Every time Bennett has one of his fevers I panic and overhaul a different part of our routine. A few months ago I put all of his stuffed toys in a hot dryer to kill any dust mites that might be contributing to his allergies. Last month I threw out all of our bath toys that collect water in areas that you can’t get to to clean.
I pried open our Green Toys Tugboat to find a thin layer of mold coating the deck. The Green Toys website says the tugboat is dishwasher safe but they really need to make a boat that is easy enough to take apart to clean properly. I love that Green Toys are made from recycled materials but who is dish-washing their bath toys every week? Our Munchkin Squirtin’ Sea Buddies also went in the trash. If you don’t think squirting bath toys are dangerous, Google “squirting bath toy mold” (you’re better off just trusting me though).
I’m not a fan of traditional bath mats either because I hate having to clean around all the little suction cups with a miniature scrubbing brush. So I replaced our bath mat with Puj Grippy Adhesive Bath Treads that stick right to the floor of the bath and don’t trap water anywhere. They are also super colorful so now bath time is also disco time.
So here’s what I did, with links to our new bath toys and grippy treads.
1. GET RID OF TUB MATS
Replace the tub mat with adhesive grips like Puj Grippy Adhesive Bath Treads
2. BUY TOYS THAT DON’T TRAP WATER
Choose toys that are dishwasher safe and free of toxins. Avoid PVC, BPA and phthalates. If a toy smells like chemicals, don’t think those chemicals won’t leach into your child’s bath water. Some easily cleanable and non toxic toys we like are:
Boon Pipes Water Pipes Bath Toy (The things that are stuck to the wall)
Fred & Friends KOI TOY Light-Up Bath Goldfish (This is the bright orange thing that Finn is playing with in the pic)
Moluk Oogi Figure (No air space)
Freddie and Sebbie Bath Toys Bath Letters and Numbers (Non toxic & durable)
Hevea Pond Bath Toys (Sealed so water can’t get in. No PVC, no BPA, no phthalates, no artificial colors)
Moluk Plui Rain Cloud Tub Toy (See last pic – it’s next to Finn’s elbow. The cloud comes apart for cleaning. Bath time science lesson!)
3. CLEAN TOYS WEEKLY
Hot water and soap are fine for toys that are easily opened. If you have toys that trap water, make sure you clean them well with vinegar and hot water every week or so. If you have a hot glue gun, you can seal up the holes in your rubber duckies to make them airtight.