Understandably, moms and dads are concerned with keeping their kids' eyes safe. But it can be difficult to know how to choose the toys that are the safest and most conducive to development.
Infants don't have a completely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development more easily than toys and activities that encourage hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spatial relationships. The best toys that stimulate a baby's sight in their first year of life include toys with basic shapes or colors,and activities that have interactive or removable objects, balls, books , nd puppets. Between the ages of 0-3 months, a baby's color vision hasn't really formed, so simple black and white pictures are most engaging.
Children spend a lot of time playing with toys, so it's important to check those toys are safe. A toy that is not age appropriate is generally not safe. Don't forget to be sure that the toy is good for their developmental stage. Although toy companies indicate age and developmental appropriateness on packaging, you still need to be alert, and make sure your son or daughter avoids playing with something that might be dangerous for them.
Toys must be of decent quality, and not have parts that might fall off. And if they're painted, make sure it's not with anything that might be toxic. We all know that children can sometimes be just a bit reckless, but they need to learn to keep an eye out for airborne balls and swings or even swinging ropes that might hit the eye. This can lead to a pretty serious injury like a corneal abrasion, or a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage, which is a popped blood vessel. Other times, the result of the hit can appear years later, in the form of something as serious as glaucoma.
Avoid toys that have points or edges or sharp components for young children, 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 such toys.
For children younger than 6, be wary of toys projectiles, like arrows. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to supervise kids playing with toys like that. Whereas, if you have teens who play with chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they are wearing correct safety eyewear.
So the next time you're shopping for a special gift for your son or daughter, pay attention to the company's advice about the intended age group for the toy. Be certain that toys you buy don't pose any risk to your child's eyes - even if they look fun to play with.