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At Wee Folk Art we strive to create designs that are natural, beautiful and safe for children to play with. But if we had to pick one of those attributes, hands down, it would be safety first! Have you ever wondered if something was safe for your baby to play with? Of course you have. And if you are like most parents, you always error on the side of caution. As I’m busy putting together a list of things I want to make or buy for Meghan and Drew’s “Little Lady”, due September 25, one of the first things I thought of was a No-Choke Testing Tube. There was nothing like this available when my children were young, at least not that I was aware of, but later, when I ran a preschool, they were in every room.
It occurred to me, that many mothers may not know of their existence, so I wanted to take a minute to share them with all of you.
This little device is known as a No-Choke Testing Tube. It simulates a baby’s (children 3 and under) throat. When an object is inserted in the tube, if it extends beyond the top of the tube, it is safe for a baby.
If it fits inside the tube, it is not. (Although in the picture below the Flower Bud gnome extends slightly above the top of the tube, it is close enough that I would not give this to a baby.)
Of course, you still need to use common sense. Even if the object extends beyond the top of the tube, if anything on the object has something that can be chewed off, it can still be a choking hazard.
So, how much would you expect to pay for this potentially life saving little test? How does $1.99 sound? That’s right. Order one for yourself today and one for everyone you know with little children. Of course, we can pretty much judge for ourselves, but I was surprised to find that a few of the toys that I thought were safe slipped easily into the tube.
There are several different sites where you can find these. I bought mine from Toys To Grow On.
FYI… there are many things we craft for our gnome house that are NOT safe for children under 3. And remember… this is a guideline for choke potential. You may have older children that still put things in their mouths. The age that you share small toys with even older children depends on their maturity.