- In This Feature
- So Many Questions, So Little Time
- Is it OK to buy a used breast pump?
- What’s the best sleeping arrangement for my newborn?
- Can I use an heirloom crib?
- Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
- Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
- How soon can we travel with our newborn?
- If walkers aren't safe, why are they in stores?
- Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
- Can I hold my baby on my lap in taxi cabs?
- What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?
- What kind of baby thermometer should I buy?
- My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
- Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
You're better off following a manufacturer's age recommendation exactly. "It not only reflects the age that a baby can developmentally be expected to play with a particular toy, but it's safer," says Dr. O'Brien. "Toys made for an older child may feature small parts, such as beads, eyes, and strings that a baby can put into his mouth."