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Popular Toys in 2013 and Toys to Avoid

The holiday gift giving season is in full swing and you may be wondering what to buy for the kids on your list.  You may also be wondering what to avoid.

Every year big retailers like Toys R Us, Amazon and Walmart, compile lists of what they expect to be the most popular toys during the holiday season.  This year’s lists include the following “must-have” items:

Toy safety should also be a concern and for that, there’s another list.  Here are a few of this year’s biggest offenders, according to consumer safety group, U.S. PIRG Education Fund:

So while you’re out playing Santa this year, keep these tips in mind:

  • Bigger is better when it comes to toys with parts and pieces.
  • No small balls or balloons for young children.
  • Read and heed warning labels.
  • Avoid PVC plastics.
  • Avoid toys that contain lead.
  • Stay away from toys with powerful magnets.
  • If it sounds too loud, it is.
  • Be aware of strings and cords.
  • Be informed.  Stay up to date on recalls and report any dangerous toys.

Happy Holidays!

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