'Tis the season for your child to accumulate tons of new crap to litter your household.
While our kids may squeal with glee over their new singing/dancing/light-up thing-a-ma-whatever, a headache for mom and dad is unfortunately not the only injury that can occur.
Toy safety is a new issue for me this year, as CeCe is just now old enough to have the really fun toys that involve batteries, multiple parts and plenty of potential for fatalities.
This article has plenty of helpful tips about choosing safe toys for your kids, and this article from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has similar tips but also covers toy maintenance and safe storage.
Here are the highlights that I have paraphrased:
#1. Use caution with button-battery operated toys. It's like the battery makers measured a toddler's esophagus and decided "This is exactly how big the battery should be." Major choking hazard.
#2. Choose age-appropriate toys. We all think our child is more advanced and therefore needs the older-kid toys to challenge their little 18-month-old brain. But just because your baby genius can handle the stimulation of that toy doesn't mean they still won't try to eat the tiny parts.
#3. No sharp edges. No lead paint. This rule actually applies to a few adults on my list this year too.
#4. Toys with pull-cords or electrical cords to plug into the wall are basically baby nooses. Don't buy them, or opt for battery-operated toys (in which case, see tip #1)
#5. We all hate cleaning up after opening presents. Except your baby, who would love to put that plastic baggie in her mouth then swallow. Promptly dispose of all boxes, baggies, tiny little twisty ties and all the other annoying wrapping that encloses the toys. Or better yet, open and assemble all toys before wrapping them for your kid. Saves time anyway on Christmas morning.
Here is to a Happy and Safe Holiday!