Spotty Cloths are the simplest Playthings and perhaps the most precious. Once baby has taken the time to discover her hands, notice how they move past her face and follow them with her eyes, she's ready to discover objects in her immediate vicinity. Stand the cloth next to her where she lies and see how she's drawn to reaching out for it.
The cloths are approximately 35cm square and made from pre-washed cotton - not large enough to cause a problem and easy to grab.
- Check toys regularly.
- Toys that have been broken may have dangerous points or prongs.
- Stuffed toys may have loose seams. Always check for loose parts and escaped stuffing.
- Encourage children to put their toys safely away on shelves or in a toy chest after playing to prevent trips and falls and teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger brothers and sisters.
- Keep potentially flammable soft toys away from stoves, fireplaces, heaters and other sources of heat.
- Remember that children are likely to play with toys in ways that are not expected. Watch children playing and see how they use their toys to identify misuse.
- Infant toys, such as rattles and teethers, should be large enough so that they cannot enter and become lodged in an infant’s throat.