Don’t let bath toys consume your bathroom

I recently visited a home that had two children under the age of four. When I used their bathroom, I was overwhelmed by the crazy amount of bath toys. With bath toys, just like regular toys, you need to get rid of the old when they get worn out or when new ones are acquired.

My wife and I have yet to purchase a bath toy for our daughter (she is very young), but if you have a child you know how toys go. We have a small plastic tote not unlike the one you may have had back in your college days. The plastic tote holds all of my daughter’s bath supplies. Her soap, shampoo, and toys all fit into it. If we acquire a new toy there isn’t much room to work with, so we get rid of something old and keep the baby bath gear down to a minimum.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.

12 Comments for “Don’t let bath toys consume your bathroom”

  1. posted by Jan Garcia on

    Yes, definitely out with the old, in with the new…or atleast hide them. For those interested, here’s a cool tool to organize the bath:

  2. posted by Jana on

    I also have two small children, ages one and four, and I keep their bath toys, soap and shampoo in a plastic basket on a shelf under the bathroom sink, out of sight behind closed doors but ready to be easily taken out at each bath time. I also make sure I limit the toys to just the things that fit into that basket, because otherwise the toys multiply very easily and would soon dominate the whole bathroom, as described in the post.

  3. posted by Patychag on

    I have seen the Frog Pad it only fits small toys and very thin shampoo & conditioner bottles. Not convinced.

  4. posted by Robin Weiss on

    I also was coming to recommend the Frog Pod. The goal isn’t to fit shampoo but toys. I think shampoo needs to be treated like medicine so we keep it on a high shelf when I’m not actively washing hair.

  5. posted by Marge on

    Just wanted to add that we’ve found most of our bath toys are great teething toys because they are squishy and therefore feel good on the gums. We have the Frog Pod and I love it because it allows the toys to drain of water so that I don’t have to worry about ‘things’ growing on my daughter’s toys. we keep the shampoo and body wash we use on a rack that goes over the shower head so it is out of reach when not in use. Appreciate all the wonderful ‘uncluttering’ tips. Keep up the GREAT work!

  6. posted by Kris on

    Yup, we keep the toys for our 4 and 5 year old boys in a plastic bin under the sink. Actually, it’s two bins. I drilled holes through the first bin so the water from the toys drains out .. and I put a dry washcloth in between that bin and another to catch the water. When they take a bath, I switch out the washcloth with a new one, putting the old one in the laundry with their dirty clothes. Works great. And yes, when we get new ones, old ones go to Goodwill.

  7. posted by eric on

    do you point these things out to people when you visit their homes?

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  9. posted by molly on

    My son doesn’t really have that many toys. He has three rubber ducks, which are lined up along the side of the tub when not in use. His favorite toy seems to be the cup I have by the tub to rinse the shampoo out of his hair. I think most parents today are just completely overwhelmed with toys.

  10. posted by Bacchus on

    Our son has a small collection of rubber ducks and three stacking cup. I’ve found that the wash cloth is one of his favorite toys. These three things will keep him occupied.

    We do a quarterly clean out of his toys and clothes. Being an only child among many aunts and uncles it is amazing how fast those little toys add up.

  11. posted by K on

    When I was little, the very best bath toy was a blue washrag. It was so cool to make it swim through the water. Usually it was a dolphin, but because it could flatten out, it was also a stingray! Or it could come out of the water and be a seal lolling on the beach.
    That toy solution makes for wet floors, but no clutter at all.

  12. posted by Jaimie on

    Another good solution I’ve seen for bath toys is to suspend them from a suction-cup hook in a mesh bag within the bath tub. Then they can drip dry completely. It isn’t so aesthetically pleasing, however, which may borrow some people.

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