How many of you had already bought Aquadots for your kids for christmas??

United States
November 9, 2007 5:50pm CST
Can you believe all these recalls? My son is going to be so upset. He is 4 years old and is POSITIVE that Santa will be bringing him Aquadots for Christmas. I can't understand the standards that goes into these toys. It is very very scary to think about!! Do you guys think we are all TOO concerned about toy safety nowadays? Or are toys being made much more unsafe now than they were when we were kids? I believe they are being made more unsafe. With more things being made worldwide now and the testing not being done in our own countries.... very scary indeed.
7 responses
• United States
10 Nov 07
Yea I have already purchased them for christmas and am so bumed that they were recalled. My son wanted them badly. But I sat down with him today and explained to him how they are making kids sick and that he will not be able to get them now. He was upset about it but I would rather have him upset about it now than be looking for them on christmas day and than being all bummed out about it. These toy companies need to be brought back to the U.S. These companies are only in china because they can pay their worker lower wages, well below min wage, do not have to give them benefits, and give them no kind of pension. China's standards are different than the u.s on product guidelines. Over the summer it was our pets foods being recalled as they were killing our animals and now even worse, hurting our children. I brought my aqua dots from the local toys r us and since they have never been opened I will be returning them sometime this weekend. And do not plan on buying no toys that were made in china this christmas. I know the little tikes line is made in australia and none of their toys have been on the recent recall lists. ANd it is not being too concerned. If it was one recall maybe this would be an overreaction. but so many (too many) different types of toys have been recalled in the last passing weeks. WHen most people usually pay extra money for these named toys such as mattell and fisher price because we think that there safer, apparently we been paying top dollar for dangous toys from these companies. Lead poisoning, kids going into comas, being concerned is not over reacting at all. The health and safety of all our children have been at risk,
1 person likes this
• United States
10 Nov 07
I agree with how you handled it. I think I am going to sit down with my little one and talk to him about it. I would rather have him sad and mad about it now tham on christmas morning!!
• United States
10 Nov 07
My kids range in age from 19 to 21 months so I've seen alot of changes in toys over the years. Some toys from twenty years ago were unsafe and they just never acknowledged it. I'm sure most toys at one time had lead paint. I remember buying my daughter about six Little People playsets one year. They were the exact same design as the ones I had played with while growing up. The next year Little People had a totally new design. Apparently they had been a choking hazard for years. Back then they just changed the design but didn't bother to recall the products already on the shelf. Actually, they reduced the prices on the dangerous products to sell through them before introducing the newer version. I was stuck with several sets of dangerous toys with no offer to have replaced. I do think that by turning the manufacturing of our products over to other countries we have opened ourselves and our children up to many dangers. I will be attempting to purchase as many American Made products of all types in the future. We need to keep jobs here, we need to increase our manufacturing ability and we need the keep the money here. Manufacturing went to other countries to lower the cost. The lower costs really didn't save people money because we just kept buying more. Do our kids really need as many toys as most of them have? I am much more selective about the toys I purchase for my youngest and she has much fewer toys than the others did. Truthfully, she enjoys the ones she has more than if she had too many.
• United States
10 Nov 07
Gee it makes sense doesn't it. Have the toys made here. It would create jobs to make safer toys and then more americans would have money to buy most the toys.... hmmmmmmm..... really makes you think how foolish our country is!!
• United States
10 Nov 07
I bought Aquadots for my daughters - even wrapped it & everything (trying to be organized this year). So much for that. Hopefully I can just return it to the store since it hasn't been opened. I don't think we are being overly concerned - I just think that we are more aware of harmful substances these days. It's amazing how we made it through childhood!!
• United States
12 Nov 07
HA HA HA.... doesn't that seem to always happen! Everytime I try to get organized, something like that happens. Sounds like the story of my life!
• United States
10 Nov 07
i watched the news to day and heard about that chemical thing thanks for informing the others!!
• United States
12 Nov 07
scary isn't it!
• United States
10 Nov 07
I hadn't bought them yet, but they were on our list because my daughter has been asking for them. I don't think we're being too concerned right now; Lead is some pretty scary stuff and can have lasting effects on a child, including brain damage. I think toys are being more unsafely now because we're relying more on manufacturers outside of the US that use cheap paint and don't have the same quality standards that are required here.
• United States
10 Nov 07
That is where I stand. Whenever I talk about the recalls with my Mom she always tells me I am being paranoid. Her quote today was... " When I was a kid I chewed on toys made with lead paint and I am just fine...." I DO NOT agree with her at all. Companies want to make things the cheapest way possible to make more profit... which of course equals less quality and less standards
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
11 Nov 07
My mother had bought them for my 7 year old for Christmas a few weeks ago. I told him about what was going on with them and why he will not be getting them. I told him to find something else that he wanted. He just grinned from ear to ear and said, "moon sand". So, my kid took it pretty well.
@BinKsBaBy (505)
• United States
10 Nov 07
i almost bought them the same day as I later heard of the recall I had to just tell my daughter that they were making kids sick and they ended up in the hospital because of the toys she was upset but didnt wanna go to the hospital. She is mad that people do that to kids. and so am I ! LOL I just posted my own discussion on this topic!