The organization World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has issued its annual list of 10 Worst Toys for the holiday season. (If you were thinking about buying your kids Poo-Dough, you might want to reconsider.) Their list includes realistic-looking guns, toys for small children with choking hazards that come off too easily, and ride-on-type toys that encourage use without safety gear.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission encourages shoppers to follow these steps when choosing and giving toys:
- Read labels and choose toys appropriate for the child’s age
- Include proper safety gear with riding toys
- Keep toys with small magnets away from small children
The CPSC has also produced a quick guide with more tips, such as:
- Avoid toys with cords for very young children
- Supervise children when using toys like electric trains
- Be careful about toys that make loud noises, and don’t use them too close to the ear
- Teach children to put toys away properly to avoid tripping/slipping injuries
- Dispose of damaged toys
Reading labels, following directions, and maintaining supervision can help keep your kids safe this holiday season.