No one wants to take a risk with toy safety over the festive period, so here are some handy tips to keep in mind when buying presents for your little ones this Christmas:

Look for the CE symbol

This means the manufacturer has assessed the toy for safety. You can find the CE symbol on the label or box.

Reputation matters

Check the suppliers who have a good reputation for safe and reliable toys. They’ll have excellent safety standards and also good refund policies.

Check age restrictions

Toys must be clearly marked with age restrictions, which assess risks such as choking hazards. Always follow the age recommendations to make sure the toy is appropriate for your child.

Choking hazards

Avoid toys with small parts; they can be a choking hazard.

Dress up costumes

Loose ribbons on dress up costumes can be dangerous and be a fire risk. Make sure your child is supervised when they wear and play in outfits.

Supervise when you need to

Some toys need an adult on hand during playtime. Read all the instructions so you can keep things under control.

Tidy up

Boxes, plastic bags and wire can be a hazard. Make sure to away all packaging once everything’s unwrapped.

Completing these checks can save you a lot of stress later and means you can celebrate Christmas without any tears or harm.

P.S Remember to check what batteries you’ll need for toys you’re buying and to dispose of them safely too!