The Best Bath Toys to Keep Babies and Toddlers Engaged

The Sophie Bath Toy is our favorite pick

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Best Bath Toys

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Bath time is a wonderful opportunity for play. Simply splashing around teaches babies about how their bodies operate, different textures, cause and effect, and more.

We researched the best bath toys on the market, considering the safety, recommended age, and educational value of each. Through our research, we chose the Sophie Bath Toy as our favorite pick. The iconic giraffe teether now has a bath toy counterpart that floats and is soft enough for your little one to grab, splash, and chew on.

Here are the best bath toys for babies, toddlers, and older kids.

Our Top Picks

Sophie la Girafe So'Pure Sophie Bath Toy

So'Pure Sophie Bath Toy
What We Like
  • Made of natural rubber

  • Hygienic and mold/mildew free

  • Easy to grasp

  • Great for gifting

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Chances are you’ve heard of Sophie, the Giraffe teether, which has been a sensorial treat for babies and toddlers for over 55 years. Great news—the beloved teether is now a bath toy. Tastefully hand-painted and crafted of 100 percent natural rubber, the new Sophie bath toy floats and is soft enough for your little one to chew on. The paint is food-grade, so no worries if some gets in your baby's mouth.

The hygienic product is completely waterproof, which is ideal for quick and easy drying. The rubber material is easy to spot clean or wash with soap and water. The buoy shape is easy for little ones to grasp and splash around with.

Also, there is no way for water to get inside—which means no bacteria or mold can grow in there either. This toy can entertain your baby for years and grow with them as they become curious toddlers. It will quickly become a staple of bath time, making it our favorite pick.

Dimensions: 3.7 x 5.9 x 7.3 inches | Material: 100% natural rubber | Age Range: 0 months and up

 

Melissa & Doug Float-Alongs Playful Penguins

Float-Alongs Playful Penguins
What We Like
  • Easy to grasp

  • Great for gifting

  • Fun for vacation and wading pool

What We Don't Like
  • Penguins are hard plastic

  • Mesh storage tube stays attached to book

An ideal bath toy for infants of 4 months to toddlers of 2 years, the Playful Penguins Float Alongs from Melissa & Doug allow babies to play with three happy little penguins while reading along with the story in the six-page waterproof book. When bathtime is over, the penguins fit right back into the attached mesh tube for safe-keeping.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 2.75 inches | Material: No | Age Range: 4 months to 2 years

Ubbi Cloud and Droplets Bath Toys

Ubbi Cloud and Droplets Bath Toys
What We Like
  • Easy to grasp

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Can be hard to fill occasionally

Designed for ages 12 months and up, the Ubbi Cloud and Droplets Bath Toys let your baby make gentle rainstorms in the bathtub without the worry of water causing mold or mildew inside the toys. Both the cloud and droplet open up, fill with water, and close easily, and they’re easily washed in the dishwasher. Leave them open to dry completely once washed.

Dimensions: 4.25 x 2.5 x 2.25 inches (cloud) and 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches (droplet) | Material: Silicone | Age Range: 12 months and up


Boon Marco Light-Up Bath Toy

Boon Marco Light-Up Bath Toy
What We Like
  • High-quality and durable

  • BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free

  • Encourages imaginative playtime

What We Don't Like
  • Light-up malfunctions on occasion after some use

This little scuba diver sets the tone for deep-sea adventures as soon as he hits the bathtub! When Marco jumps into the water, his helmet lights up and starts to change colors. And when you take him out? The lights immediately shut off. He even floats with his head held above the water.

Dimensions:  6.5 x 2.76 x 2.05 inches | Material: Silicone, plastic | Age Range: 3 years and up

Alex Rub-a-Dub Star Crayon in the Tub Bath Activity

Alex Rub-a-Dub Star Crayon in the Tub Bath Activity
What We Like
  • Wipes away easily

  • Easy to grasp

  • Won’t dissolve if dropped in the water

  • High-quality and durable

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t come with refills

  • Only lasts about two or three weeks

Go ahead—let them color on the walls. The bathtub walls, that is! And don’t worry about them misplacing any of their bath crayons during bathtime—it’s a cinch to keep them together when they’re all stashed inside this cool star crayon. This easy-to-grip star crayon from Alex includes six vibrant colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet—and works best for kiddos ages 2 and older.

Dimensions:  5.25 x 1.00 x 7.00 Inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 2 years and up

3 Bees & Me Bath Toy Basketball Hoop & Balls Set

3 Bees & Me Bath Toy Basketball Hoop

Courtesy of Amazon

Let your little shoot and score to their heart’s content with this handy basketball hoop and balls set from 3 Bees and Me. The hoop attaches to the bathtub faucet with this set instead of using suction cups that don’t always stay attached to the wall—and the balls have no holes, so there’s no chance of mold or mildew growing inside.

Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 3 inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 2 years and up

Dabble & Dollop Bubble Box

Dabble & Dollop Bubble Box
What We Like
  • Gives kids a fun incentive for bathtime

  • Great for gifting

  • Includes a free gift of temporary tattoos

What We Don't Like
  • Only has three components to blend

When it comes to mixing up their own bath soaps and shampoos, creativity brims over with the Dabble & Dollop Bubble Box. They’ll get two 10-ounce pump bottles of strawberry and tangerine gel, and a 12-ounce pump bottle of vanilla whip, plus a mixing bowl and recipe cards for six custom creations. The best part is that every element is safe, i.e. dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, allergen-free, cruelty-free, and using only proprietary scent formulas crafted according to strict European standards. (While their products are said to be safe for ages 2 to 12, we’d probably stick with the older kids for this one).

Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Plant-derived surfactant | Age Range: 2 to 12 years

Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station

Yookidoo Bath Toy

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Offers numerous developmental benefits

  • Sensorially-stimulating

  • High-quality and durable

  • Keeps littles engaged for entire bath

What We Don't Like
  • Stops working on occasion

Best for ages 2 to 6 years, the Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station has won numerous awards for its innovative bath play design. Offering several different activities for the imaginative mind, this bath toy is never boring. It starts with drawing up bath water using its battery-operated pump (batteries not included), which flows into the diver shower head. From there, the sky’s the limit. There’s the googly-eyed water spinner, the hand shower, the removable funnel, and much more.

Dimensions: 9.45 x 2.56 x 12.99 inches | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 2 to 6 years

SoapSox Bath Toy Sponge, Harper the Hippo

SoapSox Bath Toy Sponge, Harper the Hippo

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Antimicrobial

  • Machine-washable and dryer-safe

  • Compatible with solid or liquid soaps

What We Don't Like
  • May be hard to grasp for some

Washing up is lots more fun when Harper the Hippo is making the suds. This soft bath buddy is made of terry cloth on the outside with plenty of squishy sponge on the inside to get things lathering up.

There are lots of alternative options, including a blue whale, sea turtle, hedgehog, gator, lion, beaver, shark, unicorn, or dolphin for starters. These sponges work well for all ages—it’s true—your newborn might like a hippo to hang out with while having their bath.

Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 5 inches | Material: Polyester | Age Range: 0 to 8 years

What We Like
  • Made of 100% recycled materials

  • Printed with soy inks

What We Don't Like
  • Some are made better than others

The newest addition to the popular Green Toys collection, the Fire Plane actually works, taking in water in the front and letting it stream out the back as it flies. When the fire-extinguishing work is done, to prevent mold and mildew, the plane’s bottom floor opens, allowing a full cleaning and drying out between baths. It’s also dishwasher-safe. Created in California, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the Fire Plane goes to California-based fire relief organizations like the California Fire Foundation.

Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 3.5 inches | Material: Plastic, polyvinyl chloride | Age Range: 6 months to 6 years

BathBlocks STEM Discovery Blocks

BathBlocks STEM Discovery Blocks
What We Like
  • PVC- and phthalate-free

  • Comes with a handy mesh storage bag

  • Hygienic and mold/mildew free

What We Don't Like
  • Pieces aren't the same thickness

  • Can develop a bubbly texture

Even a basic set of bath blocks can be educational when little ones set their creativity free. Designed for toddlers age 3 and older, these floating STEM discovery blocks encourage building, pattern-making, counting, geometry, and more.

Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 8.5 inches | Material: Ethylene vinyl acetate | Age Range: 3 years and up

What We Like
  • Available in different genders and skin tones

  • High-quality and durable

What We Don't Like
  • “Skin” (vinyl) smells like vanilla

Sometimes a bath is lonely without a friend—that’s where Alyzee comes in! Soft and poseable, Alyzee is 12 inches long and equally suitable for companionship in the soapy bathtub, salty ocean, and chlorinated swimming pool. There’s also a helpful tab sewn onto her back for hanging and easy air-drying between baths/swim lessons.

Dimensions: 4.33 x 7.87 x 13.39 inches | Material: Ethylene vinyl acetate | Age Range: 18 months and up

PlanToys Sailing Boat with Penguin

PlanToys Sailing Boat with Penguin
What We Like
  • Easy to clean

  • Encourages imaginative playtime

  • Improves fine motor skills

  • Promotes understanding of cause/effect

What We Don't Like
  • Must thoroughly dry out between baths

Well-known for their eco-friendly, sustainable toy-making, PlanToys creates the majority of their products with chemical-free, kiln-dried recycled rubberwood. This sailing boat with its penguin passenger floats steadily, even in the choppiest of water, and is the ideal bath toy for toddlers one year and older.

Dimensions: 3.46 x 4.72 x 3.98 inches | Material: Recycled rubberwood | Age Range: 1 year and up

Dove Kids Care Hypoallergenic Slime Wash

Dove Kids Care Hypoallergenic Slime Wash
What We Like
  • Sulfate-, paraben-, and phthalate-free

  • Made with natural ingredients

  • Great color for sliming up hair/body

  • Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-recommended

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for sensitive skin

Sometimes it takes a little slime to prompt a good, thorough cleaning—especially the kind that smells like a berry smoothie. Made with 100 percent natural ingredients, Dove Kids Care Slime Wash works well for all skin types. It starts out as slime, and as you massage and add water, it turns into a light, sudsy soap. 

Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Natural ingredients | Age Range: 0 to 8 years

Glo Pals Sesame Street Light-Up Water-Activated Cubes

Glo-Pals Sesame Street Light-Up Water-Activated Cubes
What We Like
  • Offers numerous developmental benefits

  • Some proceeds goes to Batson Children’s Hospital

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Inspired by a child with autism, liquid-activated Glo Pals recently became a hit, and shortly thereafter the Glo company developed a partnership with Sesame Street, featuring their characters on Glo Pals—in this case, it’s Elmo, but others feature Julia, Sesame Street’s autistic character, as well. Glo Pals drop into the water and light up, which appears to help relax autistic kiddos and other young children who otherwise may not feel secure in the bathtub.

Dimensions: 4 x 0.75 x 4 inches | Material: Plastic, LED lights | Age Range: 3 years and up

MoraBaby Baby Bath Stacking Toys with Organizer Bag

MoraBaby Baby Bath Stacking Toys with Organizer Bag
What We Like
  • Comes with a handy mesh storage bag

  • Keeps little hands busy

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Some sets have paint that leaks

Fun for both the bath and the beach, this enormous set of bath toys includes everything a little could want to play with in the water (or sand!) To elaborate, there are eight stacking cups, four floating squirts animal balls, one floating blue octopus, and an organizing bag with sticker hooks and suction cups. 

Some fit into each other i.e. nesting, while others have holes in the bottom for water to trickle through.  The organizing bag is substantial at 15.5 x 14 inches and high quality to hold all the pieces together while the mesh fabric allows them to dry. 

Dimensions: 15.5 x 14 inches (organizer bag) | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 1 to 3 years

Tikiri Ocean Buddies Whale Rattle

Whale Rattle

The Natural Baby Co

What We Like
  • Made from all-natural rubber

  • Easy to grip

What We Don't Like
  • May not be as stimulating as other toys

These little whale rattles not only bring your child "closer" to the sea, they also make gentle sounds that put your baby at ease. Each one is made from rubber, which is easy to clean and for little ones to grab. Other friendly sea animal toys include sea horses, crabs, turtles, and dolphins.

Dimensions: 1.9in x 3.9 inches | Material: Natural rubber | Age Range: 0 years and up

Mudpuppy Ocean Life Stickable Foam Shapes

Muddypuppy ocean shapes
What We Like
  • Includes mesh storage bag and suction cups

  • Printed with non-toxic ink

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for newborns

Let the kiddos create an ocean-themed mural on the bathtub wall with these 20 vibrantly colored sea animals. Each one consists of soft foam that adheres to the tile once they get it wet in the bathwater.

This selection works best for older kids who don’t taste their toys as much, like at least age 3 and older preschoolers. Animals you may find inside include dolphins, sea turtles, seahorses, manta rays, clownfish, orcas, crabs, blue whales, and more. 

Dimensions: 9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches | Material: Recycled materials | Age Range: 2 years and over

What to Look for in a Bath Toy

Safety

In and around water, safety is paramount. As with any toy, be sure you’re not giving babies toys with small parts they could choke on, says Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, a neuropsychologist in New York City. And unless specifically intended for use in the bath, never use battery-operated toys in water since this can cause batteries to erode. It should go without saying, but never use electric toys in water, either. Beyond that, be sure to wash and air dry toys between each use to avoid mold and mildew growth. You may also want to skip the squeezable bath toys since they’re particularly hard to keep clean.

Recommended Age

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), young infants don't really need bath toys—just being in the water is exciting enough. But once a baby is old enough to sit in a regular bathtub, toys like containers, floating toys, even waterproof books are key. Be sure to check manufacturer packaging for the recommended age to ensure the toys you choose don’t have parts that are too small for young babies. This will also help you gauge whether a toy may be too elementary for older children.

Educational Value

Toys don’t need to be complicated to have great educational value. Any type of toy that requires children to use their hands can help encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, says Hafeez. There are plenty of bath toys that meet these criteria. Look for sorting toys, toys with knobs and levers, or even small stacking cups.


“Any type of toy that requires children to use their hands can help encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills,” says Hafeez.

FAQ
  • What are the most durable bath toys?

    Toys without moving parts or music are going to be the most durable types of bath toys. Solid items such as cups, floating alphabet letters, and solid figurines are more likely than other toys to last longer. They are also less likely to break if your baby throws them.

  • What are the easiest bath toys to clean?

    Stay away from toys that absorb, squirt, or suck up water, as these are very difficult to clean. The inside of these toys is usually inaccessible, which allows mildew and mold to grow. Additionally, toys that don't have a lot of crevices or holes in them will save you from having to find a tool to clean those small spaces.

  • How can I find bath toys that are safe for my baby?

    Because babies are likely to put their toys in their mouths, stay away from anything that could have toxic chemicals, paints, lead, or small parts that can become dislodged or break off. Natural rubber toys are usually your safest bet. Shop local stores that carry baby toys, ask fellow parents for suggestions, and look at the label to see where the toys are manufactured to help avoid purchasing a bath toy that could potentially be unsafe.

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