A Word About Toy Safety
When turning toys that are intended for young children, such as spinning tops, dolls, rattles, ball-and-cup games, etc., ensure the toys are safe for young children to play with. Information about toy safety is available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (cpsc.gov). Another resource is KidsHealth.org. Generally, imagine what a curious, clever child might do, and take safeguarding steps accordingly. Make each doll as safe and strong as possible. Here are some factors to consider:
- Ensure any small additions/accessories such as buttons are secure and cannot be removed, as they could become a choking hazard.
- Ensure metal components, especially rare-earth magnets, are absolutely secure and cannot be removed.
- Choose child-friendly, nontoxic finishes.
- Take steps to safeguard against choking hazards for small children. This could take the form of a small toy as one unit or smaller components that could be separated. KidsHealth.org advises, “Toys should be large enough—at least 1 1/4" (32mm) in diameter and 2 1/4" (6cm) in length—so that they can’t be swallowed or lodged in the windpipe. A small-parts tester, or choke tube, can determine if a toy is too small. These tubes are designed to be about the same diameter as a child’s windpipe. If an object fits inside the tube, then it’s too small for a young child. If you can’t find a choke tube, ask a salesperson for help or use a toilet paper roll tube.”