Water play – Baby

water play babyWater play can be a great way to calm tense or unsettled babies. Bath time can also be an ideal play time.

Did you know?

Babies splashing and playing helps them develop confidence and enjoyment of water activities.

Add language

Watch your baby and say what he or she is doing e.g. ‘splashing’ or ‘tipping’.

Naming body parts as you wash increases baby’s awareness of their body and builds vocabulary.


Add bubbles for a new play experience.


Supervision is essential at all times. Remember to empty out water at the end of the activity.

Note: Some children find water challenging. For more information visit the Raising Children website.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. See how water play can be fun for toddlerschildren and playgroups.


Activities listed under “baby” are suitable for children under 12 months. This age is largely about babies exploring their own bodies and the world around them from the safety of a close relationship with their caregiver.

Play ideas

Aquarium bottle for web

Aquarium bottle