I love my MOO Mini Cards (if you don't know what a MOO card is, look here and here). One of the first things that struck me about them was how sturdy they felt. The cardstock is heavy, and the "satin finish" is such that the cards seem almost water proof. I've read posts from a few other MOO fans who've commented on the cards' durability, including one person who lost one for two weeks and found it on the ground, stomped on but still in usable condition, and another one who dropped it in their drink, wiped it off and it was good as new. I decided to put a card to the test and see how well a MOO card could hold up to the ultimate enemy: a six month old baby.
I have to preface this by saying that Alice is our first, so I don't know if this is a normal baby thing, or just something peculiar to her, but the girl LOVES paper. Absolutely loves it. I can give her the fanciest toy in the world but she will always go for a piece of paper or a card first. She's quite the drooler, so normal paper, and even index cards, are usually reduced to slimy pulp within seconds. I figured it would be interesting to see how long a MOO card could hold up to the chewing, scratching, crumpling and tearing that normally occurs when she gets a hold of something papery.
And without further ado, here are the players:
I started off by simply holding the card out to her until she noticed it. She grasped it eagerly. Then came the initial inspection, which involved peering at it and turning it over in her hands a few times.
Shortly after that, she of course had to put it into her mouth. This happened within seconds of obtaining the card.
She continued to chew, lick, twist and suck on the card. See? She loves paper.
I normally have to take paper away from her pretty quickly, because when it starts to get wet she's able to pull chunks off and gag on them. Not good. I gave her 10 minutes with the MOO card and then took it away from her, more because I had satisfied myself that she wasn't going to be able to completely destroy it than because I was worried about her choking on it. This was the result:
Then I decided that this wouldn't really be a fair test without some kind of comparison. I introduce to you: The Control.
This is a normal (actually rather nice, as far as they go) business card, formerly belonging to a boss I had some years ago. I've blurred any photos that show details on the front just out of habit, although he was quite the tool so I should be ok with people prank calling him at all hours of the day and night. What can I say? I am nice and I don't hold a grudge.
In any case, Alice licked at it and chewed on it for a little while, but in well under a minute she had torn the card nearly in two, right down the middle.
I'd like to note here that she tried to tear the MOO card, as she does with all paper, by chomping down on it and pulling it with her hands, but it never tore.
After roughly two and a half minutes I had to take the regular business card away from her, because it had gotten to that magic point where it was starting to look more like papier mache in some places, and she was starting to get pieces in her mouth. No choking!
Here are the cards side by side, for comparison:
So there you have it. The MOO card wasn't able to withstand the forces of Drooly Baby and come through unharmed, but I didn't expect it to. In fact, I didn't expect it to last anywhere near as long as it did, and I really could have let her chew on it longer. I may try that again sometime when I am not feeling quite so impatient, just to see how long a MOO card can last before disintegrating into pieces I'd worry about her swallowing. Regardless, it did a great deal better than the regular business card did. I'm impressed.
After the cards dried, I found myself playing with the MOO card more. The card had separated into layers along the edges, where it got really soaked. I was able to peel off the outer layer on both sides, and ended up with this pretty cool transparency of the image that was printed on the card.
I did the same with the side that had the text I had printed on the back, but I won't show that here. :-)