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Is it safe to let my 6-month-old play with paper?

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I love watching 6-month-olds who grab everything in sight and examine everything they can. I think babies like the sounds that paper makes as you crumple and tear it.

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I love watching 6-month-olds who grab everything in sight and examine everything they can. I think babies like the sounds that paper makes as you crumple and tear it. The problem is that they also put anything they get hold of in their mouths. Paper is not toxic unless it contains printing made from lead or other toxin-based ink, but any kind of paper can be a choking hazard.



If your son plays with paper, be right there to remove it from his mouth. Try to limit him to heavier papers that do not tear easily, so he cannot put small pieces in his mouth. Also, limit his play with wrapping papers, because you never know what the inks may contain, especially if the paper is imported.

 
 
 
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