Have Fun With Select Baby Water Toys While Growing Skills
Using chosen baby
water toys for stimulation, encouragement and, of course, fun is a very neglected way of encouraging infant
. Some babies love their bath, others only tolerate
them and yet others seem to totally dislike them.
That’s why I believe one of our first goals must be to make bath and
water time another fun activity... safely. And if we use the right toys and aids,
then bathing and pool time can also be transformed into ‘development’
and ‘learning’ time.
What baby water toys?
Although some of the baby water toys we’ll look at are not really toys, they
still make bathing and water time a fun and learning activity… which I believe
is the main goal! So, I’ll include these too.
We’ll separately look at:
Sometimes a small baby bath or an adapter for a regular bath can be a good
idea to make bathing more tolerable. So before merely advancing to baby water
toys, it could be a good idea to get a brightly colored, interesting tub for
baby. It could be a standalone tub or one that goes into regular tub.
What I also like about these tubs is the added visual stimulation they
- Think about something like the
Born To Toddler Tub that's
great for holding and supporting your baby during bath times. It
comes with a mesh sling and padded headrest to
offer support to young babies.
- The Inflatable Duck tub is a good idea too. It is light and easily portable
because it can be deflated too.
- This Newborn to Toddler Bath Center and Shower is another option that
recommends itself because of the way it grows with baby. At first use the new
born sling in the sink then the tub with the shower outside and then the little
tub that will fit inside a regular one.
So what should those first toys be like? Here are a few ideas we know work
- The Smart Splash Sail Away shapes are colorful floating toys for baby's
bath. They're a good start for teaching eye hand coordination to little ones and older babies can have
fun matching the sail to the boat and making a chain of boats.
- The individually packaged
Floating Light Up Bath Toys
come in a set of 6 and toys light up and bob
up and down.
- Of course there's also the
Educational baby water toys made from nontoxic materials
giving plenty of perceptual stimulation and fun. There are letters to be inserted into
puzzles for encouraging letter and shape recognition. I like these ones as
they're something different with a unique educational twist!
- The Squirt Toys are always great fun too. These cute and colorful
characters squirt water when squeezed. Somehow I still feel that every baby and
young one should have some kind of squirt toys for bath times.
- Although the
pump is typically for slightly bigger infants, little ones
find this one great fun, especially with a little help from mom
or dad. For slightly bigger infants with better hand
coordination this one further improves eye hand coordination
with lots of fun.
- Another great fun baby bath toy is this
shower which sprays water when your child presses the star
button. The suction cup lets you stick the sunflower to the bath
or another smooth surface.
Tip: You only have to accidentally sit
on one of the bath toys when you take a bath to know that a toy
organizer is an indispensable item for every bathroom
There are also plenty of water toys that can be used in the yard or garden or
the patio during the warmer months. Some of these toys can also double as indoor
bath toys. In fact, most of them usually do!
- It seems like every child should have one of those
water-sand-beach toys which lets them have
fun, explore their creativity and enjoy the feeling of sand and water between
their fingers. These can be used with wet sand, water or with kinetic sand and
can be taken anywhere. About a week ago I still found the plastic bucket of
kids' set which we now use for garden pruners!
- A water activity center is another good idea for the summer as an
outdoor activity and perhaps as a bath time activity as well. The
Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table is one of the fancier baby water toys
that little ones have hours of fun with, especially in warmer climates. There are balls to drop down a spiral, a
Ferris wheel and water wheel and some more fun characters.
- The Sprinkle and Spray Splash mat is ideal to keep the little one busy on a
warm summer day. It attaches to a garden hose and lets your baby and friends
enjoy their own personal fountain. Since it is a mat and not a pool there is
minimal danger for injuries, especially with parent supervision.
If your baby really likes water, s/he gained a valuable skill very quickly
which can be taken further by, possibly, learning to swim. This is
something we took seriously to teach all our children to swim at a very early
age. I suggest you start with a home pool and then gradually move to larger
ones... should it be necessary.
- This Inflatable Pool can double as an early
play area for little ones. What I do it to put all the small
playthings, like balls and soft toys inside the pool together
with my child. Of course, my little one cannot get hurt or the
toys roll away outside reach.
- Alternatively you can opt for a larger
Water Play Center with its own slide, water
spray and toys. There are plenty of other options as well: pools with more
slides, built in games and other toys, a rainbow and more fun features.
- Maybe you need to consider a
larger portable pool.
This is something that I find particularly useful for smaller
gardens... and older kids and the rest of the family can enjoy
- Plus of course there are those
baby water toys that will help kids overcome
their fear of water and let them splash about and actually help in learning to
swim eventually. Choose a simple pool float in colorful, bright patterns, or
something a little more racy and fun such as this
Car Shaped Pool Float with its
own backrest, steering wheel and other accessories.
- Another option I like, especially in sunny, hot areas, is the
sunshade pool float to protect your little one from unnecessary
and dangerous sunburn.
- There are plenty of things around the house you can use to make bath time
loads of fun. These can be simple household items such as spouted jugs, beakers and cups (made from safe and unbreakable
materials of course). Filling, pouring and emptying these in
the bath can be endlessly fascinating for the young baby.
- Sponge or foam shapes can be very interesting too (ensure that baby is supervised
constantly... you don’t want them biting off a piece) as it gets saturated and releases water.
- Similarly a kitchen strainer or colander (a
big one you typically use for straining macaroni and pasta) with its shower like
effect can be a lot of fun too.
- Balloons can be a fun addition to bath times
Before you dive right in with the baby water toys shopping, consider what
changes you can immediately easily make to make bath time fun.
Let the focus be on having fun. Give bath time a build up and get involved in
the fun. Splash a bit, tell baby a story and enjoy yourself, so that your baby
Also let your baby discover how some things are far more fun in the
water: the nesting cups float, the colorful car makes an interesting burbling
sound as it is submerged below the water and so on.
Tip: Most toys and aids can almost always be instantly transformed into
educational toys by merely using them in a structured way to teach little ones a
few additional skills.
With a bit of luck you now have a bunch of great ideas about baby water toys to
work with as well as some useful tips on making bath times fun.
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