Of course, parents are concerned with the eye safety of their kids. But it can be difficult to know which toys are the safest and most conducive to development.
Children are born with an immature visual system which, through stimulation, becomes more refined throughout their growing years. Few things stimulate a child’s visual development more efficiently than playing, which encourages hand-eye coordination and a clearer understanding of spaces and distances between objects. In the initial three months of life, a baby’s ability to see color hasn’t really formed, so simple black and white pictures are really great for their age group.
Because kids spend a large amount of their day using their toys, parents need to make sure their toys are safe for both their overall health, and their eyesight. Children should play with toys designed for their specific age group. Don’t forget to check that toys are suited to their level of development. Despite the fact that companies mention targeted age groups on toy packaging, as a parent, you still need to make the call, and prevent your son or daughter from playing with toys that could cause eye injury and loss of vision.
Blocks are safe for almost every age group, but for younger children, it’s crucial to check that they don’t have any sharp or rough parts, to lessen the chance of harm. Also, take note of toy size. The general rule with toddlers is that a toy that is small enough to fit in their mouth is unsafe. Put that small toy away until your son or daughter is older.
Don’t buy toys that have points or edges or sharp components for a little kid, and if your kids have toys with long handles, like pony sticks, make sure the ends aren’t sharp. Always pay attention when they play with such toys.
If your child is under 6 years old, avoid toys projectiles, such as slingshots. Even when they’re older than 6, always pay close attention with toys like that. Whereas, when it comes to teens who play with chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they are wearing correct safety eyewear.
So the next time you’re shopping for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions, pay attention to the age and developmental recommendations on toys. Make sure that toys you buy don’t pose any risk to your child – even if your child really wants it.