Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Is it Ok that toy packaging is full of potential hazards?
We know the toys are safe for our little ones... but what about all the tiny odds and ends that come with them?
Why is it that, when safety regulations for children’s toys are so stringent (we’re not complaining, we love that), they come in packaging full of those horrible plastic twisty ties and even the odd miniscule screw?
Every time your tot gets a new toy you can’t help but be slightly alarmed to find the floor littered with these potential hazards (babies do love putting things in their mouths, noses, ears etc).
Not only are these bits easy to lose track of – even though we try to make sure they all go straight in the bin, it’s not that uncommon to find a stray one lying about – they also make getting the toy out of the box almost impossible – anyone else end up wielding a pair of scissors, a screwdriver and a knife on Christmas morning?
Are they really necessary? Ok we’ve all seen Toy Story but, come on, toys don’t actually come to life and try to make a bid for freedom as soon as our backs are turned, so why do manufacturers feel the need to restrain them in this way?
Come on guys, give us a break. Let the toys breathe, make packaging accessible and please remove the choking/poking hazards. Thanks!