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The Holidays bring out the best in all of us and we all want to be the one who gives someone the memorable or cool gift, but statistics show that our desire can cause us to give children toys that are not safe for them.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission there are more than 150,000 toy related injuries serious enough to require emergency room treatment annually! So before you decide to be the “Cool Dad” or “Cool Aunt,” think twice about what you are buying. Make sure that what you are buying is age appropriate for the child and be aware that just because it is age appropriate for one child in a household does not mean that it may not be a danger for a younger sibling.
Let’s start with what you are buying. One of the most common problems are choking hazards. A good guide as to whether something could be a choking risk is to use the “no choke testing tube” that we all have in our house.