Every time I hear that there is another toy recall, I believe to myself - you have got to be kidding! How can these dangerous toys even get to the shelves and at your fingertips of our curious children to begin with? Did the manufacturers understand that they were possibly damaging? Exist quality control measures to make sure this doesn't happen?
I personally know a sweet lady who's a mother of three young girls. When I was visiting with her eventually, I noticed images of a little boy around the walls and asked who it was. She explained it was her son who had died at three whenever a toy got stuck in the throat. His father had tried desperately to remove the lodged toy, but his attempts were fruitless, and the child succumbed. I had been horrified and can only imagine just how much both of them suffered from this sad experience.
It is not easy to look at our kids every minute, but we can make every attempt to remove any toys that could do harm from those that they have fun with every day. Your children also may receive toys as presents from well-meaning family members and friends for birthdays and holidays. How can you make certain that toys you've in your home are secure for your children?
Another suggestion would be to focus on age tips about toys. They are put on the packages for a reason. It may seem your son or daughter now has wrinkles enough to experience having a toy that is made for a mature child, but toys with small or removable parts may cause injuries or asphyxiation. Some older kids also still like to put things within their nose, ears and mouths, so you are the most useful judge to know what is appropriate for them.
If a toy is broken, it is advisable to dispose of it immediately. Be aware of what's in your toy box. If tiny or broken bits of toys are present, clean them out.
If your child gets to be a toy like a present or you have obtained one which they wanted, you should attempt hard to break it (do not do it in front of the child, however). If you're able to yank on the stuffed toys eyes and they're loose, they might appear and get lodged within the child's throat. Try to think of ways in which your child may use it and test to see if the toy will fall apart. You may also test all toy gifts ever since they were not given using the intention to harm the child. It is best safe than sorry.