- Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lights – $20: This is a plush toy that beams night-sky images on the ceiling. The problem is that it contains accessories that can be removed by small children and swallowed. And the batteries can leak acid. The light display can become so hypnotizing that children cannot sleep without it.
- Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster – $35: This is a plastic rifle that fires plastic discs. It can cause eye and facial injuries. It also can cause hurt feeling all around when a Nerf battle devolves into a wrestling match, with dents in the wall.
- Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw – $10: This is a rigid plastic claw that can easily fit over small hands. It can cause eye and facial injuries.
- Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade – $30: This is a spring-loaded plastic blade that can cause impact injuries to the face and body.
How to Make This Holiday Season as Safe Possible for Your Loved Ones
The holidays are usually a time of joy when we give our children toys that they have been waiting all year to receive. But there are some popular toys that we should not even consider giving to our little ones, toys that can actually be dangerous to their health. For example, imagine how excited your two-year-old will be when you hand her what looks like a plastic shiv and a piece of fake fruit with the instruction on the box to ‘get to slicing!’ This toy is called the Cutting Fruit kit from Kid O Toys, and it has been named as one of the 10 Worst Toys thanks to the rather unusual concept of encouraging toddlers to be wielding cutting instruments, however dull they might be. The dangerous toy list that was released last week was by World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), and the list includes a variety of play weapons and several seemingly harmless toys as pillow pets, a wooden dog and a plush ballerina. Every year, W.A.T.C.H. releases its worst-toy list to increase awareness of possibly dangerous play things. Some of these toys are rather obvious, such as ones that encourage toddlers to play with knives, but others are not as evident, such as the Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll. Below are a few more on the W.A.T.C.H. list that parents should avoid for their little ones: