As soon as your baby starts eating solids (err, smearing them all over her body), or your toddler discovers dirt or paint, bath time becomes an essential part of your daily routine. So it’s easy for it to begin to feel, well, a little routine. And the resistance can be real. The more you can do to try and keep things fun—but still safe!—in the tub, the easier it’ll be to convince your kid they need to take a dip every night.
Here are a few of our (and soon to be your toddlers’) favorite bath time essentials.
This adorable elephant spout cover ($9.99 on Amazon) is way softer than a lot of other covers we’ve tested, yet still protects your kid from accidental bonks in the bath. It’s also mildew-resistant, BPA- and PVC-free and fits over the fixture perfectly.
Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers
Making up words and sticking them to the wall is fun—and educational—for both you and your kid. With 26 floating letters and 10 floating numbers (all made from soft, non-toxic foam), this set ($6.91 on Amazon) will keep everyone entertained until it’s time to get out of the tub.
Skip Hop Moby Non-Slip Baby Bath Mat
Your kid will have a whale of a time in the tub with this addition ($14.99 on Amazon). This non-toxic, non-slip mat is textured to help prevent slips and perforated so water can drain right through (and reduce mildew build-up). It’s also easy to hang dry.
Boon Building Bath Pipes
This colorful set of five pipes ($12.96 on Amazon) will be a hit with any young, budding engineer (or Lego-lover). They’re BPA- and PVC-free, suction to the wall and can be pieced together to build basically whatever your creative kid desires.
Ubbi Freestanding Bath Caddy
Sure, your kids may not be excited about this bath toy organizer ($19.99 on Amazon) as you are, but they’ll love the toys they find inside… and you’ll love that they’re not just scattered across the bottom of the tub. The bin has a removable drying rack as well, so you can simply scoop up the toys and let them air dry. It’s also dishwasher-safe.
Nuby 3-Pack Dolphin Dippers Bath Scoops
Perfect for pouring water on your kid, or rinsing shampoo out of their hair, these BPA-free scoops ($5.79 on Amazon) are a win-win for everyone. They can stack and play, while you clean and rinse all at the same time.
Freelance writer/editor and contributor at MamasUncut. West Coast-based, East Coast-raised. Doubled down on the parenting gig last year, with two kids under the age of 3—plus a 2-year-old black shepherd/lab mix who thinks they’re actually his babies. A good day: run, bake, eat, repeat.