Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
What is Inside a Baby Rattle?
Haven’t you wondered what’s inside your baby rattle?
I blogged about a disgusting discovery inside our baby rattles in 2005. I’m repeating the essential information here with a jumbo 2007 photo, below. Hey, it’s true what they say, everything really is bigger in the future.
We purchased two rattles made of colorful woven plastic strands from an upscale women’s boutique. We were naive back then about plastic safety, and about the capability of a rattle to leach chemicals after a simple rinsing with water (think rust).
When my daughter outgrew the rattles, I took scissors to them to recycle the bells that I was sure lay inside. Oops, wrong guess. Try two beans and a rusty bottle cap from a drink made in Mexico. The rattles had no labels or packaging, no brand name.
Fast forward to yesterday. A friend gave us some of her old infant stuff for our pending baby that was a bit hit-and-miss. Four baby rattles were included that we wouldn’t even give away because they were disgustingly soiled or made from unidentified plastic.
Oh goody, time to whip out a hammer and scissors.
These specimens revealed probably what you expect rattles to contain â€“ plastic containers filled with metal balls or bells. Still, for your own edification, here are the photosâ€¦
Update: To clarify why our friend would give us disgusting toys… we told her we are planning to have a garage sale (which may or may not happen because they’re a pain-in-the-ass to hold versus just donating your stuff to a nonprofit).
A few days later, the friend spontaneously gave us several plastic bags full of toys that I infer had been sitting in a garage for some time. The message was, take what you want, sell the rest and keep the money, she just wanted them out of her house. Uhh, yeah. In any case, if she was purely intending to give us baby gifts, I know she would have cleaned everything (though still probably not have given us these rattles).