10 Best Baby Bath Toys For Endless Fun

Becky Gamester-Newton
Dec 22, 2023 By Becky Gamester-Newton
Originally Published on Jul 05, 2021
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Age: 0-2
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Bath time can be a really fun time for parents and babies, although we all know it can be stressful.

It's a great way to kick off a bedtime routine (and hopefully promote a good night's sleep for everybody involved) and many babies love being in the warm water, but sometimes tiredness and tantrums can get in the way. This is where some handy distraction, in the form of bath toys for babies, comes in!

Getting the right bath toy is a brilliant way to make bath time more fun so your baby is happy, relaxed... and clean! Take a look at our top picks of bath toys for babies and discover the best one for you.

Kidadl's Top Pick

We're certain all these baby bath toys will make bath time easier and more fun, but if you're in a dash to buy something quickly we've picked out the best all round toy here.

1. VTech Splash And Play Elephant‍

VTech Splash And Play Elephant.
Image © VTech

If you only want to commit to one bath toy, then this is it. Parents love this cute elephant's array of features to keep babies and toddlers occupied, including beads, a spring back seahorse, spinning starfish, wobbling water cup and a scoop accessory. Interactive toys don't need to be limited to the playroom, as this bath toy shows; it has more than 45 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases to really encourage your child's language development.

Main Features

  • Price: £18.50
  • Age: Suitable from 12 months
  • Lights up and makes sounds

Best For Families On A Budget

2. Nuby Fun Watering Can

Nuby Fun Watering Can.
Image © Nuby

The best bath toys are often the simplest and this classic watering can is so simple but your baby is bound to love it once they're sitting up. It's the perfect size for little hands and could even encourage them to help you water the plants around the home, too. This bath toy is great for improving hand-eye coordination, so it's a nice investment for an extremely low price.

Main Features

  • Price: £2.75
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months
  • Improves hand-eye co-ordination

Best Baby Bath Cups

3. Skip Hop Zoo Stack And Pour Buckets

Skip Hop Zoo Stack And Pour Buckets.
Image © Skip Hop

Babies love the colourful designs on these Skip Hop Zoo bath time cups, and experimenting with the different holes at the bottom. Parents have said they are still a bath time favourite for toddlers, so you definitely get your money's worth. They're also very easy to clean so you can avoid mould and mildew.

Main Features

  • Price: £12
  • Age: Suitable from 9 months
  • 5 buckets with 3 different sprinkles

Best Suction Bath Toy

4. Tomy Toomies Spin & Splash Octopals‍

Tomy Toomies Spin & Splash Octopals.
Image © Tomy

You can easily end up with various bathtub toys scattered around the edge of the bath, so we're a big fan of the suction ones that can stick neatly to the side. This bath toy from Tomy gets the thumbs up from parents because it's colourful, well-made and easy to keep clean, and the suction pads are very effective so it does stay put. Kids also love experimenting by pouring water onto the different cups, because each one behaves in a different way.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.99
  • Age: Suitable from 12 months
  • Each cup reacts differently to pouring water

Best Baby Bath Book

5. Squeaky Baby Bath Book - Baby Animals‍

Squeaky Baby Bath Book - Baby Animals.
Image © Dorling Kindersley Limited

Picture books are brilliant for introducing language skills, so why not bring them out at bath time too? You can read this book to your baby straight away, and when they're older they'll love turning the pages themselves and telling you what each animal is. As well as at bath time, this book toy also handy for high chairs because it's one that is easy to clean.

Main Features

  • Price: £5.99
  • Age: Suitable from birth
  • Back page squeaks

Best Bath Toys For Cleaning

6. Infantino Senso Plug & Squirt Aquarium‍

Infantino Senso Plug & Squirt Aquarium.
Image © Infantino

Anyone who's had regular rubber bath toys can testify that they can get mouldy very easily, even if you remember to squirt the water out after every use. This is because they often only have a tiny hole and don't always fully dry inside. These colourful bath toys are a great solution, because they pull apart into two so you can clean them easily after every use. Babies love them too, as they can mix and match the tops and bottoms of each toy.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.99
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months
  • Includes 4 toys
  • Toys can be pulled apart

Best Bath Toys For Teething

7. Splash About Splash Jacks

Splash About Splash Jacks.
Image © Splash About

Some babies love to chew when they're teething, and bathtime needn't be an exception. These toys are mould resistant, dyed with food-grade paint and BPA-free so they're safe for little mouths to gnaw. The shape of these bath toys also makes them very easy for babies to hold and enjoy feeling.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.99
  • Age: Suitable from birth
  • Dyed using food-grade paint and made from natural rubber

Best Bath Toy For Imaginative Play

8. Early Learning Centre Pink Bath Time Tea Party Set

Early Learning Centre Pink Bath Time Tea Party Set.
Image © Early Learning Centre

Bathtime can also be teatime with these adorable baby girl toys (though boys love them too). Parents have reported that the sorting tray floats very well so children can enjoy placing each cake squirter toy into the right shapes. We think this toy is perfect if your toddler has just started enjoying pretend-play games.

Main Features

  • Price: £12.80
  • Age: Suitable from 12 months
  • Includes a transparent teapot, 2 cups, a floating sorting tray and 3 cake squirters

Best Duck Bath Toy

9. Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Duck‍

Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Duck.
Image © Munchkin

Rubber ducks are one of the ultimate bath toys and this one doubles up as a safety gadget, too. You can make sure the bath water is comfortable for your baby by checking the clever marker, which turns white when it's too hot. As well as being popular with babies, this bath toy is also one of the easier ones to clean because it doesn't have a hole in it (which, as we know, often equals mouldy water inside).

Main Features

  • Price: £2.79
  • Age: Suitable from birth
  • Marker turns white when the water is too hot

Best Bath Bubble Machine

10. J&K Bubble Crab‍

J&K Bubble Crab.

Kids love bubbles, and this toy bubble machine will make their time in the water even more fun. Parents report that this toy creates bubbles with just a small amount of solution, and toddlers love the bubbles (though there is the option to turn it off if it gets irritating!). We think this is a great way for toddlers to get on board with bath time because they find it so entertaining.

Main Features

  • Price: £12.95
  • Age: Suitable from 18 months
  • Plays music

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best baby bath toys, why not take a look a look at our pick of baby sleepsuits and pyjamas, or for something different take a look at the best kids' basketball hoops.

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Written by Becky Gamester-Newton

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

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Becky Gamester-NewtonBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

A countryside lover at heart, Becky grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and now resides in West Sussex with her family. She has been living in London for more than 10 years, where she pursued her journalism career before relocating to the countryside in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys watching live sports and drinking tea while being entertained by her chatty toddler and middle-aged cat. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.

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