Bathing fussy children can be a daunting everyday task, but introducing them to the concept of bath toys can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for both you and the child.
Bringing a little fun and joy to the bath time can help them associate the memory of something fun with bathing, and let them relax during their next bath time.
When the child is very young, bath time is scarce but a great bonding experience. The sensation of warm liquid is new to the child and can make for a great time.
However, newborn rarely get dirty and bathing is not a daily chore. When they grow older, bathing can be a very fun activity – if you can keep them engaged and happy.
Depending on your child, you can introduce bath toys around the 5 to 6-month mark and experiment with different types of toys during bath time.
If you have a child that does not enjoy bathing at all, even as a very young child, you can even start using different fun and colorful bath toys when they are younger.
Buyers guide for parents on how to choose the right bath toy
Whatever the function of the toy you want to buy depends on the age and interest of the child. Look into what other children the same age are interested to play with and go for that.
In matters of toys, other children understand your child better than you, an adult can at this stage.
A factor you may want to consider is getting a toy that grows with your child and caters to your specific bath time needs.
Whether you want toys that develop the child’s hand to eye coordination, cognitive skills, or visual and auditory stimulation – there are options available in the market.
This is the most important feature to look out for in a bath toy.
Children tend to put toys in their mouths, especially at a young age. So ensuring that there are no sharp edges and that the material the toy is made of is safe and durable is vital.
Chemicals like BPA and phthalate, found in some plastics are very dangerous and must be certified as not present in these toys.
Another aspect to think about is making sure that there are no tiny pieces that your baby may swallow.
Easy to Clean
Toys that are meant to be used in the tub pose a threat in terms of fungal growth.
These must thus be easy to dry and clean manually with minimal effort.
This can be through holes in the toy or smooth surfaces that can be simply wiped clean with a dry towel.
Buying age-appropriate bath toys is essential to maintain the child’s safety and ensure proper stimulation.
The toy may also be too big or small depending on the recommended age if it does not match your child’s actual age.
Suggestions for different ages:
Buying bath toys, or even any generic toys for children, very depends on their age.
Younger children tend to bite on the toys, and their real purpose is not completely enjoyed by them.
They are only excited by new and vibrant things and like to hold them in their hands as they get used to using their hands and legs.
As children grow older, however, their fascination shifts from the appearance of the object to its actual purpose. This is when you can invest in more unique and fulfilling toys they can play with.
Below is a list of things to look out for depending on broadly classified age groups that apply to any bath toy in the market.
For the first few months
Most newborn are not very picky during bath time and will cooperate.
But if your child is, you can simply use colourful small cups to play with the water and to pour water over them.
Another great option is a teething toy that they can hold and bite on.
Things to look out for:
- Try to buy toys that are made of rubber that is toxin-free
- Do not buy toys with sharp edges or rough surfaces as their skin is very tender
- Avoid toys that have holes in them as they may lead to fungus or mould growth over time and accumulation of water and soap
After six months
Babies usually gain some neck and head support around the six-month mark, and can even sit up on their own. This is a great time to use bath toys.
At this stage, babies love colors, sounds, lights, and pretty much anything that floats. Another great option is bath-friendly bubbles that can be very entertaining for the child and parent alike.
Things to look out for:
- Toys that have holes must be cleaned regularly and we must encourage the child not to bite on it
- Avoid very large toys that take up too much space as they might overwhelm a small child
- Introduce slightly educational toys of various colours, shapes and sizes
- The material can be plastic or rubber but look out for BPA-free and toxin-free material
For toddlers and slightly older children
Any toy can be a bath toy as long as they are safe to wet as children get older. This is because they can tend to get attached to toys outside the bath and insist on taking the toy in with them.
This is also when children develop the most intellectually and are more preferential and opinionated. So according to their interests, look for toys that will fit them best both inside and outside the tub. This can range from boats to rubber balls or even animals.
Things to look out for:
- Do not use any battery-operated toy in the bath, as they may be hazardous to wet
- Try to avoid toys that operate in the mud or grass from entering the bath area
- Always choose toys that can dry completely after bathing, stuffed animals may not be a great option to bathe with.
Another great option is using common household items like cups, bottles among other things as bath toys.
You can even DIY some toys for bath time with your toddler’s help and turn them into a memorable and fun activity.
If you are on the lookout for some fun options that serve the purpose and can cater to your needs – either for your child or as a gift below is a list that will help you out.
Best Bath Toys for Kids available on Amazon India
These are our editor’s pick for the best bath toys that you can buy for your toddler or kids above 1-year-old. There are of the highest quality and are marked safe for kids.
Baby Bath Toy Chu Chu Colorful Animal Shape Toy
This pack of 14 bath toys that resemble colorful aquatic and wild animals is a great cost-efficient value for your child. These come in bright colors that visually stimulate your child and allow them to play creatively with them.
Perfectly designed for a baby’s small hands to hold and squeeze, these toys are great for children above 6 months.
The pack of 14 floating animals includes 4 types of fish, sea lion, crab, rabbit, frog, squirrel, cat, penguin, bear, and a duck.
Besides the mental stimulation, these toys also help develop the child’s hand-eye coordination and make bath time a lot more fun.
Made from high-quality soft vinyl material that is odorless and designed with round edges, they prevent choking. The material is non-toxic, BPA-free, Phthalate Free, and Lead-Free and is also very easy to clean and dry.
When wet, they also make a squeaky noise when they are pressed and are very enjoyable to the children.
The individual toys are small and compact and are great options for travel and playing even in the park or pools.
- Many toy designs to keep your child entertained
- Can be used both inside and outside the pool
- The material is soft and safe for children to use
- Compact and easy to clean and dry
- Not expensive, but lasts for long
- The noise produced on pressing may startle very young children
- The toys may be too small for some children to enjoy
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Turtle Bath Toy
Compactly sized, this toy is a great and fun addition to bathe time for any toddler.
You just have to wind up the front flippers of the little turtle and you can watch it adorably make its way swimming through the water.
The oval shell is efficiently designed with holes that serve multiple purposes.
Besides making it easy for the baby to grasp the shell easily, it also allows for quick and complete draining of water.
We recommend the toy for children above 12 months and is great fun for both the child and the adult. Made from high-quality material, this turtle toy is a fun bath companion and is also safe and durable.
The edges are all rounded and the material is toxin-free. Since it does not have any battery, it is the best choice for self-moving toys in the water and all it needs to run is a twist.
When the child is young, the surprise of the moving object will keep it very occupied, and as the child grows older, it will be able to learn and understand how to make the toy move.
This helps to improve recognition and coordination abilities and the child’s motor skills. If you have a tub, or a large washbasin to bathe your child in, this toy is a definite treat that will be a fun bath toy for many years to come!
- Uses only a gentle force that will not hurt the child
- No battery required for operation
- Keeps children occupied and entertained for a long time
- Easy to clean and use
- Cannot swim much in moving water, since the wind is not very strong
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Duck Bathtub Toys for Toddler Kids
One of the most cliche bath toys, this set of rubber ducks, is great for children of all ages. This set of a family of ducks that includes one large and three small ducklings will make bath time a lot more fun.
Besides being a floating entertainment, these rubber ducks make a surprising “chu chu” noise when they are squeezed.
They are also perfectly sized for the baby’s little hands to grasp and play with. The sound, as well as the vibrant and bright yellow color, make this an engaging choice even for young children.
The material is non-toxic and has no sharp edges that may injure the child during playtime.
These toys are especially great to introduce the concept of family and bonding to the child and can be fun companions for the baby inside and outside the bath.
Rubber ducks have often been revered as the best of bath toys, mostly because they make the most sense to be in the water with the kids and keep them occupied.
- Makes fun sounds that keep the child engaged
- BPA free material that is safe for children
- The material is not very durable
- The small ducklings are too small for very young children to play with
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Bath Toy Fishing Game with Colorful Floating Fish for Kids
A fun fishing play set designed especially for bath time, this set comprises two fishing rods as well as 6 rubber fishes. They made the fish of soft rubber and are durable and non-toxic.
They are intricately designed and in various colours and float on the surface of the water.
The bottom surface is smooth and its structure helps avoid water flowing into the fish, making it clean with a plain cloth or even just air-dried.
This makes for great learning tools for toddlers to learn about numbers and colors. Using the fishing rods to capture the fish will improve the child’s hand-eye coordination, overall balance and visual color identification.
Lightweight and easy to carry, this fishing game can accompany your child to the bath, beach, and pool.
Recommended for children aged 1 and above, this toy will also be a fun gift as they get older and start playing with other children.
It can be a fun tool to introduce the concept of healthy competition among friends as they try to capture the fishes.
- A fun game that keeps children entertained
- Can be used for over one child
- Good educative tool for multiple purposes
- Perfectly sized for young children
- Can be used as just toys at a young age and later introduced as a game
- The colour fades off over time
- Does not make any noise or produce any sound
Octopus Natural Rubber Rattle & Bath Toy
Part of the ocean buddies collection from Tikiri, and handmade only from organic products this is a safe-to-use bath toy for toddlers from a very young age.
It is specially designed to keep the child safe from any toxins and can be used for several years with no damage to the outside.
Made from natural rubber, the material is extremely durable and well designed to float in the water. Besides the octopus, this toy is also available as a dolphin, whale, crab, turtle, and seahorse.
The colors are all pleasing and provide a relaxing but fun environment for baths. Recommended for children aged 1 and above, this toy also functions as a rattle and produces a fun sound that can keep the child curious and entertained.
Also, this is a great option for toddlers that are teething as it is safe to bite on and use for teething even outside the bath.
- Safe and durable organic material
- Fun bath companions for your child
- Produces noise when shaken, like a rattle
- Can be used for teething for young children
- It is slightly expensive
This list comprises options that are subject to change depending on the market but is a great reference regardless of this. Check out the options and keep in mind the factors to look out for, both and depending on the factor of age.