Not all babies love the water, but even if your kid spends their first few months of bath times shrieking, they’ll eventually settle in enough to finally be distracted by a well-placed rubber ducky … or tugboat, octopus, and rain cloud, as it were. This roundup covers all the bases, from squirters to stackers to pourers that can also rinse hair to whales that double as storage for all of the above. Add these to the mix and it won’t be long before your kid is purposely finding new ways to make a mess of themselves just so they can have another bath. Congratulations?
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, anyway.
Boon Scrubble Interchangeable Bath Toy Squirt Set ($19)
Stacking toys are beneficial for fine motor skills, visual perception, creative play, and even language development. And these little birdies have spouts, so among the words your kid might learn are, “Stop crying and just let me rinse the shampoo!”
Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy ($7)
Ah, the noble tugboat. The perfect toy to teach your kid the value of hard work and perseverance. Plus, it’s made from recycled milk containers, so it’s a great incentive to get them to drink their milk, at least according to the company. That may be a bit of a stretch, but then again, kids will do just about anything to get out of taking a bath. Also, splashy!
Green Toys My First Tug Boat
This multifunctional tool is a mountable 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, as if the reason for this bath was getting clean and not playing with whales.
Boon Whale Pod Drain and Storage Bath Toy Scoop ($30)
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. It doesn’t squeak because “Toys must be silent” is on page 2.
Hevea Alfie Junior Rubber Bath Toy ($13)
Number one on Amazon’s preschool bath toys list, number 8 in your heart. Because of the tentacles. You get it. Your kid will be captivated by this floating ring toss game, and after they’re done playing, you won’t have to shell out any cash to a boardwalk carnie or make room in your house for a giant stuffed elephant.
Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys ($7)
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. And it beats bringing your baby on an actual speed boat because they definitely don’t have their sea legs yet. Hell, they barely have their land legs.
Plan Toys Speed Boat ($10)
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 thing can also cleverly illustrate basic physics and the water cycle to your kid, and when they try to squirt their filthy bathwater into their mouth, you can use it to teach them about the dangers of acid rain.
Moluk Plui Rain Cloud Tub Toy ($14)