The other day I came across something that I just couldn’t resist buying for the kids – Squishy Baff. I had heard about it on the View and the package looked so much fun, that I decided to grab a box and surprise the kids. I ran the bath Saturday night and poured the powder in, following the instructions that came with it. I immediately recognized exactly what it was I was dealing with. Squishy Baff and I had met once before, long ago when the Professor and the Princess where both very little – the days I barely survived. I remember that day clearly. I was doing a load of laundry, one of many and somehow a diaper made it’s way in – don’t worry, it was a clean one. As I’m sure all of you with kids know, diapers and water do not mix. Given enough water they swell up until they pop and a very Squishy, gel like substance springs forth clinging to anything it comes into contact with. Had I known then what I know now, I would have scooped up that gelatinous gold and thrown it in the bath! I would have given it a cute little name and laughed all the way to the bank, instead of crying in exhaustion about another mess I’d have to clean up that day!
As I watched the pink water thicken with diaper gel, I was pretty excited to see the kids reactions. They kept pounding on the bathroom door inquiring about the surprise. I would open the door just enough to poke my head out and shout “NO” with some funny made up accent. This of course sent the kids into hysterics, adding to the build up of a super surprise. Finally I let them in and flung back the bath curtain waiting for their shouts of joy…and waited, and waited. It was like they immediately knew I was trying to pass off a bathtub full of diaper gel as a fun experience and trying to hide that fact by dying it pink – after all who would want to sit in a warm bath of plain, old diaper gel. The Professors first question to me was “Can we just have a regular bath?” but after a little coaxing they both reluctantly climbed in.
In the end the Princess loved it, she squished around in it gleefully while the Professor never did quite get past the feeling of it. It was just too weird and gross for him. I personally thought it felt fantastic. I kept putting my hands in it, slowly making my way up to my elbows. The Professor did not stick around for long, he’d had quite enough after a couple minutes. After a lot of looking deep into their eyes, down to the debts of their souls to find out the truth – had anyone peed in the bath??! – I decided to give it a quick try myself. It was wonderful! It felt like a zillion lovely little jellyfish were giving me tiny warm hugs. It was comfortable and relaxing and I would never have guessed that I would enjoy being submerged in diaper gel, even dyed pink.
A couple things I should warm you about Squishy Baff
It says that a box will give you two baths – it won’t, unless you don’t mind baths that are ankle deep. Be prepared to use both packages.
You really need to sprinkle the power and quickly start mixing it around or it will clump. Ours clumped a little but it eventually…mostly broke down.
It takes a good 10 minutes to actually get the full effect, so run your water slightly warmer than your children usually like it, so that when they do get in, it’s still nice and warm.
IT IS MESSY! – Picture worst case scenario messy, me crying beside the dryer messy, little bits of gel everywhere messy and then multiply that by 10! I cleaned it up the best I could and there were still little bits of gel here and there when I was done, however the next morning I didn’t see any gel. Does it dry up? Do the diaper gel fairies come to collect it for all the little babies out there? I don’t know and honestly, I don’t care…it’s gone!
It is slippery! Dangerously, slippery! Do not allow your children to stand in the tub at all once they are in. Help them get in and out. Seriously, I almost wiped out myself – not exactly how I’d want a paramedic to find me.
I’ve read reviews where the dissolving powder, which turns out is salt, doesn’t work and it’s clogged their drains to the point of having to bring a plummer in. Had I read the reviews before I tried it I probably would never have bought it, however it dissolved well for us. The only thing I can think of is I added fresh hot water to the tub before putting the salt in and in about 10 minutes it had almost completely turned back to liquid. I thought I noticed the tub draining slower tonight –it was probably my imagination – so I added some salt to the draining bath water and that seemed to help – again probably my imagination.
All in all it was a fun experience. I don’t think we’ll do it again anytime soon. It’s a bit expensive and kind of a pain in the butt, but totally worth it for a fun, crazy bath night. Next time, I might just have to buy it for myself and hide it from the kids!!