Selecting the right toys with eye safety in mind is something all parents worry about. How can parents make sure they choose toys that keep kids’ eyes in mind?
Babies are born with an only partially developed visual system. Nothing stimulates a child’s visual development more easily than toys and activities that encourage hand-eye coordination and a clearer understanding of spaces and distances between objects. In the initial three months of life, a baby’s ability to see color hasn’t properly formed, so simple black and white pictures are really great for their age group.
Because kids spend so much time using toys, parents need to make sure their toys are safe for both their overall health, and their sight. Children should be given toys especially created for their own age group. And it is just as important to be sure that toys are developmentally appropriate, too. Even though toy manufacturers indicate targeted age groups on packaging, as a parent, you still need to make the call, so your child avoids playing with something that could be dangerous for them.
All soft toys are best if machine washable, and, for younger children, without any very small parts that can be pulled off, like buttons or ribbons. Don’t buy toys that have points or edges or sharp components for young children, and be sure that long-handled toys such as pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Always pay attention when they play with those kinds of toys.
If your child is under 6, avoid toys with flying parts, like arrows. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to supervise children playing with those kinds of toys. Whereas, if you have older kids who enjoy chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they are wearing safety goggles.
When you’re next shopping for a holiday or birthday, pay attention to the age and developmental recommendations on toys. Make sure that there’s no harm posed to your child’s eyes.