less powerfully, and if there’s another kid close, he might get injured. Be careful with crib toys. If there are any cords attached to the toys, remove them. Never tie a toy to the crib because there’s a very high risk of strangulation. Just leave the toys with the kid, and if he wants them, he’ll play with them. Store toys in a safe toy chest that does not automatically lock when closed. It should be pretty difficult for the kid to climb in, but they should always get out of it easily.
And there are much more safety tips you can consider, but as previously mentioned, don’t get overboard with it. Focus on making play a fun and educational experience for your child and you’ll have a happy kid.

The Origin of Toys

The word “toy” is a word without origin. This could be because the concept of a toy is something that is as old as the first mammal. Most young mammals have a habit of looking for objects to amuse themselves or objects to play with. This is the same with human babies. Because of this trait, many people believe that toys are as old as the first civilizations. There is actually proof of this since toys, in fact have been found in archaeological digs or excavation sites of ancient civilizations.The oldest toy made for the purpose of being a toy is a doll or a figurine. Often in the shape of an animal or in human form, these toys were carved or made from wood. Some other materials known for ancient doll making are sticks, terracota or wax. These ancient dolls were easy to make, and were often made by the parents or relatives of the child or by the children themselves. They could be as simple as a single piece of wood carved into a shape, or as complicated as a human form with movable joints and wigs for hair like they had in ancient Egypt. Apart from dolls, other old toys that have been found are whistles, carts, and toys that could move along a string.As civilizations developed, so did their toys. These objects of play began becoming more complex, either by purpose or by material. The making of dolls and figurines went from wood carvings to being made out of glass or porcelain. They were also enhanced by clothes. Other toys evolved as well. Carts and whistles were made by malleable metals, and some toys developed simple spring mechanisms. Toys began being made by persons outside of the child’s family, and they were produced for sale. Toy making became an art.Almost as soon as new materials were developed, toy makers began using these materials to make various toys. Rubber and plastics were used. More toys, such as balls were invented. The more toys were produced, the more they became popular among children. Soon, the manner in which these toys were used began evolving and sports or games were formed. The toy revolution forged forward and toys began becoming mass produced. Now, machines made the toys, and they could be made faster, which meant more children were given access to all these toys.In modern society toys are still often sold in stores, only now the stores are large and specialized towards children. Toys can be segregated in terms of their benefits to the child, in terms of the gender of the child, or through other means. Some toys are battery operated, some toys need to be plugged in. Some toys are made for educational purposes, others for developmental ones. Some toys need computer chips or programs to work. No matter what it is, today’s toy is a smart toy.Another new twist modern society has developed is that not only children play with toys. Nowadays some adults develop a lifelong interest in toys. Either for collection purposes, or simply because they enjoy toys, many adults buy toys for their own pleasure. Sometimes this toy buying is driven by nostalgia. Whatever the reason is, and no matter how much it evolves, one thing remains the same, and that is that human beings love toys.