I hate germs.
I realize that no one likes germs, but some of us like them a whole lot less than others.
Some of us cringe at the 10-second rule. Some of us panic when our kid picks up another kid’s drooled-on toy or drinks out of someone else’s cup. Some of us once even bought a pocket-sized UV pacifier sanitizer. (It seemed like a good idea at the time.) And by some of us, of course I mean me.
I can’t help it, and I’m no better with my second baby, even though everyone said I’d be more relaxed. I’m not. At all. That’s because I know what happens when one little person in our house gets sick. The other child inevitably gets sick, too, and so do I. This can last for months. No, thanks. I’ll keep my hand sanitizer, er, handy at all times, thank you very much.
Of course, babies and toddlers want to get their hands on every germy thing in sight—and then they want to shove it in their mouths. That’s certainly the case with keys, which seem innocuous enough to play with…until you think about where they’ve been.
That’s why I was thrilled to find Kleynimals. They’re “clean key animals,” a set of three stainless steel key toys with cute animal faces ($28) that are non-toxic, environmentally friendly and dishwasher safe. You can even have them engraved, making them a pretty great baby gift.
Oh, sure, you could try giving your kid some toy plastic keys. Good luck with that. Kids aren’t stupid. They know there’s a difference. They don’t make the same fun, jingly noise. They don’t feel cool to the touch and on the gums. Kleynimals, on the other hand, look and feel just like Mommy’s keys; they’re just a whole lot less gross.
Also cool: Kleynimals, the company, wants to make a “positive impact” on the world, so they donate 1 percent of every purchase to Healthy Child, Healthy World and another 1 percent to the World Wildlife Fund. Plus, they work with The Providence House, a local non-profit that supports developmentally disabled adults, to assemble and tag the products.
So just to recap: They’re eco-friendly, socially responsible, cute and fun to play with—and I don’t feel the urge to Purell my baby’s tongue when she happily chomps on them. I’m a fan!
Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes. All opinions and product obsessions are my own.