Safe toys: How to buy? (from toy experts)

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Great advices to buy safe toys that anyone can follow

Howdy, it’s Josh again and today I will compile some valuable advices on how to buy safe toys for your children (and for you, of course :P).

Toys have never used to be that complicated. But these day, toys can be very tricky and expensive, and come with so many choices.

This guide will help you find wonderful toys for children of all ages (30+ years old included).

Basic safety guidelines:

  • Always adhere to what the package warnings state before you purchase any toys for your child.
  • Beware of small parts if you have a home with an army of small children.
  • Check the age rating of the toy. For instance, what is the optimal age for your children to play it?
  • It is important to read all caution labels before purchasing toys, including safety information, recommended age of the recipient, etc.
  • Despite what a toy looks like, a rule of thumb is that little kids shouldn’t play with big kid toys.
  • Whenever you open a toy, get rid of all the packaging that’s plastic right away. These pieces can cause fatalities in children. The packaging can be dangerous for small children to be around. Suffocation is a risk in this situation.
  • Get rid of a toy if it’s starting to break. It is not okay to donate or sell a toy that is in poor condition. You run the risk of causing harm to another child.
  • Stuffed toys are sometimes a problem for children with allergies. If you wash them in a washing machine and then use a dryer to dry them, allergies shouldn’t be a problem. After washing, ensure that the toy is still altogether. If a stuffed animal has any electronics, then wash it by hand to avoid damaging it.
  • It is important that you regularly inspect the quality and condition of your child’s toys. Kids are sometimes rough when it comes to the toys they play with. This can cause them to break. When pieces break, it creates a hazard. Examining used toys frequently can help ensure that you spot any potential problems.
  • Look at the age ratings on toys you purchase for your child, including games. Some games are meant for older children or adults and they may be too advanced for your child. You should buy age appropriate items and let them know they can have the others once the time is right.

Buy toys from Craiglist?

You may be able to find perfect toys at Craigslist. Whenever you inquire toy sellers, closely examine the toy in terms of wear and tear.

You will often find toys that have only been played with a few times and still in excellent condition. By doing this, you will definitely find some great bargains.

Yard sale is also a great place to buy toys. Kids do not stay the same age. As children grow up, some toys become obsolete for them.

Consignment stores and yard sales offer fantastic deals on toys that are new or almost new. Go to several of them before buying new items from toy stores.

Like anything else, it pays to compare different shops (I mean both online and offline ones) when it comes to toys.

You may see that different stores offer different prices for the same toy. Find the best possible deal!

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Safe toys for different ages

It’s extremely important that you buy the right toy when shopping for a baby under the age of one. Choose safe toys for babies which are colorful, lightweight and textural, and your children will love the beauty of it. Additionally, any toys you buy for babies must be non-toxic.

There’s a list made every year that compiles the toys that are dangerous. Parents are highly advised to read it. It shows which toys are capable of causing serious injury to kids who play with them. Reading this list will stop you from buying a seemingly harmless toy that is actually quite dangerous.

Children of a certain age like to pretend play. Dolls and props can let them play the mommies and daddies. Play kitchens allow them to pretend to cook while you are making dinner. This will help expand their creativity. Give them the tools to be creative, then sit back and watch them work their magic.

Get different kinds of toys for your little ones. While some toys need to encourage thinking independently and creatively, others should help fine tune their motor skills. Regardless of your child’s age, playtime is an opportunity for the two of you to bond, and for you to teach.

Also, kids like imitating their parents. Give them a few props so they can wear what you wear and some toys that emulate what you use. . You can purchase many practical toys for your child.

Sport equipment makes a great gift for a teen or tween. An active teen might enjoy a basketball goal and ball or a baseball bat, glove and baseball. Selecting something of this nature will inspire them to be more physically active.

Toy chests are a great place to store toys if you choose a safe one. Kids can climb in these and get stuck. While they often look nice, they simply are not worth the risk.

If you have children that like to play dress up, avoid purchasing jewelry and make-up that has not been labeled for this purchase. The problem is that many such items contain lead. You should instead purchase adult makeup that is non-toxic.

Cars are great toys for boys! Racetracks and Matchbox cars are great toys for little boys. Lots of options are available which range from models that can be assembled to remote control vehicles.

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Despite its exponential growth, fidget spinner is listed in one of the dangerous toys (from Forbes).

At Garage9, we offer safe toys and puzzles made from wood that not only kids but also adults love to play with. Some buy our Japanese Ring Puzzle just to make fun of their friends.

Toys should be like that – fun, educational, and most importantly, safe!

Tips: You don’t want to spend your time constantly washing your child’s outdoor toys. They should always be stored separately from other toys. You will reduce the chances of your indoor toys getting dirty this way.


Sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by the variety of toys available. Hence, we encourage you to prepare yourself with this safe toys guide! Remember what you have learned, and you will have fun during your next toy shopping adventure.

I am Josh from Garage9, and we are here to help.