Awareness Block - December

November 30, 2021

December is "Toy Safety Month".   This is especially important this time of year with all the holiday gift giving.  Whether your children are infants, toddlers or older, it's important the toys are safe for each age group.  For infants & toddlers, making sure the toys don't contain small pieces that they could swallow, like buttons for eyes on stuffed animals.

Avoid toys with sharp or rigid points and dangerous edges. Avoid toys with small parts that present a choking hazard for young children. ... If you purchase a toy with wheels for a child of any age, such as bicycles, skateboards, scooters and tricycles, buy a helmet too. Inspect all toys for safe construction.

What are Toy Safety guidelines?
 
Keeping Toys Safe
  • Store toys in a safe place. Put all toys away and off the floor when they're not being used. ...
  • Check toys often for damage. Watch for splinters or sharp edges on wooden toys. ...
  • Throw away plastic wrap and other packaging right away.
  • Read toy instructions and explain them to your child.
Why is Toy Safety important?  Toys must be safe by law, but how they are used and the age of the child are important factors in preventing accidents. Many accidents involving toys occur when people trip over them and when babies play with toys intended for older children.
 
Please share these few tips with family friends and keep "Toy Safety" a priority this gift giving season, as well as all year long.
 
For those of you who like to quilt, there is a FREE quilt block pattern of one of my favorite childhood toys. a Rocking Horse, which is available throughout the month of December 2021.
 
Check out the Quilt Block Mania BLOG for December for a list of designer's and links to their FREE blocks.