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Ten Little Plastic Yellow Ducks...Still Need A Home
When I fell pregnant with my daughter we wrote lists of bits and bobs which we needed to get, though it never crossed my mind to get a bath toy bag at that point as I thought two things. The first that she wouldn't use bath toys for a long time as she would probably be in the baby bath for a while, and secondly, when we did get her in the big bath she probably wouldn't have as many to warrant a toy bag. Well, she is now seven months old and we have two bags!
******Buying The Bag******
By this point we had already brought a smaller bath toy bag to hold some of her smaller toys but this bag was proving more of an annoyance than a saver. The bag wouldn't hold the toys without the suction cups sliding down the bag and into the bath and every time the shower was on, the suction cups got wet and didn't hold stick. Also, by this point, the yellow ducks, bath books, water toys, you name it, it was scattered all around the bath rim and other surfaces in the bathroom - our daughter loved her bathtimes!
So we went on the hunt for a new bag and we came across this safety first bag.
It was a simple mesh bag which said it was from birth upwards (though I don't understand really why it has an age on it - it's more for the parents benefit!). It boasts that it has two easy to use suction cups and is very durable (which is what we needed). It was also one of the cheapest ones there, not the reason I went for it in the main, though this helped. (See below for costs) The main reason is that it looked as though it could hold more toys than many of the others.
******Enter the Yellow Ducks******
So now we had brought it, it was time for the duck test! And by this I mean all the plastic yellow ducks and other toys marching two by two into the bag after our daughter's bath!
Now this bag does come with instructions, though really there is no reason for it as it is very straight forward and even a child can work it out, but just in case:
1. Locate wall surface where you will affix suction cups. Note: Suction cups must be placed on a clean smooth wall or tile surface only. Do not place on grout line or textured surface.
2. Clean wall surface and suction cups with alcohol, and let dry thoroughly.
3. Slightly moisten suction cups and press firmly into wall.
At first, the suction cups wouldn't hold at all, and kept sliding off as soon as one duck moved in, though after drying the tiles a bit more they stuck - not sure if they would hold, though, as tiles in a bathroom tend to get wet and if wetness makes the suction cups slip then the ducks will be homeless, though I plodded on.
The mesh bag part was impressive. Once opened out completely it was a lot bigger than originally looked and stretched even bigger - perfect for all the bath toys - the ducks could invite friends! The only problem here which I could envisage is that because it is so deep, my daughter will get frustrated if she couldn't reach her duck friends, though as most come out as she gets in the bath I hope that she wont even go for the bag as I am worried that she will pull down the bag and then it wouldn't stick back up again. I will look at this a bit later in the review!
The bag did withstand the water and bubbles being splashed over it by my daughter without so much as a slip, though my daughter did start pulling at it and down it came! Not strong enough suction, it seems, against the tiny strength of my daughter.
With bathtime over it is time to herd the ducks home. With my daughter safely in bed, I emptied the water and collected all of the toys one by one to put in the bag (after re-attaching the suction cups which took a while to stick again!). As the bag slowly filled up, the suction cups held, slipping slightly once or twice, though once everything was in place, it was still hanging there quite well. The net takes the strain well and stretches to a good capacity.
Now many bags and toys for baths recommend that you rinse and dry before storing to prevent mildew though I am a culprit to not doing this, though so far no mildew has appeared.
This mesh bag does say that it is designed to allow wet toys to drip dry in the bag without this problem though I would watch for bath books as they tend to gain residue easier. I tend to leave these (most of the time) on the side of the bath for a while before putting them in a bag.
It also states the bag is washable though two things with this. The first, the suction cups are not great as with a lot of bags it seems and taking it off to wash may hinder the suction even more, and secondly, if the bag does get residue or mildew then in my experience it is probably better to buy a new bag as once it is there, it does not come off easily and will return even easier. So far, our bag hasn't got any mildew or residue.
Back to the workings of the bag...
After we had gone to bed and the house was still it seemed that not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...though a few yellow ducks did. Suddenly we heard a bang and when we went to investigate it seemed that the yellow ducks didn't like their new home as they were all laying in the bath haphazardly and the bath toy bag on top of them. Suction cups failed!
The following morning, though, we did decide to thread the tops through the bath rail which we had on the bath and the strength of the bag held firmly. So yes, suction cup ideal way had failed, though waste not want not.
I was able to pick this bag up quite cheaply for only £1.99 in the sale though at full price they were going for £3.99 which in my opinion is too much for this product considering the suction cups are worthless.
You are able to buy these at most stores that sell baby safety things such as Mothercare.
The mesh bag in itself is very strong and stretchy and drains the wet toys really well, though as for the suction cups, forget about perfect - they do not hold at all, hence why we ended up tying it around the bath rail.
For the full price tag this is really not worth it and I would recommend one with a toy within toy style as they do seem a lot better, and even the cheaper on we had (even though smaller) stuck much better.
I was looking for a storage solution for my son's growing collection of bath toys. After a hunt round the shops I picked up a Safety 1st Bath Toy Bag from Mothercare for £3.99. The bag was made of strong mesh netting and had two plastic suction cups for sticking to tiles or the bath side. I was a little sceptical about how well the suction cups would hold up but as it was a bargain price I thought it was worth a try.
The mesh bag was very roomy and accommodated my little boy's entire collection of boats, rubber ducks, water squirters and bath books! The suction cups worked well and still do after a year's use (even when the bag is quite full). Occasionally the suction cups can slip - but this usually means that the tiles are a bit too wet and need a wipe over before repositioning.
It's easy to keep clean, as long as the water is properly drained from the bath toys before putting in the bag. I pop the bag in the washing machine for a proper wash every few months and it comes out looking as good as new again.
Overall, a great product at a bargain price. It keeps the bath toys tidy and my son has fun helping me get all the toys out and then pack them away at the end of bath time. Highly recommended!
When my sister was a baby my mum brought her a little box to go next to the bath to put her bath toys in but this got too small so one day when I was in town I saw these bath nets for sale. I recognised the Safety 1st logo because we've got other stuff of theirs in the house so I brought it and we've used it ever since and I've even brought another to stick on the tiles further away from the bath to keep my Lush goodies in.
The net is a brilliant idea and so simple because it's just a strip of netting with two suction cups that hold it against the tiles like a bag and you can put the bath toys in them and let them drip dry so they are not just lying all in the bottom of the bath.
It holds quite a lot of toys and because the net is stretchy you can put big toys in it. I think it holds more than I thought it would and even though the combined weight is heavy the suction cups don't come off the wall very often and even if they do it doesn't matter because the worse that can happen is that the net bag will fall into the bath and thats not worth stressing over. I think the suction cups are strong enough even though some people who have reviewed these think they could be better but you are not going to be putting tonnes of weight into the bag and your baby probably doesn't play with anything breakable so whats the problem if they fail sometimes?
We always make sure that we drain all the water out of the toys before we put them in the bag because the water would smell after a bit. We've got 2 bathrooms and sometimes my sister uses the downstairs bath so we don't want to leave toys half full of bath water for that long. We've had the same net for over a year now and it still looks in very good condition because my mum puts it through the washing machine sometimes to keep it clean and get rid of all the old bubbles that have dried on the net.
I only paid £2.99 for the nets and that is wicked value and worth it for keeping the bathroom looking today and everything in one place.
This bath net bag is a must have if you have children that love to play with toys at bath time. I was getting fed up of picking up all my Daughter's bath toys and bath books and draining them off before putting them away. With this bath bag, you don't have to bother fussing around trying to gather all the toys up you can simply just attach the bag to the bathroom tiles (with the suction pads provided) and then put all the toys into the bag and let them dry off. The bag also keeps all the toys together so that they don't go missing.
After a few weeks i did find that the bag started to smell a bit damp but this was easily rectified by hand washing it with a small amount of soap powder and then rinsing thoroughly.
This bag is large enough to fit in around 15-20 small bath toys providing they are not too heavy.
This product can be bought for around £5.00 in Asda, Tesco and all good supermarkets. They come in a variety of colours which are displayed on the box cover.
This was great, at only around £5 it saved so much hassle. Before i bought it i either had a bath full of toys - not so relaxing for a soak after a long day and too short a night, or a box full of soggy toys and the end of my bath that were often played with when they shouldnt have been- as in will this duck float in the toilet mummy. (He's a boy i guess)
Two suction caps and a net- genius i got my bath back and the toys stayed out the toilet - no expensive plumbers bills and were toys able to drip dry he even picked them up himself after a bath. Four friends bought them after my raving about how great it was (how mad or sad or possibly both i am). Anyway definately every batthroom which is entertainment to babies and toddlers should have one of these. Simple but genuis all the same.
I hadnt gone out to but one of these but when i saw it on the shelf in the shop i thought why not. Id been keeping all my sons toys in a plastic bin at the side of the bath which meant that when he had a bath he had to have all his toys in and couldnt pick and choose what he wanted.
Sometimes the toys would be quite wet still after i had packed them away so they would leave a little puddle at the bottom of the bin which i would have to clean everytime he had a bath.
When i got the safety first bath toy bag it was great, stuck the suckers on my tiles over the bath and hung the netting on. I filled the net with toys and was pleasently suprised that it could hold quite a weight. When my son had a bath he was easily able to get which toy out he wanted to play with and put them back before he got out the bath. Having the toys in a net made drying the toys easier and the excess water could drip down into the bath. After 2 years now though it does need replacing, im amazed its lasted this long, but im definately going out to buy another one!
I remember when Christopher was really little thinking I wouldn't get too many bath toys, he probably wouldn't play with them anyway and all they'd do is make a mess of our tiny bathroom. 4 years down the line and that idea has gone well and truly out of the window, in fact it did that by the time he was about 3 months! Our bath was soon decorated with all manner of toy boats, plastic fish and rubber ducks and I was quickly fed up with having to move them all every time I wanted to clean the bath, they also didn't allow for relaxation in my own baths, being surrounded by all that colour is hardly calming, so the time came for a toy bag.
Safety 1st bath toy bag is a mesh bag suitable to be used within the water as well as out of it to store all your little ones bath toys. It comes with 2 suction pads, one in each of the top 2 corners, which are stuck on the side of the bath or on the bathroom wall tiles and the idea is to keep all the bath toys together in one place. The bags cost in the region of £3.99 each and can be found in stores like Mothercare and Toys R Us. The mesh netting effect allows for the toys to drip dry, all the water draining away with the bathwater rather than gathering in stagnant pools on the side or leaving you with wet surfaces.
The concept is a simple one and for the most part it works, the bag holds a good amount of toys, the net effect seems to take the strain of holding them really well and it's waterproof effect means it doesn't get eaten away over time. It's great to be able to keep the toys together tidily and means a lot less work for mummy when she's trying to tidy them bathroom up. The netting is widely enough spaced that there is no concern over little fingers getting trapped and the fabric is very strong and durable.
There are a few problems that arise with the bag however, firstly certain toys like plastic books need to be drained off separately on the side of the bath before putting them in the bag otherwise a rather unpleasant black residue collects between the pages, also you need to make sure certain squeezy toys are emptied properly otherwise the water within them will go stagnant. The other complaint is that the suction cups aren't particularly strong, I'm fortunate enough to have a handle on the side of my bath so we thread the bag through there and then attach the cups, this gives a little added strength and allows us to store more in the bag as a result of this added strength, instead of it being pulled down by the weight and coming loose from the side of the bath.
I keep the bag attached to the side of our bath all the time, usually hanging on the inside of the bath, and then when a grown up wants to use the bath we simply flip the bag over to the other side. I can certainly recommend them as a great way of keeping all the toys together but I'd be happier if they could improve the suction cups and make them just a little more effective.
Check out the Safety 1st range and the current bag design at- http://www.safety1st.com/product/detail.asp?ID=104
Ever wondered what to do with all those bath toys which your toddler just has to play with every bath time? Having to brush your trendy candles and bathroom accessories to one side to make way for a squeaky dolphin? Dripping wet wind-up clockwork frogs just ruining your soap? Well, if the answer to all these questions is a resounding "yes!" then have no fear! This product is just for you! Available from all good baby-stuff stockists like Mothercare, Boots and even on the world wide web, the "Safety 1st Bath Toy Bag" is a truly wonderful invention, and just the ticket to save all those toddler bath toys cluttering up your bathroom. A simple, yet effective design, the "Safety First Bath Toy Bag" consists of a hammock-like device (the bag), affixed to which are 2 plastic suckers (like drain unblockers, only smaller) which conveniently stick to your bathroom tiles. A bit of spittle on the suckers before application gives even more adhesion power. All manner of bath toys are able to be safely contained within the bag, dangling down the wall for easy access. Wind up frogs, crocodiles, plastic ducks, beakers and fish are all safe and sound for ever more. Never again will you stub your toe on a discarded plastic frog, or tread on a squeaky duck. One of those "every home should have one" inventions. In fact, it's probably in the latest "Kleeneze" catalogue as we speak.
A must for every bathroom. Keep wet and soggy toys tidy and allow them to drip dry. Made from netting and attaches easily to tiles.