This Rubber Duckie Will Make You Seriously Reevaluate Baby's Bath Toys

Rubber Duckie doesn’t always make bath time lots of fun.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Oct 2017
rubber ducks in sudsy bath
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Bath toys can be a godsend when they keep baby entertained and focused for an entire scrub-down. But according to one dad, they can also be a moldy death trap.

Sound scary? Unfortunately, it’s totally normal. And in a cheeky video, YouTuber Viva Frei explains that the inside of his kid’s rubber duck is a reminder that “you want to throw out your rubber duckies every 10 years.”

Frei explains that during bath time, he noticed “a discolored, watery substance was coming out of Duckie’s mouth.” So he cut the duck open—and repeated the process on camera.

“That is disgusting black mold inside the rubber duckie,” he says.

Like we learned during the Sophie La Girafe mold fiasco, the inside of rubber products will get moldy when submerged in water over and over. In the case of Sophie, parents should, per the company’s instructions, try their best not to let water seep in the hole when they clean it. But with rubber duckies, submersion is half the fun. You’ll need to replace them once in awhile, or look for bath toys that explicitly say they don’t hold water, like the Odd Ducks from Boon.

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