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Toys for children under 3

Chew toy
Young children often place toys in their mouth to explore them by sucking and chewing on them. If young children put toys or parts of toys in their mouth they could choke on them, or suffocate if the toy or part of the toy gets stuck in their throat and blocks their breathing. When this happens, children can suffer asphyxia (when oxygen stops entering the body), which causes loss of consciousness or death.

Toys for children under three years old is a very broad category of toys and can include, but is not limited to:

  • rattles, toy dummies, teethers, and squeeze toys
  • toys for attaching to cots, playpens, prams and strollers
  • push and pull toys 
  • pounding toys
  • blocks and stacking toys
  • bath toys
  • rocking horses
  • musical chime toys
  • jack-in-the box
  • stuffed toys and dolls
  • toys with pompoms
  • games and puzzles
  • toy cars, trucks and other vehicles. 
Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

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.


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Do you have or care for children under 3 years old? Get the ACCC's free do-it-yourself Choke Check tool to help you identify toys and other objects that can pose choking or ingestion hazards.


Dates: 25th October 2013 through 27th October 2013
Visit the ACCC Product Safety centre at the Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo in Melbourne for an interactive experience in finding out about potential product hazards to your child and how you can help avoid them.

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