For little ones who don’t like bath time, bath books can help hold their attention during one of their least favorite parts of the evening. Bath books can function as both a toy and an educational tool. They’re made of soft, waterproof materials, which make them fun to touch and interact with. Unlike your child’s paper books, they are designed to take many, many dunks in the water. The pages are also rounded, so your child won’t hurt themselves on sharp edges.
The books aren’t only made for splashing mom with bath water, though. They’re usually brightly illustrated to keep your child’s focus. Bath books usually teach kids about letters, numbers, colors or one specific topic, like the ocean, for example. You can recite the words on the pages and show your child the corresponding illustration to engage their brains and help with cognitive development.
Sometimes, these bath books come with a set of toys. While your child is playing with a polar bear, you can flip to the polar bear page and teach them what that means. They’ll also enjoy making this bear zoom around the water, of course. When playtime and learning are combined, your child is the most engaged.
We found the best bath books for kids, including bath book sets. Your little one will enjoy bringing these books into the water.
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1. Melissa & Doug Float-Alongs: Three Little Duckies
This waterproof book from Melissa & Doug comes with three yellow rubber ducks to help your child learn while they play. The ducks are attached to the book in a mesh tube, but the mesh tube can be cut off if you want the book to float in the bath with your baby. The focus of this bath book is to help your little one learn how to count to three with the help of some baby ducks. The baby ducks don’t have holes in the bottom, like most rubber ducks, so they won’t become moldy and waterlogged like their toy cousins.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Numbers Bath Book and Squirty Toys Set
If your kiddo (and you) love Eric Carle’s beautifully illustrated kids book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you’ll want to incorporate that iconic little caterpillar into your child’s bath time. This waterproof and submersible book is not the same as the bedtime story. It’s much shorter and is specifically a counting book. It comes with five fun bath toys, including a caterpillar, seahorse, elephant, polar bear and duck. Each of these toys have the ability to squirt, so bath time might get wetter for you, because you know that your kid is going to aim that water-filled seahorse at you.
3. teytoy My First Baby Bath Books
With this set of six bath time books, your little one will learn words related to a single topic. The topics of the books are the ocean, vegetables, fruit, traffic, animals and numbers. Each book has tabs at the top to integrate a more tactile way for your child to learn. This set of books, which are made out of non-toxic plastic fiber and cotton, will give you lots of options to bring into your child’s bath, so they will never get bored.