What to Consider When Buying a Toy


  1. Always check that you have the CE mark (although, as mentioned above, the presence is not always a guarantee of safety). It must also be clear the name of the producing company, the corporate name, the origin of the toy
  2. Always read all the instructions for use
  3. Check that the eyes, mouth, buttons … are not easily detachable and that any detachable parts are of such dimensions that they cannot constitute a danger to children that may bring them to the mouth
  4. In case of mechanical toys, make sure the gears are not easily accessible by the baby. Same goes for batteries, batteries …
  5. iron parts or sheet metal should be well protected and not rusty
  6. Electric toys must be equipped with an external transformer and a low voltage circuit breaker device (up to 24 volts)
  7. The paints used should always be non-toxic. Check that there are no phthalates in plastic toys
  8. Make sure that the packaging does not constitute a problem for the small. Many toys, in fact, are often packaged in plastic bags that can become dangerous if used improperly
  9. From time to time, check the status of use of the toy.If excessively damaged or broken better eliminate them

The manufacturers of toys must comply with very strict parameters regarding the safety of products for early childhood (0 to 3 years). Here, then, that to get around the problem, many companies prefer to indicate on the labels an unrealistic age limit by allocating to children over the age of 36 months toys which, however, may safely be used at all (for example, dolls, dolls, plush …). In these cases, it is worth asking why you have made ​​a similar choice and where he might be hiding the problem (dangerous removable parts, use of toxic substances even in part …) Recalling that a toy deemed unsafe to 3 years probably is also to 4 (of course, if the toy is not clearly analyzed, due to its intrinsic characteristics, it is intended to a higher target age).