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.
- 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.