Check for small parts that baby can put in mouth and choke on, such as
buttons, beads or other removable parts. Be aware
that babies can bite off objects from toys. Babies
can choke on anything that is less than 1 ½
inches or 4 cm in diameter. Inspect
the toy for sharp edges, pointed parts, or loose,
damaged parts. After months of wear and tear, some
toys may become unsafe.
with strings more than 8 inches (20 cm) are unsafe.
They are a strangling hazard.
for older children are often unsafe for babies. These
include marbles, small Legos, beads, and other toys with
toy safety. Do not fasten toys or objects on both side
rails of the crib to hang over baby. This is a strangling hazard.
Mobiles and other toys that attach to only one rail
are safe, but only until baby is able to sit
up or push up onto hands and knees and grab the
mobile (around five to six months).
brittle plastic toys that break easily can be a sharp
hazard to baby.
safety. Always supervise a baby with a balloon. If
it pops, quickly collect the pieces as these are a
choking hazard. Uninflated balloons are also choking hazards.
wrapping. Immediately throw away any plastic wrap
packaging as this is a choking hazard. Be sure
to clean up all wrapping paper peices, and ribbons
box and toy shelf safety. Avoid toy boxes with heavy
lids that can smash little fingers and heads. Secure
toy shelves to the wall so baby can't pull the shelf
not let your toddler walk around with a toy in his
mouth. If he falls, the otherwise harmless toy can
cause a serious mouth injury. Soft plush toys are
okay, but again watch for choking hazards.
toys. Periodically inspect all soft, stuffed toys
for tears or open seams. The stuffing inside can be
a choking hazard.