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Parenting tips on what kind of toys to buy for your toddler

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Toys are an enjoyable part of one's child's life. Toys are fun and essential for a child's development. But toy-related injuries are reported every year and treated in the emergency department of hospitals. Children below three years old have more risk of choking as they tend to put all objects in their mouth. You should keep in mind a few safety concerns while buying toys for babies.Pick age-appropriate toysWhen you choose a toy for your baby, make sure you read the instructions and age-related recommendation. Most toys show age recommendation stickers. Toys with projections are not recommended for children below four years of age. If your child is below three years, wait a little longer to give her/him toys or games. You need to be realistic about your child's abilities and understanding level while choosing an age-appropriate toy.Bigger toys for small kidsIf your child is below three years of age and you want to pick a toy from the toy shop for her, buy a toy bigger in size of her mouth so to prevent your child from choking. For determining whether a toy could cause a choking risk, try to fit it through a toilet paper roll. If a toy or part of a toy can fit inside the cylinder, it's not safe for your child.Choose well-made toysMany used toys passed down from older relatives or siblings. These old toys can be dangerous to your child. Check all toys, whether new or used for buttons, batteries, yarn, ribbons, eyes, beads, and plastic parts that could easily be chewed or snapped off. Make sure there are no sharp edges present that can cause injury to your child. Make sure the toy you choose is not made up of chemicals that are harmful to your child.

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Avoid balloonsBalloons are colorful and joyful to play with. But it causes choking when uninflated pieces of balloons are ingested. Avoid giving balloons to your child.Don't pick heavy toysHuge toys can cause injury to your child if it falls. Avoid choosing massive toys for your child.Make sure your child is physically ready for the toyMany parents of older kids buy a bike one sizes older than the child so to avoid a new bike next year. This can cause harm to your child if he is physically not ready for the toy you buy.

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Dr Meghna Manocha

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