The 6 Best Bath Toys for Entertaining Your 1-Year-Old

Make bath time an extension of play time with fun bath toys. The best bath toys will keep your 1 year old entertained while getting cleaned.

 

When my children were toddlers, bath time was a nightly ritual. Shortly before bed, we would fill up the tub, add a few bubbles, and dump the basket of designated bath toys into the suds.

Not only did this establish a soothing routine that helped my little ones unwind and prepare for bed, the bath toys also kept my kids entertained long after their fingers pruned.

If your child doesn’t like the bath, introducing new bath toys can make stepping into the tub not seem so bad. Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D. recommends letting your toddler play with new bath toys outside the tub first.

You can then move the fun to the bathtub. While a boat can be fun to play with on dry land, it’s even more fun floating in the water.

Most health experts recommend replacing your child’s bath toys on a regular basis, so don’t spend a fortune on them. Many bath toys, especially hollow toys made of plastic or rubber, are susceptible to mold growth.

To keep fungi and other contaminants at bay, Dr. Tierno of the Today Show recommends fully air-drying the bath toys after every use.

Best Bath Toys for 1 Year Old

What to Look for

Rub-a-dub-dub, add more toys to the tub. Encourage your 1 year old to love bath time by offering a variety of colorful toys to play with. Here are just a few features you should look for in bath toys for a 1 year old.

Inexpensive

Bath toys shouldn’t break the bank. Choose toys that offer the best balance of quality and cost. Most bath tub toys can generally be found under $10 but offer toddlers’ hours upon hours of play.

Fast-Drying

Like all living things, a fungus needs certain things to grow, including moisture. As the bathtub area is frequently damp, fungi can grow inside hollow bath toys. Avoid hollow toys in favor of fast-drying, airy toys that can be quickly dried and stored away.

Imaginative

Children have incredible imaginations. In the bath, choose toys that will foster their creativity, such as tub-friendly finger paints that your toddler can use to make masterpieces, or child-sized watering cans that can be filled with water and poured to make “rain.”

Bath Time! Bath Book

Best Bath Toys for 1 Year Old Bath Time Book

Reading can be fun anywhere. The Bath Time! Bath Book by Sandra Boynton is a waterproof book with an adorable story and plenty of colorful pictures your toddler will love.

The story follows a pig that gets messy when painting a picture. To get clean again, he takes to the tub. “Hey! Hey! What do you say! It’s time to take a bath today.”

The 10 page soft book is nontoxic and completely safe for babies. It also floats!

Bath Time! has recently been recommended by Best Products in their ’19 Best Bath Toys for Babies and Toddlers in 2017’ article.

“On the last page, the pig’s snout has a built-in squeaker that your squeaky-clean tot can press,” says Best Products.

Things to Keep in Mind

If left in the bath for an extended period of time, the ink may start to fade. Be sure to remove it from the bathtub after each use and thoroughly dry the pages.

Who’s it Best for?

The Bath Time! Bath Book is recommended for toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4. It’s also a great choice for little one’s that enjoy reading stories.

Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys

Best Bath Toys for 1 Year Old Octopus

Your toddler can now enjoy a game of bathtub ring toss with the colorful Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys. The BPA-free floating bath toy includes an octopus toy and three rings to toss over the tentacles.

More than just a fun game, The Nuby Octopus bath time toy can help develop your baby’s hand and eye coordination. Its array of fun colors and shapes also stimulate the senses.

The purple octopus measures 5.5 x 6.7 x 7.5 inches and is made of durable plastic. During the summer months, this bath tub toy also doubles as a pool toy.

Things to Keep in Mind

Throwing the rings onto the octopus’ tentacles can be difficult for 1 year olds. However, most toddlers will still enjoy trying.

Who’s it Best for?

The Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys is recommended for toddlers 18 months or older. At under $7, this quality toy offers budget-friendly fun in the bath.

Waterfall Water StationBest Bath Toys for 1 Year Old Waterfall Station

Let your toddler experience the joys off cause and effect with the Waterfall Water Station from Playboom. This bathtime toy encourages independent and discovery style play. Suction cups ensure the waterfall will stick to any surface, yet offer easy removability for cleaning.

This versatile toy will help you toddler gain hand eye coordination and confidence in independent, non parent led play.

Things to Keep in Mind

It is not the cheapest toy on this list but is one of the most durable and offers the longest life span in our opinion.

Who’s it Best for?

The Playboom Waterfall is perfect for parents who want a toy that will help teach fine motor and hand eye coordination, while offering your toddler bathtime fun.

Green Toys My First Tug Boat

Best Bath Toys for 1 Year Old Tugboat

Boats are a staple bath toy. The Green Toys My First Tug Boat is a durable option that starts as a bath toy and ends as a keepsake.

Available in red, blue, and yellow, the detail-oriented tug boat fills with water at the hull and pours from a spout. It also contains a handle to make it easy for little hands to grasp. The toy also floats on the water’s surface like a real boat. The baby-safe tug boat is made in the U.S. from 100 percent recycled plastic.

Baby List named the Green Toys My First Tug Boat as one of the ‘Best Bath Toys of 2017.’ What really make the boat special is its eco-friendly features. “It has no BPA, phthalates, or PVC and comes in eco-friendly packaging too.”

Things to Keep in Mind

The tug boat bath toy is easy to clean. Wash it with warm water and soap and air dry, or put it in your dishwasher.

Who’s it Best for?

The Green Toys My First Tug Boat is recommended for children ages 6 months and up. It’s a great selection for kids who want to bring their bath toys indoors or out.

Zig Zag Kid Fun Interactive Frog

Best Bath Toys for 1 Year Old Frog

Suitable for both boys and girls, the Zig Zag Kid Fun Interactive Frog provides hours of fun in the tub. The nontoxic toy features vibrant colors, educational features, and is safe for babies and children.

The award winning bath tub toy has been selected by Fractus Learning and named one of the best bath toys for toddlers. In addition to keeping your toddler entertained while bathing, the happy frog toy also helps develop your 1 year old’s fine motor skills.

Easily secure the toy to the bathtub with suctions to allow your toddler to sit and play. Use the colorful cups to pour water on Froggy’s head and watch it come out his mouth as his bow tie tips and spins. In addition to the frog toy, this set comes with four stackable cups that can be used to strain or pour water.

The fun, interactive bath toy comes with a lifetime warranty and has passed safety testing.

Things to Keep in Mind

It can be tricky to get the suction cups to adhere to the slippery bathtub wall. Follow instructions to help it securely stick.

Who’s it Best for?

The Zig Zag Kid bath toy is recommended for boys and girls ages 12 months or older. At around $20, this bath toy is a splurge but well worth the cost.

Boon Water Bugs with Net

Your little outside adventurer will love collecting bugs in his net. The Boon Water Bugs with Net set includes three bugs and a brightly colored net with easy-to-grasp handle.

The BPA-free, PVC-free, and phthalate-free bath toy measures 5 x 8 x 2 inches, making it the perfect size for small toddlers. Scooping up the bugs in the net is not only fun for your little one but also encourages hand-eye coordination.

Mom Junction named the Boon Water Bugs Bath Toy with Net on their ’10 Best Bath Toys for Toddlers’ article due to its kid-friendly design.

Things to Keep in Mind

The net and bugs should be rinsed thoroughly after each use and put in a location to air dry. If needed, the bath toy can be cleaned using mild detergent.

Who’s it Best for?

Boon Water Bugs Bath Toys with Net is recommended for ages 9 months or older. At just under $6, the bath tub toy is also a budget-friendly option.

Rather than make bathing a chore, turn bath time into an enjoyable occasion. These colorful bath toys are sure to have your 1 year old splishing, splashing, and having a great time in the tub.

 

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Brandy Dishaw

Brandy is a content specialist and proud mother of two children. She enjoys writing engaging content on parenting, children’s health, and educational topics, and has been published on websites like Modern Mom, Yahoo! Shine, and Livestrong.com. With more than a decade of experience as a writer and mom, she combines research and personal experience to provide her audience with insight to the world of parenting.

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