Splish, Splash: 10 Great Bath Time Products for Kids

If your toddler or preschooler is anything like mine, they absolutely love bath time! It’s part of our daily nighttime routine. But I’ll be the first to admit we often play in the tub at other points during the day too–especially when we’re looking for a calming sensory activity. (Think rainy days cooped up inside!) Today, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite bath time products for kids that can make the entire family “bubble up” with happy memories.

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Bath time Benefits

Splashing around the tub is a surefire way to get our kiddos clean–particularly after a day of messy activities. But did you know that bath time can help little ones enhance their language, motor, and cognitive development while engaging in meaningful play and exploration? For example:

  • Children’s vocabulary and language development are enhanced through songs, games, and back-and-forth conversations with their caregivers.
  • Fine motor skills are refined as children handle and manipulate various toys and objects in the tub, i.e. containers and spray bottles.
  • Children can be introduced to early math concepts such as number ID, counting, size, shape, and volume as well as science concepts like body part identification and how objects sink and float.
  • Water play allows for sensory and tactile exploration. For example, children can experience the different smells of their soaps and lotions, touch various textures like soft towels and washcloths, and feel temperature differences like hot vs. cold.
  • Bath time can also promote independence and self-care skills as children learn to dress and undress and wash and dry themselves.
  • According to the Nurture Science Program at Columbia University, bath time is also a perfect opportunity for parents and children to bond and practice the co-regulation of their nervous systems. “Baths are a sensory circus—little feet kicking the water, bubbles everywhere, toys bobbing on the surface—so it’s an especially fruitful way to engage in co-regulation.”   Furthermore, they state, “This physiological and emotional connection is not only wonderfully calming, it activates internal systems that boost immunity, ease gut inflammation, improve brain function, increase stress resilience, and protect heart health.”

Favorite Bath Time Products for Kids

With that said, here are 10 of my favorite products that we use personally. These make for an enjoyable bath time experience for parents and kiddos alike! Click on the photos for more product information. Please note, if I could not find the exact matches to what I use I’ve shared similar items with positive reviews.

1. Tub Topper ® Splash Guard Toy Shelf

We have always loved bath time in our house. But my husband and I dreaded having to clean up wet floors every night. Fortunately, we found the perfect solution. We purchased this exact splash guard toy shelf about a month ago (after spotting it on Instagram) and it was truly one of the best purchases ever! A total game-changer! Not only does it keep our bathroom floor clean and dry, but it acts as a storage shelf and play area too. It even fits on our retro 1960s bathtub! We also love that this purchase supports a small business and that this product is made in the US.

Tub Topper® Bathtub Splash Guard Play Shelf Area -Toy Tray Caddy Holder Storage -Suction Cups Attach to Bath Tub -No Mess Water Spill in Bathroom -Fun for Toddlers Kids Baby
  • 10 Suction Cups for an Extreme Hold, designed to hug the bathtub so water can’t splash or leak underneath
  • Extends out past the bathtub edge for more room to play, with a lip that extends down into the tub, so water stays in the bathtub
  • High walls around the edge of the play area acts as a water barrier to keep water in and off the bathroom floor
  • 3 Feet in length gives maximum play area while still allowing room to enter and exit the bathtub
  • No more wet bathroom floors! No more ruined bathroom floors! No more rolled up wet towels at the base of the bathtub on the floor! Let your kids Play on the Edge! Patented & Trademarked Product. Made in the USA with excellent quality control, materials, and standards.

2. Bubble bath

Bath time just wouldn’t be bath time without bubbles! There are lots of bubble products on the market, but since our little one has sensitive skin we use Mr. Bubble Extra Gentle. It’s hypoallergenic, tear-free, and fragrance-free, and it doesn’t cause skin irritation.

Mr Bubble Bubble Bath Extra Gentle 16 Fl Oz (Pack of 3)
  • CRAFTED WITH CARE: Dermatologists and pediatricians tested, this is free of parabens, phthalates, and harsh chemicals, making it ideal for sensitive skin, babies, and adults alike
  • SOOTHING EMBRACE: Enriched with aloe vera, this provides a calming touch, leaving skin feeling soft and moisturized
  • BUBBLY BONANZA: Long-lasting, fluffy bubbles that transform bath time into a delightful sensory adventure
  • SIGNATURE SCENT: Immerse yourself in the nostalgic and beloved bubblegum fragrance, bringing back childhood memories and creating new ones for the next generation
  • VALUE YOU CAN TRUST: Makes it a cost-effective choice for families who love bath time fun

3. Containers

Some of the simplest, yet most entertaining items for water play include things you already have around the house, such as cups, bowls, sponges, spray bottles, strainers, and containers with lids. Children can strengthen the small muscles in their hands as they practice pouring, transferring, and squeezing. Additionally, they can learn and use vocabulary words like “pour,” “drip,” “empty,” “full,” “more,” “less,” etc.

Munchkin® Caterpillar Spillers™ Stacking and Straining Cups Baby and Toddler Bath Toy
  • 7 colorful bath cups are fun to link, stack, strain and pour water
  • Cups nest for compact storage
  • Helps build hand-eye coordination
  • Top cup has a fun spinner
  • Play patterns: Action + Reaction; Hand + Eye Coordination

4. Foam Letters and Numbers

Children can also practice letter and number identification with these foam toys that stick to the tub and walls when wet. The items pictured above are similar to the ones we use at home, but these have the added bonus of mesh storage bags.

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5. Bath Books

Books designed to be used in the tub are a great way to incorporate literacy learning into your bath time routine. You can find books to practice everything from letters and numbers to shapes and colors. This book by Sandra Boynton, which features farm animals, is the waterproof counterpart to the popular board book Barnyard Dance. It even comes with a washcloth!

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Barnyard Bath!
  • Boynton, Sandra (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10 Pages - 11/22/2022 (Publication Date) - Boynton Bookworks (Publisher)

6. Glow sticks

Turn the lights down low and toss a few glow sticks in the tub. These bring a new level of excitement and a vibrant twist to a familiar activity. You’d be surprised at how much light these give off too. You can throw on some dance music and make it a real party! We like to do this on Friday nights to help us decompress after a long week of work and school.

Glow Sticks Bulk Party Favors 100pk - 8" Glow in the Dark Party Supplies, Light Sticks for Neon Party Glow Necklaces and Bracelets for Kids or Adults
  • 100 Glow Sticks Party Pack: Light up with 100 pieces of easy-to-activate and vibrant multi-colored light sticks plus 100 pieces of dependable connectors that stay put for hours
  • Waterproof Floating Glow Sticks: Use these glow in the dark party favors as glow party decorations or use in the pool or during bathtime; these waterproof glow party supplies float, are non leaking, and nontoxic
  • Longer Lasting Glow Party Supplies: To activate these glow in the dark light sticks, simply snap and shake until completely lit; these 8-inch long glow in the dark sticks glow bright for 10-14 hours
  • Kid-Safe and Quality Assured: These nontoxic and non leaking glow in the dark party favors are safe and fun for kids; We’ll provide a full refund if you’re not glowing bright with your glow sticks bulk party supplies
  • Infinite Glow in the Dark Fun: Spice up your glow parties with these glow in the dark party decorations, pinata fillers, goodie bag stuffers, or use for pool parties, birthdays, carnivals, raves, concerts, weddings, camping, night fishing lights, and more

7. Whale Waterfall rinser

This waterfall rinser is specifically designed to keep water out of your child’s eyes and ears. Pro-tip: have your child tilt their head back and look up at the ceiling when you rinse to add an extra layer of protection.

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Skip Hop Baby Bath Rinse Cup, Moby Tear-free Waterfall Rinser, Grey
  • Our friendly Moby rinser is specially designed to keep water out of baby's eyes AND ears. The easy grip handle allows you to hold the rinser in one hand and baby in the other
  • Innovative patent pending rinser featuring interior ridges to create an even pour
  • Soft lip cushions baby’s head
  • Stands up when not in use or hang by handle to dry
  • BPA-free, PVC-free, Phthalate-free

8. Wet Dry Brush

This is a child-sized detangling brush that can be used on wet or dry hair. It’s designed to gently loosen knots without pulling or snagging. Its ultra-soft bristles also help to brush with less force and less damage which means brushing your child’s hair can be tear-free!

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Wet Brush Kids Detangler Hair Brushes - Galaxy - Midi Detangling Brush With Ultra-Soft IntelliFlex Bristles Glide Through Tangles With Ease - Pain-Free Comb For All Hair Types
  • Kids Midi Detangler: The Wet Brush Kids Detangler is specifically designed to encourage detangling fun! Gently loosening knots, on wet or dry hair, without pulling or snagging. The moment kids use it, they will never scream (from hairbrushing) again!
  • Detangle with Less Damage: The exclusive, ultra-soft IntelliFlex bristles glide through tangles with ease. Lets you brush with less force so you can detangle with less damage to your child’s hair.
  • Painless: Flexible bristles minimize pain and protect against split ends and breakage.
  • For All Hair Types: Works great for straight, curly, textured, thick, and wavy hair!
  • Comfortable Design: Features a comfortable handle design shaped to fit a child’s hand.

9. Hooded Towels 

Not only are these towels cozy and warm, but they are adorable too! Nowadays you can find towels to match just about any of your child’s interests. For example, Amazon has towels with various animals, characters, and prints.

Little Tinkers World Premium Hooded Towel for Kids | Lion Design | Ultra Soft and Extra Large | 100% Cotton Bath Towel with Hood for Girls or Boys
  • 🦁 BY POPULAR DEMAND HERE'S OUR LARGER SIZE – 30x50 inches, which fits children from 1 to 6 year olds
  • 🦁 100% QUALITY COTTON HOODED TOWELS FOR KIDS - made from 100% non twist cotton making them feel thicker, softer and more absorbent than other kids bath towels. Only the best will do so all of our towels are OEKO-TEX certified to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX. This means that you can have confidence that our products are safe for you to use on your precious ones.
  • 🦁 SUPER ABSORBENT AND DURABLE – made from quality non-twist 100% cotton
  • 🦁 MACHINE WASHABLE - The towel can easily be machine washed and tumble dried meaning that softness and comfort remains wash-after-wash.
  • 🦁 60 DAY 'PEACE OF MIND GUARANTEE' - if you're not happy, we're not happy. If we don't get it right or you're not happy with the product for any reason, we will gladly and promptly refund your purchase price. No questions asked!

10. Nonslip bathmat

There are a lot of safety factors to consider during bath time, i.e. water temperature, drowning risks, etc. But, one of the simplest actions to take is adding a bathmat, at the bottom of the tub, so your child doesn’t slip on slick surfaces. This nonslip bathmat can help prevent accidents and give you peace of mind. See below for more safety tips.

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Munchkin® Soft Spot™ Cushioned Bath Mat for Kids, 36x17 Inch (Pack of 1), Grey
  • Cushioned bath mat with built in grip
  • Strong hold suction cups keep mat in place
  • Works with most smooth bath and shower surfaces
  • BPA Free bath mat measures 36" L x 17" W

Bath Time Safety Tips

We know that bath time can be both a fun and relaxing experience for children. But, there are several things to keep in mind when allowing your child to play in the tub. Here are some important safety tips to remember. These have been adapted from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s home safety handbook.

  1. Never leave your child unattended in the tub or near any water for that matter. A child can drown in less than 1 inch of water.
  2. Always test the temperature of the bath water with your elbow before placing your child into the tub. It should feel pleasantly warm.
  3. Use a bath mat inside the tub and a nonslip rug outside of the tub to help prevent slips or falls.
  4. Keep the bathtub area free of electrical appliances that could fall into the tub.
  5. Use safety devices such as spout covers and toilet/cabinet locks to keep children out of harm’s way in the bathroom.

Preschool Songs About Bath Time

Conclusion

Bath time has many benefits. Not only is it a great way for kids to relax and wind down before bed, but it’s also a nice bonding experience for parents and children as they can spend time together playing, talking, and exploring the water. I hope these tips help you and your family make the most out of bath time.

Now talk to me! What are your favorite bath time products for kids? Please share them in the comments below.

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