Holiday season is rapidly approaching and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Adoring parents enjoy surprising the children with the ''in'' toys to start off the New Year.
It is crucial that parents tell relatives about the guidelines about eye safety and choosing toys. Accidents involving toys do occur, occasionally causing damaged eyes.
What are some rules to guard kids from toy related injury?
- When purchasing a gift, check that it is developmentally appropriate. Do not allow little siblings to handle toys meant for older siblings.
- Explain to children how to use new toys and games. Before play, if possible carefully check toys for sturdy, safe construction.
- Watch young children while they play.
- Protect little eyes by discarding toy or games that have jagged or staggered edges or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.
Before giving in and buying the toy that your child really wants, take a few moments to read up on toy safety guidelines. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays to all.