“ Brand: Safety 1st / Type: Baby Bath Toys „
I brought these from the Avon catalogue last Christmas as a little stocking present for my son. He loves to play in the bath and coupled with the fact that he loves his animals these seemed like a good idea.
In the set you get a plastic fishing net and three different coloured fish. The fish are made from a kind of rubbery material and are soft and squishy, allowing you to hold them under the water and fill by letting them suck up the water through the small hole and then squeeze them to squirt it out again. In essence this is a simple and fun game that kids enjoy.
However, there is one major down side to this whole game and that is the fact that the soapy water trapped inside the fish soon turns to a disgusting black mouldy substance that you simply cannot clean. Eventually the fish will squirt out lumps of black mould stuff from their insides when the child plays with them and this is really nasty as you have to catch it or get the child out of the bath and run a new one.
The net itself is very sturdy and both the handle and material net part are fixed together very well, allowing for a strong connection. This was pleasing as my son found all sorts of things he wanted to catch in the bath using this net. The fish were thrown away soon after the gross black stuff began to spew forth but the net remained in very good condition so it was then used to catch toy animals from my sons collection. These were obviously a lot heavier than the rubber fish that came with the set but the net has remained in very good condition and there are no tears to the fabric part.
It is very easy to clean the majority of this set and the net can be simply wiped over with a Dettol or equivalent spray and left to dry out each night. The fish were a different matter though and whilst the colourful outside could be easily wiped over the insides were a whole different ball game. We tried making sure every drop of water was squirted out after each bath, although this was easier said than done as no matter how hard you squeeze the little fish, you can never achieve total emptiness and one you shake them the annoying little splashes of water can be heard.
We tried using bleach and water sucked up inside the fish and leaving overnight, but unless you did this almost every other night, the fish simply spat out lumpy bits of no colour rather than just black lumps. Plus when we did this we had to make sure they were especially well rinsed out before letting the kids play with them again in the bath, in case of watered bleach getting in their eyes etc.
Overall I was really let down with this set. I cannot think of any way around the annoying fish insides though and am disappointed in myself for not thinking about it when I brought them, however at only £4.99 it did not break the bank and the net is still going strong so thats a bonus. My son enjoyed them while they lasted and I would be happy to let a child as young as nine months play with these in the bath. My son was five years old when he got them so they have a long shelf life in terms of age range, pity the fish dont last that long!
Great for scoop n play fun in the tub, the Fish n Net Squirters include three floating bath pals and an easy-grasp net.