Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month: 10 Tips for Parents

Toddler kid and baby play with blocks trains and cars. Did you know that holiday eye injuries are common? To many of us, this may come as a surprise. During December, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit eye health and safety organization, celebrates Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. 

This holiday is a great time for parents to be aware of toy safety and to ensure they buy safe toys for their children. By doing your research, paying attention to age recommendations, and inspecting toys before you buy them, you can help to keep your child safe. If you have any concerns about a toy, you can always check the CPSC website or contact our eye clinic in Loveland for more information.

What’s Safe Toys and Gifts Month?

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month – but what does that mean? This month is all about raising awareness of safe toys and gifts for children. Every year, thousands of children are injured by unsafe toys and gifts. Your children should receive safe toys and gifts to avoid these injuries.

Here are some tips for parents on how to survive this memorable holiday:

  • Do your research before you buy: This means checking the CPSC website for recalled toys and reading product reviews.
  • Pay attention to age recommendations: Toys that are appropriate for older children may pose a hazard to younger children.
  • Avoid toys with small parts: Small parts can pose a choking hazard for young children.
  • Supervise children when they are playing with toys: This will help ensure they use the toy safely.
  • Inspect toys before buying them: Look for sharp edges or small parts that could pose a hazard.
  • Keep an eye out for recalled toys: The CPSC website maintains a database of recalled toys.
  • Be aware of toy hazards: Some toys may contain small parts that can pose a choking hazard, while others may have sharp edges that could cut or injure a child.
  • Follow the age recommendations on toys: Toys that are appropriate for older children may be too dangerous for younger children.
  • Read the labels on toys: This will help you to identify any potential hazards.
  • Store toys safely: Keep them out of reach of small children who might try to put them in their mouths.

You can maintain eye health and safety by following these tips. Make an appointment by calling (508) 836-8733.

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