By Remo. 5" diameter x 2" thick baby drum with rainbow-colored shell. Comes with a chunky mallet, 5-1/2" long. One of a series of instruments developed in conjunction with Lynn Kleiner for early childhood use.
My husband is a drummer of ~50 years and is familiar with the quality of Remo products. My step-son mentioned his 3 girls 3 years and under love drums so these are a Christmas gift - Baby drum for 4-month old Addie to grow into, Bongos for 2 yr-old Ariannah, Konga for 3-yr old Bella. Plus a tambourine for 7-yr old Kinzie and egg shakers for 13-year old Allie, my step-son , daughter-in-law, husband and me to all make music together. Of course, the kids will get the shakers later!
What materials are used to make this drum and mallet? Are they safe for babies to put in their mouth?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2014
Best Answer:I also have used this drum for my early childhood music program. Our babies mouth them all the time, and as a previous person mentioned, the mallet head will get teeth marks. I've even had chunks bitten out! From a cleanliness standpoint, I didn't like using the mallet with the soft foam anyway because I didn't feel it was getting clean enough from our spraying. One thing about the drum's head is that it is a natural (I think) material over a plastic head. I've been using mine long enough that the edges of the natural material are peeling away from the plastic head. It doesn't make them unusable by any means, but they look a bit shabby, which may bother parents paying for your program if they are involved.
I use these mallets in my early childhood classes, and I do not like these foam heads for the infants. This drum mallet should NOT be rated for infants as it is. I am a Music Together Director, and the babies in my classes cannot resist biting this foam. It's so soft and squishy, the texture is attractive to them. Since the instruments in my classes get so much use, I found these mallets to be problematic. Babies can and do bite off actual chunks of this foam. The chunks aren't big enough to choke on, but they can be ingesting this foam, and it ruins the mallet. I have had to sew circles of fabric that we attach over the mallet head with a hair rubber band. We have to cover every mallet this way, and we have 200 families in our classes, and keep at least 25 of these mallets around! That is a lot of covered mallets. When they are covered, they are mouthed less, as the cotton fabric is not as attractive. When they are mouthed, we wash both the cover and the mallet itself. It adds a little more work, but having the mallets without covers was not working.
I am so very sad to see that now they make this mallet with TWO foam ends! (it used to have just one) Ugh. How disappointing.
These mallets are the only thing I have in my play-along mixed-instrument baskets that are actually rated for infants, and they are the one thing I think are the WORST for infants to have.
I have used this set (single ended mallet) in my early childhood music program for several years. It has been durable and I like that they have made the mallet two-headed. Now, there won't be a stick that that a child could accidentally push down their throat or fall onto. I would say the head n the mallet is made of a dense foam. Similar to the rainbow colored one in the photo. Babies and toddlers knaw on this on a daily basis and none have ever bitten through the foam head. Also, I would say that the drum is a skin of some type. Maybe not. But, it, also, has been extremely durable. It is definitely not a thin paper head that a child could break through. I would highly recommend this product.
Yes, this drum is safe for babies to put in their mouths. I bought 2 of these drums for my twins when they were babies and they loved them. The mallets are soft and small...perfect for little hands. The head of the mallets are sturdy and can withstand being placed in the mouth. It is a kind of rubbery foamish material and safe. The drum head is easy to clean and of durable material that withstands drool and babies, but is small enough for them to grab and play with, but not get hurt.
I teach at an Early Intervention Center and have a couple of these. I like them. Yes, safe to mouth, however foam on mallet will get teeth marks. We usually use hands and fingers with drums, not mallets. That is more developmentally appropriate and provides nice sensory feedback to child and saves adults ears and sanity. the drum head is a natural drum head and we clean with diluted bleach water and it holds up great! Ours are about 3 years old, I believe.
I am not sure what it is made of but I think it may be a type of rubber. I am sure it is safe as long as they do not bite, chew and swallow pieces of it. It is a great product and very cute for little ones.