- Read up the packaging instructions as well as the precautions and reminders that come with them. These things basically contain the nature of the toy. For instance, a baby swing package will contain the specifications for the product, including the appropriate age for product use and the materials that make up the swing itself. It may also include other helpful definitions like its flame-resistant qualities and washable parts. Therefore, make sure to check these out even before you buy the product.
- Right after opening the toy packaging, discard the unnecessary wrappings and attachments right away. These parts may cause suffocation and choking if toddlers grab them and put those in their mouths.
- Select lightweight and colorful toys for babies one year and under. Make sure that these toys are made of non-toxic materials so they can remain safe even if they place the toys in their mouths. To further enhance their sensory exploration, choose toys with different textures, sizes, and shapes.
- Don’t choose toys with small parts that may come off like wrappers and plastic packaging. Babies usually grasp objects and automatically place those in their mouths by virtue of hand-to-mouth reflex. If you don’t get rid of these packaging parts, they may end up choking your child.
- For children who are less than eight years old, go for toys without any sharp edges and points. This means that toys made of glass or metal should be crossed out from the prospective list of toys that you plan to purchase. An example is a swing set with springs that may cut or puncture.
- Provide nonmetal hooks and hanging spots for toys with ribbons, cords, and strings. Make it a point to place toys with these parts on those spots. This will help prevent children from getting entangled.
- For your children who are more than eight years old, provide them a container where they can place their toys with small parts and sharp points. Preferably, the container should have dividers for easier organization. Instruct them how to properly organize these types of toys in the containers and encourage them to do this all the time. Also, teach them the importance of not allowing their siblings to play with these toys yet as they may be in danger of swallowing the small parts.
- Keep all play equipment and toys in optimal condition. Conduct a maintenance check for all the toys at least once a week. Check for any broken parts and current durability of each toy. To further prevent injuries and accidents, throw away any broken toys beyond repair.
- Regardless of where your children are currently playing, keep an eye on them all the time. This does not necessarily mean that you always have to be beside them while playing. Simply being within a one- to two-meter radius is reasonable enough.
To further make supervision effective, make sure that indoor and outdoor play environments encourage safety for both babies and children. Setting up a cushioned playpen is good for babies who are just starting to crawl. You may also place edge and corner guards to further promote safety within the area.
- Allow your children to participate in promoting a safe play environment by teaching them how to put away their toys after playing. Children who are at least three years of age can already do this. In the long run, this will help prevent tripping and falling for both you and your children.
For this particular tip, you need to be extra patient with them, though. To make the activity more interesting for them, you may turn the task into a game or contest. You may even give them small rewards after finishing the task.
These are just some of the tips that you have to keep in mind to keep your children safe and happy. These are important in encouraging a stimulating learning atmosphere while keeping them away from accidents.