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Holiday Safety Tips - Toys Check

Holiday Safety Tips

As many gather for the holidays, it’s a great time to do an overall safety check on toys in your child’s early care program and in your home. Look to ensure that:

  • Toys do not have sharp edges or points, loose parts or screws, or places where skin and fingers can get pinched.
  • All children wear helmets when riding tricycles, scooters and other riding toys.
  • Toys are put away when not being used (to prevent tripping or falling over them).
  • Children are not permitted to play with any type of plastic bag, balloon or latex gloves (to prevent choking hazards).
  • Objects smaller than 1 ¾  inches in diameter, and toys with small parts are kept away from children who put objects in their mouths (to prevent choking hazards).
  • Toys are not hung across the cribs of infants who can sit up (to prevent strangulation or choking).
  • Rattles and other objects like pacifiers are NEVER hung around an infant’s neck (to prevent strangulation).
  • Riding toys, such as tricycles and scooters, are appropriate to the age of the child.
  • Stuffed toys are not placed in the crib (to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • Toys can be easily washed and sanitized. For example, stuffed animals should be machine-washable.

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