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Playing Safe

boys with thumbs upOf course, moms and dads worry about the eye safety of their kids. But it can be a challenge to know which toys are the safest and most educational.

Children are born with an underdeveloped visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct stimulation. Few things stimulate a child's visual development better than playing, which involves hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial relationships. Until they're 3 months old, a baby's ability to see color hasn't properly developed, so high contrast black and white pictures of things like shapes and simple patterns are particularly conducive to stimulating visual development.

Children spend a lot of time with their toys, so it's crucial to know if those toys are safe and beneficial or not. Children should be given toys that are made for their own age group. And up there with making sure to keep toys age-appropriate is to be sure that toys are developmentally appropriate, too. Despite the fact that companies print targeted age groups on the box, it's still important for you to make the call, so your child doesn't play with something that might be unsafe.

Don't buy toys that have points or edges or any sharp parts for little ones, and be sure that things with long sticks, like pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Closely watch toddlers when they play with those kinds of toys.

If your child is under 6, stay clear of toys projectiles, such as arrows. Always pay close attention with toys like that. Whereas, for teens who play with chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they have protective eyewear.

So the next time you're looking for a special gift for your son or daughter, look for the age and developmental recommendations on toys. Make sure that there's no danger posed to your child's eyes - even if it looks like lots of fun.


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