Mum shares her disappointment at discovering her child’s daycare centre allows children to play with balloons.

The concerned mum shared on MOM answers that when she arrived at daycare to drop off her baby the carers had set up latex balloons hanging from the ceiling.

She added, “The balloons hung to a height just above the ground to where the children could reach. My child is 12 months old and walking and would love playing with balloons but I think they are just too dangerous.

“The centre has a no plastic bag policy so I find it strange they give balloons to the kids. I know they will get rid of the balloons once I voice my concern today, but my trust has been eroded and now I am thinking of pulling my son out of the centre. Is this over reacting?”

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Some people simply told the mum she was definitely overreacting, while others were more concerned for the environment.

A couple of responses to her post include:

– “I think unless your child has a known allergy or a history of trying to eat them then there isn’t any reason to worry,”

– Another said, “Kids do have a lot of fun with balloons, but I see where your concerns come from as they can be dangerous. I’m more concerned about their impact on the environment. Ban all non compostable balloons and help save our planet.”

– “It is actually a sensory toy used in many daycare centres and schools australia wide to encourage play. But kids love balloons and there is no harm in them unless they try to eat them or are allergic to them. I would voice your concern if you really think it is an issue but I certainly don’t think they have violated your trust – particularly if they didn’t know you were so concerned”, wrote another.

This mum is actually fighting to ban balloons – read her story here. While in QLD the release of helium balloons is now officially illegal!

Do you allow your children to play with balloons?

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  • Massive over reaction. The kids wouldn’t be left unsupervised with them. And I can’t imagine the carers would let them be so rough that they pop them.


  • Over reaction. As long as the kids are being watched while playing with them, then it’s fine


  • It’s a good idea to supervise little kds with balloons, but I think she’s over reacting.


  • If there is always an adult around, I wouldn’t have any problem with the balloons.


  • I think it’s a slight overreaction simply bringing your concerns to the attention of the educators should be enough


  • Kids love to play with balloons but once at the end of a party (I was in my early teens) a friend’s little brother bit a balloon and initially we thought it was funny even though he’d gotten a huge scare when it popped (yep horrid teenagers that we were), he then had trouble breathing. What followed was a scary race to the hospital as they could see blue in his mouth but couldn’t get their fingers in to remove it. All turned out ok but a sound telling off by the hospital staff has left me with a sense of unease about littlies with balloons.


  • People are offended by everything. Balloons are horrible for the environment so if that is your concern then I understand. Saying your “trust is eroded” is just over the top. People are sooks.


  • Balloons are a lot of fun for all ages, no surprise to find them in a childcare centre. For the benefit of the environment, I hope they are using bio degradable balloons tho. Other then that, no issues as long as the kids are supervised


  • I think they are a great sensory thing for the kids and as long as they have adequate supervision and any broken ones are thrown away straight away, I personally don’t see the issue and think she is overreacting a bit


  • Now we know how dangerous balloons are to the environment I don’t know why anyone would consider letting helium balloons go.

    • You can get bio degradable balloons these days. If only more people bought them!


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