December 2023 is Safe Toys And Gifts Month. The Christmas season is in full swing, and it is essential to make sure the gifts you’re buying for the children in your life are age-appropriate and do not present any hazards to the child. This awareness month was initiated by Prevent Blindness America to ensure children are not harmed by toys or gifts they receive.
Age-appropriate gifts can reduce the risk of harm or choking in children. According to the American Public Health Association, it is essential to make sure toys are age-appropriate for every child, especially for children under three. Age-appropriate toys for younger children usually do not have small pieces and are not easily taken apart or broken. Toys bought at the store often have an age label that can be helpful when picking out gifts for the child or children in your life.
As parents, you may have family members and friends who want to give your child gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or special occasions. You may consider giving those people a list of age- appropriate toys to ensure safety. The American Public Health Association created guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages. You may still want to evaluate each toy before giving it to your child in case the toy is broken or contains small parts.
Christmas is one of the most wonderful times for parents and adults. It is a true joy to give to those you love! Be proactive with your shopping this year to guarantee the toys and gifts you offer are safe and age appropriate.