Playing it Safe
If you’ve already made your holiday shopping list, you might want to check it twice to make sure toys on the list are safe and age-appropriate.
Age matters when it comes to kids’ toys, according to Dr. Mike Gittelman, emergency department physician at Cincinnati Children’s. Kids under 18 months will likely stick any toys they get right into their mouths.
“Aspiration or choking is the most severe and most common injury we see with babies,” says Dr. Gittelman.
If you’re not sure about a toy’s size, Gittelman suggests testing it by trying to fit it through a toilet paper roll. If it goes through, it’s too small for a baby.