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Best Bath Toy for Toddlers | Perfect Gift

Best toddler bath toy has been the Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers. Our toddler learned his colors, numbers, pairing and most of the alphabet since using them.

Munchkin Foam Letters and Numbers - Toddler's Favorite Bath Toy

I would love to share the video of our baby in the tub, but my husband would kill me. So you'll just have to imagine our toddler's excitement at bath time based on what I explain here. He absolutely loves taking a bath and it is a fresh experience after going through the pre-teen years with a son that we had to bribe to take a shower - LOL. Our toddler loves swimming, bubbles, dumping his water cup and playing w/ his other toys, but the majority of his time and excitement from taking a bath is based on playing with his Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers. It has been like this since he turned 2 years old and depending on whether your child is still "chewing", this could be the best bath toy for him / her, too. These Munchkin Foam Bath toys also make affordable toddler gifts for friends and family members. What I do with our toddler, is separate the letters and numbers for him so that he is not confused nor overwhelmed while playing. I also break up the letters into about 12 at a time when we are using those for bath time. He prefers the foam numbers right now, so that makes it a bit easier to keep him focused and consistently learning the numbers / number combinations.

I didn't think to share this info until last week when our son started counting on his own. He is not always sequential, but what he was doing is pairing up the foam numbers and saying "2 reds, 2 orange, 2 purple, 2 blues, 1 green, 1 yellow", so counting in pairs basically. We normally line them up on the side of the tub or wall to count the numbers in order or play games with them. He loves playing with the foam bath toys!!! We love the time spent with him, too. Plus, it was SO REWARDING to watch him do his "own thing" and it end up being something that I did not think to point out to him, yet. It is just too cool how our children love to show us what they learn on their own.

Additionally, the Munchkin Bath Numbers and Letters and Numbers are non-toxic and the recommended age is 3+ but we started using them at 2 years old to break up flash card time. 

I chose to use them for our toddler and buy them for his cousin's 2nd birthday because they were both so crazy about flash cards and learning their colors that I knew it would not be long before they put the foam letters and numbers to good use. My husband and I just avoided any biting by using them bath time only. As I mentioned above, you will have to gauge when your child is ready, but just know that you can have hours of educational fun each week by using these in the tub :)

NOTE: The Little Tykes foam bath toys have a history of being toxic, so please be careful.

I think we got ours at Walmart, but you can save time and check out Munchkin's other foam bath toys by using one of the Amazon links in this post.

I hope that your toddler enjoys as much as ours does. If you have already used foam numbers and letters in the bathtub, please do not hesitate to share your experience with them, too. Do / did they make learning colors, letters and numbers easier for your child?

In motherly love,
Lea @ Mother Baby Child

Start Getting Into Shape Before Summer - Exercise Contest / Weight Loss Giveaway

Moms weight loss contest and fitness challenge. Win prizes and special giveaway!

Are you TOO READY to take off some weight before summer and then keep losing weight during the summer, so that you can make this the last year? It really stinks being overweight each summer! I say this from experience and pray that this will be your year to take control of your health :)

Many of us feel this way each day and just do not have the support to get started! If you struggle SO HARD to lose weight, this may be the excitement and weight loss support you need to get started TODAY ... Here are 2 super easy ways to get started in accomplishing your fitness and weight loss goals.

Fitness Challenge (Free / Online)

This is a easy and steady fitness challenge for people that want to get started on a steady exercise routine that is not boring and does not take a lot of time to do, BUT CAN HELP YOU start getting into shape and learning how to exercise regularly in just a few minutes a day! All you do is go to this Facebook Page or this Google+ page and get started. The challenge just started today (May 3rd) and if you missed this start date, you can start on another day as long as everyone is done by the end of the month. This means that if you start between now and next Friday, you can still partake in this months fitness challenge AND you are entered into a contest to win a prize for your steady participation.


Fun Weight Loss Challenge

In addition to the fitness challenge, there is a 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge to help you stay on track for losing weight / inches, as well as a few giveaways associated with this challenge. So, not only will you start an all-natural supplement and weight loss challenge, but you will get free products and a REALLY special gift from the distributors hosting a fitness / healthy lifestyle giveaway in addition to what the company offers. It is a beautiful package for people who do not like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and other type programs but want to be a part of and have the support of an official weight loss program.

* You can submit questions and get started from over there!

Have a fit and fun weekend :)
Lea @ Mother Baby Child