As a parent, grandparent, or even an Aunt/Uncle/Friend who’s buying a toy for a beloved child in their life; you usually don’t think anything of it. It’s a toy, right? What harm can it do? Sadly, there’s a few toys out there on store shelves that are not as harmless as you may think. So go ahead and re-think those gift options and we’ll help you choose a little more wisely with the following list of toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys.
1. Fidget Spinners:
These dying fads actually contain small parts that can be a choking hazard to many children. When overused, the center screw can come undone and be consumed by younger children.
2. Mattel’s Wonder Woman Sword:
This seemingly harmless pretend sword has the potential to cause blunt-force injuries with children using it to pretend fight. Unlike other foam swords out there, this particular item isn’t as soft due to the metallic paint covering the hard foam of the sword itself.
3. Marvel’s Spider-Man Drone:
This electronic toy has multiple rotating blades that can lead to eye and other bodily injuries if not worked properly. The age restrictions should not be ignored for this particular toy.
4. Tolo’s “Pull Along Pony”:
This toy is marketed for children over the age of one but has a 19-inch cord hanging off of it. It doesn’t take a testing lab to know that’s a strangulation and entanglement hazard for children.
5. Hallmark’s Disney-themed “Itty Bittys”:
These collectible plush stacking toys are made for babies and were recalled last summer due to fabric pieces that posed a choking hazard. But the toy has created a collecting frenzy with adults and is still readily available online.
These are just five examples, but let this be a conscious reminder to those shopping for little ones.