Choosing Soft Toys for a Baby – Safety First

English: A photograph of 3 teddy bears.

English: A photograph of 3 teddy bears. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Parents with small babies usually shop for toys in the market so that the baby starts recognizing colours and shapes at an early age. Some parents start collecting toys even before the birth of the child. In a way this is good as they can shop for toys in a relaxed manner, as after the birth of the child both the mother and the father will be fully occupied looking after the child. Parents have to consider one important thing regarding safety before selecting toys from a shop. Parents should be extremely careful with respect to providing toys to the baby that will not harm the baby by causing allergic reaction on their tender skin, causing rashes.

There are a number of branded soft toys available in the market that are perfectly safe for the baby. But there are toys in the market place that are coloured with slightly toxic chemicals, which can be harmful for the health of the baby. Parents should always opt for soft toys which are coloured using organic and natural compounds rather than with these toxic chemicals.

Before buying from the store, the parents need to cross-check with the sales person whether the toy is perfectly safe for the baby and that there are no chemicals used in colouring the toy. Parents also need to look at instructions provided in the tag of the soft toy and act accordingly. Most reputed manufacturers provide instructions along with the tag.

Soft toys come in a variety of colours, textures and designs. Some of the popular designs include animal and cartoon character shaped soft toys. Parents usually prefer animal and cartoon characters they had used in their own childhood. But the same animals may or may not be liked by their child. Babies will usually chew these soft toys within the first 6 months of their life. So parents should be doubly careful and keep a close watch when their baby is chewing these soft toys. These toys are also available in different bright colours. Some of the animal toys that may be loved by the baby include tigers, teddy bears, monkeys, polar bears, puppies, dolphins, cows, sheep and kittens. The popularity of these animal toys is due to their facial appearance and expressions which the babies find interesting. They are fun to play with and friendly in nature, and can begin to spark a child’s interest in the world.


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