Shopping Guide: Infants & Toddlers
(Ages 0-3)
  • Children can choke on anything that is 1 ¾ inch (4.45cm) or less 
  • Toys that have strings, straps or cords more than 7 inches (17.7cm) are a strangulation hazard
  • Avoid toys with small removable parts due to being a choking hazard
  • Check small parts, such as making sure a teddy bear’s eyes and nose are securely attached
  • Balloons are not recommended due to being a choking hazard  
  • Toys with lithium batteries are a burn risk
Gift Ideas:
Remember to read warnings and tags to make sure gifts are age-appropriate
  • Soft dolls
  • Stuffed animals (with no buttons or small parts)
  • Cloth covered books
Ages 1-3 years: 
  • Books
  • Blocks
  • Shape toys
  • Balls (no smaller than 1 ¾ inches)

Shopping Guide:  Ages 4-8
Warnings & Information:
  • Electric toys can be a burn hazard for this age
  • Electronic devices are distractions and do not stimulate creative learning that helps brain development
Gift Ideas!
  • Non-toxic arts and crafts
  • Books
  • Musical Instruments
  • Outdoor toys

Shopping Guide:  Ages 9+
Warnings & Information:
Electric trains and battery operated toys are safe for this age, but:
  1. Children should not      change batteries
  2. Adults check for loose wires
Electronic devices do not promote physical activity or brain development
Gift Ideas!
  • Sports equipment
  • Bicycle, scooter, skateboard, roller blades or skates
  • Helmet & protective gear
Remember when purchasing a wheeled item such as a bicycle, skateboard, roller blades or roller skates, also purchase a helmet

Shopping Guide:  All Ages
Be Aware & Never Buy:
  • Propelled toys such as darts
  • Toys with lead-based paint
  • Toy guns, or pellet or BB guns  
  • Toys with sharp point or edges
  • Toys that make loud noises-can injury hearing
  • Always consider:
    • Follow age recommendations
    • Read instructions and teach your child how to properly use any new toy
    • Immediately discard plastic wrappings, which can lead to suffocation to small children 

    Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Safety Council and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Remember to follow these tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season. Watch out for all of the eight part serious on holiday safety including Cooking, Stress-Free Holidays, The Holidays After Loss of A Loved One, Shopping, Child Safe Gift Guide, Gift's and Child Boundaries, and Family Holiday Activities and more.

    You can also visit Winter Holidays and Winter Sport Safety or read or print Holiday Times for all your holiday safety needs.

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