Move over, rubber ducky, we’ve got the best bath toys for toddlers to make bath time really fun!
Bath time is an important ritual to clean and soothe your toddler. But since most little ones associate bath time with bedtime, sometimes they can get a little cranky and uncooperative when you break out the bubbles and wash cloth.
To help you out with that, we found some of the best toddler bathtub toys to keep your toddler entertained and happy during his tub scrub!
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Best Bath Toys for Toddlers
Submarine Spray Station
Parents and little ones are loving the Submarine Spray Station toddler bathtub toy!
It has two ways to entertain toddlers – a water activity station that suction cups to the bathtub, plus a battery-operated submarine sprayer that sits in the water. Here’s some more highlights of this engaging bathtub toy.
- Lots of cause and effect interactions
- Sprayer is a nice, strong stream
- Colorful and fun!
- Takes 4 AA batteries
Water Games are Fun Bath Toys for Toddlers
The Nuby Octopus Hoopla, pictured below on the left, is like a floating ring toss for toddlers. This simple toy is so inexpensive and is getting amazing reviews! Plus, it can be used in the swimming pool too!
The Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy, pictured below in the center, lets toddlers reel in the catch of the day. This is one of the best bath toys for toddlers because it works with magnets, not hooks, so it’s easy for little ones to operate. Another nice feature is that the whole set is airtight to prevent mold.
Little dunkers will love the 3 Bees and Me Basketball hoop and Balls set, pictured on the right! It’s designed to be mold free and it attaches to the tub faucet, rather than to the wall, making it extra sturdy!
Frog Bath Toy for Toddlers by Zig Zag Kid
This award-winning Frog Bath Toy is a winner among toddlers and parents!
Toddlers can pour water in the top, then watch it dribble out of the froggie mouth, spin his bow tie and turn the water wheels. Here’s a few more reasons why we think it’s one of the best bath toys for toddlers.
- Comes with 4 stacking cups
- Adheres well with suction cups
- No batteries required
- LIFETIME WARRANTY!
Age: 12 Months+
Educational Foam Bath Toys for Toddlers
Foam letters and shapes make our list of the best bath toys for toddlers because they are educational, stay free of mold and offer a variety of ways for toddlers to play with them. They can stick and unstick them to the tub wall or float them in the water or play with them on the edge of the tub.
It can be hard to find foam bath toys that are rated for under 3 years old because many have smaller pieces that could be a choking hazard. But here are three good foam figure sets for toddlers we found.
Baby Loovi Floating Geometric Shapes are perfect for toddlers to have fun in the bathtub while learning their colors, shapes and animals. They’re super cute and come with their own mesh storage bag! These are rated for 6 months and up.
Skip Hop Zoo Foam Pals are whimsical little foam characters (owl, dog, bee and monkey) and accessories (bone, banana, and flowers). These stick really well and teach object and color recognition but mostly, they are just fun! These are rated for 12 months and up.
MokiDoki Foam Shapes are fruit and vegetable foam figures with happy faces and a geometric shape that fits in the center. These are nice because they are nearly a half inch thick, so they’re easy for little hands to maneuver. These are advertised for babies but the manufacturer suggests removing the geometric shape before giving them to toddlers under 3 years old.
TOMY Bath Foam Cone Factory
This fun toddler bath toy made it onto the Amazon 2017 Holiday Toy List. With the Tomy Bath Foam Cone Factory, kids can make their own soft-serve foam cones that look almost good enough to eat (which is probably the toy’s only downside)! But here’s some reasons why it’s on our best bath toys for toddlers list.
- Super fun to watch the foam swirl into the cone
- Suction-cups to the wall
- Works with bubble bath, shampoo and other types of soap
Just like with those delicious-looking Play-Doh food creations, you do want to make sure your little one understands that their pretty little “ice cream cones” are not to be eaten. Although, after one lick, I’m sure they would not want to try it again! (#SoapMouth)
Age: 18 Months+
Below are a couple more fun bath toys for toddlers by TOMY. These are great for little ones who don’t like laying down in the water to get their hair wet. They rain water down for toddlers to play in or under. They’re fun outdoors in the kiddie pool too!
Bath Squirt Toys that are Fun Bath Toys for Toddlers
Water squirt toys are the best bath toys for toddlers because they’re fun, inexpensive and come in a ton of different characters. Like many of these toddler bath toys, they can be used outside in a kiddie pool as well.
The thing with bath squirters is you have to clean them every so often to avoid mold. We have some tips on how to do that at the end of this post. Here’s what we think are the best bath squirter toys for toddlers.
(My very favorite is the School of Fish because it’s made by Munchkin and comes with a cute little boat!)
Busy Penguin Shape Sorter and Water Wheel
Toddlers love this Busy Penguin Bath Toy! He really keeps the little ones engaged while they’re in the tub.
Here’s some reasons why he’s on our best bath toys for toddlers list.
- Shape sorter teaches and challenges toddlers
- Two water wheel features
- Easy to clean
- Lightweight and sticks well to the tub wall
- Can be used outdoors too
Age: 12 Months+
Toys that help toddlers learn, like the Busy Penguin, make bath time both fun and educational.
Below are a couple more bath toys that pose creative challenges for little ones. Both of them contain pieces that suction cup to the wall and can be configured multiple ways to create a cool waterfall effect. Parents and toddlers are loving both of these fun and educational bathtub toys!
Sesame Street Bath Toys for Toddlers
If your toddler is a Sesame Street fan (and what toddler isn’t??), here are what I think are the best Sesame Street bath toys for toddlers. First up are Ernie, Elmo and Cookie Monster squirters, all decked out in beach wear. So cute!
Then there is the Cookie Monster Submarine, complete with a propeller that really turns for some exciting underwater adventures! Both of these are for 12 months and up.
And how much more fun would a bath be with Bath Time Elmo in it? He’s lightweight, quick-drying and toddlers love sharing the tub with him. Best I can tell, he’s about 9-11 inches tall, in case you were wondering about the size. He’s rated for 18 months and up.
Green Toys Seacopter Bathtub Toy for Toddlers
The Green Toys line makes some of the very best bath toys for toddlers and kids! Their Seacopter is super popular because it floats well, plus kids can pretend fly it, which adds to the play value.
Here’s some reasons we LOVE Green Toys:
- Very durable
- Made from 100% recycled milk jugs
- Made in the U.S.
- The Seacopter is dishwasher safe!
- Awesome reviews and priced great!
Here’s a couple more of the best bath toys for toddlers made by Green Toys. Parents and toddlers just love these!
Munchkin Bath Toys for Toddlers
The Munchkin brand is also known for making some of the best bath toys for toddlers. One of our favorites (and loved by parents too!) is the Munchkins Lazy Buoys toy. If features a floating penguin and seal and cups so toddlers can pour, strain and float to their heart’s content!
Wind up bath toys are super fun to play with and the little Munchkin Swimming Penguin is cute, durable and just the right size for toddlers.
Another winner among parents and toddlers is the Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles set. These are colorful floating bubbles that capture little ones’ attention as young as 4 months old.
3 Bees & Me Boat Toddler Bathtub Toy
No list of the best bath toys for toddlers is complete without a set of bathtub boats! Parents and toddlers adore these cute little boats and I can see why!
- Perfect size for little hands
- Eye-catching and colorful
- They float well!
- Teaches number recognition too
These little boats would be great fun to add to your toddler’s backyard water toys collection too!
Age: 18 months+
Stacking cups are also classic toddler bath toys and to round out this post, below are are three of our favorite sets!
I hope our list of the best bath toys for toddlers helps you find a toy or two to keep your little one cheerful and entertained during her bath time ritual. Happy Tubbing!
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How to Clean Toddler Bath Toys and Prevent Mold
To keep those bath toys mold free, Martha Stewart recommends cleaning the bath toys once a month. Soak the toys for an hour in one of these solutions:
- 1/2 Cup white vinegar and a gallon of water
- 3/4 Cup bleach and a gallon of water
Scrub the toys with a sponge or use a toothbrush to get into any crevices.
For the squirter toys, suck in the solution and let it soak on the inside of the toy and squeeze it out. You may see some mold come out with the solution.
Keep doing this until the squirters appear mold free. Rinse them thoroughly and make sure to squeeze all the water out. Let them air-dry (preferably outside).
In between cleanings, make sure to squeeze all the water out of the toys after bath time and let them air dry before you put them away. Turning on the fan in the bathroom helps to dry out the humidity in the room.
If the toys have persistent mold that you can’t remove, throw them out!
You can also use a hot glue gun and seal the hole in the squirter so no water gets in at all. Of course, then it’s a floater and not a squirter, but at least you solve the mold problem!