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
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.