Bath Toys: Tea Set

January 6, 2012

Awesome bath toys have been hard to find, but I totally killed it the other day by grabbing a floating tea set as I zoomed through the bath aisle at Babies R Us. I had no idea how popular it would be: I was just trying to find something to calm Astrid’s passing desire not to get anywhere near the bathtub.

She loves it. I would have said this was because it was her first tea set too, but that’s not it: she has another set now (the Green Toys one) and has no interest in it, so there’s something about this one that is like catnip. There are cute bugs on the sides of all the pieces + there are lids + there’s pouring involved + even though I’m a Splenda girl, I get that the hollow plastic sugarcubes in the sugar bowl are brilliant.

She plays with it outside the bath and in the tub and makes us all have tea all the time. I haven’t seen her this excited for a toy in the bath…well, ever.

Summer Infant Tub Time Floating Tea Set, $10 at Babies R Us or Amazon


When Astrid’s toddler curls came in, we were up against detangling her super fine, perfect but, let’s face it, slightly matted post-bath hair. The shampoo/body wash combo from Burt’s Bees that we’d been using up until then wasn’t doing the job. I didn’t want her to get discouraged by hair maintenance ┬ájust after she got her hair, so I went looking for a better option, preferably one without a lot of chemicals and that didn’t cost as much as Mustela.

Well, I scored on the first count at least when I found Babo Botanicals Berry Primrose at Giggle. No, it’s not the cheapest, but not only does it keep curls curly and untangled, it smells unholy good. Un. Holy.

Now I’m stuck. I just love it so much. And it has a bunny on it. Come on: I’m not made of stone.

Babo Botanicals Berry Primrose Smooth Detangling Shampoo, $16 at, $12 at

(Their detangling spray helps too on especially bad hair days.)

Baby Bath Decor

October 26, 2010

To brighten things up for Astrid, I got her a set of these bright Tub Tattoos which you can affix to the near side of the tub so all your guests won’t see them (unless they opt for a quick bath between dinner and dessert!) A. loves the bright colors and I like to think the fishes keep her company down at her level. They come in all kinds of patterns. Oh – and I only put up two, so her school can grow over time. Might help explain the birds and the bees if you decide to have another baby!