Keeping Toy Safety in Mind this Holiday Season

Holiday SeasonNovember 1, 2013 | With the holidays just around the corner, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding parents and caregivers about a variety of toy shopping tips and safety resources available free-of-charge on the TIA-sponsored website for families, www.ToyInfo.org.

“A young child’s interests and abilities evolve quickly,” explains Adrienne Appell, TIA toy trend expert, “so it’s very important to make thoughtful choices about the gifts that are appropriate for them. Be sure to select toys that match the child’s age, stage of development, and unique interests.”

The following are some resources that can help parents make the right choices for their families – both before and after the gifts are unwrapped.

  • General Toy Safety Tips to Keep in Mind While Shopping
    In the Toy Safety section of ToyInfo.org, visitors can read TIA’s tips for shopping and safe play, as well as watch a video that provides viewers with a step-by-step, ‘in-store’ look at what to keep in mind when shopping for toys. This section also includes some general toy safety facts – including information about the strict U.S. toy safety standards currently in place to protect children. 
  • Age-by-Age Guidelines
    TIA has an “Age-by-Age Guide” that helps shoppers select toys for various age groups, from infancy to pre-teen. Of particular importance are the included guidelines for picking toys for children younger than three: parents are advised to pay close attention to age labeling on toy packaging, and to always keep small parts of toys and other household items out of the hands of kids under three, as well as those who tend to mouth toys.  Additional resources are available in the Fun Play – Safe Play brochure on the site.
  • Picking the Perfect Toy
    There is no single “hot toy” this holiday season; rather, there are loads of wonderful playthings on the market for children of varying interests and abilities. Learn about your child’s likes and dislikes, and select toys that match their unique interests. Providing them with playthings they truly enjoy will help them to reap the full benefits of playtime.  Visit the Cool Toy Picks section of ToyInfo.org for a variety of toy and game examples for every child – from young car enthusiasts to budding designers.

  • Toy Recalls
    Finally, although recalls are rare, you will want to keep tabs on toys and games you’ve recently purchased to make sure they haven’t been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit the Recalls section of the website for an up-to-date listing of recently recalled products.

The All About Play section of the ToyInfo.org website contains additional suggestions for fun family activities during the holidays. Workbooks of ideas for play activities that grandparents and grandkids can complete together can also be found in the Publications section of the site.

Any questions about these tips can be sent to a member of the ToyInfo.org team of experts.

Happy Holidays from TIA!