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How to Choose a Child-Safe Teddy Bear for Your Children

Teddy bears are probably one of the most special gifts that you can get for a child. For them, a teddy bear is most likely their first friend, partner-in-crime, tea-party guest and twin that cannot be detached wherever the child goes. You can expect them to be invited along to family outings, supermarket trips and overseas holidays.

As your kids will play with the teddy in many unexpected ways during his or her discovery of the world, it is important that the teddy bear is child-safe. Here are some general tips on how to choose a teddy bear that is safe for a child:

 

Safety Labels

Check the label of the toy. Most children’s toys will have instructions on child safety. Here are some examples of Malaysian toy safety labels we found on Wikipedia:

MS EN71 Part 1:1995 (P) Mechanical and Physical Properties
MS ISO 8124-2:1999 Flammability
MS EN71 Part 3: 1998 Migration of Certain Elements
MS EN71 Part 4:1998 Experimental Sets for Chemistry and Related Activities
MS EN71 Part 5: 1998 Chemical Toys (Sets) Other than Experimental Sets

We must also do a separate assessment on the toy to ensure that it is suitable.

 

What to Examine?

1. Examine the teddy bear from top to bottom for loose, small and easily broken-off parts like the eye, nose and belly button. If they can be easily pulled or bitten off,  it’s probably not a good idea to get it for your baby in case they accidentally choke on it.

2. Examine for sharp edges. Choose teddies which are soft and comfortable to the skin. Sharp edges can be really hazardous especially if it accidentally cuts your child. Sensitive parts on your baby include eyes, nose and mouth.

3. Examine the recommended age of the toy. Some teddy bears are designed for infants while some are designed for older children. Infant teddies are usually softer and smaller in size and can usually be bitten. For older children, the teddy will usually be bigger with harder/tougher materials.

 

 Toys to Avoid

1. Electrical toys that operates on batteries are especially dangerous. Batteries are extremely toxic if your child puts them into their mouth.

2. Toys that shoots objects into the air and toys that involve throwing from the distance. This nature of toys can be exceptionally dangerous if your infant haven’t understood how to play with them safely. Also, keep in mind how would his or her older siblings behave since they will playing together.

3. Toys with liquid materials inside. If not carefully examined, quite often it is best to assume that the liquid is hazardous to your child unless stated otherwise

4. Toys producing loud noises. Some teddies comes with a “Press Me” function that produces noise when pressed. Make sure it isn’t too loud for your infant as their ears are very sensitive to damage at this early stage of development

 

Suggestions

1. Choose a material that is child-safe. For general toys, wooden materials have long been suggested as one of the better alternatives compared to PVC. You could also consider green or organic baby toys.

2. Choose an educational toy. Researches have suggested that the early days of a child’s development determines his future intelligence, so educational toys would definitely help in that development. If you have teddy bears with a family or job-role theme, for example, it will be good for cultivating loving spirit and excitement within your family.

 

In our opinion, the child’s first teddy will usually be the most memorable toy in his childhood. So, we hope you are able to find a special teddy bear for your child that is cute and safe, and is one that brings smiles to his or her face everyday.

Feel free to browse through our selection of cute and cuddly teddy bears at FluffyFuzz.Com. All our products come from authentic sources that have passed all the necessary safety requirements. We hope this helps. Happy hunting!