Each time I hear that there is another toy recall, I think to myself - you have got to be kidding! How do these dangerous toys even arrive at the shelves and at your fingertips of our curious children in the first place? Did the manufacturers realize that these were possibly damaging? Exist qc measures to ensure this does not happen?
I personally know a sweet lady who is a mother of three young girls. When I was visiting with her eventually, I noticed pictures of just a little boy around the walls and asked who it was. She told me it was her son who had died at three when a toy got stuck in the throat. His father had tried desperately to get rid of the lodged toy, but his attempts were fruitless, and the child succumbed. I was horrified and can only imagine just how much they both experienced this sad experience.
It is not easy to watch our kids every minute, but we can make every attempt to remove any toys that could do harm from those that they have fun with every single day. Your children also may receive toys as presents from well-meaning family members and friends for birthdays and holidays. How will you be sure that the toys you have in your house are secure for your children?
Another suggestion would be to pay attention to age recommendations on toys. They're put on the packages for a reason. You may think your son or daughter now has wrinkles enough to experience with a toy that is made for a mature child, but toys with small or removable parts can cause injuries or asphyxiation. Some older kids also still prefer to put things within their nose, ears and mouths, so you are the best judge to be aware what is appropriate for them.
If your toy is broken, it is advisable to dispose of it immediately. Be familiar with what's in your toy box. If tiny or broken pieces of toys are present, clean them out.
If your child gets to be a toy as a present or you have obtained one that they wanted, you should try hard to break it (avoid them in front of the child, however). If you're able to yank around the stuffed animals eyes and they are loose, they might come off and obtain lodged within the child's throat. Try to consider ways in which your son or daughter may use it and test to find out if the toy will fall apart. You may also test all toy gifts ever since they were not given with the intention to harm the child. It is better safe than sorry.