Some Things to Ponder when Choosing Toys which are Safe for Babies and Toddlers
Look for a CE Marking
All toys which are sold within the EU should contact a CE marking. A CE making shows that the necessary quality control and safety procedures have been followed throughout the manufacturing process. Purchasing a toy which does not have such CE marking is not recommended, as you cannot be sure that the necessary safety regulations have been followed.
Only Purchase BPA Free Toys
BPA is the abbreviated name of Bisphenal A which is a compound used to make plastics. There have been a huge number of concerns raised regarding the effects of BPA and particularly the effects it can have on children. One way to find out if a toy contains BPA is to check at the bottom of the toy and look for the recycling arrow symbol. There will be a number in the middle of such symbol and you should avoid any toy products showing numbers 3, 6 and 7.
Often large shops and supermarkets, such as Tesco, will offer a wide selection of baby and toddler toyswhich are BPA free. If you wish to research what toys they have to offer beforehand, you can check out their site, on which product descriptions of toys can also be found. Two such toys which your toddlers and babies will enjoy and are certified BPA free are the popular Brother Max Twist & Turn Bath Toy and the Tommee Tippee Explora trio teether which are sure to be a hit with babies and concerned parents alike
It is not uncommon for toys to be recalled and this can happen for a variety of reasons. You should always keep an eye out to see if any toys which you own are recalled as there may be a breached safety standard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission keep a record of all recalled toys and you can head to their website for a complete list of toys which have been recalled.
Choose Age Appropriate Toys
Toys will usually have an age recommendation located on them. These should be followed as the manufacturers would have placed them their for a reason. One example may be that there may be a piece of the toy which could be a choking hazard for a baby or toddler under the age of thirty six months.
If you have any concerns over a toy, you should contact the retailer, manufacturer or your local trading standards to raise these.