Whoop, bathtime! Fun and wet, in equal measure. And when they work out how to splash, it's time to grab the shower hats and umbrellas. As well as all the entertainment, it's great for getting them learning too. So here's some help choosing the best bath toys for each stage. Frolics ahoy!
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. But bath toys are great for stimulating their senses and helping them relax. Oli & Carol's Teether & Bath Toys are great because they're 100% completely natural rubber, full of texture to help their sensory development and to withstand very serious gumming too. With no holes, there are no moldy insides to worry about. And, as they get older, they’ll love plunging it under the water and watching it bob up, teaching them about cause and effect.
As they get older and their grasping skills develop (around 5 months), pick something that’s small enough to grip but can be used to spray water, like a bath squirter. They're 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 small soaker is, we hope, now looking forward to bathtime. And doing so much more, including splashing around like a little loon. Bathtime is usually part of their bedtime routine, so use toys to help tire them out. Simple items like a couple of cups or beakers with handles can be used for pouring water out, over and over (and over and over!) again.
Want to incorporate that bedtime story into their bath routine? There’s a toy for that too. Yep, really. Wee Gallery's 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. My little girl has one and won’t have a bath without it, so it’s a huge personal 👍 from me.
Midi splashers: 13 - 24 months
So, toddlers are really into the swing of things, but they’ve also developed those personalities. Meaning, 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 who was content to lie back and have her hair washed, to a full-scale tantrumming turtle that screamed if water went anywhere near her face.
The answer? Toddler bath toys that make hair washing into a game, like Moluk's Plui Rain Cloud Toy. Shaped like an, er, rain cloud, you submerge it to fill it with water and watch the gentle shower fall 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 their motor skills too.
Got a little bather who won’t just sit down? Or a little brainiac? The right toddler bath toys can really help with their brain training. Boon 's Pipes Bath Toy is one of our perennial bestsellers. Fascinating and fun, they're made to stick easily onto the side of the bath, or your wall tiles, for endless hours of pouring pleasure.
Bathtime pros: 24 months +
By now your toddler has probably come to accept bathtime as a core part of their day, so make sure they continue to learn as they splash with toddler bath toys that will develop their creative story-telling muscles. Green Toys make some great bath time vehicles that are great fun in and out of the tub - plus they're all made from recycled plastic.
Fancy getting arty in the tub? We love the Janod Narwhy - a narwhal that can be coloured in time and time again. The set includes a narwhal, 6 pencils, a cloth and a pencil holder that sticks to the side of the bath with suction cups. Your small artist simply colours and plays, after which they can clean the toy with bathwater and the special cloth, ready for a fresh makeover tomorrow night.
So there you have it - our best baby and toddler bath toys for each stage. Also, we won’t judge if you decide to wear your mac and hood. (#frizzyhair is real, people.)
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