Parents Need to Draw the Line at Ridiculous ‘Toxic’ Bubbles Scare

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toxic bubblesIt seems like everything we want to do with our kids is toxic. The foods they eat, the water they drink, even the bottles they drink from all have to be monitored so carefully. But I draw the line at bubbles. Now it seems we also need to watch our kids around bubbles. If ingested, they can be toxic.

But wait, is this really a concern? I mean, do kids really drink bubbles? I get that it happens once or twice, but regularly? Hmmmm ... 

Look, I get that these are always important things to discuss and, for most toddlers, bubbles are a great way to pass the time and play. But realistically, this is common sense. Do you really think your baby should be ingesting bubble solution? Will we next hear how toxic Play-Doh and paste are to eat?

While it's true that dish-washing soap often has parabens and sodium lauryl sulfates and other nasty things that can cause diarrhea and nausea, it's also kind of a no-brainer that kids aren't meant to suck on bubble wands or drink the solution inside the bubble bottle.

The Mother Nature Network offers some great tips for moms and dads looking for ways to keep their little ones from ingesting bubbles, but to me, the answer is obvious: don't let them blow the bubbles if they can't stop eating it. My little ones always preferred chasing bubbles to blowing them anyway. And if a child is too young to know they shouldn't put the bubble wand in their mouth, then they are probably too young to be blowing bubbles.

Sometimes these kinds of things just make you question other parents. Like the Bumbo recall. We already knew not to use those seats on elevated surfaces. It's not safe. Those parents who were doing so weren't using common sense or heeding the warnings. So why do we all have to lose because of that?

Be smart moms and dads. Don't let your children drink bubble solution. There. Problem solved.

Does this worry you?


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Deann... Deanna2872

I agree with you, completely.

My parents also had a nifty trick to keep me and my brother from drinking bubble solution, and it worked so well I used it with my own kids. Its called "No". Its almost hard to believe, right? But, used consistently, it works wonders. And its not just for bubble solution either! You can use it for all kinds of things, the whole time you're raising kids! When used properly in combination with supervision and common sense on a parents part, it can even prevent a lot of senseless accidents and lawsuits. Its an amazing friend to any parent, the word "No". I hope it comes back in style soon.

And like you said-

Problem solved.

Heather Duso Johnson

Shouldn't kids be watched regardless of what they are playing with?

amazz... amazzonia

I can't stand anymore all this helicopter parents who see danger in everything!! What's more innocent and fun than bubble?!?! They are fun, they can spend hours intrataning them selfs with no worries! If they only started treating their kids like humans with a brain that can be used if tought right instead of some kind of dumb creature with no brain!

work4... work4mickey

What's bad is that they do make eddible candy bubbles. Got them at Spencer's gifts. Cost an arm and a leg and tasted gross, but I don't think it was a solution for toxic bubbles, just a wierd novelty.

Terri Hutchinson


M'Lisa Elgin

YES! Amen!
Thankyou so much for this, Ive been saying it all along, the real recall we need is parents, seems many models are missing an important component known as COMMON SENSE!!!!

Mytwi... Mytwilight

People in the USA just keep dumming down instead of smartening up. The air we BREATHE can be considered toxic if u wish to break every single little danger down. People have to use their brains a LITTLE.. Packages r only so big to put the warnings for the ppl who r too dumb to at least use common sense ie: if u buy a hot drink and u spill it on u.. It will BURN... If you put a plastic bag over your child's head.. They will DIE... Common sense ppl.. We r not a third world country where people can't get an education of some sort.. What will be next talking packages for those who are too lazy to learn to read?

Knitt... KnittinMama

Omfg. Look, I'm all for safer and organic options, but ffs if the kid has dumbass parents no amount of recall or warning labels will save the kid. And whichever one of you said American's continue to dumb down instead of smartening up is 200% CORRECT.

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