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What to Look for When Buying Children’s Items Online

With so many options available these days online when it comes to shopping for anything and everything, it’s easy to get lost amid buzzwords and impressive advertisements. This also applies when shopping for children’s items. You can find everything from toys to school materials to kids’ glasses online. To make sure you’re not wasting your hard-earned money on the wrong items, there are several important things to look out for when buying children’s items online.

To make sure you're not wasting your hard-earned money on the wrong items, there are several important things to look out for when buying children's items online.

Read Reviews

The first and last word on any product online comes from customers, who leave their opinions in the form of reviews. You can find reviews about any products online on shopping pages, blogs, online forums, social media comment sections, and more. Many specialized family blogs focus on children’s products.


Make sure to read the reviews thoroughly to ensure you’re not getting any biased opinions. Many unscrupulous brands hire paid reviewers to leave a string of good reviews. This can be very misleading. Reading reviews will inform you of the pros and cons of the children’s items you intend to buy as well as additional information on how to use them properly.

Reading reviews has some other distinct advantages, such as comparing the price and quality of similar products from different brands, confirming advertisement claims, and discovering additional options if there are any.


Children aren’t as careful as adults, which is a given considering their age and maturity. It only makes sense that if you buy anything for your kids, it should be durable. To check how durable your purchase is going to be, you should look at the product description on the packaging. Also, make sure to check the conditions for returns.


If the return conditions look overly complicated, you should skip that item and check out for something similar from a better brand. This is especially applicable for toys that often tend to break down easily, such as remote-controlled cars, dolls, action figures, and more. Buying something durable for children might get a bit expensive, but it will help you save money in the long run.


Many toys are both durable and versatile, such as LEGO sets, wooden puzzles, and more. But not all toys possess the same traits. Toys with multiple functionalities should be considered carefully as the wider range of options often comes at the cost of durability.

Toxic Materials

When buying items for children, the last thing you want to do is give them something hazardous to their health. Many toys and other children’s products often use paints and dyes that can be toxic for small children if ingested by accident. Before buying any product for children, especially toddlers, make sure to check the safety warning on the packaging.


Paints and dyes aren’t the only things you need to worry about—many toys are made from harmful materials as well, such as PVC plastic. If children or toddlers are exposed to these materials, they get harmed both physically and mentally. Toddlers often tend to chew toys, and if they chew one made out of toxic materials even by accident, it’s bad news.


When a product passes minimum safety standards, they’re usually certified by government or international organizations responsible for safety regulations such as ISO (International Organization of Standardization), NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology), and more. Depending on where you live, make sure to check for the safety approval seals.

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A Secure Checkout Option

All it takes to buy something online these days is a credit card and a couple of taps on the phone. Shady websites can phish your credit card info and other details. So the best course of action is to ensure that the website you’re buying from has a secure checkout option before adding anything to the shopping cart.


Always take note of a website’s address in the search bar of your browser. If it doesn’t start with ‘https’ then don’t enter it as it isn’t SSL encrypted. Also, if the website’s payment options don’t include known payment services such as PayPal. PaySafe, or MasterCard then you probably don’t want to enter your credit card details for payment.

The Basics are Simple

Buying the right items for your children online can be very easy if you keep the above-mentioned basics in mind. As long as you’ve done your research and know the details, you’ll get a good quality product every single time. Also, always ensure your internet connection is secured for a safe and secure shopping experience.



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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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