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When is it safe to let my baby play in a sandbox?
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 12 months
It should be silica-free.
Silica is a carcinogen.

In brief: 12 months
It should be silica-free.
Silica is a carcinogen.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. Justin Rich
Pediatrics
In brief: 18-24 months
This depends upon whether or not the child still mouths objects.
A bit of dirt/sand in the mouth won't be harmful, but handfuls could become a problem, not to mention small toys/debris in the sandbox that could pose a choking hazard. Most kids stop mouthing objects around 15-18 months old but for some it may continue beyond age 2. Lastly, kudos for encouraging outside playtime!

In brief: 18-24 months
This depends upon whether or not the child still mouths objects.
A bit of dirt/sand in the mouth won't be harmful, but handfuls could become a problem, not to mention small toys/debris in the sandbox that could pose a choking hazard. Most kids stop mouthing objects around 15-18 months old but for some it may continue beyond age 2. Lastly, kudos for encouraging outside playtime!
Dr. Justin Rich
Dr. Justin Rich
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