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Healthier Me: Buying Safe Toys for Christmas

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Tis' the shopping season and wish lists are full of toys requests. But, Christmas presents can pose some serious risks if the gift giver doesn't do their homework.

Sanford Health Child Injury Prevention Coordinator April Rabideaux says shoppers really need to read the labels, note the age recommendations and pay attention to the warnings.


Hidden Dangers:

(1) Foam toys (not for infants/toddlers)

(2) Magnets (can connect together when swallowed)

(3) Button batteries (watches, books, etc.)

(4) Costume jewelry (lead)

(5) Strings more than 12" in length (can be strangulation hazard)


Selecting Toys for each age group:

(1) Newborn to age 1 year: floor activity centers, activity quilts, soft dolls/stuffed animals, teething toys

(2) 1-3 year olds: soft/large blocks, push/pull toys, pounding toys, books

(3) 3-5 year olds: non-toxic art supplies, pretend toys, dolls, outdoor toys such as a tricycle and helmet

(4) 5-9 year olds: art and craft kits, miniature dolls and action figures, jump ropes, non-toxic art supplies

(5) 9-10 year olds: handheld electronics, sports and musical equipment, board games, books, model kits

From Sanford Health, Health Library:

Steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs from friends and family. Those toys might have sentimental value and are certainly cost-effective, but they may not meet current safety standards and may be so worn from play that they can break and become hazardous.

And make sure a toy isn't too loud for your child. The noise of some electronic toys can be as loud as a car horn — even louder if a child holds it directly to the ears — and can contribute to hearing damage.


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