Bath time is one of the best parts of the day! Whether your little ones are freshening up at the start of the day or winding down in the evening with their bathing ritual, bath toys can transform the entire experience.
Bath toys not only provide a distraction for the kids so they don't get anxious before they get clean, but having the right bath toys in the tub can encourage parent-child bonding. Not to mention, if your little one bathes at the end of the day, playing in the tub can get that extra energy out right before hitting the pillow.
The options are truly endless when it comes to bath toys. There are interactive toys that suction right onto the actual bath walls, and of course there's an enormous variety of fun squirt and water toys. Some toys are inspired by television characters, while others encourage educational play. Take a look at our top picks, and bring home some bath toys to make sudsy memories that'll last a lifetime.
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It's going to be hard to get your little one out of the tub with a bath toy this fun. A circulating pump system attaches to the bottom of the tub, drawing water up through the submarine into the shower head. Point the water into the funnel to generate a surprising chain reaction of water-filled effects.
If you have a few little kids that bathe together (hello, sibling life!) they'll get a kick out of taking turns spraying the water out of the toy at each other. Warning: Keep a towel at the edge of your tub — you know, just in case they start having too much fun!
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Best Suction Bath Toys
These jelly suction bath toys by Boon will keep your little one fully occupied during bath time. Not only do the jellies stick to the wall, but they stick to the other jellies in the set, too! Kids love arranging the toys to create different color patterns.
The bright toys can even be stacked on top of one another, so kids can experiment with grouping the same colors together while you sneak in a quick shampoo.
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Best Developmental Bath Toy
This hungry, hungry whale is ready to eat. Squeeze his fin to open his jaw wide so he can gobble up the floating sea creatures, encouraging your child's hand-eye coordination. Once bath time is over, the extra pieces store right inside his mouth.
Even though this whale looks pretty feisty, fear not — his jaw is made of soft flexible material that won't chomp down too hard on tiny fingers or sudsy toes. Plus, as the whale wades into the water, he'll be encouraging hand-eye coordination for your child!
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Best Interactive Bath Toy
Whoever said a ring toss was easy never played this game. A floating octopus not only ups the ante, but also the fun, as kids practice their fine motor skills trying to get the rings on the tentacles.
The toy comes with one happy octopus (check out that smile!) and three bright-colored rings for tossing onto the tentacles. The included rings feature a lifesaver, a fish, and a starfish. It's so nautical, your kid will feel like she's really at the beach.
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Best Toddler Bath Toy
Ready for an intense giggle fest? You'd better be if you're bringing home this toy! Kids have the time of their lives squeezing the water-filled toy and watching 10 skinny streams exit the body of the ball that look like rain.
The best part? Your little physicist will learn about controlling pressure as they experiment with releasing the water slowly, quickly, or not at all. You might learn something, too!
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The fun never has to end with this set of six Paw Patrol bath toys. While your little one is having a blast squeezing the show-inspired toys and filling them up with water, you can chat all about the last episode!
This set includes: Skye, Rocky, Chase, Marshall, Rubbie, and Zuna, so the fun really never has to end. If you're throwing a Paw Patrol birthday party for your kid, these water toys make excellent goody bag stuffers, too.
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Made from recycled milk jugs, this eco-friendly toy offers plenty of opportunity for play. The rescue boat, helicopter, and captain and pilot figurines allow kids to practice a search-and-rescue mission on their own. You can even take it outside and toss into your tot's kiddie pool once the weather heats up.
The dishwasher-safe set includes four pieces, and the coolest part is that your kid can play with it outside of the water, too! The toys do come apart for easy drying, so you won't need to worry about any kind of mold forming so long as you keep 'em squeaky clean.
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Make a splash in your baby's bath with these squirting sea characters. Tots can learn how different sea animals differ in size, shape, and color, and they can practice counting to three. When the lesson is over, fill 'em up for a playful water fight!
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Whoever said books don't belong in the bathtub never met this one from popular children's book author Sandra Boynton. This vinyl book is completely waterproof, and it floats, too. On the last page, the pig's snout has a built-in squeaker that your squeaky-clean tot can press.
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This set of 62 foam pieces stick to the tub or tile when wet. Once your kid has mastered the ABCs and 123s, move on to spelling out words and start adding and subtracting. Plus, the storage container makes cleaning up a total breeze.
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What happens when you put a dog in water? Chances are he's going to bark, just like this one. When this wave rider hits the water, the puppy makes a cheerful bark and the engine revs up.
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Your little one will have to put on his thinking cap to catch and scoop up each ball as it floats by. When he's ready for a new challenge, suction the scoop to the wall to turn it into a basketball hoop.
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This waterspout can provide an endless stream of fun for your baby. Create a shower and spin the propeller, and to teach cause-and-effect, fill the peek-a-boo friend until he floats to the top.
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Sorry, yellow rubber ducky, you're just no match for these mighty ducks. It's as easy as 1-2-3 for your baby to stack these floating boats — then you can use them to rinse away suds and shampoo.