My, What Cute Button Eyes You Have!

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Will you be stuffing your little sweetie with love this Valentine’s Day? Stuffed animals are so cute, soft, cuddly and sometimes your child’s first friend. However, the cutest things for our babies aren’t always the safest things for them.  We are sometimes so distracted by the cuteness, we don’t read the tags on most toys that read “Hazardous.” Babies’ best friend, can also be their worst enemy!

teddy bear with stitched eyesPay Close Attention!

We all know that babies and toddlers love putting unknown objects into their mouths. As with any small object, parents should observe their children closely and carefully. Some small objects may even go unnoticed by caregivers because they are attached to larger objects (i.e. those cute little button eyes on teddies!). Yes the eyes are attached, but can be chewed or pulled off, posing a choking hazard. Sewn/stitched eyes and nose are a safer option.

“Eye” See a Teddy Bear Recall:

The build-a-bear workshop recalled nearly 300,000 teddy bears in 2011 due to the button eyes on one of their bears. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the eyes on the bears were loose and they feared that they would fall off easily. Luckily, no children were affected by the recall. There is no need to be afraid of your child’s toys, but there is a need for caution and awareness of the durability and make of the toys. This will help in preventing mishaps and safety scares.

See Build-a-Bear recall here:

http://www.lexleeskids.org/child-product-recalls/is-your-bear-really-your-buddy-december-recalls-are-here-and-roaring

Take a peek at this toy safety article we wrote a while back:

http://www.lexleeskids.org/toy-safety/dont-play-with-toy-safety

Take a tour through your child’s toys and treasures. How many choking hazards can you find? How many stuffed animals with button eyes do you have? Please join hands with Lexlee’s Kids to help keep your children safe. Feel free to leave comments and questions below. You may also contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

Co-written by: Deonka Birdon, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

Don’t Play with Toy Safety!

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Trucks and dolls and rattles…oh my!  The happy, happy holidays are here and your tree will be crowded with toys before you know it.  Naturally, you want your children to have fun and be safe when playing with their terrific toys.  Did you know that in 2009, there were an estimated 181,900 toy-related injuries, and that children under 5 accounted for nearly half of those injuries?  Help keep the fun going this holiday season and stay on top of your little one’s toys.

Happy Holidays to our Lexlee’s Kids Family!

Lexlee’s Kids

 

 

  • I’m a BIG Kid Now!  Make sure your children play with age-appropriate toys. 
  • Santa’s Workshop. Look for well-made toys.  Check recall lists and read warning labels before buying toys for your children.
  • Oops!  Check toys regularly for damage that could create hazards.  Repair or discard damaged toys immediately.
  • Eye See You.  Watch your children while they play.  Be aware of potential dangers like small parts, cords and strings, moving parts, electrical or battery-powered cords or wheels.

    Small Parts Tester-Used to idetify items that could be a choking hazard to your children.

     

  • Open Wide.  To be sure of a safe toy size, use a small parts tester.  A toilet paper roll can also be used to identify choke-able toys.  Do not let small children play with anything that can fit into one of these cylinders.
  • Ready for Take-Off.  Do not allow riding toys near stairs, traffic or swimming pools.
  • Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody Clean Up.  Teach children to put toys away after playing to prevent trip hazards and unsupervised play.  Toys intended for younger children should be stored separately from those suitable for older children. Make sure toy chests are open (no lid) or have safety hinges.

Join hearts and hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety this holiday season. If you are interested in learning more about toy or holiday safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991 or www.lexleeskids.org.