Month: October 2017
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Read on to learn important toy safety tips every parent needs to know. December is right around the corner and these are important toy safety tips for this holiday season. After all, we want to make sure to keep our kids safe from toy hazards as they enjoy their new toys.

Did you know? According to the Product Safety Commission, about 250 toy injuries a day occur during the holiday season.


  1. Read a toy’s instructions. Pay attention to warnings on packaging and stick to them. Also don’t just assume that your kid will know how to properly play with a toy. Read the instructions with them and make sure they know how to properly play with a toy before handing it
  2. ALWAYS follow listed age recommendations. A toy may look appropriate for a younger child, however those age recommendations are there for a reason. Follow them! A toy may not be developmentally appropriate for a child, especially if it includes small parts that little kids may put in their
  3. Keep an eye out for hidden dangers and discard broken toys. Damaged toys can cause a wide array of problems, including choking hazards. This is especially true for young children who may put small broken pieces in their mouths. Broken pieces and edges can also become dangerous if they’re sharp. I know it may be difficult to part with a favorite toy but safety is priority. When it’s broken it has to go!
  4. Choose appropriate toy storage options. Keep toy storage choices simple. Bins and plastic containers that kids can use themselves make clean up easier and keep toys off the floor. Choose shelving that can be anchored to walls to avoid risk of tipping over.

Happy holidays and remember to keep these toy safety tips in mind as you gear up for the holiday season!

This is a guest post from Monica Encarnacion of NYCTechMommy.

Monica Encarnacion is an educator, writer, and busy NYC mom. When she’s not busy running around doing all the things, you’ll find her sharing tidbits about her own life over at Her blog’s mission is to inspire families to live simple, live fun, and live life with tech. Monica is really just a big kid at heart who loves playing with her two kids and discovering fun new toys together, including STEAM toys and maker kits. She recently shared some of her favorite maker kits for kids at any age. Connect with Monica on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so that you too can discover some the hottest toys this holiday season.


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