Ride-on toys are the most common cause of injury, although these are not linked to higher death rates.
Don't use these toys if you have babies:
Toys that hang in cribs and playpens with strings longer than 7 inches that can strangle a baby
Toys that are small enough to become lodged in an infant's throat
Plastic wrapping from toys. This can become a suffocation hazard.
Don't use these toys if you have children 3 years old or younger:
Small toys or toys with removable parts that can become lodged in a child's throat (for example, a stuffed animal with loose eyes or a squeaker inside the body, game pieces, batteries, or marbles)
Toys with breakable or loose parts (for example, toys with small wheels or action figures with removable pieces)
Watch out for toys that have:
Parts that could pull off
Parts that get hot
Sharp points or edges
Glass or brittle parts
Electronic devices with batteries that can be removed
Springs, gears, or hinged parts that could pinch or trap fingers
Avoid these toys if you have children 8 years old or younger:
Toys with sharp points or edges
Electrical toys with heating elements (for example, a toy oven set)
Toys that contain toxic substances (for example, certain art sets, craft sets, or chemistry sets)
Toys that can trap fingers
Shooting or loud toys such as BB guns, cap guns, or air guns
Toys that may contain lead paint. These could be older toys bought at garage sales or flea markets.
Toys that don't follow U.S. safety standards
Electronic toys with batteries that can be removed
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of walkers for the following reasons:
Babies in walkers can fall over objects or fall down stairs, and may roll into pools, heaters, and hot stoves.
Walkers are linked to poisoning, especially in babies under 9 months of age. The walker puts a young baby at a level where they can reach household chemicals before they are mobile. This can also be before many parents have baby-proofed their homes.
These devices don't help your child start walking early. They may actually slow down the development of certain skills, such as pulling up, crawling, and creeping.
Walkers give babies extra force to break through barriers, such as safety gates. This results in thousands of head injuries each year.
Note: Many manufacturers now make stationary walkers that allow babies to sit in place. These are a safer alternative to the moveable walkers. But many healthcare providers still believe that all walkers are unacceptable. Talk with your child's healthcare provider for more information.