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A toy train has some rust on a small part. Is it safe to let my 23 months old play with it?

A toy train has some rust on a small part. Is it safe to let my 23 months old play with it?

No: You should not let your child play with toys with small arts due to choking hazards. The rust may not be safe either. ...Read more

Toys (Definition)

Toys is a topic that includes recommendations for choices of toys, and for avoiding choking or injuries when playing with toys. A toy is any object created for a person to play ...Read more


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My toddler ingested paint from a toy train that was made in china and i didn't realize it. I did a lead test which was negative but positive for chromium. Will this cause him permanent damage or harm?

My toddler ingested paint from a toy train that was made in china and i didn't realize it. I did a lead test which was negative but positive for chromium. Will this cause him permanent damage or harm?

No: A variety of chromium compounds appear in paints ("chromo" means "color"); the only chromium compound that's supposed to be a problem is the hexavalent chromium, and it would surprise me greatly if this was the form on a toy even from china. Chromium is actually an essential nutrient and a dubious dietary supplement. ...Read more

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Sex with toys . Is there any risk ?

Depends: Some toys are less likely to be a problem than others. Remember that they are contaminated by human bodily secretions/fluids and may attract germs. A toy that is tolerant of steaming for sanitation and or soapy water wash would be better than one that cannot be effectively cleaned. ...Read more

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What are the best musical toys for toddlers?

Singing Parent: Seriously. This may not apply to you if you spend a lot of time face-to-face with your child already, but i think one of the main epidemics of the 21st century is the epidemic of human contact deficiency. Children go from squeaky toy to spell-and-speak to a smartphone while receiving no reinforcement of social cues. Having said that, i think the best musical toy is a toy instrument to play. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stimulate with toys?

What is the best way to stimulate with toys?

Educational toys: Use toys that are safe and that stimulate the mind and the body. Children respond best to quality time with parents doing simple things. Reading to them, crawling with them, inventing games to play with boxes, etc. Toys can be additional help and should not replace one on one time. Puzzles for right age can be good. Legos can be good for the right age, etc. ...Read more

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My grandson lines all toys up he is 2years 5 months was late in saying first words ?

Further evaluation: Sounds like your grandson could benefit from a full developmental evaluation. Many totally normal toddlers do the toy lining up thing, and many normal toddlers are a little late talking. Need to assess his social and peer interactions, eye contact, gross and fine motor skills, etc. Only then can you say that these are just normal variations or warning signs of something more concerning. ...Read more

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Are crib toys safe?

Depends: It depends upon the toy.Please be more specific. ...Read more

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What are the best toys for preemies?

Their Parents!: Toys are fine and dandy, but there's nothing that can stimulate healthy cognitive, emotional, and physical development quite like interacting with a parent. However much money you spend on a toy, use it together with your child and your dollars will have been well spent! ...Read more

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Is albolene a safe lubricant for toys?

No: It looks like albolene is a moisturizer/cleanser. You should use appropriate "personal" lubricants for toys or sex. For most toys (especially silicone ones), a water based lube is recommended. A silicone based lube may also cause damage to condoms (not a good thing!). A good water based lube is slippery stuff which can be found on-line. ...Read more

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What toys are good for my 15-month-old?

What toys are good for my 15-month-old?

Ones that are: age appropriate & safe. See: https://www.naeyc.org/toys

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Is it safe to buy used toys for my child?

Yes: In general, it is safe to buy used toys. Disinfect them before use, and check them against recall lists to make sure they have not been recalled. ...Read more

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What are the best toys for a two year old?

What are the best toys for a two year old?

Interactive: Toys that require some imagination and creativity are best at this age. Building blocks, toy cars and trucks, xylophones, etc are all great. You can even begin to give them paper and markers to practice scribbling. Play fun music in the background and let your child dance around the room. Allow them lots of unlimited time outdoors running around. Sing songs and read books together. ...Read more

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How to chose toys for a 10 months old baby?

How to chose toys for a 10 months old baby?

The box is fine: For a 10 mo old, pretty much anything they can chew on, rattle, or bang should be fine. In 3-4 mo they'll be into action/ reaction, but for now, it's all about sensory. Play gyms, things to climb on, grab, chew on, are perfect. ...Read more

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What toys can I give to my autistic grandson?

What toys can I give to my autistic grandson?

Limited choices: Unfortunately, there are few toys developed specifically for autistics (but I am aware of one great idea that is in development). You have to use toys/tools/devices designed for the "regular" population. Just competence or even mastery with a toy is not enough. The goal should be to encourage interaction with others & to feel/express emotionally. ...Read more

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How to figure out why i can't orgasm via sex toys?

How to figure out why i can't orgasm via sex toys?

Real thing?: Maybe your age (50). Maybe lack of erotic stimuli from real sex, not toys! hormonal issues are a major factor! ...Read more

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How do I stop her from stealing her brother's toys?

Modify behavior: Children are often possessive of toys, they often grab them from others. Praise specific sharing behaviors with a kind comment. When undesirable behaviors are seen, give a time out to the 'grabber'; if the behavior continues separate your children or give the toy a time out. Often changing the response helps improve the behavior. Try not to reward any loud protestations from either child. ...Read more

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What are some indestructible toys for autistic child?

What are some indestructible toys for autistic child?

Many treatments: There are a plethora of toys for autistic children that they can both play with & that will help with some of their sensory issues. Here is one site, but there are many others. If your child is seeing an occupational therapist, he can direct you to ones that are appropriate for your child. http://www.nationalautismresources.com/toysandgames.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwur2eBRDtvMS0gIuS-dYBEiQANBPMRwWJrUhXYH ...Read more

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How long does syphilis live on an object (like a sex toy)?

How long does syphilis live on an object (like a sex toy)?

Probably not at all: Drying kills syphilis bacteria (and probably all other STDs), and nobody has been reported to have caught syphilis through sex toys -- only by direct sexual exposure. Of course sex toys should be cleaned between use by different persons, but failure to do so probably still is low risk as long as enough time has passed for fluids on the device to have dried up. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to touch the goo inside glow in the dark toys?

Not recommended: Simply touching the material should not be harmful, but would definitely not leave it in contact with the skin for extended periods of time. ...Read more