During this time of year, everywhere you look, you're practically inundated with television commercials, e-mails, and various ads trying to sell you on the latest and greatest must-have items for your kids. It's even harder to tune these messages out when your children are begging you (or Santa) for these gifts. Though seeing a child's face light up with joy while unwrapping presents is certainly a highlight of the holiday for any parent, there are actually quite a few hidden dangers in holiday toys that could pose a very real risk to your little ones' safety.
No parent ever wants to think about anything bad happening to their child, but being prepared for health hazards — from knowing how loud is too loud, and a surprising reason why you should be extra cautious about leaving a child unattended with small electronics — can actually ease many safety concerns. If you find yourself kept awake at night with worries over all the what-ifs and worst case scenarios, arming yourself with knowledge is an incredibly empowering first step in your journey of parenthood. Though the overlooked hazards in kids play items definitely warrant attention, there's no need to let that overshadow an otherwise fun and festive season.
As long as you're aware of the potential risks out there, you can prepare yourself accordingly, whether it's by not allowing some of these items in your home or keeping an extra watchful eye on your kids when they're playing with certain toy. Once you keep these dangers at bay, to the best of your ability, you can get to enjoying all the holiday festivities with the rest of your family.