Sometimes shopping for baby bath toys is more fun than the actual act of bathing fidgeting children. As babies grow, bath toys get more elaborate, and you find that bath toys for toddlers can be really cool and interactive. But kids get bored, so you want multiple toy options on hand to toss in the tub. (You can also get a great bath toy holder to keep them organized.)
Before you fill up your Amazon cart with bath toys, some basics from the Mayo Clinic: Don’t go crazy with bath time. A newborn should be bathed maybe three times a week, otherwise you risk giving your infant dry skin. The same applies to toddlers. As for older kids, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, kids ages six to 11 should bathe two to three times a week as well.
And while shampoo may be tearless, 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 the best bath toys for babies and toddlers.
Best Bath Toys for Toddlers and Kids
Two reasons to love this baby bath toy: It's made from natural rubber and there are no holes, so therefore nowhere for mold to grow and thrive.
The best bath toys for babies are ones that you can feel good about letting them gnaw on. This one is made with food-grade dyes and because it’s rubber, it’s safe for kids to chew, too.
To avoid any shower drama, we suggest investing in this sweet little starfish shower attachment, which has a gentle spray to rinse off soap and shampoo.
In the world of kids’ bath toys, this shower head attachment checks two boxes: Fun and practical. It has a diverter that lets you switch between your showerhead and the hand-held sprayer, and because kids don’t love the kind of water pressure adults appreciate, this one gives you a gentle, light, steady spray. It also gets kids used to transitioning from the bath to the shower.
This bath toy suctions to the wall, and kids can use it as a mini sprinkling can, turn dials, and create a steady stream of water that travels through the toy and into the tub.
It’s nice when tub toys are interactive and educational: In this case, kids can get an early lesson about water pressure and gravity.
Kids can use these suction cup tentacles to stick these jellies to the tub, the wall, and onto each other.
These little jellyfish don’t sting, but they do stick. Kids will love stacking them into giant jelly towers, and sticking them all over the tub and shower walls.
What makes bath time less boring? Why, this set of four baby shark toys of course: Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark and William!
The sharks squirt water out of their mouths. Thankfully, they do this without breaking into song.
All you need to know about this baby bath toy is that it lights up when it touches the water.
You can choose among other critters, but we’re partial to this mythical creature. It has multicolor lights and is soft and squeezable. Wheeeee!
This baby shark (we're sensing a theme here) floats, swims and spins after your kid winds up the bottom fin to activate movement.
And by winding up the bath toy, your child just might hone his or her hand-eye coordination skills. So it’s a win-win.
This will probably 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.
What's better than oddly cute critters? Why, floating critters with a net to catch them, of course.
Kids catch their creatures in a net, and practice hand-eye coordination while doing it.
This adorable polar bear is actually a ring toss game for the tub.
The polar bear is weighted to float face up, and kids can toss rings onto its legs or stack them on its belly.
Kids mix and match the tops and bottoms of these bath toys, which are also dishwasher-safe.
Sure, these are fun. And they’re easy to clean. But they also teach kids color-matching and hand-eye coordination.
Hape makes sensational toys, and this bath frog helps toddlers learn all about shapes.
It’s one of the best bath toys for toddlers we’ve seen: The frog suctions to your tub, and your kiddo inserts the pieces into the correct slots to feed it.
These animals float and squirt water, which makes them perfect for the tub or the pool.
When it comes to baby bath toys, squirting ones are classics. These aren’t junky, and the animals actually look like … elephants and rhinos.
You don't need to worry about feeding this fish, which lights up the second it hits the water.
This aquatic friend looks entertainingly similar to the real koi you would find in a 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 than a basic bathtime floaty.
These faux stickers attach to the tub only when they're wet, which is a neat trick.
These “stickers” only cling to bathtub walls when wet — perfect for convincing your toddler to get into the water. The Beep Beep set of these bathtub stickers features roads, an ice cream truck, a motorcycle, a school bus, race cars, and road signs so your little one can create their own highway system and take an imaginary journey.
Toddlers stick the suction cup rings to the bathtub wall (one above the other) and then arrange the three reservoirs and the propeller any way they want. They learn cause and effect, as water travels through the cups at different speeds.
It’s the perfect blend of science lab and water park for your tub.
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.
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.
Need bath toy storage? This mountable holder has ample space to store and air dry all those toys, and is also the best thing to play with in the tub.
Because kids always prefer the box the stuff comes in over the actual stuff. Oh, and it doubles as a water scoop to help rinse your kid.
These floating bubbles have toys inside that spin and rattle. They keep babies entertained and stimulate their senses.
They’re designed to stay upright, have a cool texture and are perfectly sized to fit in your baby’s chubby little hands.
You fill this toy with water, let it rain, and stop the rain when you cover the top hole.
This toddler bath toy can cleverly illustrate basic physics and the water cycle to your kid, so it doubles as an educational tool.
Stuffed animals that double as wash mitts? Genius.
SoapSox are stuffed animals that can go in the tub. Better still, they transform into a scrub mitt. Not a fan of hippos? The company also makes dolphins, sharks, Disney characters and more.
If the seas are too calm for your little sailor, this bubble-bath whisk will stir things up.
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 gives kids a chance to practice fine motor skills as they yank on the string.
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