The holidays are here and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well intentioned aunts and uncles love surprising the young ones with the newest toys for the holidays.
It is important that parents explain to relatives the restrictions about toys and eye safety. Accidents with unsafe toys and games do take place, sometimes resulting in blindness.
Below are a few guidelines to protect kids from toy related harm:
Remember, developmentally appropriate toys only! Be careful not to permit small children to use toys made for older children.
Teach children how to use new toys and games. Before play, if possible examine toys for sturdy, safe construction.
Try not to let small kids play unsupervised.
Promote eye safety by tossing out toys with pointed tips or projectiles, such as BB guns.
Before giving in and buying the toy that your child ''must have'', take some time to read toy safety guidelines. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays.