Toy Safety Checklist for Little Ones

This toy safety checklist for little ones will help you figure out what to have in the house.

As a parent, I’ve seen my share of  “dangerous” toys for infants and toddlers.

Many toys marked safe for kiddos actually present choking hazards — a huge problem for my kids who insisted on putting everything in their mouths despite my best efforts.

And even though some toys were noted as age appropriate, they really weren’t for my kids.

Baby Toy Safety Checklist for Parents - Know what toys are safe for your infant | Mommy Evolution


Toy Safety Checklist for Little Ones

This Christmas, with a little bit of know-how, you can easily vet out toys that may present a danger to your kiddo and make smart toy decisions.

General Toy Safety Checks:

☐ Always check the recommended age range on toy packaging

☐ Remember all children develop at different rates – your child may be old enough but may still need supervision

☐ Check toy recall lists regularly (see the CPSC –

☐ Don’t hesitate to report a toy if you ever discover a safety problem with it

☐ Always avoid toys made with lead paint – now banned, but can still be found in second hand toys or foreign toys

Avoid These Toxic Substances:

☐ Lead paint – safety standards are in place, but some paint still contains lead

☐ Phthalates – now illegal in the US, but can be found in rubber ducks & balls

☐ BPA – avoid plastics number 3, 6 and 7

For Infants, Always Avoid:

☐ Toys with small parts that babies could choke on

☐ Toys with sharp edges

☐ Toys made using glass

☐ Attached parts that could be pulled off (e.g. an eye on a stuffed animal)

☐ Toxic materials (babies love explore by putting things in their mouths)

☐ Toys with string/ ribbon that could get caught around your baby’s neck

☐ Toys with slots, hinges or holes that could trap your baby’s fingers

☐ Toys filled with beans or other objects that could spill out and choke your baby

Rule of Thumb: All toys should withstand being put in your baby’s mouth!

Checking a toy in person can let you know that it’s suitable – check to see whether any sewed on parts are secure or could be pulled off by your child.

Like this toy safety checklist? Find more insightful parenting tips on Mommy Evolution!

For more parenting ideas, consider the following affiliate links:

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or $35+ orders. Sign up for a FREE 30-Day Amazon Prime Trial HERE. Along with FREE shipping you will get access to thousands of movies, tv shows, books and music for FREE!


  1. Thanks so much for this post!! This is a must read for everyone who has little ones. Happy Holidays and I hope everyone has a safe holiday.

  2. This is a great reminder! I did so well when I had my first child but now that my littlest is 10 mths and my oldest is 4 years old, there are a lot of little toys hanging around! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing on Family Friday’s Link-Up Party!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *