Once you have bought safe educational toys, it’s time to keep your kids safe at home. Ensure that after you have opened any new toy, you toss away all the packaging material like plastic bags and wrapping. Make sure that your child is playing in a safe environment. It is advisable to supervise their play and also teach them how to play safely and put their toys away when they are done. Storing toys neatly can be a challenge but it is a necessity. It is best to use toy bins and baskets that have lids to store toys neatly and safely.
It is imperative and a good practice to teach kids to keep their toys clean. Toys should be checked regularly to make sure they don’t have any broken or exposed parts. Toys that cannot be repaired should be thrown right away. Outdoor toys like bicycles should be stored in the house during rain so that they do not get rust on them. Riding toys like bicycles, skateboards and scooters should never be used with the recommended safety gear like helmets, hand, wrist and knee guards.
Used toys that are handed over from an older sibling or relative have nostalgic memories attached to them but choose the toys well. Choose toys that are well kept. Keep an eye on any loose buttons, beads or plastic parts that may end up in your child’s mouth. Make sure that the paint is not peeling off. If it has been stored for more than 20 years, it would be best to throw it away or at least keep it away from your infant. Also make sure that the toy and unbreakable and strong enough to withstand banging, chewing and throwing. It should not have sharp edges and small removable parts like wheels, small magnets, eyes or buttons. If you are buying a battery-operated toy, ensure that the battery cases are secured with screws so that kids cannot open the case easily and play with the battery. Batteries and battery fluid can pose serious risks that include choking and chemical burns.