16 of the best bath toys

We pick the most fun toys for splashing around bath time – suitable for boys and girls from 6 months up

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How do you choose which bath toys are best for your child’s age and stage – and which ones will keep your child entertained for more than 3 seconds flat?

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While a 3-month-old will love the close interaction with you as she watches you make bubbles pop and water sprinkle, a 3-year-old is going to be more focused on things she can stack and build and fill and pour herself.

With that in mind, we’ve been testing a whole load of bath toys with a range of children under the age of 4 to find out which ones kept them smiling – and splashing – the most.

Here’s our pick of the best bath toys, as tested by babies, toddlers and preschoolers…

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1. Bloopies, £12.99

GOLD winner, Best Bath Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 3+

What is it: A 19cm bath-time doll kitted out in swimming costume, snorkel and flippers that squirts water from her or his mouth and snorkel when you press her or his tummy. Choose from 6 different characters (4 girls; 2 boys).

Why we love it: We were overwhelmed by the hugely positive response from our child testers on this one. There’s obviously something slightly naughtily thrilling about a doll squirting water from its mouth…

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘Oh wow, this is awesome. I love her – she’s going to be my best friend.’ Maseline, 3
  • ‘She can dive into the water. And look, Mummy, she can spit water!’ Penny, 4

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

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2. Waddle Bobbers, £15

SILVER winner, Best Bath Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 12 months +

What is it: A penguin party for your bathroom: a set of 6 floating, stackable (fully sealed) penguins with weighted bases, and a slide (with a suction cup) for them to zoom down.

Why we love it: It’s just nice and simple, splashy fun. We like how the penguins spin and wobble when you play with them out of the bath, too.

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘This is a great bath toy – I haven’t seen anything like this before. Isla’s very excited and amused by it. She likes the slide but her favourite thing is to stack the penguins and make them bob around in the water.’ Vicki mum to Isla, 20 months

Available from: Amazon and Dotty Hippo

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3. Toomies Turtle Bath Salon, £19.99

JOINT BRONZE winner, Best Bath Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 18 months+

What is it: A hairdressing turtle with a little water-squirter octopus friend. Put the octopus in his seat, pour bubble-bath foam into the turtle’s flip-up head and then pull his arm to give the octopus a silly hairstyle. Comes with cup, comb, and suction cups.

Why we love it: It’s very colourful and action-packed. There’s always laughs to be hard with bubble foam – and this turtle definitely got our testers giggling.

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘Scarlett-Rae loves this and even wanted to play with it out of the bath. She knows the word brush and says, “I brush my hair” and “Spray, Mummy!” and also makes the sound the spray would make! She loves bubbles, so likes that she can produce them through pulling the arm down.’ Chantelle, mum to Scarlett-Rae, 23 months

Available from: Mothercare and The Toy Shop

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4. Clockwork Mermaid, £3.60

JOINT BRONZE winner, Best Bath Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 4+

What is it: A wind-up mermaid toy with a flapping tail. Available in 3 different colours.

Why we love it: It’s a mermaid, it’s great value – and it’s hilarious. Nuff said!

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘Awesome fun!’ Alesha-May, 4
  • ‘Daisy loves all things mermaid! It’s very sturdy and and nothing broke off – no mean feat [for a pocket-money toy] when a 4 year-old’s playing with it non-stop.’ Lauren, mum to Daisy, 4

Available from: Amazon

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5. TOMY Spin & Splash Jellyfish, £12.99

Age: 12 months +

What is it: A jellyfish-shaped fill-up-and-spill water-shower toy, that has spinning tentacles to splash your little one with water.

Why we love it: It’s fun, functional and simple and our testers thought the spinning splashy effect was so magical, it was awarded gold in our 2017 Toy Awards. We also like how the the spinning waterwheel inside the toy is securely covered, so no dangers of pinched fingers.

Available from: Argos or Boots

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6. Skip Hop Fill Up Bee Fountain, £10

Age: 9 months+

What is it: A great fill-up-and-spill water shower toy with 2 easy-to-grab handles in a super cute bee design

Why we love it: We really rated this toy’s friendly face and grazable handles and awarded it silver in our 2017 Toy Awards – and the very gentle spill of water that comes out. Lovely and soothing.

Available from: AmazonJojo Maman Bebe, and Kidly

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7. Hape Rainy Day Catching Set, £21.99

Age: 12 months+

What is it: A wonderfully colourful bath set that’s designed to encourage babies catch or scoop balls and bath water into an umbrella that has holes in it.

Why we love it: It’s great that there are different way to play with this bath toy – so you can adapt the skill quotient of your baby’s bathtime play as they grow. And the balls make great bath toys on their own…

Available from: Amazon and Hello Baby

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8. Skip Hop Zoo Light-Up Surfers, £12

Age: 12 months+

What is it: A 18cm floating surfboard that has rubber Owl and Bee surfers that light up as they hit the water.

Why we love it: The light-up features wowed our child testers, and we really rate how beautifully designed this bath toy is.

Available from: AmazonJoJo Maman Bebe and John Lewis

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9. Edushape Floating Blocks, £19.99

Age: 18 months+

What is it:  A set of colourful chunky foam building blocks that you can stack and float in your bath water.

Why we love it: We like that it comes with a net storage/drainage bag and the promise of mould resistance. Our child testers loved these blocks, impressed by how well they stack – and (even better, of course) tumble down.

Available from: Amazon or Halilit

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10. Sophie La Girafe Bath Toy, £7.99

Age: 6 months+

What is it: A floating, squirtable version of the bestselling Sophie La Girafe teething toy.

Why we love it: It’s just the right size for baby hands to grip and squeeze (stand back, fellow parents!) – and we love Sophie’s happy bathtime face.

Available from: AmazonChemist.co.uk or John Lewis

ELC seaside pour and play

11. ELC Seaside Pour And Play, £12

Age: 12 months+

What is it: An activity bar, with 4 removable toys, that sticks onto the side of the bath with 2 suction caps.

Why we love it: Each of the toys does something different and fun. Our child testers particularly liked the sun’s spinning wheel and the squirty duck with swimming googles.

Available from: Mothercare

Vtech Splash & Play Elephant

12. Vtech Splash & Play Elephant, £21.99

Age: 12 months+

What is it: A singing elephant that sticks to the side ofyour bath and squirts water from its trunk. Has all sorts of accessories, from manipulative beads,  a spring back seahorse, a spinning starfish and a wobbling water container to a twisting foot, a sliding leg and a scoop accessory.

Why we love it: Our testers were FASCINATED by the light-up snorkel button that you press to hear phrases and sounds. If you want all-singing, all-splashing bath play, this is it.

Available from: Amazon or Argos

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13. Tomy Octopals, £12.99

Age: 12 months+

What is it: Eight water-squirting baby octopi that connect to one big, floating base, where Mummy (or Daddy) Octopus lives. Each octopal has a numbered head and collar, for number-matching play.

Why we love it: We like the bigger Octopal’s perforated head (great for sprinkling water through) and also that each octopal has its own suction base, so you can stick them all round the bath, if you like. Our child testers found them really easy (and fun) to squeeze.

Available from: Amazon

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14. WOW Toys Danny’s Diving Adventure, £13.99

Age: 18 months+

What is it: A toy boat that comes with 2 divers, Daphne the dolphin and a removable diving board.

Why we love it: It’s mould-resistant and dishwasher-safe (if you need to give it a hot wash). And we like the opening deck with its ‘secret cabin. Best of all, though, according to our child testers, is flipping the divers into the water from the diving board!

Available from: Amazon

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15. Jumbo Games Peppa Pig 4-in-1 Bath Time Jigsaw Puzzles, £14.99

Age: 3+

What is it: A set of 2-piece, 3-piece and 4-piece shaped foam jigsaw puzzles, featuring Peppa and her friends.

Why we love it: The tiles are big and bright and easily stick to the bath tub – and just as easily peel off again. And, well, it’s Peppa (nuff said)…

Available from: Amazon

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16. Water Flutes, £4.95

Age: 3+

What is it: A colourful set of plastic flutes that you can fill up to different levels with water and then then blow through to ‘play’ different notes. Comes with 5 colour-coded waterproof music sheets.

Why we love it: Our child testers loved the whole process of filling up the pipes and then playing the notes. Most of them found playing an actual tune (following the music sheets) pretty tricky and said, actually, just tooting around ‘freestyle’ is way more fun.

Available from: Amazon

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