Not too long ago we renovated our guest bathroom. Which I was terrified of doing because it was my first real home renovation project. I wanted something simple, clean and stylish that be transformed with accessories over time. Since we couldn’t be more in baby and kid mode if we tried, I had started kid-cessorizing the bathroom in my head well before it was done. There were two products stood out as must haves for safety and aesthetics – Begin Again’s Bathtub Pals and the Boon Whale Pod in White.
At this point I think it’s common knowledge that you’re NOT supposed to buy those adorable little squirty bath toys. It’s like fluffy crib bumpers. I swear, people must know and they do it anyway. Those little squirters are a total hot bed for mold and bacteria. You can never really drain or clean them. And your baby WILL stick them in their mouth and squeeze.
Which is precisely why I totally fell in love with these bath toys from Begin Again Toys while browsing their booth at Toy Fair last year. The Bathtub Pals are made from heavy duty natural rubber, so a plant based material rather than some plastic concoction. Begin Again put large drainage holes in each one so that they can fully drain and dry after use.
You can also safely throw them in the top rack of the dishwasher if it helps you sleep at night, meaning unlike most bath toys out there you really have the chance to get them super clean and safe for your child. A total mom score.
Nearly anyone who had a baby in the last 5 or so years is very aware of Boon and their world domination in the bath toy cleanup arena. First, there was the Frog Pod. Then came the Bug Pod and now the Whale Pod. It’s super common to find the blue Whale Pod in retail stores, but most people don’t realize it’s also made in very grown-up decor friendly gray and white as well.
There only appear to be a handful of retailers that offer these other colors and there was no question that in my brand-new-still-fairly-refined-looking-even-though-it’s-mostly-for-the-kids bathroom, white would be perfect. Looking for your own white whale? You can score one here: Boon Whale Pod in White.