The Best Bath Toys for Babies and Toddlers in 2020

Best Bath Toys

Your child needs to bathe a bunch, and it’s quicker and more comfortable for everyone if they have bath toys to play with during bath time.

Finding good bath toys for your child isn’t so hard. The most important factors are finding toys which are waterproof, choke proof, and fun. In this article, we’ll walk you through a handful of the best bath toys on the market so that you’ll know what to look for when it comes time to stock up on toys.

Our #1 Choice
Tub Cubby Bath Toy Organizer + 36 Soft Foam ABC 123 Letters & Numbers -...
Our #2 Choice
Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy
Our #3 Choice
Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy, 4 Count
Tub Cubby Bath Toy Organizer + 36 Soft Foam ABC 123 Letters & Numbers -...
Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy
Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy, 4 Count
Our #1 Choice
Tub Cubby Bath Toy Organizer + 36 Soft Foam ABC 123 Letters & Numbers -...
Tub Cubby Bath Toy Organizer + 36 Soft Foam ABC 123 Letters & Numbers -...
Our #2 Choice
Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy
Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy
Our #3 Choice
Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy, 4 Count
Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy, 4 Count

#1 – 36 Bath Toys Letters & Numbers Set

This set is a great choice for a bath toy that you can use to teach your child their ABCs and 123s. With the set, your child will play with the entire alphabet and digit span across the technicolor spectrum.

Pros

  • Convenient hanging pouch
  • Good for learning letters and numbers
  • Helps with hand-eye coordination
  • Large storage capacity

Cons

  • Only has letters and numbers
  • Takes up a lot of space

As far as baby bath toys go, this set is very educational. It’s one of the best bath toys we have reviewed. Your child can float words and numbers into being by plopping the contents of the set into the bath water. You can also store other baby bath toys at the same time to make for a unified spot where nothing will get lost.

You might also consider storing your child’s soap and shampoo in the hamper. The material isn’t exceptionally strong, but it’s more than enough to hold a few bathing items for your child in addition to the set’s letters, numbers, and maybe a couple of extra baby bath toys.

The only major disadvantage of this set is that there aren’t any bath toys other than the letters or numbers. If your child already knows the basics, it might be slightly less compelling for them in comparison to a different bath toy.

Nonetheless, if you’re willing to invest the time to teach your child while they bathe, this set could be a great boon for your efforts. It can make play and bath time so much fun!

#2 – Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys

These fun toys will be great additions to baby bath time repertoire. If your child likes sea creatures like octopi, it’ll be an exceptional hit.

Pros

  • Fun colors
  • Contains a few extra floating pieces
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • One of the best bath toys
  • BPA free

Cons

  • Octopus can tear easily

This octopus is exactly what meets the eye. With its cheerful purple exterior and pink underbelly, the Nuby Octopus will float alongside your child for as long as they desire to bathe.

Though the toy floats, unlike a real octopus, it’s made of pliable plastic which won’t hurt your child or clog your drain. There are more durable bath toys on the market, but few are as friendly looking as this octopus.

The toy also comes with a few little life preservers shaped like sea creatures. These may not seem very entertaining at first, but you’d be surprised how much infants enjoy them as extra features.

The only downside of the toy is that it is prone to damage if you drop it on a hard tile floor. If your child takes to the octopus, you can also purchase several similar companions from the same company to make a complete set of sea creatures for baby bath time.

Because of how much personality this little octopus packs, you may find that it becomes one of your child’s favorite bath toys. It will certainly make a baby happy!

#3 – Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy Set

Four little floating and rattling bubbles that will provide more than enough stimulation for the most demanding child. If your child enjoys bath toys which delight their ears as well as their hands and eyes, this toy set is the right one for them.

Pros

  • Set comes with 4 separate bath toys in one package
  • Audio and visual play cues
  • Very durable

Cons

  • They tend to get thrown and then roll far away

The Munchkin Floats have four varieties: tortoise, penguin, jellyfish, and generic rods with spheres. Each set contains one of each variety. Your child will probably enjoy one of them more than the others, and that’s great – unless they chuck it out of the tub and it rolls away and ends up under a dresser.

The only major downside to this toy set is that they’re hard to track down and easily flopped out of the bath. Other than that, your child will love grasping, tossing, floating, and rattling these toys.

As an adult, the rattling noise may get slightly annoying, but it’s very mild in comparison to other bath toys which rattle. Luckily, this toy set strikes a great balance wherein your child is entertained by making the noise, but the noise is quiet enough for you to tolerate.

On the off chance that you place something heavy on top of these toys, they will probably break, but they’re relatively easy to replace.

#4 – Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy

With this toy, your child will get an easy fishing rod that’s sized for their hands, and three creatures to catch. Thanks to the rod’s magnetic lure, your child will also start to learn about the magic of the natural world and electromagnetism, provided that you explain how it works.

Pros

  • Teaches children about electromagnetism
  • Helps develop hand-eye coordination
  • Good build quality
  • Fun interactivity

Cons

  • Magnets may cause havoc where you least expect it

This is a toy with a lot of potential lessons for your child. First off, patience is nearly guaranteed. Unless your child feels like trucking the rod around the bathtub to pick up each of their prey, they’ll need to wait patiently for the waters of the tub to bring the creatures to their rod.

But that’s not all. If you’re willing to pitch in and give your child an easy lesson, this toy can also help your child understand electromagnetism. The lure is magnetic, and each of the creatures has a ferromagnetic insert.

This feature is what allows the rod to fish the creatures out of the “ocean” at your child’s behest. Take a moment to explain how this feature works to your child, and they’ll be on their way to being a scientist when they grow up. Alternatively, they might prefer to simply catch and eat fish.

Because this toy has magnetic pieces, you should be careful about where the magnetic lure and sea creatures rest. If you leave them on a phone or screen, they’ll cause distortion. You may want to demonstrate this capability to your little one for an additional lesson!

#5 – Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

A great way to bring creative play into the bathtub. With the help of the pipes’ color and connectivity, your child can design their water park or plumbing system – provided that they’re interested in doing so, of course.

Pros

  • Perfect for children who love creative play
  • Colorful

Cons

  • Not for children who dislike creative play

This toy set isn’t the most complicated that you’ll find. The set is merely a group of five little pipes which can connect. Likewise, this toy set isn’t very durable as far as bath toys go; the pipes tend to get warped relatively easily.

Nonetheless, if your little one loves playing around with liquids or designing their water transportation systems, this is the toy set for them. A few little waterwheels inside of the pipes make for an entertaining visual while the water flows.

Beware that it’s easy for your child to pipe water directly out of your tub and onto the floor with enough engineering or a running faucet.

#6 – Funcorn Toys Ocean Sea Animal, 52 Pack

For the bath-goer who loves sea creatures, it’s tough to beat this Funcorn Toys Ocean Sea Animal Pack with more than 52 different floating critters.

Pros

  • Set comes with fish, crabs, seals, penguins and more
  • Beautiful colors
  • Animals float

Cons

  • Toys aren’t to scale relative to each other

Each of the 52 sea creatures in this pack is ready for bathtub play. The critters are brightly colored, highly detailed, and they won’t sink to the bottom when your child is trying to organize a pow-wow.

Of course, you probably shouldn’t use these sea creatures to teach your child about ocean-faring life; the creatures in the pack are all roughly the same size in their plastic renditions, but vastly differently sized in real life.

#7 – Green Toys Submarine

While many parents may be more familiar with yellow submarines than this Green Toys submarine, the sub’s spunky exterior and nautical exploration capabilities are fun for most children who bathe.

Pros

  • BPA-free construction
  • Set comes with a spinning rear propellor
  • Good for hand-eye coordination
  • Flat bottom for stability in the baby bath

Cons

  • Weakly dishwasher safe

With this submarine, your little one will have a great vehicle to keep watch over the surface or under the seas whenever they bathe. If your child decides to give the sub a push, the propellor will spin and the sub will soar through the baby bath tub.

However, you should take care when you’re cleaning the sub. While it advertises itself as being dishwasher safe, you will find that it will experience a lot more wear and tear if you put it in the washer than if you wash it by hand.

#8 – Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars

For children who like to transport vehicles in their bath time, this Green Toys Ferry Boat opens a world of possibilities.

Pros

  • Contains two cars
  • Great for learning about marine transit

Cons

  • Boring color scheme

When your little one plays with this bath toy, they can onload and offload cars onto the ferry while at port or on the high seas.

The issue with these bath toys is that the color scheme of the ferry is forgettable. While the blue and the white plastic might look good on a real ferry, on a children’s toy it’s reasonable to expect a bit more vibrancy from the colors.

Bubbles Away

Hopefully, you’re ready to pick out some of the best bath toys with the help of your little one. Remember not to purchase any bath toys that aren’t specifically designed for use in the bath, as they may not be resistant to soap and hot water.

The sooner your child is hooked up with their bath toys, the sooner you’ll catch a break from the endless torrent of responsibilities of parenthood. You might enjoy the vapor from the bath while your child plays, too.

Brett Gordon
 

The brains behind The Toy Report. Having clocked tons of time in toys research and online resource development, today, Brett is dedicated to making The Toy Report a trusted space in the world of toy reviews and recommendations.

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