December 20, 2018
How to Make Your Holiday Gift List, and Check It Twice … for Safety
Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP
Buying gifts for the wide-eyed wonders in our lives isn’t as easy as you might think. Toys come in all shapes and sizes, but some are a lot safer (and more appropriate) than others. Check out this quick toy-buying checklist to make sure you’re making the right choice.
- Buy for the right age. Child prodigies can still choke on a marble, so even if they’re advanced for their age, don’t round up.
- Do the toilet paper test. For babies and toddlers, don’t buy anything with parts that can fit through a TP roll.
- Check the labels. All toys should be machine washable, flame resistant and non-toxic.
- Skip the hand-me-downs. Toys from your childhood may have long cords, lead paint or other hazards, so better to leave them in the attic.
- Assemble first. Unassembled toys may have small parts or tools meant for adults, so put them together before you wrap.
- Check the reviews. Plenty of parents and grandparents offer the inside scoop on toys you may be considering. Read what they say!
We put a lot of pressure on finding the perfect gift, especially when it comes to toys. Make sure you’re buying something safe, and fun! This checklist will help.