Toy safety, thinking about the hidden dangers of toys, is not for the overprotective parent. Did you know that if you child swallows more than one magnet it can cause the intestine to twist and cause serious damage? Did you know that latex balloons cause more choking deaths that any other toy? Did you know that I had to go to the ER as a child because I stuck a rock up my nose? (The last item is not on the “bad toy” list. But you should remind your children not to stick any items up their nose, in their ears, well you get the idea.)
We don’t want to hover over our children while they play. Independent play is slowly becoming something that kids are forgetting how to do. We want the kids to be able to explore, create, and learn without a lot of adult intervention. So choose the toys carefully!
Refer to Claire McCarthy’s recommendations in the attached article.