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CPSC Tips for choosing Toys for Children

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards to younger children.
  • For infants, toddlers and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts, which could pose a fatal choking hazard.
  • Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts.
  • For all children under 8, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
  • Avoid electric toys with heating elements for a child under 8.
  • Be a label reader. Look for toy labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide.
  • Check toy instructions for clarity – for both you and, when appropriate, the child.
  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys, which can cause suffocation, before they become deadly playthings.

Choking Hazards

  • Keep small objects like small toys and parts of toys, marbles, balloons, small balls and coins off the floor and out of reach of children.

  • Toys designed for older children should be kept out of the hands of little ones.

  • Follow labels that give age recommendations; these age recommendations are based on safety concerns.

  • Teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger siblings.

  • Check the eyes and noses of stuffed animals to ensure they are properly secured.