Is That Toy Dangerous? 10 Safety Tips Parents Need

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Watch for Choking Hazards

If your child is under six years old, anything small enough to fit in his mouth could be a choking hazard. When you’re shopping for toys, bring an empty toilet paper roll and use it as a guide: if the parts are small enough to fit in the tube, there may be a choking risk. Look out for pieces that may become loose from a larger toy too, such as buttons, beads, caps and toy car tires. Use your hands to try to pry off car wheels, action figure arms, and small parts. Sure, if you break it, you buy it—but if you can pull off a part, so can your kid.