The Best, Most Fun Bath Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Make bath time an extension of play time with toys made for the tub. The right toys will get your toddler excited about bath time.

When my son was 2 years old getting him into the tub was a nightmare. Temper tantrums were a regular occurrence and just turning on the water would send him running for the hills. One day while browsing the internet, I can across a fishing toy playset that encouraged kids to fish for colorful sea creatures while in the tub. It was that bath toy that made all the difference in our bath time routine.

“If your former water baby has turned into a toddler who fears the tub, you’re not alone,” says Baby Center. “Many toddlers hate the feeling of water on their faces, may fear getting sucked down the drain, or may be scared by accidentally pooping or peeing in the water.” Instead of engaging in a power struggle, find ways to make the tub a more attractive place. Offering fun bath toys is often an effective way to get your tot in the tub.

Features to Look For

Bath toys can help keep a smile on your 2 year old’s face as he splishes and splashes in the tub. However, not all toys are good choices for bath time fun. Learn what features to look for when shopping for toddler bath toys.

Waterproof

While it may seem obvious, some parents unknowingly give their children toys that are not designed for the tub. For example, cloth dolls and stuffed animals can absorb moisture which overtime promotes mold growth. Wooden toys can rot as fungus begins to grow and feed on the cellulose in the wood. To avoid such issues, choose toys that are waterproof and designed for use in the tub.

PVC-Free

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a type of synthetic resin and one of the most commonly used plastics in the world. Unfortunately, PVC has been found to be potentially harmful and even carcinogenic. Phthalates, which are added to PVC to make it pliable, are known to disrupt hormones and pollute the air. When buying bath toys for your toddler, it’s best to avoid toys made from PVC.

Absent of Holes

Rubber duckies and similar bath toys can be fun but also pose a risk to your child’s health. That is because many of these types of toys have small holes at the bottom. These holes allow moisture to enter the inside of the toy but not fully escape. This encourages grime and bacteria to enter and build in the toy. By avoiding “hole-y” toys you can prevent this type of problem.

Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

For under $12 the Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set is an inexpensive bath toy that offers hours of fun. The five piece set comes with colorful pipes that can be used individually or connected with each other to channel water through. The pipes can also be suctioned to the wall of the tub so that your tot can make his creations anywhere.

The BPA and PVC free pipe set can be configured in a variety of ways to test your child’s creativity and maximize the fun factor. Boon Building Bath Pipes were named in the ‘Best Bath Toys for Toddlers’ article by BounceBack Parenting and remains a classic bath time toy for both toddlers and older children alike.

Things to Keep in Mind

Like all bath toys, these bath pipes can collect normal bathroom grime over time. It is best to wash them thoroughly upon first use and periodically using warm, soapy water.

Who’s it Best for?

The bath pipes toy set is recommended for children over the age of 12 months. If your tot likes to make his or her own creations, then this toy is sure to please.

3 Bees & Me Magnet Boat Set

3 Bees & Me Magnet Boat Set

Boats are a must-have bath toy that makes a great gift for both toddlers and older children. The 3 Bees & Me Magnet Boat Set comes with four magnet boats that float in the water and encourages children to learn their numbers and colors. The boats are also BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free, and are built to last.

The boats feature a compact, rounded design that makes them easy to handle with little hands. Watch your tot glide, dunk, and skim over the water with his new boats. As these toys are waterproof, you also do not have to worry about them deteriorating when they get wet.

Things to Keep in Mind

As these boats are magnetic, they can be linked together to form a chain. This is not always noticeable right away but the magnets are located in the front and back of the boats.

Who’s it Best for?

The Magnet Boat Set is the perfect bath toy for toddlers over 18 months. It is also favored by parents as it is 100 percent safe and non-toxic.

Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy

Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy

For under $8 the Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy is a super affordable way to keep your 2 year old happy while in the tub. Each set contains one magnetic fishing rod and three underwater bobbing characters that float with magnets on top for easy fishing. Watch as your toddler makes catch after catch and smiles with satisfaction.

Each of the colorful characters is air tight to prevent mold and mildew from growing inside. These magnetic bobbers are also designed to help enhance your child’s hand-eye coordination. When turned the reel of the fishing pole even makes fun clicking sounds for a more realistic take on fishing.

Things to Keep in Mind

It’s best to clean your child’s fishing toy on occasion to prevent bathtub scum from building up in the creases. To wash the toy, simply rinse it with warm water and wipe it clean. Allow the toy to air dry.

Who’s it Best for?

The Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy is recommended for boys and girls 24 months of age or older.

3 Bees & Me Toy Basketball Hoop & Balls Set

3 Bees & Me Toy Basketball Hoop & Balls Set

Your toddler can make slam dunk after dunk with the 3 Bees & Me Toy Basketball Hoop & Balls Set. The popular bath tub can be secured to the bathtub faucet due to its unique patented design. This prevents you from having to suction it to the wall which can result in the hoop falling again and again.

The basketball hoop toy is certified BPA-free, phthalate-free, and lead-free. It’s also easy to use. Just slide the basketball hoop onto your tub faucet and tighten the Velcro straps for a secure fit. Each set comes with a basketball hoop as well as three mini basketballs that will fit perfectly in your toddler’s hands.

Things to Keep in Mind

Depending on the type of faucet you have in your bathroom you may have a more difficult time trying to achieve a secure fit. Fortunately, the basketball hoop is designed to fit more than 98 percent of all tub faucets in the U.S.

Who’s it Best for?

The 3 Bees & Me Bath Toy Basketball Hoop & Balls Set is recommended for children 24 months of age and up. It is also a great gift for a little boy or girl who enjoys playing sports, especially basketball.

Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toy

Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toy

With the Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toy, your toddler can partake in a tub-friendly game of ring toss whenever he’d like. This toy comes with one octopus and three colorful rings that your tot can toss around the tentacles. Each piece floats making it easy for your child to find the pieces.

Not only is the bath tub toy fun, it also develops your child’s hand-eye coordination. The Nuby Octopus Hoopla was recently named in the ‘Best Bath Toys of 2018’ article by Baby List. There’s even more to love. “The Ocopus Hoopla is BPA-free and doesn’t have a hole in it so you don’t have to worry about water getting in and growing mold,” says BabyList.

Things to Keep in Mind

It’s important to note that the octopus is smaller than it may seem, measuring 5.5 x 6.7 x 7.5 inches and weighing just 3.52 ounces. For most young toddlers this is an ideal size.

Who’s it Best for?

This fun octopus ring toss bath toy is recommended for children over 18 months. However, your toddler is bound to enjoy this toy for several years.

Keep your 2-year-old entertained as they get clean in the tub. These bath tub toys for toddlers are sure to delight young children of all ages which can help eliminate common bath time struggles.

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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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