Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Balloon Balls for Babies
It seems balloons are not safe for babies. I never gave it much thought. I give my kid a balloon, he slathers his tongue all over it, and I yank it away for the next few years. Case closed.
Then I give him a ping-pong ball. Boy he looks funny with that in his mouth, but not as funny as when Mom tries to get it back out.
Anyhow, apparently you bad parents out there let your kids wreak havoc, pop balloons and then your babies choke on the pieces you failed to pick up.
So this is what we’ve come to… fabric protective covers for balloons.
Many folks sell them, but SDKdesigns’s Shop on Etsy seems to have the best non-nylon price, $6.50 for one cotton form-fitting balloon cover.
You insert a deflated balloon into a small hole in the fabric sphere, blow up the balloon and tie off the balloon. That’s it. You’re done.
My only thought is, won’t your baby be attracted to the balloon’s mouthpiece that protrudes from the sphere? I’m sure there’s a joke about nipple confusion here somewhere.
One of these things is not like the other. Yeah, I know, a balloon nubbin has more in common with an inverted nipple than an outie nipple. I decided to take the high road and omit the fourth photo of what body part the nubbin really looks like.