While we feel confident that the toys we offer in our store and on our website are safe for children, there are a number of things customers can do while shopping for toys to check the safety of an item. We want customers to feel comfortable giving a toy to a child, and following these guidelines will help parents and gift givers feel better about their purchase. And, since you cannot touch and see everything we offer when shopping online, we would be happy to answer any of your safety questions – just contact us!
Tips to Select a Safe Toy
- Choose a toy that is age appropriate. Manufacturers provide recommended ages for a reason – selecting a toy that is too difficult for a young child will not only be frustrating to the child, but could pose a safety hazard; while, selecting a toy that is too simple for a child will lead to boredom, making the toy a waste of money!
- Look for a durable, high-quality toy. Examine the toy to determine if all of the parts fit together well and that the pieces are constructed from high-quality materials that will stand the test of play. Pieces that may break easily, toys with sharp edges, or parts that do not fit properly could all be dangerous after some play time at home.
- Read the packaging closely. Labels and boxes do more than make the toy look pretty, they provide important information for shoppers that is relevant to safety. In addition to recommended minimum ages, packages can feature information on all of the following: choking hazard warnings, an explanation of the parts and pieces included, the necessity for batteries, any cords or plugs that may be unsafe, as well as the manufacturer of the item. Packages typically include information regarding potential safety hazards through safety warnings, while the manufacturer information is useful for shoppers when they are looking for brands they trust.
- Consider the child and family for which you are purchasing the toy. While you may be buying a toy for only one child, the entire household will be receiving the toy – which means that if there are younger children in the house, they will have access to a toy that may include smaller parts that could be choking hazards. In addition to toys that may include unsafe parts for family members, toy buyers should consider the interests of the child and the overall expense of the toy before purchase – while this advice may not seem relevant to toy safety, these factors will determine how often a toy is enjoyed by children, which is relevant to the durability and safety of the toy. And, you do not want to buy an expensive toy for the wrong reasons that kids may not like!
- Always ask questions! If you are ever confused by a warning, feel uncomfortable about the safety of an item, need more information about the age recommendation of a toy, or just want to know if the product is fun: ask! Whether shopping in a store or browsing online, there should be someone or some way you can ask your questions and get a suitable answer. Specialty stores, like our own, know a lot about products – and if we don’t know, we will certainly find out the answer for you! The safety of a child to which you are giving a toy is very important, and a few simple questions can help make sure you get the most appropriate, safest toy – a toy that they will love and is still fun!
While there are many factors in selecting a toy, especially a safe toy, we hope this simple list of suggestions will help with your purchase decision. While we are happy to offer guidance, suggestions, or information about any of our toys, in the end, you know what is best for the child receiving a toy. We hope you feel that finding the perfect toy for a loved one is a really fun process – but, we understand that it can also be overwhelming, which is why we are always here to help in any way we can!