It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you were well behaved, Santa is scheduled to visit your home with bags of toys! It can be enjoyable to shop for your family and loved ones. However, you should be aware of the appropriate toys to buy for your children. Emergency visits during the holidays are especially common due to injuries from toys.
Follow our simple tips when you’re out shopping to ensure your children stay safe and happy this season:
- Most toys come with an age recommendation on the box. Confirm that the age is appropriate for your child. For example, if you have a child only a few months of age- a larger toy with multiple colors would be a good choice to stimulate their visual senses.
- Always read the instruction labels carefully. It is important to study the directions for how the toy is meant to be operated to avoid any accidents due to misinformation.
- Do your research. Sometimes the hottest toys of the year have been recalled due to various reasons. Look for the “Seal of Approval” sticker found on most toy boxes.
- Be careful when purchasing something with sharp or protruding objects such as toy guns, Nerf guns, or tiny figurines with detachable parts. These can cause injuries as well as a choking hazard for smaller children. Keep your family safe and use safety glasses for playtime.
- Lasers or bright flashlights can cause temporary blindness which is a hazard for falls and accidents. Educate your children to never shine lights directly into eyes.
- Don’t forget to give your eyes a break from electronics and screens! Monitor play time and use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
Yearly eye exams are a crucial part of childhood development. Ensuring your child can see their toys properly can prevent the risk of injuries or accidents. Talk to your optometrist about protective safety eyewear recommend for your child’s favorite activities.