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Is That Toy Dangerous? 10 Safety Tips Parents Need

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Be Cautious With Cords and Magnets

For babies and toddlers, avoid pull toys with long cords that could wind around the neck or fingers. Pull toys for young children should have either very short strings or rigid handles. Magnets are in everything from toy cars to Barbie accessories. In addition to being a choking risk, if kids swallow more than one magnet, they can attract each other inside the body and cause a life-threatening tear to organs. If a toy on your shopping list has magnets, make sure to regularly check that none are loose.