When it comes to bath time for your 1 or 2 year old, you have a few options:
Deal with insane amounts of crying as you try to scrub them — OR
Enjoy an easy and relaxing experience where they are mostly distracted with fun bath toys!
Obviously, not all kids are tough, but all of the other moms and dads got those ones didn’t they? If you haven’t discovered that having bath toys can make the entire bath experience so much better, you found the right list! Bath toys do two things. First, they give your kid something to play with while you clean them. Second, they reinforce positive and fun experiences with bath time! Soon, your kids will look forward to baths instead of hating them.
Not all bath toys are equal, however! We took the liberty of putting together a list of some of the best ones we’ve found so you don’t have to spend hours looking on Amazon and asking people online. Check out our list and make your bath times 10x more fun and easy!
The Munchkin Float and Play Toy is an easy choice for parents. They are bright, round, and make a lot of noise to keep your babies attention! The textured rings on the outside move freely and help develop dexterity in tiny hands. Two of the balls have cute little characters, and the other two have noisy whirly toys. They float in water and are perfect for kids 4 months plus.
The Nuby Floating Octopus is as fun as it is cool! This floating toy looks like a friendly Kraken has joined baby for playtime, and your kid will love it. It has six arms that can hold different rings and it’s designed to help develop hand-eye coordination and texture awareness. It has a ton of bright, fun color that catches and keeps attention for quite some time. With this floating in your bath, it’s sure to be a blast!
Looking to get your kids interested in science? This might be a great toy for you! The Yookidoo Spin N Sprinkle Water Lab sticks to the side of the tub and is perfect for playing while in the bath. It has moving gears and spraying tubes that work with a simple pour! The googly eyes are hilarious, and the tools are perfect for developing sensory awareness and hand coordination.
We all love finding Nemo – now your little one can, too! The Disney Baby Bath Squirt Toy collection comes in a ton of varieties, but is there any better option for the bath than Nemo? We didn’t think so. The small fish can be gripped with a tiny hand and are visually engaging for kids 6-18 months. Don’t forget that these little guys squirt, so have fun in your water fights!
Bath toys can take over a tub space. With the Ubbi Bath Toy Caddy and Organizer, you can keep toys in their place and shower without fear of stepping on Nemo. The caddy is compact and freestanding. It is designed to dry the toys out and has a scoop to pick up the toys. The drying capabilities ensure mold won’t build up in places it shouldn’t. If you have a lot of toys, this is a must-buy for you.
Books in the bath? Sounds like a dream (with a glass of red wine, please). Oh, you meant for the kids? I guess that’s fine, too.
With Baby Bath Books, your little ones can look over cute stories in the tub! The waterproof baby books are perfect for toddlers and little ones who love having something in their hands while you clean them. Also, it’s never too early to get them comfortable with a book!
Bath pipes have been around forever , and it’s for a good reason – they are so much fun! Simply stick these Book Building Bath Pipes to a wall and watch your kids spend hours making little tunnels and chains to pour water through. The plastic is made BPA-Free and only occasionally rinsed with warm, soapy water to clean. The pack comes with five pipes, all with unique shapes and functions.
Squirt toys are an essential part of any bath. How can you bullseye your sister right in the forehead with a jet of soapy water if you don’t have a squirt toy? The Munchkin Squirtin Bath Toy is barnyard-themed, so you can teach a few animal names to your kid as you bathe them. The pack comes with eight toys and is great for games and fun!
Boats and water just go together! With 3 Bees & Me Bath Toys, you can take your kids on an adventure right in the tub! The package comes with four boats that are all uniquely colored, designed, and numbered. For parents who want to get a head start teaching their little one’s numbers, these toys are a great way to start. Their magnetic ends allow you to clip them together and make chains as you count them.
The Skip Hop Submarine Monkey is a fun addition to any toy collection. It has a pull-string that activates a propeller, pushing it through the water! It encourages motor skills, floating, and sinking, all while having fun. It features the signature Skip Hop Zoo character if you already use their products and is designed for kids 1 year and older.
Bath organizers are an essential part of any kid’s tub. With the ComfyLife Mesh Organizer, you can keep things dry and clean when not in use. The package comes with two mesh bags and six hooks for hanging on any tub wall. Whether you want to place toys in to dry or need a place to store shampoo and other essentials, the mesh bags work perfectly and can fit it all.
Fishing toys always seem to capture the attention of little ones! With the Munchkin Fishin Bath toy, you can turn bathtime into a fishing adventure! The set includes a magnetic fishing rod and three cute characters to fish for. The characters float and have a magnet attached to their head for easy “catching.” Designed for kids 2 years old and up, this toy is great for developing cause and effect reasoning and hand-eye coordination.
This classic boat train is fun and simple for kids of all ages. The set includes six floating boats of different colors, with each of the boats having a unique funny face. They are numbered and designed to be counted and placed in a train via a small locking system on the front and back of the boats. They can scoop up water and are lightweight for smaller kids to use. Perfect for learning to count and identify color, this classic toy is classic for a reason.
Turtles are about as cute as things get – not to mention perfect for bathtime fun! The SEPHIX Swimming Turtle Bath Toy comes in a back of three, each one a different color. The toys are wind-up and have an internal spinning gear that an adult or older child can wind. Once wound up, simply place it in the water and watch it scuttle away! Did we mention how cute they are?
The KarberDark toy set is perfectly suited to fill up a bathtub with colors and fun! The set comes with a fishing rod and plastic hook for catching the included characters. Fishing pole a bit too advanced for your little one? Well, this set comes with a net, too! It has five characters to catch, all with their own color and features. The kit comes with a storage bag and loop for easy cleanup and placement when bathtime is over.
Swimming toys are always a joy to have around. With a simple wind-up, you can watch your little one’s face light up as his penguin swims away and across the bathtub. It features a wind-up design that rotates the flippers like a real penguin and is lightweight and easy to grab and hold for little fingers. It’s perfect for imaginative play, and your toddler is sure to come up with some fun scenarios for it.
Basketball in the tub is an essential part of growing up! The 3 Bees & Me hoop is perfect for girls and boys who love to play sports, even in the bath. Suction cup hoops usually fall off, but the 3 Bees hoop ties directly to the faucet for reinforcement. The entire toy is designed to have zero mold buildup because of a complete lack of holes in the toy. It comes with three balls and is sure to be a blast for any kid.
Is there anything more classic OR essential to a bathtub than a rubber ducky? While the form of this toy hasn’t changed much, the technology sure has! The White Hot safety disc on the bottom of the duck lets you know how hot the water is before you put your baby in it, preventing burns and crying. It triggers at 104 degrees and is pretty amazing. It’s water-tight and floats along, waiting to be played with!
One of the first toys that can truly be used in the pool and bath, the Green Seaplane is more than just green in color! It’s made in the US from recycled milk jugs and is BPA-free. If you have a budding pilot who needs a bath, this is the perfect toy for them. It has a spinning propellor and chunky pontoons for easy landing in any water. It’s dishwasher safe and super easy to clean, to boot!
The Goodlogo bath toy station is a great option for any parents looking for an all-in-one wall-mounted toy. Simply stick it to the wall, and your kid will do the rest! By dumping water in the top, you cause certain interactions with the characters (rotating eyes, spinning around, etc.). This is perfect for learning finer motor skills and understanding shapes and sizes. It’s not battery-operated and has super strong suction cups, so it won’t fall when applied correctly.
Who knew they a cloud could be so cute? The Ubbi Cloud and Droplet mold is a great addition to any tub that could do with a draining toy. They are made of soft-touch silicone and open for easy cleaning. Simply submerge either toy in the water and wait for it to be filled. Once filled, the hole in the bottom simulates rainfall and is a ton of fun! They are dishwasher safe and come in two different character shapes.
The Boon Cogs Water Gears set is a great way to intrigue the mind of your little one. It works like a pipe set, only the water moves the gears instead of flowing through them. By linking up the gears you can make really fun water-powered chains that are sure to amaze toddlers. The gears suction to the wall and can be combined with pipes or other toys to make fun designs. These cogs are designed for kids aged 1 year old and up.