Bath time is the magically, wonderful period between the craziness of the evening and dinner and the sweet, silence of bedtime. Beckett could hang out in the tub until her fingertips were totally puckered and there wasn’t a drip of hot water left in the tank. It’s a chance to catch up on her day and hear the thoughts rambling in her toddler mind and if the playin’ is good it’s even a chance to read a magazine article in relative peace.
The toys in the toy basket are pretty simple. There’s the set of measuring spoons and cups accompanied by a cup and spoon from the kitchen. Didn’t you know the tub is the best place to mix up a batch of imaginary brownies?! There is also an assortment of empty shampoo bottles with working pumps because they are THE only distraction from a constant fiddling and squirting of real shampoo and conditioner.
Then there are the toys of bygone days. The cheapo rubber ducky from a fast food kid’s meal. The water-squirty balls from a darling little basketball set. Where’d they go? The recycle of course. Why’d the go? ‘Cause one day I was cleaning the tub and doing my usual scrub down of the toys and I noticed something a bit weird. The toys had a funny colored tint to them. And, they made a rattling sound like there was something inside. Well, upon closer inspection my finding was gag-worthy. The inside of the toys were lined with a thick, gunky, dark black coating of mildew. Ee-gads! How the heck is a bathtub dweller supposed to get clean hanging with this junk?! The presence of mildew was not a case of poor cleaning methods, but a case of cheap plastic that locked in moisture.
So, out they went. Bah-bye!
Well, since I am not one to get frustrated or get held up by minor road blocks I set out to find the toys I wanted and approved of. First thing: I need to be able to clean them. Second thing: High quality was a must. Third thing: Washing machine or dishwasher safe was a BIG plus (that means no scrubbing for me – hello!).
And, here are my finds!
Scrubble & Odd Ducks by BOON
When I think of Boon, I think of hip, modern, clean-lined, funky-colored goods. Their baby and kid gear is the kind of stuff you don’t immediately want to shove in closet after the kid is done with it. Well, the coolness of their products extends from what meets the eye to the materials used. Every single thing they make – be it a sippy cup, high chair or bath toy – is BPA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free (three cheers for the “bad” plastics being a bye-bye!).
The bathtub toy basket was looking a little empty with the basic, gotta-have-it kind of toys: something that squirts water (for Jacob, not Beckett) and a ducky. No bath is complete without these two things. And, Boon, came through for us with high-quality, innovatively designed toys. The first one is Jane from their “Odd Ducks” collection. Think duckies with a twist and a bit more character than your old-school yellow rubber duckies. After you “ooo” and “ahh” over the design, you’ll fall in love with the complete absence of holes for water to leak into and grow goobies overnight. The joy of a classic toy, a touch of pizzazz and a whole lot of clean, non-toxic fun!
Now, the Scrubbles are just plain awesome. They are interchangeable tops and squeezable bulbs that can mixed and matched. They unscrew for filling up and cleaning and can even be tossed in the dishwasher (hello?! How is THAT?!). Once again the colors are fun and the designs mimic a scrubby so your little one can “help” clean the tub while bathing.
All in all, Boon has done an excellent job of combining fashion friendliness and high-quality materials to create fantastic designs that are both child and adult-friendly!
Three cheers for Boon! Hip, hip, hooray!
Where to buy? Visit Boon’s website for more information and locations.
I remember when bath times were just an explorative activity that gave Beckett an opportunity to play with splash and pouring. Well, now baths have a clear cut purpose – to clean the child. My two-year-old plays hard and she plays dirty (literally, not figuratively). And, if there were such a thing as a built-in, always on bib that was attractive, I’d snag it in a heartbeat. If there are mud pies to make, she’s there. If there is chicken poop to step in, she’ll find it. Eating spaghetti is an experience, not simply a meal. Yes, she’s a messy child.
In Beckett’s eyes, bath times are still all about playing and fun and anything to the contrary is NOT to be part of this daily occurrence. I used to subscribe to the “soaking” method, but it honestly doesn’t work to get the grime and gunk off from behind her ears, between her toes and in the creases of her elbows. She needs to be scrubbed.
Green Sprouts has created the perfect tool for such a task making it possible to clean your child while playing. The organic cotton animal bath mitts are simply adorable and just right for mommy and daddy hands to engage in a game while scrubbing the little one down. They are classic animals: Pig, Hippo and Alligator and the fabric is high-quality, all-organic cotton. There is a handy loop to hang dry after use and I love the way that the mitt is soft after just air-drying in the shower.
I love that Green Sprouts is continuing with their amazing product line and offering an organic version of the bath mitt. They are known for their high quality drinkware, clothing and utensils and it’s so fun to see the care and effort extended to the bathtub, too. Three cheers for Green Sprouts! Hip, hip, hooray!
Where to buy? Visit Green Sprouts’ website for more information and locations.
Revved up for the giveaway?! Woo hoo!
- One lucky Sacred Bee blog reader will win an Organic Cotton Bath Mitt from Green Sprouts!
- One lucky Sacred Bee reader will win a Scrubble bath set from Boon!
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Winners will be drawn on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 8:00pm PST.