Christmas is one of the most anticipated moments for the children of the house, because the date is synonymous with gifts and new toys. However, Santa Clous must not only choosing the present, taking considerations such as the price or fashion, as a factor equally or more important is to meet the requirement of security. In this article learn how to choose the perfect Christmas gift for the children.

The next 24th of December, many houses will be held christmas Eve, the date on which it is the habit of getting the family together for dinner, exchanging hugs and, by the way, to give a present to the children, who with a tender glance or smile to show their joy and gratitude for this nice gesture.

But prior to do this, choose the best gift for the little ones can be a daunting task. The important thing is to not allow oneself to be dazzled by the toys of fashion and to be informed about what are the most appropriate for each child, in order to avoid unnecessary risks.

The chief of race of senior-Level Technician in Risk Prevention of the University of the Pacific, Pedro Leal, points out that if we choose to deliver a gift, we must also be responsible by electing him. “If it is a toy, it could be harmful to the health if we do not attend to the indications and characteristics that should bring the article accordingly”, he warns.

At this point, how to recognise a safe toy, and that it will not cause any damage or accident to our children?

“When you buy an article to an infant of two years, we must do so considering the recommendation that brings explicit for that age range, as in the case of a child of eight, the characteristics and indications for use will be different by a number of factors. For example, the toy may have small parts that can be carried to the mouth by the younger child, may cause asphyxiation. There is also to avoid the purchase of a toy excessively noisy, to avoid hearing damage, especially when we talk about very young children. It is also important to review other toxic agents, such as articles that may have lead paint and which are known to be harmful to health,” says the professional.

For this reason, the academic of the University of the Pacific proposes to follow a few tips when buying gifts, in order to avoid passing bad moments. “It is suggested to always buy in established places, as they should comply with sanitary regulations, as the formal trade, to those who could exercise the rights of the Consumer Law. On the other hand, all the products should be well labeled and with their descriptions in the language that handles each country, in this case Spanish, indicating for what age range is provided the toy, his due warnings and instructions for safe use of the product with which you will finally do our children play”, she explains.

However, Pedro Leal points out that for many of the recommendations that exist, parents are responsible to apply them. “There must be a culture of prevention and security, with the purpose to educate themselves to avoid the risks. For example, in toys that have a rope and that can be a strangulation hazard for infants, or that the toy has batteries loose that may cause an accident of major considerations,” he says.

List of toys suggested for each age range

So parents and relatives can be better oriented, the chief race Technician Higher Level in Risk Prevention of the University of the Pacific, Pedro Leal, delivery a list of safe toys, which are usually suggested by specialists according to each age range and with information that supports the Child Guidance:

  • 0 to 6 months: rattles, mobile, crib, dolls rubber, teethers, carpets with activities, etc
  • Between 7 and 12 monthsare recommended balls, rag dolls and toys, audio, among others of similar characteristics
  • Between 13 and 18 months: cubes fit and stack, walkers and jumping, can be a good alternative.
  • 19 to 24 months: bikes, boards, paintings and musical instruments.
  • 2 to 3 years: tricycles, bicycles with training wheels, shovels, buckets, and puzzles.
  • 3 to 5 years: suggest whiteboards, tape recorders, stories, puppets, and dolls articulated.
  • 6 to 8 years old: games, manuals, questions and experiments, in addition to skateboards.
  • 9 to 11 years: strategy games and reflection, audiovisual, electronic and experiments, and finally.
  • 12 years and over: when you are building your own identity, books, music and video games, to name a few.

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