Every time I hear that there's another toy recall, I think to myself - you have to be kidding! How do these dangerous toys even get to the shelves and within reach of our curious children to begin with? Did the makers understand that they were potentially harmful? Are there quality control measures to make sure this doesn't happen?
I personally know a sweet lady who is a parent of three little girls. When I was visiting together with her eventually, I noticed images of a little boy around the walls and asked who it was. She told me it had been her son who'd died at three when a toy got stuck in the throat. His father had tried desperately to get rid of the lodged toy, but his attempts were fruitless, and the child succumbed. I had been horrified and can only imagine just how much they both suffered from this sad experience.
It is not easy to watch our kids every minute, but we are able to make every make an effort to remove any toys that could do harm from those that they play with every single day. Your children also may receive toys as presents from well-meaning family members and friends for birthdays and holidays. How will you be sure that the toys you've in your house are secure for your kids?
Another suggestion would be to focus on age recommendations on toys. They're placed on the packages for any reason. You may think your son or daughter is old enough to experience with a toy that's designed for an older child, but toys with small or removable parts can cause injuries or asphyxiation. Some older kids also still prefer to put things within their nose, ears and mouths, which means you are the most useful judge to know what is suitable on their behalf.
If a toy is broken, it is best to throw it away immediately. Be aware of what's in your toy box. If tiny or broken bits of toys are present, clean them out.
If your child gets to be a toy like a present or else you have obtained one which they wanted, you should attempt difficult to break it (avoid them while watching child, however). If you're able to yank on the stuffed animals eyes and they're loose, they might appear and get lodged in the child's throat. Attempt to consider ways that your child may use it and test to find out if the toy will fall apart. You may also test all toy gifts since they were not given using the intention to harm the child. It is better safe than sorry.