Three A's in Buying Toys for Kids this Holiday Season
'Tis the season for gift-giving!
The Holidays are just right around the corner and everyone is now busy wrapping up their Christmas wish lists and jumping from one store to another with hands full of shopping bags.
As for kids, the constant top items on their list are of course, toys. As generous parents, ninongs and ninangs, we are excited to fulfil their wishes. However, before you go to the checkout counter, you must ensure that the toys given to the little ones are safe and of good quality.
So here are a few tips and reminders in choosing the right and safe toys for kids this Christmas:
- Always check the label. Make sure to read the labels first before you purchase any toy. Some toys may cause harm to your little one, so pay close attention to age recommendations, safety guidelines and hazard warnings indicated on the product, such as “Warning! Not suitable for children under 3 years” or “This toy must be used under supervision”. Also, have a keen eye for the company’s license or any other security icon to ensure that the toy has been properly tested and inspected.
- Avoid toys that have toxic components. When buying toys, checking for chemical components such as lead is always a MUST. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lead compounds are toxic, and can cause harmful effects in the development of a child’s brain and nervous system. Here in the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a Chemical Control Order (COO) last 23 December 2013 that restricts lead and lead compounds in various consumer products, including toys.
- Assess which toys are appropriate for your kids. Consider the age, interest and skill level of your bunso or inaanak in choosing the perfect toy for them. As advised by the DOH, determine the age recommendation of the toy indicated on the label. Avoid giving toys with choking hazards to kids, especially those ages 3 and below. Also, examine if the toy has sharp points or edges, and make sure that all the parts are properly assembled.
Both local and international organizations have strictly implemented policies and regulations on toy safety, making sure that each child plays with safe and good quality toys.
And as the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, we at SGS ensure that consumer products, including toys, sold in the Philippines had passed local and global standards. To know more about us, visit www.sgs.ph or follow us on Facebook @SGSPhilippines.
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