New list of dangerous toys and safe alternatives

@nanajanet (4436)
United States
January 18, 2009 8:48am CST
Before I give you the link, one toy that has always scared me, and rightfully so, because I have known of deaths and serious injuries from it, is a trampoline. Trampolines are meant to have one person at a time and people spotting the jumpers on the darned thing. Even the ones with a mesh around it are dangerous. That said, here is a link and PLEASE, share it with all whom you know. Hugs!! http://shopping.aol.com/toys-video-games?ncid=AOLCOMMshopDYNLprim0001
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Some scary things on that list. What are people thinking? Some of them look like they'd be fine with proper supervision or with older children- like the solitaire peg board. But still, better to be safe. I have one to add to the list. Not a toy, but a food. Lego shaped fruit snacks. They look exactly like Legos. Why encourage children to put the small blocks in their mouths? Could lead to children choking on the real toys thinking it's ok to eat them.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Well, I was looking them up and look what I found... http://blogs.consumerreports.org/safety/toys/ More lunacy from companies.
• United States
18 Jan 09
I have seen several message boards that talk about the lunacy of these snacks, and I've put my two cents in a couple of times. I know that there have been lots of people who have spoken out against them and have threatened to file lawsuits. As much as I think the companies are being irresponsible, the bottom line is that it is up to parents to make responsible decisions. Just because a product is on the store shelf does not mean it's a good idea to buy it for your child. I buy my son fruit snacks every now and then (I know, not the healthiest snack, but nobody's perfect), but I would never consider buying him ones that look like toys, especially such small toys that he could choke on if he were to try to eat them. I take responsibility for
• United States
18 Jan 09
Wait a sec... I wasn't done! I take responsibility for what I give to my son. I know the companies have a responsibility too, but we can't put it all on them.
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Ya know, I think I've always known that trampolines were dangerous. I honestly can't say that I've never thought otherwise. I have also never been on one. Having said all that, I sure can see why they are so popular. I mean, how can those of us stuck on the ground get any closer to flight? What kid doesn't want to go "up, UP, and AWAY!" I also think those skate shoes look like fun....
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I was trained on one in gymnastics, when it used to be a gymnastics event and the only other person on there with us was our coach. I had a student who fell off and broke her elbow and she can never straighten it again. It ended her acrobatics and dance aspirations. What made me more angry is the parents did not stop her, or their other kids, from doing it again.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Whenever I see those "funniest videos" with trampolines all I can think is "let this be a lesson for those who want one." Doesn't work does it?
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
18 Jan 09
We own one with the enclosure and we are very careful and have many rules. We allow only four at a time theres no flipping or rough housing. They must sit when someone enters or exits and they cant lean on the netting. It makes it not as fun but at least we have had no injuries.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Even if you set rules, they do not have professional spotters. Since I was trained by a pros in gymnastics on one, I can tell you that you can be killed. One gym, in my area, a boy was killed. He fell wrong, on the trampoline, onto his neck and broke it. He was only 13. Read this... http://www.safety-council.org/info/sport/trampoline.html
• United States
18 Jan 09
They can die In a car accident as well but we dont stop driving. You just have to be safe my kids could fall in the trampoline and have but with the rules i have they dont get hurt. They arent doing stunts just bouncing. Nothing kids cant do on there own beds. No gymnastics going on here. I mean bike riding can be unsafe too but we still let them you just have to take safeguards and supervise closly.