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For my 18 month old daughter, there is no other source of joy quite like bath time. True to her toddler nature, she is a little busy body who wants more than anything to be independent. She wants to feed herself, bathe herself, play with her toys by herself, and the list goes on! When it comes to bath time, she LOVES to splash around and learn through playing, but the actual act of bathing isn’t particularly her cup of tea. She’d much rather me just sit at a distance and watch her play with her toys. Sigh. It’s like she’s an 18 month old going on 18 year old teenager!
And I try to somewhat honor those wishes by sitting on the bathroom floor and giving her some quality play time in the tub. I’m telling you, it’s really an amazing thing watching the little gears in a toddler’s head start to turn as they play and figure things out for themselves. As much as I want to play with her, I’ve learned that in this season of her life, there will be times where it’s best for her to play on her own so she can develop a sense of imagination and how things work through examination. So when it comes to bath time toys, I try to make sure she has a variety of things that really encourage imaginative play and pique her curiosity.
And that’s exactly where Munchkin bath toys come in to play! Just last week a very special package full of Munchkin bath toys was delivered to our doorstep. My daughter squealed with joy when she opened up the package! (You can view her “unboxing” here. It’s adorable.)
I promised her that after her nap I’d blow up her little kiddie pool so she could try out her new tub toys! (Note: These toys are not intended to be pool toys. We just felt it would be more appropriate to show the toys in this setting and not during her actual bath.) 🙂
The first item in our box was the Paddlin’ Penguin™ bath toy. The adorable little penguin pal sits in a kayak that paddles through the water when you pull a string. The penguin is removable and squirts water out of its beak when you squeeze him. The kayak is lightweight and it’s easy for her to pull the string herself. It breezes through the water and maneuvers through mountains of bubble bath bubbles with ease! I will say that it is rather difficult for the penguin to stay inside the kayak while it’s moving, but my daughter doesn’t seem to mind at all. This toy is recommended for ages 18+ months, but I feel that it’s completely appropriate for my 15 month old. This one is my very favorite! She doesn’t want me to play with it while she’s in the tub, but I still try to sneak in a little play time myself! 😉
We also received the Duck Duck Clean™ toy, or as my husband has jokingly renamed it, the “scrubber ducky.” This toy features a super soft cloth covered sponge that makes scrubbing down your kiddo easy. My daughter has been practicing her duck sounds, so this toy has really been the apple of her eye. She loves to squeeze all of the water out of the sponge and watch it fall back into the tub! This toy is designed for babies 6+ months and is available in 3 different colors.
Finally, we received the cutest little set of arctic-inspired Bath Bobbers™ to really make bath time extra fun. The sweet little polar bear and penguin bounce and bob on top of the water and never sink. My daughter loves to watch them dance around when she splashes and makes waves in the water.
They’re really easy for little fingers to grab, and she even loves to give them a big ol’ smooch from time to time! The Bath Bobbers are recommended for babies 6+ months.
I love to watch my daughter play with Munchkin toys because they’re safe, encourage imaginative play and help develop important motor skills. They’re available at numerous retailers nation wide, so keep your eyes peeled next time you’re in the bath tub toy section at your favorite store!
If you’re in the market for a birthday or special gift for a little one coming up, these bath toys will be perfect! I’ve already got my eye on a few that will be making an appearance in my daughter’s Christmas stocking this year!