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I keep seeing award stickers on toy packages. If I buy a toy that has an award sticker on the box does that mean other similar toys are not as good? What guidelines can I follow for choosing a good toy?

Lauren, Miami, FL
Mom of Rachel (7), Sofi (6) and Naomi (2)
Use them as a guide and follow 3 easy steps before making a decision on what to buy?

1.Analyze: What does the child have already? (Stacks of board games, tubs of building blocks, shelves of books) Take a quick INVENTORY of your child’s collection and see if there is a type of toy missing from the playroom. A new kind of toy will trigger interest and intrigue once opened!
2.Simplify- Parents “think” kids need a lot of toys, then regret having so many around the house! It is best to have a variety of TOY TYPES, so a child uses a range of developmental skills.
3.Magnify: It is imperative that toys are chosen which are age-appropriate and are of interest to a child. Choose toys that "MAGNIFY’ a child’s current skills and challenges those they need to work on.


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Springtime is the Season to Begin Protecting Your Child from
Window Falls


Sunny weather, warm temperatures, breezy air—it’s springtime, a season of beauty and joy. But open windows and unsupervised children can have tragic consequences for families. Window-related falls are a major hazard in the home that increases significantly during the spring and summer months. It also typically occurs as a result of poor supervision.

Each year, approximately 18 children ages 10 and under die from window-related injuries with an estimated 4,700 children ages 14 and under visiting hospital emergency departments. Head injuries are associated with the majority of deaths and severe injuries.

“To an unsuspecting child, an open window is an open invitation for a fall,” said Heather Paul, Ph.D., executive director of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. “That’s why it’s important to take a few steps that will make your home a safer environment for your child.”

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign offers the following tips for parents and caregivers to prevent window falls:

  • Adults should not depend on window screens to prevent children from falling. Screens can easily give way under a child’s weight. Adult supervision is key.

  • Move chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from windows. Children can fall from windows opened as little as 5 inches.

  • Consider installing window guards on all windows located on the ground floor and up. Be sure that these guards meet new federal standards for emergency egress in the event of a fire.
For more information on playground safety or to order a copy of SAFE KIDS magazine with more tips for keeping kids safe, visit www.safekids.org.

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. The Campaign is made up of more than 300 state and local SAFE KIDS coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.





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