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An Eye on Toy Safety

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Sometimes it’s a challenge to choose toys that are not harmful for our kids’ eyes.

Infants are born with a partially developed visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct stimulation. Few things stimulate a child’s visual development better than toys that involve hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spaces and distances between objects. In the initial three months of life, babies can’t entirely see color, so high contrast black and white pictures of things like shapes and simple patterns are particularly conducive to encouraging visual development.

Kids spend a considerable amount of time playing with toys, so it’s good for parents to know those toys are safe. A toy that is not age appropriate is usually not safe. Don’t forget to check that the toy is developmentally appropriate, too. Despite the fact that companies specify targeted age groups on packaging, as a parent, you still need to make the call, and prevent your son or daughter from playing with anything that might lead to an injury and permanent eye damage.

Don’t buy toys that have points or edges or sharp components for little ones, and if your kids have toys with long handles, like pony sticks, always make sure the ends aren’t sharp. Always pay attention when they play with those kinds of toys.

For kids younger than 6, avoid toys projectiles, such as dart guns. Always pay close attention with toys like that. On the other hand, if you have 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 a gift, take note of the company’s warning about the intended age group for the toy you had in mind. Be certain that toys you buy won’t pose any harm to your child’s eyes – even if they look fun to play with.