As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your home eye safe specifically when choosing eye safe toys. It's important to be proactive to ensure your house is an eye-safe zone.
Naturally, children are born with an immature visual system that progresses with them. In the beginning, babies can view objects at close range only. A child's optical structure is continuously stimulated as she progresses. Children's games and toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating kid's sight. However, at the same time, it's important to remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many with toys.
How can you prevent accidents from happening? Here is some easy advice for choosing toys and games for the home to guarantee your child's eye safety.
First off, ensure toys with long handles – such as a pony stick- don't have sharp edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While building blocks pose little danger for almost all ages, it's good to make sure the sides are blunted, in order to prevent eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to provide him with safety goggles.
Toys are not the only danger in the household. Sharp corners on counters or tables are a frequent source of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Chemicals that are accessible are another source of danger for children and must be placed away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.
Yes, toys can sometimes be damaging, but it's important to not overlook all of the advantages they offer. There are many age-appropriate toys for youngsters that offer great ways to stimulate optical development. When selecting toys for children, look for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will help children to learn about spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before making a purchase. This way you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development at the same time!