Smart shopping for holiday toys


  • Check for recalls at we are expecting recalls of children's products up to and beyond the holidays. Sign up for the email alerts there.

  • Pay attention to age guidelines and product warnings: keep small parts away from children under three - if it fits in a toilet paper tube, it is too small.

  • Be vigilant with magnetic toys. Don't allow children under six to play with toys with small magnets and seek medical attention if a child swallows or inhales a magnetic part. This applies to magnetic jewelry as well.

  • Don't buy metal jewelry for children. Much of it contains lead. You can test your toys and other products at home with a lead test kit. Have all children under age six tested yearly for lead.

  • If you have a problem with a product, report it to the CPSC and the manufacturer. You may save another child from an injury.

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