The 9 Best Bath Toys to Buy in 2018

Add some fun to your bath time routine

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Splish, splash, taking a bath is so much more for when there are toys in the tub. From making getting in more appealing (i.e. less of an all-out battle of the wills) to keeping kids in longer so they get squeaky clean, bath toys make the daily routine so much more fun.

From babies to bigger kids, there are a ton of bath toys out there that are a blast. From those that are educational for some tub teaching moments to those that are just straight up fun, there’s something for everyone. Here, the best bath toys that will make a serious splash of fun.


  • 01 of 09

    Best Baby Bath Toy: Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

    Bubbles are always fun, and these ones won’t pop! Instead, they’ll delight babies with their spinning, rattling fun. The set comes with four plastic bubbles, each one featuring a colorful character or contraption in the middle for bathtime magic. They float, spin, rattle and roll to stimulate all of their senses and encourage hand-eye coordination.

    There are no small parts, and there are no holes to let water in (read: no mold). They’re recommended for ages 4 months and up, but older kids will have fun with them too. They’re simply popping possibilities for bathtime fun.


  • 02 of 09

    Best Toddler Bath Toy: Boon JELLIES Suction Cup Bath Toys

    Boon Jellies Suction Bath Toy
    Courtesy of Target

    For a splishin’, splashin’, squishy good time in the tub, there are these little jellyfish. Don’t worry, they won’t sting, but they do bring endless possibilities for stacking, sorting, creative fun. The set comes with nine brightly colored jellyfish, each equipped with a suction cup that allows them to stick to the tub wall or to each other.

    They're recommended for ages 1 and up, but older kids will be jelly when they see these and might want some of their own. They’re also fun to play with outside the tub.


  • 03 of 09

    Best Duck: Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky

    Every kid needs a rubber duckie for bathtub fun and this duck not only provides entertainment for babies and beyond it also alerts mom and dad if the water is too hot by the word "hot" appearing on the bottom of the toy. This toy is easy to grasp for the littlest of fingers making it a great first toy for your baby. It also doesn't have any hole in it so you won't have to worry about mold accumulating on the inside which happens to most squeeze toys since they can't properly dry. 

  • 04 of 09

    Best for Older Kids: Crayola Bathtime Fun Bundle

    For colorful, creative bath time fun, this set from Crayola delivers. It comes with five twistable bath crayons in bright, fun colors like  Little Boy Blue & Asparagus Green to draw and color on the tub and shower wall with all sorts of creative creations. The fun doesn’t stop there, though, as it also comes with 60 fizzing bath tablets that turn the water all sorts of fantastic colors. Cleanup is easy, as it simply washes off when you wipe everything down with water.

    The bathtub is their canvas. Who knows what kind of amazing works of art they will create while getting squeaky clean in the process. Recommended for ages 3 and up, it’s all 100 percent toxin free so the products won’t irritate sensitive skin. The only downside to this bathtime set is they may never want to get out of the tub.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Foam Letters: Joyin Toy 51 Pieces Educational Bath Letters

    A staple in bathtubs for decades, foam bath letters and numbers are a great way for kids to learn important skills while they’re having fun and getting clean. Basically, they’re the triple threat of bathtime. This set goes a step further as it not only comes with 26 floating letters and 10 floating numbers, sea creatures and transportation shapes that stick to the tub wall, but it also comes with a mesh bag to store them and keep them mold-free.

    There’s plenty of room in the bags for other toys too, and there are also spaces for things like shampoo, soap and body wash. The bags attach to the wall of the tub with powerful suction cups to make clean-up time extra easy.

  • 06 of 09

    Best for Sports Fans: 3 Bees & Me Bath Toy Basketball Hoop & Balls Set

    They shoot, they score, and everyone wins as kids get clean while playing. Kids who just can’t seem to get enough court time can take the game to the tub with this fun bathtub basketball set. It comes with three balls and a hoop. The hoop hooks securely to the faucet, so you don’t have to worry about suction cups without enough suction stalling the action.

    The balls don’t have any holes, and there are no open spots on the hoop for water to get trapped and mold to form. You just rinse them off and let them dry until it’s time for the next game. Recommended for ages 3 and up, this bath toy is a slam dunk for any little baller.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Book: Floating Baby Bath Books

    Rub, a dub dub, books in the tub! Now kids can practice their reading skills and get clean at the same time. There are four books included in the set: “Numbers & Letters,” “Colors & Shapes,” “Ocean Friends” and “Happy Fruits.” Each one is filled with bright, fun images that teach kids important skills they’ll need for preschool and beyond. This set adds extra fun too as the floating books make fun squeaking noises when pressed as the kids are getting squeaky clean.

    The books are recommended for ages 1 and up. We just want to know when they’re going to start making plastic adult novels for our reading/bathing pleasure.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Musical: ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Tub Tunes Symphony

    For a tub full of tunes, there’s this symphony of instruments. The set comes with three instruments made just for the bathtub. There’s a water xylophone, a water drum and a set of water flutes. There are mallets included for playing the drum and xylophone, and the water flutes are played by filling them each up with the appropriate amount of water (marked on each flute), then tooting away.

    It also comes with seven waterproof song sheets that stick to the bathtub wall they can follow to play tunes like “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Of course, if they prefer, they can compose tunes of their own too. Recommended for ages 3 and up, bath time has never sounded so good!

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  • 09 of 09

    Best for Fine Motor Skills: Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys

    Bathtime isn't just about good clean fun it is also a time for your child to have a sensory experience like feeling the water and playing with toys that sink, squirt and more. This fun octopus set helps children 18 months and up fine-tune their hand-eye coordination skills as they try and place the rings on the octopus's legs. Beyond the tub, this is also a fun outdoor activity when you fill up the kiddie pool. There are no holes in this toy too, so you won't have to worry about mold growing on the inside.