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Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

It can be a challenge to choose toys that are not harmful for our kids' eyes.

Children don't have a fully developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development more efficiently than playing, which involves hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spatial relationships. Between the ages of 0-3 months, babies can't fully see color, so toys with bold, black and white patterns can be really beneficial.

Children spend a considerable amount of time with their toys, so it's good for parents to know if those toys are safe or not. A toy that is not age appropriate is generally unsafe. Don't forget to check that the toy is right for their level of development. Despite the fact that companies specify targeted age groups on toy packaging, it's still important for you to be smart, and make sure your son or daughter doesn't play with anything that might be harmful to them.

Stuffed, plush toys are best if machine washable, and, for younger children, without any very small pieces that can be pulled off, such as buttons, sequins or bows. Don't buy toys that have points or edges or any sharp parts for a young child, and check that things with long sticks, like pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Always pay attention when they play with those kinds of toys.

If your child is under 6, avoid toys with flying parts, like dart guns. Always supervise kids playing with toys like that. On the other hand, when it comes to older kids who have chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they are wearing protective eyewear.

So when shopping for a holiday or birthday, look for the manufacturers' advice about the intended age range for the toy you had in mind. Ensure that there's no harm posed to your child's eyes.