It was obviously easier for our mothers, the standard set is a rattle, a pyramid, a doll, toy soldiers and a teddy bear, without a hint of choice.
We, the current parents, have the opportunity to buy a child something such, and even so I want to give the child something that we ourselves did not get as a child.
But how to navigate in the toy store, when everything is so motley, alluring, and sings in addition.
First of all, you should pay attention to the presence of such a common sign – a circle with a sad crossed out kid and numbers 0-3. This label indicates possible danger to children under three years of age. And this is especially important, because we have rattles for sale, which, according to the instructions, are not intended for children under three years old (!).
It is also important for parents not to exaggerate the level of development of their children and to remember that the age limits are indicated only in terms of safety and in no way hints that your child is average and average. Let your child be the smartest for you and far ahead of their peers, but this is not a reason to risk the life of a child by buying him a toy intended for another age group.
Perhaps not everyone knows that children under 3 years old should not be given soft toys. We all know the colloquial language, which is called teddy bears – dust collectors, and this is not in vain. Such toys absorb dust for months, and are potential allergens and breeding grounds for ticks. But if your toddler already has a beloved bear, or he tries to pull him from his older brother, you should take a closer look at the bear.
First of all, feel the animal, if there are small balls in it or a bear is singing, all this should be in sewn separate covers, and only then placed inside the toy. After all, the baby can swallow these small parts, or they can lead to suffocation. The size of the toy is also subject to standardization.
Up to 18 months the weight of the toy should not exceed 250 grams, the rattle can not weigh more than 100 grams, and for children under 6 years old the maximum allowable is 400 grams. And all that is smaller than 4.4 cm in diameter is not intended for children under 5 years of age. The material from which the toy is made, should not have smell and taste.
At the surface examination, of course, it is difficult to determine the quality of the material, its toxicity. But if the toy has an unpleasant smell, you should not buy it. After the purchase, do not immediately give the baby a toy, first wash it in hot water, see how the material behaves. In toys intended for babies up to 3 years old, the use of natural leather and fur is not allowed, as they may contain animal bacteria.
On toys there should not be long laces, in order to avoid the risk of suffocation, it is better to fasten them to the crib or stroller not with ropes, but with plastic chains. Toys are your assistants in the development of the child, through them he will know the world. Baby playing, learns how here with us, adults everything is arranged.
Therefore, for our part, let’s not darken our little ones this amazing world of the game and do everything so that the toy does not hide dangers, but is only a source of fun and joy.