Bath time is a key part of any baby or toddler's routine and toys can make it all the more enjoyable.
So, whether your child is just a few months old or is a little older and more engaged with toys, we’ve rounded up some of the best on the market for different ages. From bath books and boats to water dispensers and wind up animals, our selection of toys covers all bases.
However, baby bath toys are not only fun but they also offer number of psychological benefits. Dr. Amanda Gummer, a child development expert and psychologist, explains how they can help babies develop in a plethora of ways…
Do babies need bath toys?
Bath toys can be a great way to help with visual and spatial development, as well as water confidence.
Dr. Amanda Gummer says, ‘Bath time with young children is a lovely bonding opportunity. The safety aspect means that it’s automatically a great chance for some quality parent-child time. Bath toys can help parents feel more confident in playing with their children and can promote all sorts of development.
‘Boats can form the props for a high seas adventure, toys with numbers, shapes and colours can be a fun way of including some school learning and fish or other sea creatures can help children think about the underwater world and gain water confidence.’
Are battery-operated bath toys safe?
Dr. Amanda Gummer adds, ‘Bath toys should have the same safety certification as other toys so do look for the CE stamp or Lionmark. Children do put things in their mouths in the bath so choking is something to watch for – avoid things with small parts for young babies. The other major safety concern is the mould that can grow in water toys, so regular cleaning is essential.’
Most bath toys have recommended ages on the packaging.
Of course, bath time can get messy, so you don’t want toys adding to the clean-up operation, too. We’ve included bath crayons on our baby bath toy list, but there’s no need to panic…
What are bath crayons and will they damage your bathroom?
Fear not, bath crayons have been designed with parents in mind. Most are water soluble which means they are easy to wipe clean off the side of the tub or tiles on the wall. However, they shouldn’t be used on porous surfaces, like grout, or older showers as they may stain the surfaces.
They are also perfectly safe for children. The ones in our selection are made from New Zealand beeswax and soy wax.
Check out our roundup of brilliant baby bath toys below…
There is lots your child can do with this fun fishing boat, which comes with a captain, floating sea creatures and pouring cups to keep them entertained during bath time.
Teach your child how to keep clean with the whale nail brush and octopus comb, then catch all of the colourful creatures with the fishing line at the back of the boat.
Age: From 6 months
Introduce your little one to fishing and counting with this fun catch-and-count set.
Your baby can scoop up and count the different-textured fish over and over with the bright colours helping to develop their vision.
Age: From 6 months
This product is a double whammy. It’s 2-in-1 design means it not only gently massages but also dispenses soap - so your little ones will be thoroughly scrubbed down.
Age: Must be used by adults on babies and toddlers.
This adorable 15-piece animal toy set is both fun and educational. The colourful ocean toys can be beneficial to a baby’s brain development, visual recognition skills and help to distinguish between different animals. These little creatures also squirt water, to make washing more fun.
Age: Any age but babies and toddlers will need to be supervised.
These lively turtles crawl both in the water and on land - simply rotate the spring on the belly and set them off.
According to the product description these toys are great for little ones because they ‘help children exercise hand muscles, improve your baby's grip ability and enhance a baby's ability to recognise new things.’
Age: Babies and toddlers need supervision but self-play can take place from 3 years onwards.
Each tube and pipe in this set interacts with water differently, making each one a brilliant surprise. The cogs also spin when water is placed over them. What's more, they can all be placed together to create fun water chains.
Age: Suitable from 12 months
It’s likely your child is familiar with the popular baby shark song. Well, this brilliant toy swims and sings along as it plays the famous tune.
Age: 18 months and over
This adorable bumble bee creates a water umbrella effect when you lift it up. Babies love to watch the hypnotic cascading water and it’s such a simple way to keep them happy during bath time.
Age: From 9 months
Is your baby a Monet in the making? Find out with these bath tub crayons, which allow youngsters to scribble away on the tubs (or each other) - but the natural, water soluble makeup means they are easy to clean off surfaces.
Age: From 2 years old
This bath set comes with sea animals which attach easily to the sides of a tub using suction cups. Little ones can play individually with each one or organise them to create cascading figurations.
Age: 24 months and over
Great for little hands, these vibrant buckets help to build on a child’s motor skills. Children can drain water and experiment with the different sprinkle effects and each bucket comes with its own colourful animal face. To store them, simply stack them on top of one another.
Age: Over 9 months
Made up of a mummy octopus with eight little babies, this sweet set can stick to the side of the tub or wall tiles. The baby ones also come in coloured pairs, so can be used for matching games.
Age: For 12 months and over
The different textures and surfaces on this bath toy can help develop sensory perception. Not only that but the pirate theme promotes imaginative play. Kids can use the pirate on the deck, fly the flag and man the water canons - no details have been spared with this one.
Age: From 6 months
These bright, cartoon toys are great for a number of reasons. They fill with water and release it slowly from the holes in the bottom when lifted up. They’re also great for gently washing bodies and hair.
Age: On the Amazon ‘Asked Questions’ the company says it’s suitable for children of all ages because these are made of BPA soft rubber - despite the packaging saying 3+.
Combine two key parts of a baby’s bedtime routine with these colourful bath books. Perfect for newborns or toddlers, these books come in a variety of and touch-and-feel textures and cover different themes such as fruit, animal, transportation and more.
Age: For newborns
This sweet octopus toy is designed to cushion hard taps to prevent banged heads and scalded fingers. But the tentacles are also numbered for fun counting activities.
Age: Safe for newborns, designed for 6 months to 6 years
Bathtime is a lot more magical for kids with this Eureka Unicorn, which features water-activated multicolour lights. The toy is also soft and squeezable - so is perfect for plenty of hugs.
Age: From 9 months