Mom blog: Santa slapped down the dough too soon

Mom Blogger JacquelynOh woe to the early Christmas shopper! After years of Santa having to race around the North Pole at the last minute because he didn’t reaalize how hot Sailor Moon toys were, Santa started marshalling her forces far, far earlier. Like this year. Like the two, count ’em two, sets of Aqua Dots found, paid for and hidden in a childless friend’s basement. And then the news in today’ Wall Street Journal, which I quote: The toy’s maker “declined to name the manufacturer but said the beads contained an adhesive solvent called “1,4 butylene glycol,” which can simulate the so-called date-rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate when ingested, causing seizures, coma or death. The toy hasn’t been linked to any deaths. . . . The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a 20-month-old child swallowed several dozen beads and became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a coma. A second child also vomited, slipped into a coma and was hospitalized for five days.”

OK. I get it. I can’t trust my 14-year-old son not to put stuff in his mouth,so how could I trust a 6-year-old? “Here, sweetie, Santa knew how much you wanted this toy, and how vey good you’ve been this year, so here’s your Aqua Dots, just don’t put any in your mouth or you could miss New Years!”

But my never-say-die mind is spinning along with Spinmaster Toys, main company behind the toy looking at a recall of 4.2 million units, what about after the water-spritzing stage, and the cute little toys are all dried off? Would it be like licking that toad in the Amazon to get a little buzz on? Or is the gamma hydroxy stuff stabilized once it’s dry?

I will take them back to the store and get my money back. It’s just such a slap to Santa’s head for pre-planning and answering a little guy 50 times over: “Oh, I’m SURE Santa will have enough of those. He knows every little kid is going to want one. Those elves are probably tripling the order right now. So, how’s about carrying those paper towels down to the cupboard for me, huh, and bringing up a light bulb?”

Do you shop early? Have you bought a recalled toy yet? Do you hide the presents so well you can’t find them later? Worse, have you ever bought the same gift twice?

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