Stuffed toys like teddy bears and cuddly dolls may seem harmless, but their eyes, nose, hair, buttons or attached jewellery are often small enough to choke small children. The filling in stuffed toys can also cause injury and illness. Foam toys are not recommended for children under three years of age.
While many stuffed toys seem safe, if some parts of a toy are not attached securely, they can pose a choking risk for children.
Children under three years old can suffer serious injuries or illness when playing with stuffed toys if they:
choke on small parts or filling that they have placed in their mouths or inhaled
The mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age came into effect on 17 December 2003. It covers specific testing methods, as well as design and construction requirements.