Susan Stevens Martin from the American Academy of Pediatrics shared in the Daily Herald that whether they’re wrapped under a tree or exchanged with the lighting of a candle, giving gifts to children is a favorite part of winter holidays.
When choosing a toy for a child, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the toy be appropriate for the child’s age and stage of development. This makes it more likely the toy will engage the child — and reduces the risk it could cause injury.
If you are shopping for a toy for a child this holiday season, here are a few tips from the AAP.
1. Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the toy is safe for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy the right way.
2. Look for learning toys. When choosing gifts for babies and toddlers, consider toys that will build developmental skills. Toys that can be manipulated, such as shape sorters, stacking blocks, and baby-safe puzzles, are great for developing fine motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills.
3. Think LARGE. If you are buying a toy for a child under age 3, make sure all toys and parts are larger than the child’s mouth to prevent choking. Read more