For a long time, my 8 month old daughter hated the bath, and used to scream even before she got into it. However, after trying different things and getting a baby bath seat that she loves, bath time is now a great source of fun and a great way of keeping her from getting too grumpy coming up to bedtime. Since bath time has become more fun, we have started to build up a bath toy collection for our daughter. One thing that I thought would be nice for her to have was a bath book, as she enjoys her bedtime stories. So, I noticed a series of bath books (bath buddies) on amazon priced around the £3 mark for one, all of which had good reviews.
I opted for the Fluttery Fish book priced at just over £3. The great thing about these books are that they all come with a suction cup that sticks to the side of the bath, and I have to say that it really is very very sticky. In fact, we now leave it attached to the side of the bath, and even with the water on it, it doesn't move, yet is still easy enough to remove by an adult if required. The suction cup is attached to the book via curly plastic rings, which my daughter also loves to chew on and pull to stretch.
On the front of the book is a picture of the big fluttery fish, and inside each page is devoted to numbers. All the pages offer very bright and colourful pictures of sea creatures. On the first page, there is a picture of one big whale, followed by the second page with a picture of two cheeky turtles. The next page shows three jiggling jellyfish, followed by a fourth page showing four shiny shells, and then five fishy friends on a page, before the last page states that these creatures 'all play together'. My daughter loves when my husband or I read this. She smiles everytime we read the book and gets very excited. I also think it is a great book for counting, and will be great as she develops.
This is certainly one of my daughter's favourite bathtime toys since we got it, and she always reaches for it first, and goes back to it time and time again whilst in the bath. It is a great addition to any bath toy box, and I really think it is worth the £3 that since it keeps its suction, offers an interesting and educational story with the numerical element to it, and is bright and colourful for baby to look at, and chew on, like my daughter does!