Suggested ages on toys, how strict are you?

Kelly - posted on 07/05/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi all, I was just wondering how strict are you all when It comes to the "recommended ages" on certain toys?

For example I was wondering would it be a bad idea to buy my 2yo Play Dough? On all the tubs etc it says 3+ but I don't see the difference? It's non-toxic and at 3 they're just as likely to put it in their mouths as they are when they're 2. It's so darn cheap in my local K-mart at the moment I was thinking of going and getting him a couple tubs and a kit, it's only 3.50 for 6 tubs and 4 rollers/cutter shape things! He loves the look of it in the store and I think he'd love it, but I've always put it back down because of the age recommendation.

What do y'all think?

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Jodi - posted on 07/08/2013

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The law doesn't say a child under 3 can't use them, it is merely a guideline that is required by law to be printed on the box for anything that may pose a choking hazard. It is them up to the parent to make the judgment. There are plenty of toys for 3+ that are perfectly suitable for a younger child with supervision. The operative word here is supervision......

Jodi - posted on 07/08/2013

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The only reason they often have 3+ as the age limit on things is because the law says they must......but you need to use your own judgement. Play Doh can be great at any age, but the younger they are, the more supervision they will need with it. Just be aware that there is potential choking hazard if unsupervised. That's the reason the age limit is there. However, at 2, they are outgrowing their need to explore orally, so play doh can play a positive part in their sensual development with supervision.

Stephanie - posted on 07/08/2013

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I do follow age recommendations for most toys. I find that if, a child who is 2 or 3 is playing with barbies meant for a 5 year old, when they are 5, they won't be interested anymore. My niece has so many toys that she doesn't play with because they all got boring before she knew how to really use them as they were intended. If I get toys as gifts for my daughter, like a lap-top meant for a 3 year old from her Poppa, I store it and will give it to her when she is ready for that. It is my child and my choice to do that, even if the gift giver doesn't agree with it.
That said, I do let my 18 month old draw with chalk and crayons, and I think both say 3+. I only let her use them when I am watching her. When she put that chalk piece in her mouth once, I took it away and we didn't play chalk for about a month. She hasn't done it again.
Play-do may be okay for your 2 year old. I would closely supervise him while he uses the play-dough. It can get stuck in carpets and can be a mess to clean. Why not buy a bunch now and save it? You could open 1 or 2 pkgs now. It shouldn't dry out if you don't open it. I'm a huge fan of stocking up and storing things that I find for a good price.

Denikka - posted on 07/06/2013

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Definitely keep an eye out for dangers, but the age limit doesn't necessarily mean that there are easy to swallow pieces or whatever :) As I mentioned, grab it and try it out. If you feel that he IS still too young, you can always put it away for the next Christmas, birthday or whatever when he's a little older :)

Denikka - posted on 07/05/2013

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Pshaw. Age recommendations? I don't even look anymore XD
I have 3 kids (4yr old boy, 2yr old girl and less than 12 hours old boy :P)
I barely looked at age restrictions when my first was very little and just about never bother anymore. Basically, if I look at a toy and think on of my kids will like it (and I can afford it or have a reason to buy it at the time), then I'll grab it. Regardless of the age on the package. I'll let my kids play with it once and see how they do.

My son has a train set that his aunt bough him that's supposed to be 10yrs+ (it's an electric collectors train set). He loved it, but after playing with it, we realized he wasn't ready for it yet. So it got put away and we'll try again in a few years. Most of the kids toys are above their age range. My oldest boy plays with mostly 5-6 yr+ toys and my daughter plays with mostly 4yr+ toys. I just get them what I think they'll like. If it doesn't work, it gets put away for a while, no biggy :)

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Enna - posted on 07/09/2013

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I think he's fine to play with play dough. I usually don't follow the age recommendations, but I keep it close. I don't let my six year old play with 10+ toys. It's just not appropriate for her. But an 8+ is usually fine. We have to do that with board games especially because she's too smart for the games for smaller children.

Kelly - posted on 07/06/2013

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Thank you! Maybe Im being a bit too protective lol, Im always just worried about things he could swollow, especially now having another tiny one I cant watch him 24/7 like I use to.

Congratulations on your new bubba!

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