Top culturally insensitive toys to avoid for Toddlers / Preschoolers

For your child’s development, toys do play a crucial role in their brain and physical development. Choosing the best toys for your kids enhances their creativity and levels up their innovation of ideas. Discovering new tricks and things makes brain development activities quicker.

Choking toys are hazardous for your kids under age 3 years, as these small kids tend to put things in their mouth, which can cause danger.

Basic Guidelines before purchasing toys for your kids [Buying Guides]

  • The stuffed toys should be washable, as dirty tiny particles on the surface of these toys can create harmful effects on your kid’s health. Washable toys are considered safe as the surface layer gets cleaned and will not cause any disease to their skins.
  • The color of the toys should be lead-free, the paint elements used on the outer layer of the toys should be environment friendly and safe for your kids, as they tend to keep putting things in their mouth. This can lead to serious health issues; try to pick up naturally colored toys that are safe for your kids.
  • The build material should be made up of non-toxic elements. It would be recommended to always look for eco-friendly material that does not react much with the environment and should be human safe. 
  • Fabric-made toys should be marked as flame resistant. It should not catch fire or burn. Toys made up of fabric should be fire-resistant.
  • Make sure that the toys aren’t too loud for your kids, the organs of tiny toddlers are sensitive extra care should be done, the toys should not smell foul or make loud creepy noise; it can hurt or damage the eardrums. 

Top recommendations on safe toys for toddlers and preschoolers [Non-harmful toys]

Consider the age limit guidelines on the toys you purchase and your child’s behavior and manner whenever you buy them a new toy.

  • Avoid buying small marbles, coins, tiny balls, and other related games that are smaller in size. Toys under 1.70 inches i,e (4.31 cm) in diameter or less can get stuck in the throat above the windpipe that can cause breathing difficulties.
  • Toys that work on batteries should have tightened screw cases so that kids can’t pry them open. The batteries should be leakproof as the chemical particles can cause serious health issues if the kids chew or lick them.
  • When buying a toy for a toddler or preschooler, make sure the build quality is durable and unbreakable that should resist their chewing habits.
  • The toys should not have [sharp, small ends, loose particles, threads, pinch parts] 
  • The toys should be more giant- at least 1.57 inches [4 cm] in diameter and 2.75 inches [7 cm] in length so that they can be swallowed or stuck in the windpipe.
  • Those stuffed animals and other relevant toys available for sale or given away at the carnivals, small local area fairs, and from vending machines are not suitable for the kids as these toys don’t meet safety standards.
  • Riding toys can be preferred to buy only when the kid can sit adequately with a stable balance. Toys like small cycles and riding horses have a safety strap to avoid falling. 

How to keep toys safe at home:

It’s important to teach your kids that how to play safely with the toys. You can do this by supervising play, which helps your kids grab a safe manner while playing with their toys.

Parents should follow these steps-

  1. Teach their kids to put their toys in a safe, clean place.
  2. Check the toys regularly to make sure that they aren’t broken or damaged. If they are unusable, throw them out.
  3. The wooden made toys should not have sharp pieces of wood particles as they can cause injury to the kids.
  4. The outdoor toys like riding horses, bikes, mini-cycles shouldn’t have any rust. If they appear so immediately remove it as this can cause skin issues.
  5. If there are broken toys, remove them or repair them if possible.
  6. Plastic toys can be washable read the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to wash and clean them properly.

Dangerous items /objects that should be kept away from the kids!

  1. Fireworks items or elements that can catch fire.
  2. Sharp blades, knives, scissors, rods can cause cuts on the skin.
  3. Matchsticks, candles, lighters can cause a fire.

FAQ’s [Frequently Asked Questions on Culturally Insensitive toys]

Q1. How do you make toys safe for children?

Ans. Make sure to clean the toys regularly, and plastic toys can be washable with a dishwasher. Make a proper place to organize the toys safely; they should be in clean corners.

Q2. What size toy is a choking hazard?

Ans. Any small parts or surfaces having tiny ends less than 30mm in diameter and 56mm long can cause severe problems for your kid. Consider the rule that the smaller the kids, the larger the toys should be.

Q3. Which toys are considered safe for kids?

Ans. Here are some of the few instructions that will help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your kid.

  1. All the parts of the toys should be larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking.
  2. Avoid shooting objects into air toys. It can cause eye injuries.
  3. Avoid toys that make heavy, creepy sounds, as this can lead to hearing issues.
  4. Make sure to read the warning labels mentioned on the toys by the manufacturers related to safety guidelines.
  5. Don’t buy toys that are made up of toxic materials.
  6. Buy toys that have the rugged and durable build quality, shouldn’t break while chewing or biting by the kid.
  7. Battery-operated toys should have leakproof batteries, and the compartments should be locked with screws so that kids can open or lick the batteries. 
  8. Always buy toys according to the ability of the kid, don’t buy outdoor toys if the kid is not able to sit correctly.
  9. Consider buying the toys according to the needs and interests of the kid.
  10. Avoid buying magnetic toys or toys with large strings at the end surface; they can be swallowed, making them difficult to breathe.



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