There’s 110 percent chance a Hatchimals product or two is on your kid’s holiday wish list. But one mom is urging parents to make sure the bath bomb isn’t one of them. Jennifer Woodruff shared a Facebook photo of her daughter’s reaction to the product as a warning to other parents.
“PSA! Do NOT buy this for your children!” she says.” [I] followed directions on the package and placed in her bathtub. Thought it would be fun for her because there was a toy inside. After being in the water 30 to 45 seconds she stated her skin was hurting; upon looking she has received a chemical burn from a KIDS BATH BOMB. (No, she was not holding it and she has used multiple different kinds of bath bombs and never had this reaction.) Just a warning people.”
In an update to the post, Woodruff says her doctor diagnosed her 5-year-old daughter, Willow, with a chemical burn as opposed to a reaction. She adds that she called the company (Hatchimals is owned by Spin Master), who said that the batch number is being investigated after multiple reports of different types of reactions.
Spin Master has offered the following statement:
“Spin Master has been looking into the matter with the manufacturer and licensee to whom we license the Hatchimals brand. Safety is our top priority and we are deeply saddened to learn of the girl’s injuries. At this point, Global Brands Group [the manufacturer] has not found any indication of a product defect or manufacturing issue. Additionally, the product formulation has been subject to stringent safety testing and meets all industry standards.”
And the manufactuer, Global Brands Group, offered a statement of its own:
“Global Brands Group takes the safety of our products very seriously. We manufacture and ship millions of bath bombs and body washes, and have rigorous processes in place around development and testing, as well as all aspects of production. After careful review, we are confident our Hatchimals bath products are, in fact, safe. However, it is recommended that consumers be mindful of any adverse reactions they may have based on personal allergies or sensitivities.”
A few other commenters came forward to share similar stories of their own adverse reactions.
A Hatchimals recall doesn't seem likely. But if you're looking for bath bomb alternatives, know that you have plenty to choose from.