Tips for Choosing Safe Toys

How to choose

Let’s try to enter for a moment in the bedroom of a young child. Probably the scenario that turns up is to a room full of games of all kinds, many of which are definitely not suitable for his age. Unfortunately more and more often the mistake to buy toys based on mere convenience or even worse just because we like them, not considering that maybe that game might contain detachable parts and therefore easily swallowed. Many parents do not reflect on this danger, rather they are convinced that their children will put anything in their mouths.

We need to debunk this certainty is impossible, indeed, to find a child who does not try to grasp with my mouth a few object. But not because the latter is not smart, he just lives a growth phase dominated by curiosity and need to explore their surroundings. It is our duty to respect it. So when we are going to choose a toy, the first thing we have to look beyond the material and structure, is the age range for which the game has been released.

Usually on the market we find two main categories of games, those for children 36 months and those for children over three years (these bands then are divided into more categories). Each box by law must contain a label where precisely shows the age at which the game is intended. In order to clarify this concept, we can list some games suitable for children older than three years and banned, however, children under 36 months. Such as plush, but even the toy cars, some types of dolls, the surprises of infant carriers, mobile phones, toy etc. Are all games that contain the cutouts and therefore not appropriate for young children.

Even if you aren’t fashionistas and signatures, you must strive to be at least in the field of toys. The brand of the game you purchased is very important and as such must be considered. You ask: why the kind of a game is so important? It is simple, because there are many manufacturers, known worldwide, producing toys in accordance with law, with excellent quality material and strictly non-toxic paints. Buy a toy by one of these companies means bringing home a safe product.

Of course the cost will definitely be higher but so worth it. Unfortunately there are many imitations, made by other manufacturers and often lower prices, but as they say: Beware of imitations. The difference is remarkable. Aside from the materials that definitely are not the same, a toy good definitely has a longer service life, on the contrary one of subsidiary may break right away, even the first fall. Therefore for the sake of your child, always choose the best.

Reference legislation

Each toy must have a label or a box in which to restore the specific characteristics of that product. The first thing to consider is whether or not the CE (European Community). This brand is very important because it attests conformity of the game within the European Community. Often it is accompanied by some acronyms such as EN 71/1, EN 71/2, EN 71/3, which specify the rules that guarantee your product. However, because it is valid must follow certain steps. First of all must be made by manufacturers themselves and in all toys for children up to the age of 14 years.

It also cannot be smaller than 5 mm and cannot be printed with different fonts and colors. If it did it would be a fake brand and therefore punishable. A penalty for a CE mark counterfeited could reach even exceed 10 thousand euros.

In addition the CE, it is good practice to check also whether or not the label of the type of material used, above all, we must ensure that there are no toxic substances. About a law dating back to 1999 has limited the use of toys for young children made of 6 types of harmful substances. But among these there is no mention of the substances contained in soft PVC.

The latter is very used in the making of soft toys for children under 36 months. It contains toxic substances such as diisondile phthalate and which, as we have just said, it is not always mentioned in the label.

His statement is at the discretion of the manufacturer, since the law does not oblige. In some cases the companies pose of acronyms, as the letter V, indicating the presence, although to a lesser extent, vinyl. But in case you want more information on the product you want to buy please feel free to contact the manufacturer. It’s still a buyer’s right to know the contents of the object purchased. To do this it is always good to keep the boxes of toys, as a reference point for further purchases.

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