When to Introduce Bath Toys




When to Introduce Bath Toys

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Venturing into the fun and splashy world of bath time and pondering when to introduce bath toys to your little one? You’re about to add a splash of entertainment to one of the essential daily routines. Bath toys can turn bath time into an engaging and educational experience for babies and toddlers.

Introducing bath toys can happen as soon as your baby can sit up independently and show interest in playing with toys, which typically occurs around the 6 to 9-month mark. However, every child is different, and some may be ready for bath toys a little earlier or later.

Drawing from my expertise in child development and parenting practices, I’ve prepared a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the bubbly world of bath toys. This guide will cover the appropriate age to introduce bath toys, tips for ensuring a safe and enjoyable bath time, and suggestions for the best bath toys to foster learning and fun.

Let’s dive into this aquatic adventure together, exploring how bath toys can make waves in your child’s development and bath time enjoyment.

When to Introduce Bath Toys

Introducing bath toys can turn bath time into a fun and educational experience for babies and toddlers. However, the right time to introduce bath toys depends on various factors including the child’s developmental stage, interest, and safety considerations.

Age RangeGuidelines
0-6 Months– It’s generally better to wait until the baby has some control over their head and neck movements before introducing bath toys.
– Focus remains on keeping the baby safe and comfortable during baths.
6-12 Months– Around 6 months of age, babies often become more interested in their surroundings. It’s a good time to introduce simple, safe bath toys like rubber ducks or cloth books.
– Ensure toys are large enough to prevent choking hazards and are made of baby-safe, mold-resistant materials.
1-2 Years– Toddlers will likely enjoy a range of bath toys, from cups and buckets to squirt toys and water wheels.
– It’s a good age to introduce toys that promote sensory exploration, hand-eye coordination, and basic motor skills.
2-3 Years and Beyond– More complex bath toys like fishing sets, water flutes, or toys that stick to the sides of the tub can be introduced.
– Bath toys that encourage imaginative play, problem-solving, and discovery are appropriate.

Additional Tips:

  1. Safety First: Always supervise children during bath time to prevent accidents. Ensure that toys are free from sharp edges, small parts, and harmful materials.
  2. Educational Value: Look for toys that can help develop fine and gross motor skills, promote sensory exploration, and encourage imaginative play.
  3. Maintenance: Regularly clean and dry bath toys to prevent mold and bacteria growth. It’s advisable to replace bath toys periodically for hygiene reasons.
  4. Engagement: Observe your child’s interests and engagement level with different toys, and choose toys that align with their developmental stage and preferences.

Introducing bath toys at appropriate developmental stages can make bath time an enjoyable learning experience for your child, while also promoting essential skills and creativity.

Do Newborns Need Bath Toys?

No, newborns do not need bath toys. During the initial months, the focus should be on keeping the baby safe, comfortable, and clean during bath time.

Newborns are naturally curious and constantly exploring the world around them. However, their initial months are more about survival and adapting to the outside world than play.

When it comes to bath time, the primary focus for newborns is ensuring a safe, warm, and comforting experience.

Bath toys are generally not necessary or even advisable for newborns as they can pose a choking hazard and may distract parents from the primary goal of keeping the baby safe and clean. A

s babies grow and develop, introducing age-appropriate bath toys can transform bath time into an enjoyable and educational experience. But for newborns, the tender touch and soothing voice of a parent are the best companions for a pleasant bath time experience.

SafetyNewborns are extremely fragile, and their safety is the paramount concern during bath time. It’s essential to support their head and neck and keep them warm.
ComfortKeeping the baby comfortable and calm during the bath is important. Gentle water splashes and soft talking or singing can be soothing.
CleanlinessThe primary goal of bathing a newborn is to keep them clean. It’s crucial to clean the baby’s body gently and thoroughly.
Sensory ExperienceNewborns are still adjusting to the sensory experiences of the world outside the womb. The feel of warm water and gentle handling provides enough sensory stimulation at this stage.
Physical ContactPhysical contact with the parent or caregiver is comforting for a newborn. The interaction between the caregiver and the baby is more important than any external toys.
Developmental StageNewborns are not yet at a developmental stage where they can interact with toys. They are still developing basic motor skills and visual focus.
HygieneKeeping the bath area free from extra objects helps maintain a hygienic environment for the newborn, minimizing exposure to germs.

During the newborn stage, the parent or caregiver’s attention, gentle touch, and interaction are the best sources of comfort and stimulation. Bath toys can be introduced later, around 6 to 12 months of age, when the baby is more developmentally ready to interact with and enjoy them.

Bath toys for new babies

In the first few months there’s not really any need to introduce bath toys for 10 month old but a simple set of cups that can be used to pour or shower water over them can result in the most delicious giggles and smiles. And a natural rubber teether they can chew on if teeth are coming through also doubles as a great bath toy for teething babies.

Be aware of toy safety – for hygiene reasons, avoid toys that allow bath water to get trapped insider. Rubber toys without holes like the Oli and Carol natural rubber toys are great because they are easier to keep clean and you won’t end with mould inside. 

Soft ball toys for babies are a perfect choice! They’re soft, fun and gentle on little hands, again helping with hand eye coordination. The best bath toys will help your little one learn as well as being fun toys.

Introducing bath toys from 6 months

Around the six-month mark, when babies have good head control, are able to sit up by themselves and are showing more interest in toys generally is a great time to start introducing bath toys. A bath seat can be helpful in giving you your hands free to introduce bath toys for babies.

Having a few toys in the bath makes bathtime fun and is a great opportunity for learning and exploration. At this stage, babies love bright colours, filling and emptying containers, things that float and of course making and playing with bubbles. Green toys are a great brand for plastic bath toys. You can also find bigjigs toys from us.

Bath toys for toddlers and older children

Once children get a bit older pretty much anything goes when it comes to bath time. So long as toys don’t mind getting wet, definitely no battery toys, and are safe you can choose bath toys according to your child’s interests. Avoid toys made from wood- they don’t tend to do well with water!

Additionally, plastic toys tend to wipe clean- just ensure that they are phthalate free and ideally dishwasher safe if you’re keen to keep bath toys squeaky clean for those precious tiny hands!

Toddler bath toys are often highly overrated and yet are unnecessary. Toys they have anyway can be great bath toys, think ball pit balls, plastic figures or animals, diggers and dump trucks, or a toy tea set- and they fit perfectly with your child’s interests! A watering can is actually a big hit as a bath toy for little hands in place of a sprinkle shaker. Stacking cups outgrown? Repurpose them as bath toys! These household items can often be more fun than other options touted as the best toys for bath time.

Boats are always a winner and we love the plan toys and green toys ranges. But cars are also great fun for playing in the bath. The Way to Play flexible road can go just about anywhere and that includes the bathtub and surrounding tiles. And adding a toy like this can really turn bath time around for reluctant washers.

Everyday items as bath toys

Baby bath toys don’t need to be expensive! Simple bath toys like a rubber duck and pouring cups remain hugely popular and can be picked up at a super affordable price. Bath crayons and foam letters are also popular.

There are also plenty of everyday items that make great bath toys. Empty bottles and cups can provide hours of filling and emptying fun, and nothing makes a rain shower quite like a colander. Children are normally in owe when it comes to water play, so simple is best!

Your child’s own plastic sea creatures will feel right at home in the tub at tub time! Never underestimate the value of imaginative play for babies and toddlers. Older kids often love to build a scene using their other toys, perhaps dinosaurs, sharks or boats. Consider your child’s age and how they like to play when picking up new bath toys.

If you are feeling creative you can make little boats from bottle tops and race them in the bath by blowing them. And old medicine syringes make great water shooters.

If you are as passionate about sustainable living as we are, consider ethical brands such as green toys. Natural toys made of rubber or repurposed jugs, measuring cups etc are a great idea.

With so many options you’ll have a bathroom full of toys in no time. Now the only thing you need to think about is how to store bath toys. You can pick up some very handy nets which attach to the wall with suction cups, that let you store all the toys while facilitating air drying.

Fun Bath Products for kids

Another great way to get your little one interested in bath time is to brighten up their bath with bright colours and enchanting scents. Natural Living is at the heart of every thing we stock, so you can trust that our beautiful range is safe for your family.Our natural bath bombs for children are a great option, formulated specially for sensitive young skin. We also stock several kids soap bars, including dinosaur soap and rainbow soap, along with a kids shampoo bar and body wash. We also have adorable little nail brushes by Eco Living to help encourage your little one to scrub their nails in the tub.

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