December is the month of gift giving, which also makes it Safe Toys and Gifts month. According to Stanford Children’s hospital, approximately 217,000 children are treated in ER’s for toy related injuries annually. Most injuries for those 14 and younger are due to riding toys, while those under 3 have the greatest risk for choking on toys. suggests the following toys be avoided in babies: with small removable parts; sharp points or edges; make loud noises; propelled toy darts and other projectiles; strings, straps, or cords longer than 7”; painted with lead-based paint; toy cap guns. Other tips include: buying age appropriate toys; avoiding holiday balloons; and designating specific locations for toys. Enjoy this holiday season and give toys that are age appropriate and safe. If you have to second-guess or question the appropriateness, it may not be the best toy for the receiver.

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