Every time I hear that there is another toy recall, I think to myself - you have to be kidding! How do these dangerous toys even get to the shelves and within reach in our curious children in the first place? Did the manufacturers realize that these were potentially harmful? Are there quality control measures to ensure this doesn't happen?
I personally know a sweet lady who's a mother of three little girls. When I was visiting with her eventually, I noticed pictures of a little boy on the walls and asked who it had been. She told me it was her son who'd died at age three whenever a toy got stuck in the throat. His father had tried desperately to get rid of the lodged toy, but his attempts were fruitless, and also the child succumbed. I was horrified and can only imagine just how much both of them experienced this sad experience.
It is difficult to watch our kids every minute, but we can make every make an effort to remove any toys that could do harm from those that they play with every single day. Your children also may receive toys as presents from well-meaning members of the family and friends for birthdays and holidays. How will you be sure that the toys you've in your house are secure for your children?
Another suggestion is to focus on age tips about toys. They're put on the packages for any reason. You may think your child is old enough to play having a toy that's designed for an older child, but toys with small or removable parts can cause injuries or asphyxiation. Some older children also still prefer to put things in their nose, ears and mouths, which means you are the best judge to know what is suitable for them.
If a toy is broken, it is advisable to throw it away immediately. Be aware of what's in your toy box. If tiny or broken pieces of toys can be found, clean them out.
If your little one receives a toy as a present or else you have purchased one that they wanted, you should attempt hard to break it (do not do it while watching child, however). If you can yank on the stuffed animals eyes and they're loose, they might appear and obtain lodged within the child's throat. Try to consider ways that your son or daughter may use it and test to see if the toy will break apart. You can also test all toy gifts ever since they were not given using the intention to harm the child. It is better safe than sorry.