WARNING! Choking hazard: May contain small parts, not for children under 3 years.
You’ve seen this a million times, so often in fact, that you probably don’t even notice it anymore. And that’s too bad, because it’s there to protect your child or grandchild.
Hopefully I’m going to shake up your perceptions a little bit, and bring choking hazards back to the forefront of your brain where they belong.
On the left, a choke testing tube. The opening is about the same size as a three year old’s mouth, and that slanted piece inside of the tube is where a child’s throat would be. The CPSC (The US Consumer Product Safety Commission) requires that anything that can be dropped into these tubes and block that slanted bottom be labeled a choking hazard.
You have a bunch of these choke tubes lying around the house right?
But what you do have, and works just as well for our purposes, is the cardboard tube inside the toilet paper roll. So the next time you empty that roll, take that tube around the house as a safety measure. What do you have that (A) fits inside that tube and (B) might be attractive to the little ones? [ Doll Collecting Grannies take note! This means you too!]
The life you save may be your child’s.
PS: The most dangerous toys are small balls and deflated or broken balloons. Doll hazards include buttons, removable socks and shoes and ribbons and strings over 12 inches. But please also make sure that your older children’s dolls are out of the reach of toddlers. Of special note, remember that 18″ dolls like the American Girls® are often recommended for children 8 years and older, but they are often shared with their younger siblings. Finally we’ll ask you to regularly inspect all of your children’s dolls for broken or loose parts.
PPS: And please, don’t be that Mommy or Grandmommy who thinks that their kids are so advanced that you can give them a doll meant for older children. There’s a reason that we put the age recommendations on every doll we sell. Disregard them at your own risk.