Bath time at the 6 month mark becomes more than just keeping baby clean. Bath time gives you and baby another opportunity to bond and play. Water play is a form of sensory play and up until now, before the 6 month old mark, bath time was strictly about quickly bathing baby to keep him clean. Now that baby is able to sit up without support, and if you feel comfortable removing the holder that helped baby sit up then bath time now becomes a form of play and exploration.Here are a few bath time toys that will help increase hand eye coordinations, build fine motor skills and are fun to play with!!
We still use this to give Baby Jack a bath.
It kept our little one elevated and I like that it will later transition into a step stool for our little guy. The plastic platform that goes in the tub to hold baby keeps his head well above the water and it steady. For our first son we purchased one of those jacuzzi tubs with the detachable shower attachment so that we could wash his hair when he transitioned into the bathtub. The detachable shower head broke before that happened. It was a nice idea but not worth the money. Now that Little Jack can sit up we will start using a few bathtub toys.
Great for bath time. They stick to the wall and can be used for beginning letter and number recognition. The foam letter and numbers are brightly colored and float in the bath tub. The letters are easy to clean and last almost forever. The letter are also a great way to help baby learn how to grab objects in water and begin to understand the concept of floating and sinking. While you child is playing with the foam letters and numbers, push them down and watch them pop up. Begin to discuss floating and sinking. What else can can you make float? sink?
Bath Toy Squirters
These are really cute to use, BUT you have to make sure that you squeeze all the water out of them and that you are cleaning them. If not mold will grow in the toy, which is not good. You can also uses these toys to teach the concept of floating and sinking. When the toys are filled with water they will sink, when you squeeze the water out they will float again.You child can also strengthen fine motor skills (the muscles in their hands) by squeezing the water out of the toys. Ask your child to try to squeeze the water on the wall or at you! It is a great way to help your child also learn how to aim.
Bath Storage and cleanup
I like this Bath Scoop Toy that is in the shape of a whale. I made one myself for Jay when he was younger. I followed the directions from the pin below. I used a sharpies to write on the cut up milk jug and the ping pong balls that I purchased from the Dollar Store.
My son would scoop up letters that I called out, or as he got older I used the balls to teach Constant-Vowel-Constant (CVC) words. The whale that you can buy comes with suctions cups so that you can easily store bath toys in the bath tub and it allows them to air dry to prevent mildew and mold.
Child’s favorite character toys
My oldest loved, LOVED Thomas the Train so he played with this until he decided he did not want to take baths anymore and wanted to take showers. The Thomas squeeze toy never grew mold or mildew, compared to other bath toys. The boat that Thomas sat in was motorized, and would float across the tub when the smaller boat was pulled. Try to find a bath toy of your child’s favorite bath character for them to play with. As you child plays you can make up stories are ask them to retell their favorite story about the character.
When your child is old enough to understand that they should not put everything in their mouths that they see, then it is a great time to introduce bath crayons. I made the crayons we used Ivory Soap to make the crayons. Here is a similar recipe
I believe that music is an awesome way to teach just about anything! We sing songs to learn how to spell our names, learn how to spell our favorite fruits or tell a story. During bath time we play a variety of music. Sometimes we play nursery rhymes, or classical music. Sometimes I recite nursery rhymes or poems that deal with body parts. As my little guy gets older I will let him decide what he wants to listen to. Bath time is also a great time to discuss body parts.
What are your favorite bath time toys for baby? Please leave a comment below!