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Even if you don’t have kids of your own, toy shopping is an occasional necessity. Your family and friends have kids you probably give toys to on birthdays and during the holidays. Maybe you just need a few at home when you have visitors. Use the following paragraphs to learn a few tips about successful toy shopping.
If you child is a biter, you need to make sure that the toys you buy for him do not have loose parts. Even if a toy is recommended for a child age three or older, if your older child is a biter, that toy is still not safe for him.
Think about where you plan to let your child play with the toy. Too often parents get sucked into the idea of a toy for their child, but don’t give thought to whether it’ll work in their yard or home. Too little space can mean broken furniture and accessories all around.
Be aware of how much space a toy will require. Don’t purchase anything that won’t fit in the child’s room. It can lead to a lot of frustration. Giant stuffed animals and toy cars a child can ride in might thrill a kid at first, but will likely be stored away somewhere and forgotten.
Don’t be swayed by a toy’s popularity. Sure, there may be wisdom in crowds, but it’s more important to consider your child’s likes and dislikes, along with their age and learning needs. Just because a toy is popular doesn’t mean it’s a good fit in your home. Think things through first.
Consider the age of your child when purchasing new toys. Small toys and toys with removable pieces can be a choking hazard for babies and toddlers who naturally put everything in their mouths. Ensure that new toys are challenging without being to difficult. Toys that are meant for older children can easily frustrate younger children.
Consider donating older toys to your local preschool or Kindergarten. Often times, schools are low on supplies. Toys, especially education toys, can be a real boon to their ability to engage and educate kids all across your community. If not to your school, look to other family members to see if there may be needs for toys coming up in the family.
Toy shopping is a necessity for parents, of course, but also a common obligation of anyone not a parent. From kids of friends to nieces and nephews, there are many situations where you might need to go toy shopping. Having read this article in full, you should be prepared to make some good selections.