If you were a child of the 80s, you’ll probably have had rubber duck bath toys for the tub.
We had three that we would squeeze, squirt and splat bath after bath, for what felt like years.
I also remember a bit of a funny smell resonating from them. Long after the bath water had drained away, the occasional bit of black stuff would come out when we gave them a squish.
Being a small child, I had no idea what it was.
As an adult, and now parent, I realise that it was mould.
— Bryony MacKenzie (@BryonyTV) March 28, 2018
Mouldy bath toys
Bath toys have certainly come a long way since I was a child.
Your retro duck is still out there, but now so are sea creatures, fruits, and even full-on tea sets.
One thing that hasn’t really changed though, is that the majority of them still have a hole in the base.
The hole allows water to be sucked in and squirted out for hours of giggles. Great fun for bath times and swimming pool games, yes, but in reality, the perfect environment for germs to live and multiply. Ewwwww.
The dangers of mould
According to a quick Google search, the chances of a child getting ill from mouldy bath toys are pretty low.
That’s not a solid gold guarantee though. After all, I’m certainly no expert, and Google isn’t always reliable!
One thing that is a definite however is that it’s disgusting.
After all, children suck, and squirt the water from their bath toys INTO THEIR MOUTHS.
So finding a bath toy that will last a bit longer mould-free is always a bonus.
Splash About Splash Jacks
Makers of the Happy Nappy amongst other clever things, Splash About has come up with the answer.
Splash Jacks are soft, tactile water toys ideal for babies who like to put everything in their mouths.
Let’s face it, that’s most babies.
The nodules of the toys are designed to relieve sore gums and teeth, and their unique ergonomic shape are easy for little fingers to hold.
Apart from this and perhaps most importantly, they don’t have the little hole. Therefore, no water can get inside to create a build-up of black mould.
Made from all-natural rubber, free from BPA, PVC and Phthalates, they are safe for children of all ages.
They also won’t flake off as they are dyed using food grade paint. As the Mum of a teething baby, this is a total win I can never be sure about what he’s actually getting off some of the toys he chews.
So what’s the verdict?
We really liked these little toys.
They have a silky texture to touch, and are soft enough to chew, chuck or splat both in and out of water.
And some more great news is that they are unisex. They come in 3 bright colours – red, yellow and green, so there are no issues with gender stereotyping either.
I’d defitinitely recommend Splash Jacks as a water toy for the bath, pool or seaside, or as a more general chew toy for teething babies.
At a glance:
- Price: RRP £9.99
- Materials: all natural rubber, safe from toxins; BPA, PVC and Phthalates, food grade paint
- Quality: high
- Gender: unisex
- Available to order at Splash About
- Recommendation: high
Please note, we were sent the product free of charge but not in exchange for a positive endorsement. The opinions in this blog are based on my own experiences and in no way linked to those of the product.
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