We do not recommend
stuffed animals or kits for infants or young children
because of small parts, buttons, eyes, pom-poms,
stuffing, etc that could cause a choking hazard.
All toys are not for all children!
Consumer Product Safety Commission:
FOR KIDS' SAKE: THINK TOY SAFETY
Choosing toys with care. Keep in mind the child's age,
interests and skill level.
Look for quality design and construction in all toys for
Make sure that all directions or instructions are clear
-- to you, and, when appropriate, to the child. Plastic
wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before
they become deadly playthings.
Be a label reader. Look for and heed age
recommendations, such as "Not recommended for children
under three". Look for other safety labels
including: "Flame retardant/Flame resistant" on fabric
products and "Washable/hygienic materials" on stuffed
toys and dolls.
WHEN MAINTAINING TOYS
Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential
hazards. A damaged or dangerous toy should be thrown
away or repaired immediately.
WHEN STORING TOYS
Teach children to put their toys safely away on shelves
or in a toy chest after playing to prevent trips and
Toy boxes, too, should be checked for safety. Use a toy
chest that has a lid that will stay open in any position
to which it is raised, and will not fall unexpectedly on
a child. For extra safety, be sure there are ventilation
holes for fresh air. Watch for sharp edges that could
cut and hinges that could pinch or squeeze.
Toys can break to reveal parts small enough to be
swallowed or to become lodged in a child's windpipe,
ears or nose. The law bans small parts in new toys
intended for children under three. This includes
removable small eyes and noses on stuffed toys and
dolls, and small, removable squeakers on squeeze toys.
CORDS AND STRINGS
Toys with long strings or cords may be dangerous for
infants and very young children. The cords may become
wrapped around an infant's neck, causing strangulation.
Never hang toys with long strings, cords, loops, or
ribbons in cribs or playpens where children can become
entangled. Remove crib gyms for the crib when the child
can pull up on hands and knees; some children have
strangled when they fell across crib gyms stretched
across the crib.
ALL TOYS ARE NOT FOR ALL CHILDREN
Keep toys designed for older children out of the
hands of little ones. Follow labels that give age
recommendations -- some toys are recommended for older
children because they may be hazardous in the hands of a
younger child. Teach older children to help keep their
toys away from younger brothers and sisters.
Even balloons, when uninflated or broken, can choke or
suffocate if young children try to swallow them. More
children have suffocated on uninflated balloons and
pieces of broken balloons than on any other type of toy.
Protecting children from unsafe toys is the
responsibility of everyone. Careful toy selection and
proper supervision of children at play is still -- and
always will be -- the best way to protect children from
toy-related injuries. To report a product hazard or a
product-related injury, write to the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 20207, or
call the toll-free hotline: 1-800-638-2772.
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