Boon Frog Pod

Have you recently taken a close look at your baths toys? My husband is mostly the one bathing our kids, but last week I happened to be the one scooping the toys out of the bath. Two comments:
1. Where does that black residue on and in the bath toys comes from? Is that mould???
2. How come my husband doesn’t take notice of the fact that the toys are dirty when he’s the one storing them away every evening? (Let’s just ignore this point.)
Time for action. I carefully washed the toys that could be saved, and tossed the ones that couldn’t. Then I got myself a Boon Frog Pod, partly because I always thought it looked so cool, and partly because (I hope) it is now easier for my husband to rinse all of the toys after bath time.

So far, so good. The frog is super easy to install, and looks super cool in our bathroom. It stores away all of the toys, and it also has a very handy shelf for the baby bubbles and shampoo. And no mould yet!

xxx Esther

PS Do you have tips on good bath toys? I think our kids’ favourite ones are the old-fashioned stacking cups!

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1. Abby | May 11, 2011 | Reply

We’ve had the Frog Pod for almost 2.5 years and I was worried it would stop sticking after a while, but it’s still going strong.

My sons favorite bath toys are a barrel of monkeys, his Vilac wooden balloon boat {although the water has caused it to crack} and a ring toss game by Boon.

2. Kira | May 11, 2011 | Reply

This seems like a great thing to have – as so many other things I read on your blog. Do you have a webshop? Or at least, where can I get the frog (and you get commission)?


3. Esther in Amsterdam | May 11, 2011

Hi Kira!! You can check Boon points of sale on their website:
We don’t have a webshop ourselves…. And we also don’t take commissions — sad!! :-)

4. Esther in Amsterdam | May 11, 2011

They also sell it at VUPbaby!

5. Deepa | May 11, 2011 | Reply

We’ve had the frog for years now and the kids still love it!

6. F | May 11, 2011 | Reply

So funny, that’s exactly the same in our house – husband, if he’s home in time, generally does the bathing and seems to not notice the creeping black mould that grows on bath toys. (he seems not to notice a lot of things, like dishwashers that need unloading or piles of washing – very suspicious)
I have to say rinsing has never worked for us, it’ll still get there in the end unless you stand there and dry off all the toys (and who is going to do that) particularly in the crevices of boats and inside any toy that has a hole – squeeze toys are the absolute worst – you end up squeezing out black mould. Periodically I scrub them all with a bit of washing up liquid and pop them in some Miltons for a bit of back up, but it still comes back. All rubber duckies have been eventually ‘lost’ this way.

We have a boy and his favourites so far, aside from stacking cups, have been an inexpensive Wow boat, i think called Danny’s Diving Adventure, that has a pet dolphin and little couple (called Bruce and Sheila in our house) that dive off a platform. Don’t get the Wow fire engine boat – it doesn’t really squirt water and never empties it out fully so is always full of mould (this one got permanently lost). Also if you can bear it, a lovely friend gave him the Tomy polar bear snowboard jump – hilarious fun as they pull themselves up the hill and ski into the bath. And lastly, he’s currently very fond of a simple foam child safe mirror in the shape of a crab, and foam animals that stick on the side of the bath and you can mix and match heads and bodies which is a fun game. All of them are available on amazon. Personally i don’t remember any of these toys when i was little, but then there were five of us and we all bathed together so probably no room! We used to just soap up the side of the bath and slide down to create tidal waves. My poor mother.

7. Esther in Amsterdam | May 12, 2011

I know what you mean about the holes, and squeezing out black mould! Yuk! And yes, your poor mother. I forbid my kids to make waves (I’m such a mean mum)! xxx

8. Polona from Baby Jungle | May 11, 2011 | Reply

Oh I love these Pod’s too! Gorgeous and sooo very needed! ;o)

9. jo ?? | May 11, 2011 | Reply

I’ve been wanting one of these for ages but can’t seem to get it shipped to Japan :o(

Our latest crazy with bath toys is thin crafting foam, I cut it into various shapes and my son makes pictures on the wall with it, the water sticks it to the wall/tiles. As for the mould, can’t help you there, I have resorted to buying cheap things so they can be thrown out, not good for the environment but until I find a solution…

10. Esther in Amsterdam | May 12, 2011

What a great idea! Could you send me a picture of those?

11. Tamara | May 12, 2011 | Reply

We purchased the Djeco Duck Fishing game which has ducks that have no holes in them. My children have loved this game and the ducks dont go black inside as water cannot get inside.

12. Jill Browning | May 18, 2011 | Reply

We have the ladybug version of this and love it!!