Holiday toys: How can I tell you good from bad?


Hundreds of new toys appear each year on shelves in stores. Even grocery stores sell toys. You want to make your child's toy's dream come true, but how can you tell a bad thing about a good toy? These toy shopping tips will help you spend crowded shops and holidays.

Examine the sample. The store has a mountain-shaped toy display that includes toy photos and their prices, but there are no sample toys you can look into. In most states, retailers need to display actual samples by law. If there are no available samples, please ask them to see the samples.

Is it really a toy? As you hear this question, many of today's toys are passive and do not need anything from children. A good toy asks the child to do something. For example, building a block fort and putting together puzzles. Such toys will stretch your child's intelligence and imagination. Purchase a toy that is truly a toy!

Please select the appropriate toy. Most manufacturers print the age range of toys in a box. Please choose a toy that matches your child's age, physical development, interest. A basic toy such as a wooden block has already been testing time, so it is a wise purchase because it can be handed over to young children.

Please read wonderful prints. There is a possibility that the toy maker is displaying a warning on the product label. As Carolinas HealthCare System records on the website, "There is a reason if there is a warning." Therefore, be sure to check all aspects of the warning package and note it when it appears.

Please check the material. Some toys are made of unsafe material. Recently, CBS Early Exhibition Consumer Watch played a story "Choose a safe and fun toy". According to this program, necklace and zipper pull are recalculated due to lead poisoning risk. And on the website "Children's health for parents" he says fabric toys should be labeled "flame retardant" or "flame retardant". Art objects must say "no toxicity" somewhere in the packaging.

Do you have a tested toy? If you look carefully, you can see that the word "ASTM" is displayed on the toy package. In other words, the toy means that I met American Socety on the test materials and standards. Tested toys are safer than toys that do not have.

Safety comes first. For infants and young children, please never purchase toys with small parts that will smother them. There may be a "choke tube" tester that you can use in the store. Objects that fit this tester are not secure. In case of older children, please be careful to purchase electronic toys. There are also things that greatly affect the child's hearing. Also, please avoid electronic toys that may cause shocks or injuries. Please be sure to purchase the safety equipment attached to the toy (helmets for motorcycles etc).

Let's think about storage. Is there space for this toy? A huge toy just enters the way and blocks the traffic pattern of the room. Toys with lots of small parts may be difficult to store. If you choose a toy with lots of small parts, please purchase storage bin or box at the same time. By the way, cleaning your toys is not your responsibility but your child's responsibility.

Please choose a beautiful toy. There are hundreds of inexpensive toys on the market. There is nothing to disappoint children from nothing broken toys. Choose a toy made of durable material and have a solid edge and a firm connection.
Looking for wooden toys seems to disappear in this era of plastic.

Please give an honest question. Ask yourself before you buy a toy. "Is this what my child wants, or is he always wanting it? The holiday toy is for children and joy is to open gifts, play with toys, play, etc. [19659002] Although it is convenient to purchase toys on the Internet, it is also dangerous according to "child's health for parents". According to the website, Internet retailers do not need to include information on asphyxiation hazards and age levels of toys. In addition, foreign toy manufacturers say "There is no need to meet strict US regulations". So be careful not to buy a toy you have not seen.

You may have purchased unsafe toys or come to the store. The US Consumer Product Safety Committee wants to know about these toys. To report unsafe toys, please call 1-800-638-2772 or report to For unsafe toys, you can also report it on the US Consumer Product Safety Committee website Day and night internet service is available.

Copyright 2005 by Harriet Hodgson

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