Want to buy a toy chest but concerned about safety? Today’s toy box safety features are designed to keep kids safe while still keeping toys organized. Safety concerns are one of the top questions parents and grandparents have about buying a toy box. It’s an important consideration.
Kids are in and around their toy boxes for years, most of the time before they’re fully capable of understanding how to use things properly. In the past, that led to a lot of pinched fingers, banged heads and even kids who became trapped inside their toy boxes. Today, toy box safety features help protect children. In this post we’ll tell you what features to look for and how they help protect kids.
Top Three Toy Box Safety Features
The three most important safety features to keep in mind when buying a toy box are lid supports, air holes and finger cutouts. Each of these features helps protect kids from getting hurt by or trapped in a toy chest.
- Lid Supports. These are vitally important to keeping the lid open no matter what position the lid is in. Toy box lids can be heavy, especially for younger kids who are digging for a toy with one hand and holding the lid up with the other. Spring-loaded hinges located on the inside of the toy box support the lid at any angle, preventing it from falling on a child or trapping them inside the toy chest.
- Air Holes. Important for ventilation, air holes come in many shapes and sizes. They may be located on the side of the box, like handles. They could be a gap between the bottom of the lid and the top of the box that keeps the lid from closing flush. They may even be unobtrusive holes set into the back of the toy box. Whatever their location, air holes allow fresh air to get in to the box if the lid is down. Kids love to hide inside their toy boxes and air holes help to make it safer for them to do so.
- Finger Cutouts. You may notice a dip or a larger gap under the lid, running along the top of the box. It’s not a design flaw; it’s a finger cutout. These design features leave just enough space between the lid and the toy chest top for fingers to rest when the lid down. Although lid supports will work to keep the lid upright, there’s always a chance that a sibling or friend will come along and push the lid down while a child has his or her hands on the edge of the toy box. Finger cutouts help prevent hurt fingers by giving them a safe place to rest.
There are other safety-related features that you may want to consider such as construction materials and how it’s designed. Wood, for example, is typically safer and a more durable product than plastic. Plastics can contain harmful chemicals that many parents are trying to avoid nowadays. Plastics also break down and become brittle over time. This can lead to cracks or breaks in the toy box which can pinch or poke little fingers.
Another consideration is the lip edge. A pointed edge can be dangerous if a child falls against it. Look for rounded edges if at all possible to minimize injury. Some parents choose to remove the lid entirely when the child is very young and put it back once the child is old enough open and close it himself.
Buying A Toy Box From WoodToyBox.com
At WoodToyBox.com we take toy box safety very seriously. All of our toy boxes have lid supports that hold the lid up in any position and are made with 100% real wood. Our handcrafted toy boxes last for decades, often being passed down from generation to generation. We specialize in the personalized toy box, creating family heirlooms that have been laser engraved with names or monograms.
Visit our website at www.woodtoybox.com to view our selection or call us at 701-214-1520. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our toy box construction and safety.