Black Friday and the official kick off of the holiday season is just days away and I have already started my shopping. However, with three kids, I am being a lot more vigilent this year and paying closer attention to the marketing and packaging of the toys my kids want – especially in light of all the recent recalls. Not only am I checking the items my kids have asked for against the CPSC recall list, I am also making a conscious effort to buy toys with fewer plastic parts.
- Riding toys, skateboards and inline skates that could cause dangerous falls for children.
- Toys with small parts that can cause choking hazards, particularly for children under age 3.
- Toys with small magnets, particularly for children under age 6, that can cause serious injury or death if the magnets are swallowed.
- Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts and sling slots for older children that can cause eye injuries.
- Chargers and adapters that can pose burn hazards to children.
The Toy Industry Association has also sponsored a site called ToyInfo.org where parents can go for the latest information on recalls, toy safety, toy selection tips and more.
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio also has a great list of the Ten Myths About Toy Safety That Every Parent Should Know including:
- Toys Made in the USA are guaranteed to be lead-free.
- The government bans all types of lead in toys.
- Embedded lead is not really a problem.
- Buying from a large reputable store guarantees safety.
- Buying from a big toy company guarantees safety.
- Buying from a small mom and pop store guarantees safety.
- Buying from small manufacturers guarantees safety.
- Lead is only a problem with metal toys.
- Plush Toys are guaranteed to be Safe.
- Lead in Toys is a Fixable Problem.
You’ll have to go to their site to find out which are true, which are false and why.
Shop smart this season – it will be better for your kids, your wallet and the environment!