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Charlie Brown once defended “Pig-Pen,” the perpetually filthy child in the Peanuts cartoons, as follows: read more
“Don't think of it as dust. Just think of it as the dirt and dust of far-off lands blowing over here and settling on ‘Pig-Pen!’ It staggers the imagination! He may be carrying the soil that was trod upon by Solomon or Nebuchadnezzar or Genghis Khan!”
That excuse doesn’t fly with you, though – your kid is gonna be clean, and he’s going to like it! And the best way to get kids to like baths is to give them some really fun bath toys.
The smallest bathers just want to be distracted in the bath; they like bath toys that float, and that can be observed, examined, and perhaps chewed. You can start using bath squirters with babies – demonstrate how the Alex Toys Bath Squirters work, and then watch your baby manipulate their soft bodies until he discovers how to get water to come out. Giggles galore! Babies also love filling toys with water and dumping them out – the Stack And Nest Cups from Kid O are perfect for this.
When the fun is done, a lot of these toys come with their own storage cases, but if they don’t, we’ve got great options from Skip Hop and other manufacturers. The key to avoiding mold is to get everything clean and dry fast, so don’t forget to get all of your bath toys out of the tub and into storage with good air circulation, quick!
The Classic Yellow Rubber Duckie from Schylling Toys has a sealed bottom to block out moisture, so he won’t fill up with water and get mildewed.
The Skip Hop Moby Tub Stopper is compatible with most tub drains, and can adhere to any tiled surface after use for storage.
Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our trusty Tugboat is both good for the earth, and – most importantly – safe for the busy little folks who play there. No BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings. Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks.
This darling bath toy for toddlers opens up an ocean of play possibilities for bathtub playtime, with 8 dolphins with musical squeaks and matching swimming rings that clip together.
The Jungle Bath Squirters tub toy set from Alex Toys includes a tiger, an elephant, an alligator, and a bird, and your child will have a ball using them to squirt water during his bath!
The Melissa & Doug Spark Shark Fish Hunt set adds a fun new challenge to swimming for your little guppies in the pool: swimmers use the play shark nets to collect fishy sinkers.
The Funtime Fishing Set is a terrific bath toy with a simple central concept: your child uses the fishing rod and the magnetic worm to “hook” floating magnetic fish. Kids can play Funtime Fishing in the bath, the sink, a kiddie pool, or on dry land, and your creative child will invent his own ways to fish, too.
Kids can get creative with the Alex Rub A Dub Draw in the Tub Crayons, made to draw on tiles, tubs, and even skin.
The Alex Toys Rub A Dub Hoops for the Tub bath toy set brings the action and fun of basketball to bathtime.
The Green Toys Ferry Boat really floats, so it’s terrific in the bathtub or the pool, but it’s equally terrific on dry land. Kids love driving the two included Green Toys Mini Fastbacks cars around, loading them onto the boat with the slide-out ramp, and guiding the boat from shore to shore.
The centerpiece of the International Playthings Zeeland Bath Toy set is a green island/mountain with sturdy suction cups, so you can attach it to the bathtub wall or floor, or other surfaces on dry land.
Soft early learning book with a mesh spine that houses 3 squeezable tugboat toys.
The Breyer Horses Ella Color Change Surprise toy changes from purple to pink when she gets wet.
Need a little bath-time bait? The Boon Cast Bath Toy is so much fun they won't want to leave the tub.
Marco, the new bath toy from Boon, loves to peek at you from just below the water line, and then take off on deep-sea missions where his water-activated color-changing light can guide the way.