My two little ones love bath time. There is just something about water that draws children to it.
Over the years, we’ve collected quite a stash of bath tub toys. A few were actually purchased as bath tub toys but many were adopted into bath time play such as various kid’s meal toys, action figures, cars, etc.
When bath time is over, we’ve tried to manage the ever-growing collection of bath toys. We started with lining them up along the edge of the tub but that was time consuming and cluttered.
I eventually found what I thought was a pretty good solution. I used one of the Basic Stack Baskets from The Container Store (I love that place!). The basket is sturdy plastic and at 17 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ x 10″ it can hold quite a bit of bath toys.
We stored the basket in the tub and removed it during bath time after allowing the children to take out the toys they wanted. But inevitably, toys would spill out as it was being lifted out of the tub. And of course, during bath play, someone would have to retrieve ‘just one more toy’ from the basket and end up leaning way out of the wet and slippery tub trying to dig in the basket and reach for a certain something. This worried mama kept imagining someone slipping and getting hurt.
A new bath toy storage hunt was on!
I started with talking to the experts – other moms! But I was surprised and dismayed to see so many grimaces on otherwise beautiful faces when I asked various moms about their bath toy storage solutions. Apparently I’m not the only one facing this dilemma. Just what is a mom to do with all these toys?
I searched online and in stores just to see what was out there. There were lots of suction cups concepts but I’ve used suction cups for other things and they typically are weak. I couldn’t imagine them being strong enough to hold the kind of toy collection we have.
I like that it fits in the corner so it’s out of the way. The basket is large and can hold a lot of toys. I looked at various other mesh bags and hammock that all required the child to reach down into something and dig around. I knew this would increase the likelihood that the suction cups would get pulled off so I really like that this basket is open so the child can just pick something right out of it without have to reach far down into it. The mesh bottom and front allows for great drainage.
But my favorite part is the Push-Lock suction cups on this thing. They are truly amazing! Once they are stuck on you know they aren’t budging. There is one Push-Lock suction cup on each outer corner of the basket and two regular suction cups on each side towards the corner.
The plastic pieces that hold the outer Push-Lock suction cups rotate so I could be sure that the suction cup wasn’t falling across the grout lines and therefore holding a weak suction. The inner suction cups are not terribly impressive but they get the job done. What is neat about them is that they slide up and at an angle to again place them completely on a tile without crossing a grout line. This adjustable suction cup concept is truly life changing in the world of suction cups!
I picked up a second basket because our massive collection of
junk bath toys required an army of two. However, it is worth it. They are cute, easily accessible to my little ones, and get this – they have actually stayed up on the wall ever since I put them up 2 weeks ago!
I love the Brica Corner Bath Basket and my kids do too! They get to have ALL of their toys right there within reach. And the fact that it has stopped the need for them to lean out of the slippery tub to retrieve more toys puts my worries to rest.