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Why these bath toys
We had already bought our son the farm animal set of these which he had enjoyed but as they were starting to look a bit worn and grubby we decided to treat him to a new set and choose the ocean set this time. These were one of the first types of bath toys that we bought our son when he started to enjoy baths rather than them being just us holding him to get him clean.
Who are they for
Amazon market these as "Suitable from ages 6 months+ to 99 years! " and I have to say I wondered who enjoyed them at the beginning more my son or my husband!
What are they
The Ocean set comes with a seahorse, a crab, an octopus, a starfish and a big bright clamshell bath squirter. The set comes complete with a sturdy, clear carry case with a draining mesh bottom to let them dry off when they're not swimming in the tub. Suitable for age 6 months upwards. The squirters typically measure 7 cm by 7 cm (height, width).
A squirter for the uninitiated is a toy that when squeezed takes on water and then when press squirts that water out at someone or something
The squirters are made form soft plastic that is "Phthalate free" Now those chemists among you may know what this is but for those of you less clued up and I included myself in that. A quick search of google and Wikipedia I found this about Phthalate's
"Phthalates are a group of chemicals primarily used in plastics to increase their flexibility. Their use is controversial because phthalates have caused hormonal activity in rodents when administered in high doses"
So I guess Phthalate free is a good idea given how much little ones seem to chew their toys and my son has often had these in his mouth
For a long time my son has enjoyed playing with these creatures in the bath mainly chewing them and putting them into things or walking them down the side of the bath. As they float to they will often be pushed up and down the bath or if we take them swimming they act as an incentive for him to kick his legs and try to swim to get them.
He uses them with either my husband or I in the bath to play chase with them too.
Now at 22 months old the idea of using them as a squirt has suddenly taken off and he uses them to squirt anyone and anything in the region of the bath. Depending on the pressure he places on these they can squirt to the end of the bath without any problem at all.
He loves animals so these creatures really appeal to him. They have lovely friendly faces and are a wonderful bright primary color so they are great to help little ones focus too.
The plastic is wonderfully soft and pliable to the touch too. I wish we had bought this set first as they are slightly chunky and easier to be held and manipulated than the farm set. They are chunky and soft to the touch which is great for little hands to hold. The fact that they are chunky makes it easy for him now to squeeze them to take on board the water and squirt it at me!
The squirters come in a handy see through carry case. This is handy if you are taking the toys on holiday or to the swimming pool as we sometimes do.
I do like these as a bath toy but I have one big gripe. They seem to accumulates on the inside soap scum very easily and not matter how much I rinse them in clean water rather than the bubble bath my son has the soap scum always accumulates on the inside and you need to take water into the squirter shake it and then squirt the brown/ black built up soap scum out. A tip I received from someone was to soak them in Milton for half and hour and this reduces the scum build up. This does seem to work to a degree but we still had to get rid of 2 bath toys from the farm set as they just had become too discolored on the inside from soap scum.
It is because of this that I have down rated the toys from what would have been a 5 starts to 4 stars
A great fun bath toy that can be used as a squirter or just for imaginative play for little ones the only negative is the build up of soap scum on the inside.
These are currently on sale on Amazon for £7.94
Lots of rub-a-dub fun in the bath with these water squirters. There's a seahorse, a crab, an octopus, a starfish and a big bright clamshell, too! Complete with sturdy, clear carry case and draining mesh bottom to let them dry off when they're not swimming in the tub! Suitable for age 6 months on.