It is no secret to parents that many toys can pose major choking hazards to young children. In the coming days and weeks after holiday festivities, toddler-age children are likely to find any potentially dangerous parts on their new playthings. As you begin to transition back to normal, daily life again, keep an extra eye on your little ones if they received any of these toys over the holidays.
In the unfortunate instance that your child is harmed by one of their new toys, be sure to seek medical attention right away, and don’t hesitate to speak to a legal professional. Manufacturers are held to high standards when it comes to product safety. A dangerous or defective product is unacceptable – hold the makers accountable.
Zoo Jamz Xylophone
This caterpillar shaped xylophone is bright and colorful, and while it might help children achieve an early appreciation of musical tones, it also comes with a detached drumstick. The stick may be mouthed by young children and could potentially block their airways.
Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll
Many parents probably felt strong nostalgia when they saw the modern Cabbage Patch doll in the toy aisle. There is nothing wrong with bringing a new generation of little ones into the cabbage patch but be on the lookout if your child is playing with this particular doll – its headband is removable and may be swallowed or wrapped around other body parts.
Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina
Miniclara the plush ballerina looks inviting to most young children. The potential danger doesn’t come from her, but rather her accompanying kitten friend. The toy’s detachable kitten figure is quite small and can easily be ingested.
Cien a Promener Pull Along Dog
A new iteration of a classic children’s toy – a wooden dog on wheels with a pull along string – the Chien a Promener’s danger comes from its pull string. Despite industry standards stating that children’s toys may only have strings up to 12 inches long, this pull toy is allowed to have a 19-inch string, which can lead to strangulation or other serious hazards for unsupervised children.
One of the best ways parents can be there for their children is simply to be informed. If your child received any of these, or similar, toys this season, keep an extra vigilant watch during playtime.