Best Baby Bath Toys (and how to avoid mold)
Baby Bath Toys and Avoiding Mold
When it comes to bath toys, mold is your mortal enemy. And it settles in faster than you can say rub-a-dub-dub. You need to gear up correctly from the start with your choice of toys, and then be vigilant with keeping them clean. Here’s the deal…
Hole In One: Toys that squirt, rain, and make bubbles are super fun. But that means holes, a potential perfect habitat for bacteria to grow. That’s why you want detachable designs that come apart to be thoroughly cleaned and dried! You:1, Mold:0.
Sealed Shut: Toys made out of a single piece of rubber give mold no crevices to seep in and grow. Opt for unusual shapes to engage sensory play.
Some Plastic Is Fantastic: Companies like Green Toys make classic tug boats, seaplanes, and submarines out of recycled milk cartons that can be opened for cleaning and for old school fun.
Regular Cleaning: Some toys are dishwasher safe, some are not. To be safe, you can combine 3 parts hot water to one part vinegar in a bucket and let them soak in there for a good ten minutes. Then rinse and dry completely.
Smart Storage: Mold thrives in dark areas with poor air circulation, so don’t store them in a place with either of those things. Good bath toy organizers are designed not to overcrowd toys so they can dry out completely.