Whoop bathtime! It’s fun and wet in equal measures. And when they work out how to splash it's time to grab the shower hats and umbrellas. However, as well as all the fun, this time of day can be great for getting them learning too, especially when they have the right toys to hand. So, as always, we're here to give you some help choosing the best bath toys for each stage. Sail away…
Tiny bathers 0-6 months
Ok, so when they’re teeny tiny, they won’t be doing much apart from getting used to the water. However when they hit the three month mark, they start to take in their surroundings and you may want to start them off on their baby bath toy experience. Bath toys are great for developing their senses and helping them enjoy water. Waddle into this journey with this Oli & Carol Small Duck Bath Toy. This natural rubber bath toy, which can also be used as a teether, is full of texture to help their tactile development. And with no holes, there's also no mouldy insides to deal with. As they get older, they’ll love plunging this cool duck under the water and watching it bob up, which is awesome for teaching them about cause and effect. Who would of thought one little duck could do so much?
As they get older and their grasping skills develop (around 5 months), help them make the most of these by adding some fun (and learning) to bathtime. Pick a baby bath toy that’s small enough to grip but also future-proof, like this B Kids Squirt & Sail Penguins Bath Toy. They’ll love how the mummy penguin doubles up as a boat to ferry around her lil' detachable squirty penguins. As these can be used to spray water, they’re also a great way to help them getting used to having water on their heads and faces (hopefully) making hair washes easier and stopping those tantrums later on…
Mini splashers - 7 - 12 months
Your dinky soaker is hopefully now, looking forward to bathtime. And doing so much more, including splashing around like a little loon. If you give them their bath as part of their bedtime routine, now’s the time to use baby bath toys to help tire them out. These B Kids Stacks O'Fun Stacking Cups are a great way to encourage their building skills and require loads of concentration. In bright colours, watch how your lil' one stacks them, fills them with water and then pours it out again. Fingers crossed that's enough to get them sleepy.
Want to incorporate that bedtime story into their bath routine? There’s a toy for that too. Yep, really. This Wee Gallery Colour Me Bath Book helps them learn about colours and animals, changing from black and white to pastels when it gets wet. It great for interaction too. Pst: My little girl has one and won’t have a bath without it, so it’s a huge personal 👍 from me.
Midi splashers - 13 to 24 months
Now’s the time toddlers are really getting into the swing of it, but they’ve also developed those little personalities and if they don’t like something, well you’re gonna know about it. When my daughter turned one, she went from being a happy little fish that was happy to lie back and have her hair washed, to a tantruming turtle that screamed if water went anywhere near her face.
The answer? Buy toddler bath toys that make hair washing into a game. Buy a toy that doubles up as a hair washer like this Moluk Plu Raincloud. Shaped like a, er, well, raincloud, submerge it to fill it with water and watch how a gentle rainfall begins when you hold it up. Put your finger over the hole and the waterfall magically stops. Great for sneaky hair washing and helping to develop motor skills too.
Got a little bather who won’t just sit down? Or a little brainiac?
There’s toddler bath toys to help them with their brain training while they stand safely (that means you supporting them obvs). These Boon Cogs Water Gears Bath Toy are one of our bestsellers and have been made to stick on the side of the bath, or your bath tiles. Position them anyway you want, but if they’re put in order, they’ll turn when you pour water through them too… no pressure…
Bathtime pros 24 months plus
By now your toddler has probably come to expect bathtime, so make sure they continue to learn as they splash with toddler bath toys that will develop their different skills. This Green Toys Submarine is a great way to get their imagination flowing. There's a big handle for little slippery hands to grasp, while the wide-mouth opening means lots of scoop-and-pour fun. It’s great for teaching them about cause and effect.
Alternatively, light up toddler bathtimes and their imaginations with a toy that’s a lil’ bit different. This Marco Light Up Bath Toy bobs along just below the water line, making him the perfect bath time BFF. When he gets taken on a deep sea mission by getting dunked under, his water-activated colour changing light guides the way. Great for creative development, great for sensory skills. Well he has just swam into our bestseller list…
So there it is, our best baby and toddler bath toys for each stage to help them learn and splash. We won’t blame you if you decide to wear your mac and hood. #frizzyhair is real people.