How Wonderful Toys Attract Your Children A Great Deal

Toys are a great source of inspiration for your children; they keep your children busy and you can perform your household jobs very easily. Since the past time, toys have been used as a major source of attraction for the children. You may check out the tracks of history from where you will get to know that the toys are always considered as a great source of inspiration for the children. In the past people used to have woodenly made toys, you may see different patterns of bicycles, carriages, airplanes, helicopters, rockets, jets and different other toys of variety of patterns. Also, there were toys which were made up of mud; those toys have their own significance and beauty.

With the revolution in the industrial era now, you can have toys manufactured from plastic, metal, melamine, plaster of Paris, cloth and different sorts of other natural and chemical substances. These toys are made up of different colors; normally, children are attracted towards the shocking colors. The toys are also available in lighter and dull colors as well. As being observed children are attracted towards the brighter colors, you always need to have toys which are most suitable for your child.

With further development in technology, machines are inserted into these toys. Now you have a helicopter toy which can fly in the air as well, you can run it with the help of battery and remote control. You can have toys of jets; these jets are very popular amongst children; they can be run on manual machinery, or they can be run on electronic machinery. You can have toys in which your children can sit; you can have manual or automatic cars. Once your child runs it over, it will be very helpful in his/her growth. You can provide a great growth and development opportunities to your child with the help of these toys.

The manufactures are manufacturing these over in keeping in view the growing mental and body requirements of your children. A lot of researchers and social scientists are involved in their manufacturing process. It has always been kept in mind that these toys provide a great inspiration to your child. They are manufactured for the purpose that a special attraction could be given to your children through which they could know about the things. Mainly your children need busy schedules to keep them busy otherwise they tease you up a great deal, once you use these toys your children will be very cherished from them, and now you can take time out to do your household or personal jobs.

The reseller stores are a great source through which you can get these toys. You can get free delivery to your site, and that is a main advantage of it. You can purchase these toys with the help of credit card. You can watch out the entire list of toys and may choose the best one which is most suitable for your child.

Newborn Toys – Critical Health & Safety Issues

Dangerous toys sold in the US have caused 19 deaths in 2009 according to a report by US Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs). Main risk caused by recall toys published by the European Safety Commission in 2008 are:

  • Injuries – 20%
  • Chemical – 19%
  • Choking – 16%
  • Electric Shock – 15%
  • Fire – 10%
  • Other – 20%

With this statistic in mind, one wonders what type of toys would be safe for kids? How do you check if the toy is safe?

Safety Measures

To lower such risks, when shopping for toys parents should first become informed consumers and readers of labels. Consumer Web sites and package labeling contain the manufacturer’s recommendations and other important information. Instructions should be clear and easy to follow. No matter how much the parent may want the toy for it’s baby boy or baby girl, select only those that suit the they early age, abilities, skills. Toys that are too advanced may pose safety hazards to newborn child.

If you do not restrict yourself to buying toys only recommended for baby’s age as stated on the toy box you should keep an eye on your baby while he is playing in case he may chew or bite on the toys. The best option is to try and pull out the small parts from the toy(s) to make such that it will not fall off and to check it carefully before giving it to your baby. Nothing is more attractive to children than toys with bright colorings. But parents should beware. Brightly colored toys can pose a dangerous health risk to children from lead-based paint. So far in 2008, the CSPC has ordered the removal of 45 types of toys from store shelves in the U.S. due to high lead counts. In 2007, agency ordered the removal of 97 types of toys.

Children are mostly affected by lead poisoning because of their habits of putting things into their mouths. Unfortunately, children’s systems easily absorb lead. Lead poisoning can cause long-term mental and physical problems, and in some cases death. Children activity books, especially for this early ages, should be considered and testes as toys. They pose a risk of choking because the metal spine can be pulled off by a child. The spine and stickers can be swallowed, as they fit into the small parts cylinder. Also there is a risk of cuts because the released spine has sharps points that can cut the skin.

Small objects that babies can swallow, such as marbles, beads, balloons, small balls, many game pieces, barrettes and Lego blocks are also dangerous. They can become lodged in your child’s windpipe, ears or nose and completely block their airway. To test the safety of a toy, invest in a truncated cylinder, which is a clear plastic tube that is available at many stores and allows objects to pass through it that are too small to be given to a child under three. Or, you can even use a toilet paper tube. Make sure that stuffed animals are washable (so they won’t become a breeding ground for germs) and that they don’t have easily removable parts, such as eyes or nose. These parts could become dislodged and find their way easily into baby’s mouth. Also, check squeeze toys and make sure they don’t contain a squeaker that will detach, posing a choking hazard.

Generally, avoid toys with batteries or even worse mains operated toys/appliances for babys due to a number of reason. Firstly batteries tend to leak and we know baby’s like to suck on things. Secondly Baby’s could all start a ‘hire-a-huby’ business. Thirdly mains operated toys or appliances come with cords, which can be a strangulation risk as previously mentioned. If you really can’t get around using things like baby monitors or night lamps, than please make sure that the cables are secured and out if reach. It pays to check on that frequently as older siblings tend to be fascinated with those too. Before you know it cables are in the open again.

Toy Safety Standards

As well as making sure your toys are safe, one of the things you can do is to check if the toy producer provide product liability insurance in case something does ever happen. The three sets of toys standards are:

  • International Standard ISO 8124 established by the International Organisation for Standardisation (supplemented by IEC 62115 for electric toys established by International Electrotechnical Commission);
  • European Standard EN 71 Series and EN 62115 standard for electric toys as specified in BS EN 71 and BS EN 62115; and
  • ASTM F963-08 established by the American Society for Testing & Materials.

The Bottom Line

Finally, remember that toy safety, doesn’t end when you leave the store. Follow these advises to ensure your newborn stay safe from the moment he receive a toy to the day he is ready to give it up. Always remember that the supervision is the most important safety factor that you can provide to protect a child from harm.

Toy Industry Making Changes Due to Economy – 5 Trends to Watch

Toy Fair 2009 has finished its run. Toy Fair is where the toy industry gathers. Often manufacturers can do an entire year’s worth of business in the four day the trade show operates. With over 20,000 attendees, 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, 100,000 products with over 7,000 never before seen in the world, 1200+ exhibitors, and 1000 global media representatives, you can see that toys are a serious business.

I spent three days at Toy Fair this year. As the consumer cannot attend Toy Fair, I wanted to share with you what I see as the trends in the toy industry. While I can’t say that I saw all 100,000 products, I certainly walked every inch of the exhibit space, all 350,000 square feet of it. I came away with what I see as five trends that we will see reflected on toy shelves and they all have to do with the economy.

1. Less New Toys – There will be less new toys this year. I noticed that many manufacturers have not expanded their line and are focusing on their basics. There appeared to be fewer newer manufacturers, especially in the small entrepreneur category. Although, there are certainly those mompreneur that are committed to getting their product to the market regardless of the economy. They feel that strongly about their product.

2. Games – Games are what is hot this year. Games for very young children, games for children of all ages, family games, electronic games, adult games, games to play by yourself, games to play with a crowd. The industry sees a trend that we are going to be going out less. We will entertain at home and they are betting that we will purchase more games to play while we are hanging out at home.

3. Green – Green and organic toys continue to grow. This was the niche where people did expand their line. Manufactures went out of their way to tell you where their product was made, what it was made with, how it was packaged, and more. If you are interested in green products you will be pleased with what you will see at the toy stores.

4. Repackaging – Manufacturers know that we have less money to spend so they are repackaging or redesigning to lower the price point. For instance, you will be able to purchase 50 blocks in a set instead of 100 blocks. There were also a lot of smaller art kits. Another company took the electronics out of their toy to lower the price. People are also looking for ways to package their toy differently to lower their costs.

5. Special Needs – In this economy, the manufacturers know that they need to find new markets to sell to. The Special Needs community is growing and the toy industry is noticing. Many more people were talking about how their toy could be used for a child with a disability. Parents who are raising children with disabilities are going to benefit from this if the retail toy stores market the products well.