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It's important for parents to know how to select toys that are the safest and the most beneficial for kids.

Infants don't have a fully developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more efficiently than toys and activities that involve hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial relationships. The most effective toys to encourage an infant's sight in their first year of life include mobiles with geometric patterns or bright primary colors and activities with detachable and changeable objects, puppets and balls. In the initial three months of life, a baby's ability to see color hasn't really developed, so simple black and white shapes and patterns are most engaging.

Since kids spend a great deal of time playing with toys, parents need to make sure their toys are safe for their eyes as well as their overall wellbeing. Kids should play with toys especially created for their specific age group. Along with making sure to keep toys age-appropriate is to check that the toy is right for their level of development. Despite the fact that companies mention targeted age groups on the box, you still need to make the call, and make sure your child avoids playing with anything that could be harmful to them.

Steer clear of toys that have points or edges or any sharp parts for little ones, and be sure that things with long sticks, like pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Closely supervise toddlers when they play with those kinds of toys.

For children younger than 6 years old, stay clear of toys with flying parts, like dart guns. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to pay close attention with toys like that. On the other hand, when it comes to older kids who have chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always check that they have correct safety eyewear.

When you're next shopping for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions, keep a close eye out for the company's instructions about the intended age range for the toy. Be certain that toys you buy won't pose any harm to your child's eyes – even if your child really wants it.

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