How to choose safe kids bath toysBy Ian Allan
The best kids bath toys are simple. They foster imagination and experimentation with water. Kids love to bail, spill and look at what water does as it cascades, using even the most basic containers from your kitchen. They also love finding out what floats and what sinks. This makes boats and bowls lots of fun.
Why kids bath toys are important for a child’s development
Kids bath toys are a fun way to help develop your baby’s sensory skills. Touching and splashing water helps develop hand-eye coordination and teaches them about temperature, gravity, problem-solving, and cause and effect.
They are also a great tool to spark conversation… “is that cold?”, “what a big splash!” In groups it teaches them to work with other children. And terms like full, empty and half-full teach them basic mathematical concepts.
Why you should avoid rubber ducks and similar kids bath toys
As well as being entertaining, for your child’s health and safety, it is important to choose a quality kids bath toy.
Proper cleaning and storage is also important. This is because young children’s immune systems are not properly developed.
The inside of this dissected toy rubber duck is covered with biofilm and slime.
You should choose toys that don’t harbour bacteria like rubber ducks do. If you don’t believe me about rubber ducks then check out this image of a dissected rubber duck. In an article called “Your Rubber Ducky Is a Disgusting Biohazard, Loaded With Potential Pathogens“, Peter Dockrill writes that toy rubber ducks harbour potentially dangerous bacterial and fungal growths.
The key to dealing with these growths in kids bath toys is to wash them regularly and thoroughly. Washing is simple with the MyScallywag range of Green Toys kids bath toys because they are dishwasher safe.
Of course, there are other safety aspects of bath time that you should consider. Things relating to supervision, emptying the bath after use, and testing water temperature. The Royal Childrens Hospital has a great checklist for bathtime safety.