If your little one loves to splash and play in the water, a nightly bath can be a sweet sudsy time to bond. And if your baby or toddler isn’t such a fan of the process? Well, adding an entertaining new bath toy (or two!) to the nightly ritual is a great way to make sudsing up even more fun.
Not only are bath toys a good time, they can also help developing little brains explore the world of water. Floating toys bob and wobble in the tub unlike anything they’ve seen before. Squirt toys and “fishing” games encourage hand-eye coordination. And waterfall-style devices that attach to the side of the bathtub with suction cups demonstrate cause and effect — your toddler pours water into them and things start to move!
When shopping for bath toys make sure to choose durable, safe options with smooth edges to protect your baby’s bare skin. Also, look for toys without places for water to collect and develop mold or mildew; bath toys that are dishwasher-safe are the easiest to keep clean.
We’ve rounded up an assortment of bath toys to introduce to your child’s bath time routine. Check out these fun options and get ready to rub-a-dub-dub!
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1. Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy
Each floating bubble in this bath toy — two fun characters and two whirly toys — has a unique center that rattles, bobbles, shines and spins. All four bubbles are sized for little hands, age four months and up, to hold. They help teach hand-eye coordination as babies learn to reach, grasp and shake. Colorful rings move freely around the bubbles, giving lots of textures and movement for your little one to explore.
2. Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy
Just like a real ferry, this toy floats in water, and its pontoon-inspired design keeps it steady. Kids can use the slide-out ramp to load the two mini cars (included) into the colorful two-story vessel. The spacious cargo area can also hold other toys, and the open top deck features two small benches on each side, as well as eleven windows looking down into the main level. Cool fact: The durable ferry boat is constructed entirely from recycled plastic milk jugs. And as an added bonus, it’s dishwasher-safe and the hull detaches for easy cleaning. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
3. The First Years Disney Baby Bath Squirt Toys
Let your little bath time buddy play with their favorite Disney friends with this trio of interactive squirt toys. From Nemo, Dory and Turtle to characters from The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Puppy Dog Pals, and, of course, Mickey and Minnie, this set is suitable for ages six months to 18 months. Each toy in the three pack is cute, colorful and compact for little hands to use.
4. KarberDark Fish Net Bath Toy Game
This set of bath toys from KarberDark includes a variety of watertime fun. Kids ages 18 months and up can practice hand-eye coordination with the fishing rod with smooth hook or the fishing net to catch the floating starfish, puffer and crab. Made of soft rubber, the floating sea creatures are also squirt toys to help develop fine motor skills. Plus, little ones can scoop up water in the pink fish and purple fish and watch it flow through. The set also includes an organizer bag to keep the toys dry, clean and mold free.
5. GOODLOGO Spin and Flow Waterfall Bath Toy
This waterfall bath toy attaches to the bath wall with two strong suction cups, so kids ages 1 and up can pour water into the two chambers with the stackable cups. As the water flows through the toy, it rotates the cartoon eyes, creates a waterfall, drives the rotary gears and spins the propeller. Not only is it fun, it also helps develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills and shape recognition.