Most children’s toys are actually very safe. However, every year, over 35,000 children under 15 go to A&E after tripping over, swallowing, or otherwise injuring themselves with a toy or part of a toy. Most of these accidents happen to toddlers between one and three.

Safe toys - how to choose?

CAPT’s leaflet How safe are your child’s toys? written especially for parents and carers, guides parents through the appropriate toys for their children based on their age. You can view samples of this and buy bulk supplies in our online shop.

How do I know if a toy is safe?

Whether you’re helping parents choose toys for their children, or you’re looking to source toys for a nursery or children’s centre, these two rules should help you make sure that what you’re buying is safe:

  • Look for toys that are age-appropriate and have a safety mark like the Lion Mark. Age warning symbols show that toys are unsafe for children under three, because they have small parts that young children can choke on.
  • Avoid markets or temporary shops, where you run the risk of buying a counterfeit toy. Take care with second-hand toys unless you are sure of their quality.

Remember that most accidents involving toys actually happen when children and adults trip over them. Serious accidents can happen if toys are left on or near stairs. So encourage children to put toys away after playing. And if toys get broken, throw them away rather than passing them on.