Best Bath Toy
Catch and release with the Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy. We believe this colorful fishing rod with a magnetic bobber, plus three magnetic underwater sea creatures that float and bob around the tub to bring endless fun to bathtime. The fishing pole and bobber float, and the reel creates an audible clicking sound when in use. Our toddler tester had an exciting time playing with this toy over and over again, and her imagination ran wild. We also appreciate that this toy can help strengthen hand-eye coordination as your little one endeavors to catch the "swimming" sea creatures.
The sea creatures are sealed and keep water from entering, but the pole and bobber have holes that collect water. From our experience, a good shake will help the water escape, but with nooks and crannies, we think there is a possibility that remaining water may grow mold. Also, the line does not reel up. Despite these drawbacks, we feel this toy is best suitable for a toddler, and recommend it to a family ready to do some bathtub fishing.
Explore the depths of the tub with the Green Toys Submarine. This sub can submerge or float on the surface, and water can pass through the toy's portholes and nose. Also, the propeller can spin by giving it a turn by hand. While testing, our toddler found this toy to be an excellent addition to her imaginary play. The top handle made it easy to hold and maneuver around the tub. This product is 100% recycled plastic, free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. Plus, it contains no external coatings. We appreciate the Green Toy company's commitment to making products out of recycling, which has a positive environmental impact by reducing plastic that ends up in the landfill.
The packaging states, "Toy opens for easy cleaning," and during testing, we did not find this to be the case. Although the blue handle on top opens, we were unsuccessful at opening the sub vessel. With limited view inside the ship, we feel this hinders proper cleaning and inspection of potential mold. Rinsing and thoroughly drying this product after each use, and an occasional deep clean will help prevent mold growth. Despite the lack of access to the ship's inside, we believe this bath toy is fun and recommend it to families with an older baby or toddler who will appreciate this sub for bathtub adventures and imaginary play.
Don't be fooled by this toy's simplicity; The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys are a classic toy that will satisfy your child's desire to fill, pour, stack, or nest in the bathtub. It comes with eight colorful cups, and each container has one or more holes to scoop up water and create a waterfall. Our toddler and baby testers found these cups entertaining, and our toddler enjoyed a game of imaginary play. Also, we think these cups are quick to air dry or easy to wipe with a towel.
With eight cups to look after, we think the flower-shaped clip helps keep the cups together and avoids misplacing one. Nevertheless, this budget-friendly toy is fun for all ages, and it has endless possibilities. We recommend this inexpensive bath toy to any family with babies or toddlers.
Play a game of toss with the Nuby Floating Octopus. This toy is water-tight with no holes, nooks, or crannies for mold to hide, making it easy to clean and dry for parents. We believe this toy is fun for imaginary play, and we appreciate that this product will help your little one practice hand-eye coordination as your toddler places or throws the toss-rings onto the octopus's legs.
In our opinion the hoopla toss-rings are too small and not suitable for young babies as our baby tester tried putting the fish in his mouth which concerned us as a potential choking risk. The manufacturer states an age range of 18 months and older. We recommend using this fun bath toy without the toss-rings initially, until your baby has passed the stage of putting objects in their mouth, and, of course, even later, only under close supervision. However, keep in mind that the Octopus itself is fun and whimsical, so we don't consider the toss-ring part essential for your toddler to enjoy this bath toy.
Colorful and adorable, the Munchkin Bath Bobbers comes in a set of two, and this duo will float, bob, and spin around in the tub. We appreciate that these bobbers are sealed with no holes, meaning no nooks and crannies for mold to grow. Our baby and toddler testers found these creatures fun to watch, hold, spin, and drop, creating fun splashes and giggles. We also found these toys easy to clean and quick to dry, which is a perk for busy parents.
There is no big drawback to this bath toy - they are simple and straightforward. Our only observation is that the toys can easily float away out of the child's reach in a large tub. Our toddler was able to scoot after the toy, but our baby could not. We recommend this toy to families with babies or toddlers who are looking for a fun toy, yet one that is easy to dry and clean for parents.
Coming in a set of five, the Boon Stacking Boats are minimal and modern in appearance, plus add a pop of color and entertainment to bath time. These boats float, scoop, pour, and drain water through holes, providing a waterfall effect. Our toddler tester enjoyed the challenge of stacking the boats based on their sizes and watching how they can float around the tub. The Boon boats are plastic and free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. We appreciate that there are no cracks or holes to grow mold. Simply rinse boats after each use and place them in a location to dry. Also, they stack for easy storage.
This toy has no significant drawbacks, and our only observation is that some children may need help to differentiate the sizes to stack. We recommend the Boon Stacking Boats to families with babies or toddlers interested in an alternative to stacking cups.
The Boon Cogs Water Gears are five colorful gear-shaped bath toys that suction to the bath or shower wall and turn by hand or water. They can spin individually or link together. Our preschool-age tester had a fun time creating various gear configurations and learning how to suction them to the tub. To clean, you simply rinse the gears after each use and allow them to air dry thoroughly. Occasionally, wash them with warm soapy water, and we suggest keeping an eye out for mold.
Sometimes the suction power can be weak, and one or two gears will fall to the tub floor. The gears also have some nooks and crannies that require occasional cleaning, and we think a small brush helps with this task. We recommend this product for a budding engineer or a curious youngster who will enjoy getting these gears to spin.
With a pull of the string, the Skip Hop Pull and Go Submarine Monkey will cruise across the tub. The submarine does not fully submerge. Instead, it floats. The sub's bright colors and adorable captain monkey is eye-catching for its cuteness. Our toddler tester found this toy entertaining, mostly for its zipping capabilities, zooming through bubbles. Our baby tester, too little to pull the string to activate the propeller, watched with a smile. The manufacturer mentions that this toy is excellent for strengthening fine-motor skills, which are needed to pull the line, plus it teaches about cause and effect. Also, this plastic product is BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free.
The toy has holes to let water through and allow the toy to sink a bit. However, we cannot access or see inside the holes to keep an eye on potential mold growth. Also, when you remove the toy from the tub, water collects in the holes, and it may need a good shake or flip from side to side to help water escape. This product requires extra air-drying time in comparison to other products in our review. We recommend this toy to families with babies or toddlers who will enjoy seeing this monkey ride around the tub and don't mind the extra effort to clear it of water.
Why You Should Trust Us
The BabyGearLab team has been testing gear for eight years. We purchase and test each product taking them through hands-on, side-by-side comparisons to determine which competitors are real standouts in their categories. Leading this review is Molly Bradac, Research Analyst and professional Nanny and Newborn Care Specialist, holding over 14 years of experience. Also contributing to our review are multiple little testers, ranging in ages from six-months-old to preschool. Each product in our review was purchased and experienced hands-on testing.
Analysis and Test Results
Tons of splashing, playing, and drying went into testing these toys to assess each product. We purchased a variety of products to help parents find the best products for their babies and needs. With a market full of options, it can be tricky to know what you are buying and how easy it is to clean. Our hands-on testing provides the information you need to help make your decision easier.
Ease of Drying and Cleaning
Regardless of which toy you purchase, it should be easy to dry and occasionally deep clean since mold and bacteria love wet and warm environments. Toys with nooks and crannies, especially with spaces that are not easily accessible, like the Green Toys Submarine and the Skip Hop Pull and Go Submarine Monkey may stay damp and encourage mold growth. Plus, inaccessible areas will make deep cleaning more challenging. On the flip side, the Munchkin Bath Bobbers, the Boon Stacking Boats, and The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys are easier options to manage as they do not have nooks and crannies to host mold. They are quick to air dry, wipe down with a towel and easy to deep clean on an occasional basis.
When it comes to this metric, we want to know which products are easy to store, making this important information for families with small bathroom spaces. The Boon Stacking Boats and The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys nest within each other and conserve storage space. However, the Green Toys Submarine is one of the largest toys, followed by the Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy, which is one of the longest, yet slim, with three sea-creates to keep track of. Alternatively, the Boon Cogs Water Gears suction to the bath or shower wall, requiring no storage space at all.
Your baby's work is to play, and bath time is a perfect time for your little one to reap the benefits of parent-child interactions, plus explore and learn. From imaginary play with water-loving creatures to filling and pouring with cups, we are confident there is a water toy here that will meet your needs and budget. Your little one will be splish-splashing and having fun in the tub in no time.
— Molly Bradac