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Bath & Water Toys

Is there anything more heartwarming than watching your precious little one splashing around in the tub, giggles echoing through the bathroom? Bath time, a moment of bonding and tranquillity, can sometimes become dreaded when tears and resistance take over. As parents, we've all been there, haven't we?

Bath time doesn't have to be tedious or stressful. It can brighten your child's day with suitable toys that help spark their imagination and curiosity. That's where our magical bath and water toys come into play! We've curated a collection of baby bath toys that will turn the mundane bath time into a world of excitement, imagination, and laughter.

We know that, as parents, you prioritise the safety and health of your little darlings, and so do we. That's why our eco friendly bath toys are carefully selected to be free from harmful chemicals. These are made from sustainable and non-toxic materials that are safe for your child and gentle on the environment.

But that's not all! We've gone the extra mile to ensure that our non toxic bath toys are not a breeding ground for nasty moulds and bacteria. Many of our kids bath toys are designed without holes, cleverly stopping the growth of unwanted microorganisms and giving you peace of mind.

And we don't stop at bath time! Hello Charlie also has a lovely array of outdoor water toys that your little adventurers can take to the beach, garden, or any outdoor space. With the same commitment to safety and sustainability, our water toys promise endless fun while caring for the planet.

The Developmental Benefits of Bath & Water Toys

Beyond the bubbles and rubber duckies, educational bath toys are key to unlocking a world of growth for your baby or toddler. From enhancing creative thinking to fostering language skills, let's explore how these baby and toddler bath toys can turn bath time fun into a nurturing and enriching experience for your child.

Creative thinking

Taking a bath isn't just a routine for cleanliness. It's also a wonderful opportunity to awaken your child's creativity. With the swirling water and playful giggles, bath time can be made even more exciting with toys from great brands like the Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Crayons and the Green Toys Submarine.

The Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Crayons can transform into magical wands of creativity. As the suds work their magic, these bathtub crayons allow your little one to doodle anything they want on the tub or tiles. These non toxic bath crayons can help hone their artistic flair while you take care of hair-washing and body-cleaning duties.

The Green Toys Submarine is another toy that sparks endless adventures. With its sleek design and vibrant colours, your child can embark on their own nautical journey. As they hold the submarine bath toy and let it float through the water, they become fearless explorers of the deep blue sea, crafting tales of underwater explorations and aquatic adventures. This simple yet captivating toy encourages imaginative play, narrative building, and creative thinking skills that will benefit your child for years to come.

Gross motor skills

Playing with bath and water toys can be a fun and beneficial experience for children. These can help improve their gross motor skills, which involve the movement and coordination of large muscle groups essential for physical activities.

A fantastic toy that aids in the development of gross motor skills is the Oli & Carol Earthy the World Ball. This Oli and Carol teether can be rolled by infants back and forth in the water during bath time, while older toddlers can enjoy playing games such as throwing the ball into a basket or container. These activities aid in improving their overall body movements.

For some fun beach toys, consider silicone beach buckets! Bigjigs Adventure Silicone Bucket is versatile and can carry water during playtime in the garden or build sandcastles at the beach. These activities can help develop core strength, balance, and endurance, all essential for physical growth.

Fine motor skills

Playing with bath and water toys is essential for children's development of fine motor skills. This involves using small muscles to control their fingers, thumbs, and hands. The Quut Cuppi is an excellent example of a toy that can aid this development in many ways. This versatile toy can be used as a sieve, shovel, scoop, or strainer and even includes a ball for fun.

When it comes to fostering fine motor skills in children, sand toys like the Quut Cuppi can be beneficial. Using it as a sieve encourages them to sift through water or sand while improving their gripping abilities. The toy's hollow shape allows for precise hand-eye coordination when scooping and transferring objects, which is an essential aspect of fine motor development.

Hand eye coordination

Playing with bath and water toys can benefit a child's development, including improving hand-eye coordination skills. The Quut Beach Toys Set with Triplet serves as a great example of such a toy.

This fun-filled outdoor, beach, and water toy has lightweight and vibrant rings and a triplet, giving little ones endless opportunities to participate in exciting throwing games while enhancing hand-eye coordination. By synchronising their movements and vision, children can further hone their ability to precisely grasp objects in various settings.

Cognitive skills: cause and effect

Bath and water toys do more than entertain your little ones. They also have several developmental benefits, especially when it comes to cognitive skills. Engaging with creative toys in the water can teach children that their actions have specific consequences. The Calma Koala Calming Sensory Baby Toy is a great example, as it produces a soothing rustling sound when the lower belly is squeezed. This simple cause-and-effect relationship helps children understand that their actions can produce desirable outcomes.

Bathtub toys like Honeysticks Natural Bath Drops also encourage children to explore their creativity while improving cognitive skills. By simply dropping one of these all-natural bath drops into the tub, kids can witness a vibrant burst of colour spreading throughout the water. This experience allows them to understand that they have control over transforming their environment through direct actions. Dropping two or more bath drops enable them to experiment with creating new shades – a perfect way for young minds to delve into basic colour theory.

Social and emotional development

Playing with bath and water toys is essential for a child's social and emotional development. One such toy that is great for this is Tikiri Ocean Buddies. These cute Tikiri bath toys can be used during bath time for imaginative play and storytelling. Children can learn about protecting the environment and developing a connection to nature by engaging with these animal bath toys. This kind of play fosters empathy and helps children understand why taking care of our planet is important.

Additionally, bath and water toys create opportunities for imaginative play and story-building, which are crucial aspects of emotional development. Children can explore their emotions in a safe environment by role-playing with these toys and develop skills like communication and empathy. These experiences can help children learn how to express themselves healthily as they grow up.

Language and communication

Developing language and communication skills is vital for a child's growth. Playing with bath and water toys that encourage interaction can significantly enhance these aspects in young minds. Parents and caregivers can create opportunities for children to express themselves through words and gestures during water playtime by choosing versatile bath toys for various play scenarios. These toys foster creativity and enable kids to engage in imaginative play while honing their linguistic abilities.

The We Might Be Tiny Silicone Bath Book is a standout toy that helps with this development. With adorable sea creatures on every page, this bath book sparks conversations between you and your little one as you explore the underwater world together. Taking turns to flip over the pages of this interactive book boosts language skills and promotes back-and-forth conversation, all crucial building blocks for effective communication.

At What Age Do You Introduce Eco Bath Toys?

When it comes to our babies' bath toys, parents often wonder when is the best time to introduce eco-friendly options. According to experts, around six months old is a great starting point. At this age, babies have better head control, can sit up independently, and begin to show interest in toys during bath time.

However, if your baby is younger and tends to get upset during baths, don't worry! There are specific types of bath toys that can help soothe them. For example, try a water-friendly baby teether like Oli & Carol Ramona the Radish. This toy has a gentle texture and soothing properties making it perfect for early bathing experiences.

Another great option is a non-toxic, floating chew toy such as Hevea Natural Rubber Blizzard Blue Whale & Vanilla Turtle. These Hevea bath toys provide entertainment and eliminate the need for your baby to lean underwater to grab the toy.

Like the Green Toys Stacking Cups, you can consider classic stacking cups or toy cups. These bath stacking cups are a fantastic addition to bath time and allow your little one to scoop and pour water while developing their fine motor skills.

So, while it's generally recommended to introduce bath toys around six months old, eco-friendly options can safely engage your baby in the water even earlier. These baby bathtub toys can give soothing comfort and developmental benefits to your little one's bathtime routine.

Sustainable, Eco and Non Toxic Materials For Bath & Water Toys

When choosing bath toys for kids, it's essential to prioritise toys made from sustainable, eco-friendly, and non-toxic materials. Go for natural rubber, silicone, recycled plastic, bioplastic and bamboo. These materials not only ensure your child's safety but also contribute to protecting our environment.

Natural rubber

Natural rubber is a sustainable material that's soft, durable and pliable. It's also non-toxic, which means it's free from harmful substances like PVC, BPA, phthalates, petrochemicals, and heavy metals. It's an excellent choice for babies and young children since it's hypoallergenic and safe. What's more, natural rubber is good for the environment because it's biodegradable and comes from a renewable, plant-based source.

At Hello Charlie, we stock a range of natural rubber bath toys, including rubber duck toys like the Hevea Alfie Duck Bath Toy. We ensure that all our environmentally friendly bath toys are nitrosamine-free, which means they're safe and free from potent carcinogens.

Silicone

Silicone is a sustainable option as it is derived from silica found in sand, which is abundant in nature. Bath and water toys made of silicone are an excellent choice due to their durability, flexibility, and recyclability. This material is non-toxic and free from harmful chemicals such as PVC, phthalates, BPA, and microplastics. It's also resistant to mould and mildew, making it ideal for wet environments. 

It's important to note that not all silicone bath toys are of the same quality. Some may contain plastic fillers. At Hello Charlie, our bath and water toys from the brands Bigjigs and Calma Koala are made from pure, non-toxic, and food-grade silicone. We ensure the silicone beach toys we stock are safe for children to use and enjoy.

Recycled plastic

Reducing waste, saving energy, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are all important concerns when it comes to protecting our planet. That's why recycled plastic is a fantastic material for creating bath and water toys that are not only eco-friendly but also long-lasting. 

To ensure your children are playing with safe, BPA free, and sustainable bath toys, Hello Charlie only stocks products that meet our high standards. For example, the Happy Planet Toys Recycled Reef Express Submarine Bath Toys and Green Toys Paddle Boat are made from 100% recycled #2 HDPE, a safe and commonly used food-grade plastic. By choosing these toys, you can feel good about the product's quality and its impact on the environment.

Bioplastic

Bioplastics are a green and reliable solution that can help reduce carbon emissions. Unlike traditional plastics, bioplastics are produced from sustainable sources such as vegetable oils and other biological materials. They're also non-toxic and biodegradable, so they do not release harmful chemicals during decomposition.

A great example of bioplastics' effectiveness and environmental benefits in bath toys for babies is the Viking Toys Eco Sand & Water Mill Set. This set is made from green polyethylene (PE) derived from sugar cane, which actively absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows. This innovative material has the same durability as traditional plastic without negatively impacting our health or the planet.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a type of grass that is both sturdy and lightweight, and it proliferates, making it an incredibly sustainable material. It's also naturally antimicrobial, which makes it an ideal choice for bath, water, and sand play toys used in moist environments.

When it comes to bamboo toys, it's important to ensure they're non-toxic and eco-friendly. At Hello Charlie, we understand this and take it seriously. For instance, the Qtoys Bamboo Sand Play Set is coloured using food-grade dye and finished with plant-based oils such as linseed oil or beeswax. Bamboo beach toys like the ones from Qtoys make it safe for children and the entire family to use and play.

Choosing Mould Free Bath and Water Toys

Bathtime is a great opportunity for babies and toddlers to play and learn. As you choose the best bath toys for your little ones, it's crucial to be mindful of their safety. Some bath toys have holes, which can trap water and bacteria. This can lead to mould and other harmful microorganisms growing inside the toys, which can harm your child's health.

To avoid this, choose bath toys with no holes and are watertight. These toys are easier to clean, require less maintenance, and are much safer for your kids. Some popular mould free bath toys include the CaaOcho Nalu The Seahorse and Oli & Carol Origami Boat. These toys are made from high-quality, non-toxic, and BPA-free materials. With these toys, your child can have hours of safe and entertaining bathtime fun.

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