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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Splashing, laughing, maybe a little relaxing. Bathtime is certain to turn any little one’s grumpy mood around at the end of the day.

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Throw a few well-chosen toys into the mix and you’re all set for a fun start to the bedtime routine. But how do you choose which toys are going to go the distance, and which are best for your baby’s age and stage?

While a 3-month-old will love the close interaction with you as she watches bubbles pop and water pour, a 3-year-old is going to be more focused on things she can grab and splash as she develops co-ordination and control.

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

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1. Bloopies, £14.99

GOLD winner, Best Bath Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 3 to 5

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, £12.00

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 all the judges (especially the child testers) in the MFM Toy Awards 2016, placing this toy firmly in the top spot in the Bath Toy category.

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

Why we love it: With a floating foam building base, a net storage/drainage bag and the promise of mould resistance – what’s not to love?

Our 2016 Toy Awards child judges also 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:  This floating, squirtable Sophie La Girafe bath toy is just the right size for little hands to grip and squeeze.

Why we love it: A bath toy and teether in one, Sophie La Girafe is a simple toy, but one your baby will use time and again, cementing its status as one of the most recognisable baby products.

Available from: AmazonChemist.co.uk or John Lewis

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11. ELC Seaside Pour & Play, £12

Age: 12 months+

What is it: An activity bar with removable toys that pops onto the side of the bath

Why we love it: With four toys easy-to-handle toys, little ones can squirt water with the duck, fish and frog, pour water onto the sun to watch it spin and scoop water into the funnel. The ELC Season Pour & Play offers loads of combinations of  multi-sensory, bath-time play.

Available from: Mothercare

Vtech Splash & Play Elephant

12. Vtech Splash & Play Elephant, £21.99

Age: 12 months+

What is it: A very playful, singing elephant that likes to squirt water from it’s trunk.

Why we love it: Packed with a host of great features that make bath time fun but also about learning. Little ones will love singing along with the elephant at bath time.

Available from: Amazon or Argos

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13. Tomy Octopals, £12.99

Age: 12 months to 5 years

What is it: Eight water-squirting little toys that connect to one big, floating base

Why we love it: This floating toy has a mummy octopus and 8 small octopuses that are water squirters and also stick to the side of the bath.  Each small octopuses has a number at the bottom, which corresponds numbers on the base, making it a number matching game too!

Available from: Amazon

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

Age: 18 months to 5 years

What is it: A toy boat and tiny divers for the bath

Why we love it: This indestructible toy from UK company WOW Toys features divers Mandy and Chris, plus Daphne the dolphin. Five functions include an opening deck, secret cabin, removable springboard which is a working diving board and a pouring mouth.

Available from: Amazon

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

Age: 3 years+

What is it: 2 piece, 4 piece and two 3 piece puzzles inside

Why we love it: With four puzzles inside the case, your child is guaranteed to have lots of fun at bath time. Featuring Peppa Pig, George Pig, Suzy Sheep and Danny Dog, the tiles easily stick to the bath tub and peel off without leaving behind any marks.

Available from: Amazon

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16. Water Flutes, £9.99

Age: 3 years+

What is it: Colourful, plastic flutes for the bath

Why we love it: Five flutes can each be filled with water to create a different note. Use the waterproof tune sheet to play simple tunes, and store the flutes in the hanging holder.

Available from: Amazon

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