Wednesday, July 9

Natural Bath Toys...

I was giving the babies a bath a few nights ago and as usual, the bathtub was full of rubber ducks, shaving cream caps, and boats. A few minutes into the bath, I began noticing little black bits floating in the water. I was horrified to realize that mold was coming out of the rubber ducks the kids like so much. Gross!

Happily, I recently read somewhere that shells, river rocks, and sponges make good toys in the bath. We already had a natural sponge and cute little bird washcloth toy and I was able to find bags of shells and rocks in the craft section of Walmart. We'll see what the babies think at bath time tonight!



Note: Test your tub to see if the shells or rocks will scratch the finish before you let your kids play!

4 comments:

K.H. said...

That looks lovely. Unfortunately, my son would smash the shells without meaning to, I'm pretty sure.

What he likes to play with in the tub are those lifelike sea animals by Monterey Bay Aquarium toys -- you can get them on Amazon but we got ours at the National Aquarium.

Since they are solid, they don't hold water or get moldy, and they are soft enough not to hurt the baby if they "jump" a bit too high out of the water and land where they shouldn't. And the baby can chew on them safely!

Michelle Melania said...

Fantastic idea! I hate those toys that fill up with water. They become so disgusting almost immediately. We have a couple of bath puppets that the kids love. But mostly bubbles and cup are what we use in the tub.

Courtney said...

I forgot to mention that I know some people clean those plastic bath toys in the dishwasher. That wouldn't work for ours, but for some toys it might. We have a cloth fishing set for the bath too that doesn't get moldy. I'm going to find some of those large sea shells, though. What a great idea!

Eager Beavers said...

That's a great ides, Em. I go through our bath toy basket a few times a year and pitch a bunch surreptitiously...they do get repulsive. I always have to cycle in new ones or they'll notice I got rid of favorites, but in all these years I haven't found a way to get them clean once they get mildewed.

xoxo Aunt Jen

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