When my baby was about six months old, my nieces came to stay a few nights and they were so excited for me to pull out all the bath toys I had for them to play with, and as a new mom I was quite excited to pull them out too! After they had been playing for a bit my sister-in-law approached me and asked if I knew that there was brownish-black, mold-like gunk inside some of the toys. Moldy bath toys? Sick! She then advised to me just throw out any bath toys that had holes in the bottom as they proved to just be a headache to keep clean. Since most of the bath toys I had purchased had holes in the bottom, I was heartbroken; however, since then I came upon a most glorious solution!
I was browsing Pinterest one day when I came upon the idea to glue the holes shut to prevent moldy bath toys! I don’t know how on Earth I didn’t think of that, but I was glad I hadn’t thrown them away yet. Here is the post that I found, it also talks about how to clean your moldy bath toys (use vinegar instead of bleach). If you’re a new mom and already have a nasty case of moldy bath toys or “code brown” as we call it, you can also try cleaning them out by boiling them or putting them in the dishwasher.
My advice to new moms on moldy bath toys would be the following:
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1. Don’t buy bath toys with holes in them in the first place
2. If you already have “code brown” occurring in your home, clean the toys properly and hot glue them shut
3. Make a habit of buying better toys in the future
Here are a few different bath toys with good ratings that do not have holes in them.
Do you have a different way of cleaning your bath toys? Has “code brown” occurred in your home? Do Share!
*Speaking of bath tub discoveries, I learned something else as a new mom this week: My toddler
dislikes loathes it when I’m getting ready for the day and refuses to let any toy entertain her. She cries for me to hold her the entire time that I am putting on makeup and doing my hair (in my defense, I have short hair and it really only takes me 15-20 minutes). It’s somewhat embarrassing that it took me until she was 14 months to figure this out, but this week I started putting her in the bath during this time. She loves the bath, and I am still able to talk to her and watch her the entire time. It’s a win-win for both of us! Hope that tip helps someone, but odds are everyone else already figured out a better solution.