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Don’t buy this toy.

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I debated posting this because it is a mix of embarrassment but more parts hilarious. I was hosting a playdate for one of Oscar’s new friends from school – and his Mom. As the playdate neared it’s end, Oscar picked up this toy and proceeded to put what I call “burrs” in his hair. They easily pulled out – as he has short hair. I’m sure you can see where this is going. I went on to talk with the other Mom. Oscar was getting increasingly annoying lively and took a handful of them and smack-dabbed them on my top knot bun.

I didn’t think much of it except I went to pull them out and …. couldn’t. They were mixed all in my hair and with every yank, it made it worse. In my head, I was ready to loose it on my child but he was saved my initial anger because we were hosting a new family.If I freaked out, he’d be in tears – so I’d have a child in hysterics, my hair would be the same – in a massive BURR, and I’d have to still host our guests. So I opted to laugh it off, for the sake of everyone. In the end, it was likely the best situation to be in, for something like this as it gave me some time to calm down and put on a brave face. Thankfully the other Mom was equally horrified & laughing – like me, not knowing what to do, and laughter was the only natural reaction.

140464Needless to say the playdate ended – with half my hair sticking out like a mad woman.

As the door shut behind out guests I turned to Oscar, who was looking very sheepish on the couch (he may have been hiding behind a pillow) and I calmly said. “This. Is. Not. Funny” and stood in front of the mirror examining for the first time, the real damage to my head. With every pull, I started to freak out a little bit more – as with every burr I tried to pull out, it ended up getting more and more determined to STAY in my hair. I hadn’t fully appreciated the level of danger my head of hair was in until this moment. And I may have gone into the bathroom to cry for a moment out of frustration. I didn’t want Oscar to see it, because in all fairness, it was a mistake. I had come to that conclusion while in the bathroom. Yes, he did it – but he had put it in HIS hair and they came out. (He has, again, SHORT hair).

Aubrey was at work and I texted him photos, to which he told me to stop touching them and he would help upon his return.

My hair ended up being saved by my loving patient husband, but all in all it was a 5 hour affair.

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So word to the wise. Don’t buy these &*$#@$ toys.

Ps., Upon googling how to get these out of my hair I came across the following warnings from parents. Wall Street Journal , Refinery29, Jezebel, DailyMail UK,

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine
    January 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    That is love!! Who knew taking dumb toys out of ones hair could feel like such a grand gesture?? #whosaidchivalryisdead?

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      Lindsay Stephenson
      January 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      LOL. Aub us pretty darn amazing. 😉 And it was definitely a bonding experience. HA

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    Kate Sawyer
    January 31, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t even have any children and I had somehow already seen this warning about these toys from a year or two ago! I thought they were being taken off the market at that time, so I’m a bit shocked to hear they’re still being sold! I know it was a struggle to get them out, but be very thankful you have a son with short hair and not a son or daughter with long hair–I think there were a lot of little girls sporting necessarily short haircuts after receiving Bunchems; I’m guessing kids wouldn’t have the patience to sit and wait the 5 hours necessary to remove them: (

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      Lindsay Stephenson
      January 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      We got it as a gift a few years ago (or maybe this past Summer?) I can’t recall. But it was sitting in our toy cupboard and I just hadn’t given it much though. Even if I HAD seen the warnings I likely would have still kept them because Oscar has short hair — right? Bah. Goes to show you. Just don’t buy it.

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    Barbara
    February 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Oh my. At least it wasn’t lice, THAT is a true bonding experience. I know the term “nit picking” so intimately. Try 2 girls with long hair and a grandma. NOT FUN.

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    Tara Turnbull
    February 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    SO not funny but funny . That very easily could have been me! Aubrey you are a saint. Lindsay time for a seriously deep conditioner. Ouch! xo

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