Selecting toys for a baby shower, a birthday, the winter holidays, or just because--can often be more difficult than one might think. Especially when you’re shopping for the 5 years and under crowd.
There are a lot of factors at play--from finding something age-appropriate to determining if the child will actually be interested in and play with the toy.
However, when it comes down to it--safety is the factor that carries the most weight.
Unfortunately, many toys on the market can pose certain risks to children--even if the toys are created with good intentions.
That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on the dangers and safety standards for toys.
The ASTM F963 guidelines, set forth by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides a comprehensive set of standards that address numerous toy hazards.
These guidelines are continually reviewed to remain accurate and up-to-date.
Now, we know the CPSC guidelines aren’t exactly bedtime reading, and we don’t expect you to sit down and read them.
What’s important to know is that since 2009, all toys in the United States must meet the F963 requirements per the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)--making it a mandatory federal standard.
Here are three of the toy safety standards included in the guidelines that should be met for children five years of age and under...
#1 Will Withstand Use and Abuse.
Many toys, particularly those made out of plastic and other cheaply constructed materials, can easily break and expose young children to dangerous, sharp edges.
It’s important that toys are durable enough to withstand the typical rough-and-tumble nature that they will endure while being loved and used by a young toddler or infant.
For example, Cubbie Lee Toys are made of high-quality durable wood that won’t easily break and can last through the generations.
#2 No Toxic Materials in or on Toys.
This sounds like it would be a no-brainer, but unfortunately certain manufacturers (especially those importing to the U.S. from overseas) will use materials containing toxins such as BPA, lead, and phthalates.
At Cubbie Lee, we use all-natural wood material and nontoxic paints, so little hands and mouths are free from exposure to toxic chemicals.
#3 Sizing Requirements Ensure No Choking Occurs.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises that any toy that is small enough to fit through a 1-1/4-inch circle or is smaller than 2-1/4 inches long is unsafe for children under 3 years old.
Ensuring that the toys you select for young children are age appropriate is critical for this exact reason.
When we created Cubbie Lee Toy Company--in addition to our vision of developing beautiful, sustainable, and educational toys--we also aspired to making playtime safe.
Knowing that our toys have been tested to the level of scrutiny and rigor that the CPSC uses in their vetting process will bring you peace of mind while your little ones enjoy our toys.
More importantly, as parents ourselves, we want to feel confident that our toys won’t put our children at risk for choking, exposure to toxins, rough edges, and other hazards.
That’s why we always ask the question, “Would we feel safe giving this to one of our children?” when developing each and every one of our toys.
From puzzles to train sets, building blocks to pull-alongs, toys can bring a lot of smiles, skill development, and other positive elements to your child’s life.
Knowing that he or she is safe will allow you to focus on these elements without having to overthink potential negative outcomes during playtime.
Curious to learn more about how to determine whether a toy (or household items) could pose a risk of choking to the young children in your life?
Check out our FREE guide to discover what toys and common household objects might be choking hazards.