Posts Tagged ‘toy’

Toys and choking risks: Be careful with balloons

Friday, February 26th, 2010

balloonsEverybody has a favorite toy while growing up. For me, It was a life-sized baby doll. She went with me everywhere! We were real buddies.

We all want kids to have fun toys, educational toys, safe toys, toys that they will remember with love.

We also know that kids sometimes choke on parts or pieces of toys. What can a parent do to lessen this risk? The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a new policy statement that can help.

Did you know? Plastic balloons are one of the most hazardous toys for children. When swallowed, uninflated balloons or pieces of broken balloons can seal the child’s airway so he can’t breathe.

Other toy hazards are small objects that are round or cylindrical, like marbles. Watch out for any toy with small parts that are loose or that could come loose. Small, curious fingers love to pick them up and pop them right into the mouth. Also be aware of toys that belong to older children. Sometimes we focus on the baby’s toys and forget about the other toys and objects in the house. It helps to remember that your child’s airway is smaller than yours.

Do  you have any suggestions on how to reduce choking hazards in your house?

Recall: Toy wind chimes, several models

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

tiny-love-wind-chimeThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of 600,000 wind chime toys made by Tiny Love. The toy can be pulled apart, exposing sharp metal rods. These rods can cut or puncture a baby’s skin or eyes. For more information, read the CPSC statement.

Several types of wind chimes have been recalled. The picture shown here is one of them.

FDA concerned about BPA, chemical used in plastics

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

plastic-baby-bottleThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed concerns about BPA, a chemical used in plastics. BPA is used to make plastics clear, strong and hard to break. Some baby bottles, dishes and toys contain this chemical. BPA stands for bisphenol A.

Some studies have linked BPA to developmental problems in the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children.

The FDA and other organizations are conducting in-depth studies about BPA. Until we have more answers, the FDA has several recommendations for parents, including:

* If plastic baby bottles and infant cups contain BPA, discard them if they have scratches.

* Do not put boiling or very hot liquids, such as formula, into plastic bottles or containers that contain BPA.

* Read the label to see if a plastic container is dishwasher safe. Don’t put it in the dishwasher unless it is.

Plastic products for babies are now available that do not contain BPA.

Two recalls: Baby hammock and activity center with cake toy

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of two products. Anyone who owns these products should stop using them immediately.

The Amby Baby Motion Bed/Hammock has been linked to infant suffocation. The baby can roll and become trapped in the hammock’s fabric. For pictures and more information, read the CPSC announcement.

The Evenflo ExerSaucer 1-2-3-Tea for Me Activity Learning Center poses a choking hazard. The candle flame attached to the top of the cake can come loose. For pictures and more information, read the CPSC announcement.

Recall: Workshop sets and trucks from Little Tikes; choking hazard

Friday, August 14th, 2009

plastic-nailsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of toy workshop sets and trucks from the company Little Tikes.

The toys have large, plastic toy nails that are a choking hazard. The nails are red and blue in color. Anyone who owns these toys should stop using them immediately.

The nails are about 3 inches long and about 1 inch wide (see the image that accompanies this post).

I want my blankie!!!

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Or favorite bear, doll, or stuffed elephant. It’s amazing how strong a bond can form between your little guy and a particular object. We’re talking STRONG!  I have many friends who accidentally left a favorite blanket or bear behind somewhere, necessitating a U-turn to retrieve it in order to have peace reign again in their car or back at home.

I remember my son had a blanket knit by my mom that he absolutely adored.  Of course, she was delighted, until she saw it again after being away for a couple of months!  While I did my best to keep it clean, it was snagged in several places and had three holes in it.  Mom came, saw and mended… every time she visited us.  Finally, she decided to knit a second blanket in the identical size and colors.  This proved to be exceptionally brilliant.  We could use one blanket while the other was undergoing reconstructive surgery.

Unfortunately, you can’t plan ahead for a favorite.  If you think he’ll love his blankie, it will end up being his bear.  My nephew loved a cloth book.  My niece wouldn’t go anywhere without her little blue plastic dump truck.  Whatever it is, if your tot falls head over heels for a particular thing, it might be a good idea to keep a duplicate in the closet for emergency backup.