Toys of the Eighties, Busy Bath
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Several different companies turned out different versions of this toy in the early- to mid-eighties, but the basic concept was the same. It was like a busy box for the tub instead of the crib. You stuck it on with suction cups. Usually came with a removable plastic scoop or cup. Pouring water into chambers at the top would activate different movements, like a rocking sailboat, peek-a-boo octopus, spitting whale or spinning water wheel. One version of this toy worked by yanking down on a large yellow handle, which was connected to a tube at the bottom and would suck bathwater up and through the toy to operate it. I think the Fisher Price version just had a big orange button that you would push to get the activities going. Yet another version had a "fish tank" in the middle that you could add water to and make the fish dance and swim. So cool. They don't make anything like this anymore. These things were kind of like the popular 'Tub Town' toys, but with very simple activities just for babies.
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SZA - October 17, 2008 - Report this comment
A version of this toy can be spotted in the movie, "Mr. Mom" - the bathtub scene, where the mom (Teri Garr) comes home from work to find that her husband, (Michael Keaton) has put the kids in the bath with their slippers on! Ah, Mr. Mom - another great product of the 1980s!
Pammy - December 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I had that! Oh the memories!!!
jadedoz - February 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the one pictured, I used to love it. I remember it at my grandmas house.
Lauren - April 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking for one of these. If you have one please email me at
Sheena - June 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Me and my sister LOVED this toy. Our mom didnt want us getting our hair wet in the tub, she would wash it by hand, doesn't make sense I know. Anyway, she would get so mad because my sister would always dunk her head under the green part where the water gushed out and we thought it was so funny. Ah good times! - September 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking for the original tub town ,busy bath or something very similar for my grandaughter. My kids had tub town and still tlak about it today!My daughter wants one for her daughter.any help greatly appreciated.
Shelley - November 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking to purchase a fisher price busy bath center for my baby. Can anyone help me?
Rick - December 11, 2009 - Report this comment
We have a Gabriel-Busy Bath but the pump doesn't work. Too bad it is all plastic sealed. I'm pretty handy fixing things but it appears that the pump seals are all dried out and defunct. Our two girls ages 34 and 36 loved it and we'd like to have our grandchildren use it. Can't find anything like it.
Small World - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Busy Bath commercial from 1983:
shownmichle - June 01, 2010 - Report this comment
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Trinadawn75 - August 02, 2012 - Report this comment
My son is 1 1/2 and LOVES his Gabriel Busy Bath. It was his Daddy's and was given to us by my Mother-in-Law who saves EVERYTHING. I am so thankful and can't wait to see the nastolgic smile on my husbands face when he returns from Afghanistan an gives his baby boy a bath.
Macon RN - September 21, 2012 - Report this comment
My children had this and I have been searching for one. I cannot believe that no one has seen fit to reproduce this for the baby boomer grandparents! We had the one with the tube and pump handle.Many days sitting on the bathroom floor with kids in the tub. Sigh.
Lori - April 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Also the Busy Baths were in the 70s...Winnie the Pooh and such. On Ebay you can find some of them sometimes. Busy Koo Koo, Busy Bath, etc.

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