The shampoo may be tearless, but bath time can still cause plenty of sobbing. Kids have a natural fear of being submerged in a tub of water. Parents have a natural fear of going deaf from their kids’ screams echoing off of the bathroom wall. A properly deployed (and properly cleaned) bath toy is one of the best ways to prevent everyone’s fears from coming true. Rubber ducks are the classic choice, but don’t limit yourself. Here are 22 non-duck options that can help make bath time more fun.
These little jellyfish don’t sting, but they do stick. Kids will love stacking them onto each other into giant jelly towers, and sticking them all over the tub and shower walls.
Learning Resources Sail Away Shapes
Boats for the bathtub. Groundbreaking. But these boats have a neat trick: The removable masts allow your toddler to match the shapes on the hulls to those on the masts, as well as match colors.
Munchkin Bath Fun Bubble Blower
Bubbles just make everything a little bit more fun. This penguin-shaped bubble blow comes with a suction cup on the back so you can place the bird up on the side of the tub and let the sudsy fun float down during bath time.
Fred KOI TOY Light-Up Bath Goldfish
This fishy friend looks entertainingly similar to the real koi you would find in a sushi restaurant’s garden pond, but it does way more than just swim around your bathtub. The second it touches the water, the fish lights up in a hue of rainbow colors — making it more fanciful for fun than a normal animal floaty.
ALEX Bath Beep Beep Stickers in the Tub
These “stickers” only cling to bathtub walls when wet — perfect for convincing your toddler to get into the water. The Beep Beep edition of these bathtub stickers feature roads, an ice cream truck, motorcycle, school bus, racecars, and road signs so your little one can create their own road system and take a journey.
Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers Stacking Cups
These stacking cups link up, stack up, strain, and pour water — all without you having to worry about them trapping water and molding. The cups nest within each other and allow toddlers to create all sorts of play patterns.
Green Toys Rescue Boat and Helicopter
This four-piece set comes with both a rescue boat and helicopter, as well as two captains who can perform any bathtub rescue mission your child can think up. The set is made of recycled milk jugs and can be washed in your dishwasher to prevent soap scum and mold from building up.
Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station
This will probably (hopefully) be the most expensive bath toy you’ll ever purchase, but it’s wroth it. The battery operated toy attaches to the tub, creating a water circulation pumping that draws water through the submarine to the shower head and circulating the water flow into a funnel that creates chain reaction of silly sprays that will keep your toddler entertained — and in the tub longer than they need to be there.
Boon Scrubble Interchangeable Bath Toy Squirt Set
Hold these mix-and-match, water-squirting eggs over your kid’s head to show them what getting clean looks like after the bubble bath days end. Or just hand them over because you know that water isn’t staying in the tub.
Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy
Stacking baby bath toys are beneficial for fine motor skills, visual perception, creative play, and even language development. These little birdies have spouts, too, so you can pour water to wash your child’s hair.
Green Toys My First Tug Boat
Boon Whale Pod Drain and Storage Bath Toy Scoop
This multifunctional tool is a mountable bath toy holder with ample space to store and air dry all those toys, and also the best toy in the tub. Because kids always prefer the box the stuff comes in over the actual stuff. Oh, and it scoops water to rinse your kid.
Hevea Alfie Junior Rubber Duck
They say there’s no manual, but if there was, on page one, in big, bold letters it would say: “KID MUST HAVE A RUBBER DUCKIE.” You’d never make it to the part where it says duckie must not be made of gross, unsafe plastic, so to save you the trouble, here’s a 100-percent natural rubber one. And it doesn’t even squeak.
Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys
Bring the fun of the circus to the bath tub. It’s number one on Amazon’s preschool bath toys list, so your kid will likely be captivated by this floating ring toss game. Plus, who couldn’t love that octopus.
Plan Toys Speed Boat
Plan Toys makes sustainable, wooden toys that give back to the environment as much as the gas-guzzling vehicles they’re modeled after take away. This speed boat is made from non-toxic wood, so it’s as safe on the water as it is in a baby’s mouth.
Moluk Plui Rain Cloud Tub Toy
That’s not what the weatherman meant by, “Chance of showers,” but you shouldn’t have to pray for actual rain every time you want to get your kid clean. This toddler bath toy can also cleverly illustrate basic physics and the water cycle to your kid, so it doubles as an educational tool.
Smilo Bath Boats
It didn’t take Smilo long to expand its product line from innovative pacifiers and bottles to fun bath toys. This set of four stacking boats not only lets them fine-tune their motor skills but also serve as captain of an entire fleet.
SoapSox Wash Mitt, Harper the Hippo
SoapSox are stuffed animals that can go in the tub. Better still, they transform into a scrub mitt. Not a fan of hippos? SoapSoxs come in dolphins, sharks, Disney characters, and more.
Sago Minis popular line of playsets and characters are officially ready for the pool. They’re detachable for easy cleaning and are sold both in two-packs in stores or eight-packs online.
Haba Bubble Bath Whisk
If the seas are too calm for your little Ahab, this bubble bath whisk will stir things up.
Educational Insights GeoSafari Underwater Explorer Boat
The perfect bath toy for a future marine biologist, this magnified-glass bottom boat lets kids see the grime on the tub floor up close. It’s meant to encourage STEM learning, which may explain why it won a Parents’ Choice Award.
Skip Hops Pull-and-Go Monkey
Unlike other pull-and-go toddler bath toys on the market that pull but don’t go, Skip Hop’s monkey-in-a-sub actually does zip across the tub. Not only that, but it encourages fine motor skills in the kid who’s yanking the string.