toy trucks spelling out safety with blocks

It’s the month of December, so you know what that means…fun and family time for the holidays. Well, that and it’s National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This month, we practice gift-giving to show the people and pets in our lives that we love and care for them dearly, especially those adorable little grandkids, nieces, and nephews. So, the last thing you would want to do is gift them a toy that could potentially cause harm.

That’s why Child & Family Services wants to encourage you to choose wisely when gift-shopping this holiday and we want to help them spread awareness and keep the kids in your life safe. Therefore, in this post, we’ll share safety tips that you can practice.

Small balls and other toys with small parts

  • Toys with small parts are likely to cause choking if swallowed.
  • Do not gift these types of toys to children younger than age three
  • Read the labels to get an idea of the appropriate ages.

Balloons

  • These have always been dangerous for kids of varying ages.
  • Balloons can cause choking and suffocation, especially when broken.
  • Ensure to remove these from the environment as soon as they pop and never gift these to the younger children younger (below eight years old).

Riding toys

  • These include bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc.
  • The first thing to note is buying the appropriate size per the child’s age.
  • Ensure you get those with training wheels if necessary.
  • Always gift safety gear along with these riding toys to help foster safety.

Magnets

  • Toys or gifts with magnets are not at all suitable for younger kids who put non-edible items in their mouths.
  • If you can, avoid all high-powered magnet sets, as these are dangerous for even adults.

General tips

  • Before allowing your child to play with a new toy, clean or wash it as appropriate and ensure to check the toy thoroughly and read instruction manuals and warning labels for safe use.
  • When shopping for a toy or gift, read warning labels and check the age limit.
  • Check to ensure that all crayons etc. are non-toxic
  • Get rid of all gift wrapping once kids have opened their gifts.
  • Avoid toys with ropes for small kids.

You want to make the most of your holiday and the time you spend with family and friends, right? So, use these precautions for National Safe Toys and Gifts Month.