I want to start by saying the purpose of this post is not to slander Fisher Price, my family loves Fisher Price toys and we will continue to! However if this information stops one child from getting hurt – even if it’s just a little bruise it’s worth it to me.
Here’s Our Story:
Henry, my two and half year old loves bringing these Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups in the bath tub. They are perfect for scooping up water and watching it drain out, plus they are easy to dry off afterwards! Until today I saw no harm in letting him do so.
About once a week my husband has code deployments with his offshore team in India. This means he starts working at 6:30pm. Its pretty routine for me to feed the kids dinner, play for a bit, and then I take a bath with the kids in our jetted jacuzzi tub and we get ready for bed. Henry picked out his Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups to go in the tub, pretty routine. He knows when the water fills over the jets (the tub is only half full at this point) that he can push the button to turn the jets on, again, normal for us. Thats when one of the Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups quickly suctioned to the suction cover of the whirlpool tub and pulled my back tightly up to it!
In a Split Second
It didn’t feel good and it scared me half to death. I obviously wasn’t expecting it and it is a very strong suction (video below.) My first reaction was to turn around and pull the cup off, but I couldn’t! It was too strong. Thats when I realized I had to turn off the jets to get it off. Yes, as an adult woman I could easily reach and turn off the jets. The scary part is depending on their size a child probably won’t be able to pull themselves off the cup from the suction. I don’t even want to think about what could happen to a child because of a freak instance like this. Even though my children are always monitored in the bath, this could have been harmful in the moments before I was able to act.
Better Safe Than Sorry
I never leave my children unattended in the bathtub and until a certain age I don’t believe most parents do. Unfortunately, accidents happen and what I witnessed happen with these stack and rolls cups I’m not taking any chances. These will no longer be bath time toys in our home. I just wanted to share with other parents out there that these are potentially very dangerous and not worth the risk to our children.