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Toys and Eye Safety

boys with thumbs upBuying the correct toys with eye safety in mind is something all moms and dads worry about. How can parents make sure they choose toys that keep kids' eyes in mind?

Infants don't have a completely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than toys that involve hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spatial relationships. In the first three months of life, babies can't completely see color, so objects with bold, black and white pictures can be stimulating for them.

Because children spend so much time playing with their toys, it is up to us to make sure their toys are safe for their eyes as well as their overall wellbeing. A toy that is not age appropriate is usually unsafe. And it is just as important to make sure that the toy is right for their level of development. Despite the fact that toy companies specify targeted age groups on the box, you still need to make the call, and be sure your son or daughter avoids playing with something that could be dangerous for them.

Blocks are suited to almost every age group, but for younger children, it's crucial to check that they don't have any sharp or rough parts, to lessen the risk of eye injury. Also, take note of toy size. If you have toddlers, any item that is mouth size is not recommended. Put that small toy away until your child is no longer at risk of choking.

Avoid toys with edges or any sharp parts for a little kid, and be sure that things with long sticks, like pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Always pay attention when they play with such toys.

For children below 6, avoid toys with flying parts, such as dart guns. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to pay close attention with toys like that. On the other hand, when it comes to older kids who enjoy chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they wear protective eyewear.

So the next time you're thinking about a gift, look for the age and developmental recommendations on toys. Make sure that there's no danger posed to your child - even if your child really wants it.