Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
Well on one hand I can see them actually being safer than many other DIY/Upcycled rattles (tp tubes, water bottles, etc) because they are specifically made to be childproof so there is a lot less danger of them accidentally getting opened and whatver is inside becoming a choking hazard. Otherwise I’m not really sure how I feel about it. Is it intended as part of an eco-friendly upcycling commitment that is evident in other areas of the center? Or is it just like a cheap out because they don’t want to spend money on quality toys?
Post # 17
LoveAndLaughter: No. Even empty, and even with labels peeled off, kids are going to recognize them as medicine bottles, and they should not ever be given the idea that those are toys or something to play with or mess around with.
Post # 18
No. Teaching kids to play with anything that looks like a bottle of pills will make them think it’s ok to play with an actual bottle of pills which could lead to a disaster.
Post # 19
SLOBee: LOL exactly. This is a terrible idea…
Post # 20
Hyperventilate: Lol, I did, too – but not at daycare!
Post # 21
LoveAndLaughter: Oh, just no. Not okay for multiple reasons.
Post # 22
If you wanted to do this in your own home, and closely supervise your child, okay. But at a daycare center, it seems cheap and dangerous. What if a kid got one of the small toys inside in his mouth? What about the impression you’re giving parents about how you’re spending their money, if you can’t afford rattles?
Post # 23
This is the daycare my daughter goes to and she just recently started spending most of her day in that room. They have more than enough toys in that room.
I saw her and the other three children playing with the pill bottles when I came in to pick her up for the day. I immediately said something to the very outdated worker and asked why they were playing with pill bottles and she just said “Oh, someone just made those years ago and the babies just love playing with them.” I responded that they weren’t safe to play with even if they were cleaned out and walked out with my daughter once I got her daily paper.
I did not wait around to chat with her about it because ee’re already looking for a different daycare specifically because of this woman. She tried feeding my daughter an 8 ounce bottle of water when she was 5 months old. She floats between rooms as needed so there isn’t any way to escape her. D
I will be discussing this with the director and the primary care givers in that room in the morning. They were all gone by the time I picked my daughter up today.
Post # 24
LoveAndLaughter: I think it’s a cute idea for my own personal home as long at the lid is secured well. But I wouldn’t trust a day care to do that. Do you know whats inside or how the lids are secured? I wouldn’t trust that day care. Most day cares have real toys (even used donated rattles). IF they didn’t even take the tie to make them look like rattles I doubt they took the time to make sure they were safe. It seems kind of shady.
Post # 25
LoveAndLaughter: I know nothing about babies, but if trying to give your 5 month old an 8 oz bottle of water is a bad thing then that’s what I’d be more concerned about, as it shows a lack of care knowledge and means you can’t really trust the daycare to care for your child properly. Did you bring that up to the director and primary care givers? Let them know that because of this ineptitude you’re looking for a new daycare?
Post # 26
Yikes. I wouldn’t be happy about that either. Encourages her to play with pill bottles which could be very dangerous and I would question why they have them at all since you say they have more than enough toys that I would imagine are safe and designed for small children.
I will say, in school we made shakers out of water bottles with rocks in them but we were much older than 9-18 months, perhaps about 5 years old and knew not to take the lids off, put them in our mouths etc. Pill bottles are not appropriate at any age in my opinion so i understand your concern.
Imagining picking my child up from daycare and finding her rattling a pill bottle… quite alarming.
Post # 27
amanda1988: I did in that situation. I immediately told her it was not okay and emailed the directors as soon as I got home. I had a quick meeting the next morning about it and they knew exactly what was wrong with that situation. I think they get by doing a lot of stuff they shouldn’t because most of the families that go there don’t know any better.