The Hidden Dangers of Toys

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.

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I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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