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Dear Marianne:

How can you tell if these holiday "hot toy" lists are credible or just advertising?

Shelley, New York, NY, Mom of Luke (4) and Max (18 months)
The best way to approach a "hot" toy list is to read it for information and not as a shopping list. Most of these lists have little or no research behind them. To determine if a list is credible or not, look for these red flags.

1. The list is based purely on opinion. Anyone can have an opinion.
There are more scientific ways to evaluate toys.

2. Kids are billed as toy experts. Children are toy consumers, not toy

3. The list contains nothing but descriptions of the toys. That's a
hint there was never really any testing or evaluation.

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

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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