Children need few toys during infancy. Parents' love and attention is more important for infants' healthy development and well-being. In fact, newborns are more attracted to human faces than inanimate playthings, and infants continue to prefer people over toys. Being gently and playfully cuddled, touched, and talked to contribute to children's earliest impressions that the world is wonderful and safe and can be explored without fear.
Infants need very close, almost constant, supervision. They are engaged in the process of self-discovery, and are getting to know their new world by looking, listening, tasting, smelling, and grasping. Most of their learning comes through play. They need safe toys that appeal to all of their senses and stimulate their interest and curiosity. Talk with other parents who have infants and small children. They may be able to suggest safe toys and let you know of any recalls. Read the label on the toy. Always buy toys that are age appropriate.
Keep uninflated balloons out of reach and throw away all broken balloons. More children have suffocated on uninflated balloons and pieces of broken balloons than on any other type of toy.
Look for toy recalls posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) homepage, http://www.CPSC.gov; toll free number 1-800-638-2772. You can search by toy description and manufacturer. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) provides good information on toy safety at http://www.toysafety.net.