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Toys and Eye Safety

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Sometimes it's challenging to choose toys that are not harmful for our kids' eyes.

Infants are born with only semi-formed vision. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more efficiently than toys and activities that encourage hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spaces and distances between objects. The best toys that stimulate an infant's vision in his or her first year include toys with basic shapes or colors, and play mats with detachable and changeable objects, puppets and balls. In the first three months of life, a baby's ability to see color hasn't properly formed, so objects with strong, black and white pictures can be stimulating for them.

Kids spend a considerable amount of time with their toys, so it's crucial to know if those toys are safe or not. Firstly, to be safe, toys should be right for their age group. Along with making sure to keep toys age-appropriate is to check that toys are good for their level of development. Although toy manufacturers mention targeted age groups on the box, you still need to make the call, and prevent your child from playing with toys that may cause an injury and permanent eye damage.

Steer clear of toys that have points or edges or any sharp parts for a little kid, and if your kids have toys with long handles, like pony sticks, make sure the end is rounded. Closely supervise toddlers when they play with those kinds of toys.

For children younger than 6, stay clear of toys which shoot, such as arrows. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to pay attention with toys like that. On the other hand, if you have older kids who play with chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they wear protective eyewear.

When you're next shopping for a special occasion, take note of the manufacturers' recommendation about the intended age group for the toy. Ensure that toys you buy don't pose any risk to your child's eyes.