Where's the Rubber Duckie? Preparing for Bathtime

January 15, 2018 | RayL

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Photo Courtesy of Toronto Star Archives 


Preparing for Bathtime.

Bathtime can be a struggle for both parents and children. It doesn't matter if your child is 3 months old or 3 years old, some children simply do not like taking a bath. For many parents, a bathtime toy can mean the difference between a toddler tantrum and one who is at ease in the water.

One of the most iconic and loved bathtime toys is the Rubber Duckie. These small floatable ducks bounce in the water without a care. Its comforting presence has made bathtime and by extension parent-child time, an enjoyable experience. 


About that Rubber Duckie.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Rubber Duckie was first introduced as a chew toy in the 19th century. It wasn't until the late 1940's that the Rubber Duckie was made into a floatable toy becoming synonymous with bathtime. These beloved ducks have also taken on a prominent role in charity events. Here are some interesting facts about that little smiling duck. 

  • In 1969, Ernie (Sesame Street) famously sang about his Rubber Duckie
  • In 1992, a shipping container filled with bathtub toys fells into the Pacific Ocean. Some of these toys have been recovered in Europe.
  • In 2007, Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman designed a huge Rubber Duck that have floated in harbours around the world. 


Early Literacy and Bathtime

Did you know that bathtime can be a great opportunity to help your child develop early literacy skills. Use this valuable parent-child time to talk with your child about things in the bathroom. You could ask him to guess what happens when he tries to submerge the duck under water. PBS offers some great examples of bathtime activities for every stage of a child's development. 

Parent and Child Reading

Bathtime Books

Minimize your child's bathtime fears by reading stories that have characters overcoming their fear of bathtime. Read these books to your child before or after bathtime (but not during, our books aren't waterproof!)

Bathtime for Biscuit 

Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Ages: 3-5)


10 Little Rubber Ducks

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle (Ages: 3-5)


 Otter Oh No Bathtime

Otter: Oh No, Bath Time! by Sam Garton (Ages: 3-5)


Time for a Bath

Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator (Ages: 3-5)


What bathtime routines do you have with your child? How did you child overcome their fear of taking a bath?