A bunch of people I know have already started their Christmas shopping. It's not a bad time. Actually, in my opinion, it's better to get everything done early than wait until last minute.

Have you done research into any of the toys that you are looking at buying your children? It may seem appealing to them, but has the potential to be dangerous. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury, according to the Center for Injury and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its 46th annual list of the 10 “worst toys” Tuesday at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.

The list of toys posing safety hazards, according to the group:

  • Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites
  • NERF Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster
  • Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw
  • Power Ranger Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade
  • Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Doll Time
  • Zoo Jamz Xylophone
  • Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the ballerina
  • Stomp Rocket ultra Rocket
  • Cutting Fruit
  • Chien A Promener Pull Along Dog

Joan Siff, the nonprofit organization’s president, said many of the toys on the list represent a bunch of different safety hazards that unfortunately surface year after year, despite the group’s efforts

The group recommends thinking and shopping defensively when it comes to buying gifts for your kiddos.

Parents can avoid many toy-related hazards by remaining cautious, identifying safety red flags, knowing what classic safety traps to look out for, inspecting new and old toys for defects and poor design, and learning to identify hidden hazards. W.A.T.C.H. cautions toy shoppers not to be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe because it has a familiar brand name on the package or it’s available from a well-known retailer.

W.A.T.C.H. is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about dangerous children’s products and protecting children from harm. Are any of the items above on your child's wish list this year? Does this information impact your decision on getting the item for your child?

[WORLD AGAINST TOYS CAUSING HARM]