Child Safety Gift Guide

Child Safety Gift Guide

December 5, 2023 in News, Parent Education & Support

Gift-giving is hard, especially when you’re deciding what to get children in your life. It can be particularly hard to choose a safe toy for babies, toddlers, preschoolers or school-aged kids. The Regional Medical Center (RMC) Parents as Teachers have developed a child safety gift guide for young children that are safe and fun!

Consider your child’s age when purchasing. Check out the instructions and/or warning labels to make sure it’s the right fit. 

  • Under 6 Months: Toys that encourage movement, cognitive skills and focused attention
  • 6-12 Months: Sensory items and movement/activity toys
  • 12-18 Months: Educational things that help teach shapes, colors and talking
  • 18-36 Months: Sports sets (advanced motor skills)
  • 36+ Months: Activity books of their own interest (animals, sports, family members)

Before settling on the perfect gift, check to make there are no choking hazards. Anything with small parts and pieces is a potential danger for younger children. Separating toys based on age can help with curious siblings and toys intended for older children. Don’t forget safety equipment to help keep them safe while they’re having fun on a new bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment. After the toys have been opened and played with, it’s time to store everything safely. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers. Toys should be fun and safe, but also match the child’s developmental stage of play. We hope this quick child safety gift guide helps as you stand in the toy aisle this holiday season. If you are looking for more parental support, reach out to RMC Parents as Teachers (563-927-7685) or visit to learn more.