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Safety first! Make play time fun with these 5 ways to check safety of used kids’ toys!

September 14, 2016

Nothing is more important to us than our child’s safety. Especially when it comes to the toys they play with. We want our kids to be happy and joyful when they play, and let’s face it we don’t want to worry either. September is baby safety month and although not all of our kids are still babies, they’re still our “babies”. We at Once Upon A Child know how important playtime is so we put together 5 ways to check the safety of used kids’ toys.

Pick Age Appropriate Toys

On most toys you can find a “recommended age” sticker or tag. This is always the best place to start to ensure the toy is safe and appropriate for your child. The most important thing to remember with age appropriate toys is your child’s maturity and ability. Be honest and you shouldn’t have any problems when you pick the right toy.

Make Sure Toys Are Well Put Together

Every family has that set of playthings passed down from generation to generation, but let’s remember safety first. Although these toys may have sentimental value, they may also be worn-out or hazardous. Inspect toys for loose buttons, beads, and other materials. Check to make sure there are no loose parts or broken edges. Perhaps you can save these toys when your child grows old enough to appreciate the value.

Avoid Strings and Chords

A good rule of thumb is to always make sure that if a toy has a sting or a chord that it is smaller than your child’s neck. Be diligent of this when it comes to anything around the house. You want to avoid anything that could cause strangulation. This is more prevalent in older toys, but keep a look out with any used toy.

Avoid Magnets

There are toys, and other items around the house, that contain magnets. These toys may seem safe but if a magnet is ingested, it can cause damage to the lining of the stomach or intestines. It is best to keep any sort of magnet away from children under the age of 13. Another good rule to follow is to keep toys away from kids that are small enough to fit in their mouths. In this case bigger is better for our little ones.

Beware of Toxic Toys

This may require some research. Although a toy may seem safe, always make sure it is composed of safe chemicals. Many plastic toys can contain harmful toxins that keep the toys integrity. Ingesting this can cause stomach problems and sickness. Things like lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic are things to be cautious of in your child’s toys. It is also a good idea to disinfect and keep your kids’ toys squeaky clean.

Rest assured, Once Upon A Child puts safety above all else. We make sure any toys we buy or sell are strictly in line with the most up-to-date safety standards and regulations. Your child and their safety is a top priority in supplying the best gently used kids’ stuff. Never hesitate to reach out to your local store about anything child safety. Toys are what bring the most joy to our kids, so be safe and have fun!

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