The 12 Best Baby Bath Tubs: Selecting the Right Bathtub for Your Newborn

Published on 05/31/2023 · 11 min readLooking for a baby bath tub that is functional but won't break the bank? Baby & Toddler Expert Ashley Spurlock gives her top picks of best baths.
Ashley S., Baby Expert
By Baby Expert Ashley S.

Bathing your new baby can feel a bit overwhelming at first, especially for first-time parents. They require a lot of head and neck support during the early days of their first year and aren’t always keen to embrace the experience of their first time in soapy, warm water. Although your baby's first sponge bath may require a learning curve, you will soon find joy in bonding with your baby while in their baby tub. Getting the best baby bath tub that meets your needs, and those of your baby, is the first step to finding that joy.

Buying a baby bath doesn’t have to break the bank, though. There are many types of baby bathtubs that are affordable, functional, and can be used long after those delicate newborn days are behind you. Whether you are looking for a functional bath that transitions through your baby’s developmental stages, something you can use in the sink, or a toddler tub, we’ve found a solution for you. This article will review those solutions through a series of categories of “best baby bath tubs."

1. Best Baths for All Stages

Skip Hop Moby 3-Stage Tub

Skip Hop’s versatile Moby 3-Stage Tub comes in a fun whale design. Available in two aquatic colors, gray and blue, this lightweight tub can transition with your baby through three stages of development—from newborn until the sitting stage, six months plus, and up to 25 lbs. The soft and breathable Mesh Smart Sling can easily hook to the sides of the tub and will cradle your baby's body in the early days of bathing. The mesh newborn sling can then be adjusted to the downward position as your baby grows. And, once your baby is sitting upright independently, it can be removed to create a bigger bath. The full Skip Hop Moby set includes a Spout Cover for your faucet, Bath Mat and Bath Kneeler for your floor, Bathtub Elbow Pad for the side of your tub, and a Waterfall Rinser to help rinse your baby's scalp. These items are sure to add fun, whimsy, and function to each experience in the tub.

  • Pros: Drain Plug, Hang Dry, Smart Sling, 3 Stages of Use
  • Cons: Weight limit is 25lbs and age limit is 6 months
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 6 months
  • Size: 27.5 x 19 x 11.5

Fridababy 4-in-1 Grow-with-Me Bath Tub

The Fridababy 4-in-1 Grow-with-Me Bath Tub is a single bathtub with four different positions. It allows you to use this tub from the newborn stage all the way up to two years old. Position One keeps your baby's head supported in the reclining position in the Adjustable Smart Sling, and is great for newborns up to three months of age. Position Two works until the six-month age, providing a little more room for your growing baby. The third position is ideal for older babies from six to nine months, as this is the age when your baby starts to sit. And finally, position four provides plenty of room for your growing toddler to splash and play in a safe tub environment. Ditch the wet washcloth and consider the Fridababy Dermafrida Bath Mitt for safe, soft sudsing.

  • Pros: Drain Plug, Hang Dry, Smart Sling, Non-Slip Texture, 4 Stages of Use
  • Cons: Larger size and doesn't fold for easy storage
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 24 months
  • Size: 28.25 x 9 x 18.5

2. Best Baths for Sinks

Boon Soak 3-Stage Bathtub

Designed to fit into most double sinks, this three-stage tub from Boon has an adjustable bump positioner and sloped back wall to bring your baby's face closer to you. Consider pairing this infant tub with the Tomy Boon Star Drain Cover for use in the kitchen sink. The non-slip foam provides a slip-resistant flat surface to keep your baby from sliding during bathtime bonding. The bathtub comes with a color-changing drain plug which helps you monitor water temperature and create the most comfortable spa-like environment for cleansing. A quick pull of the plug makes post-bath cleaning up easy. The three-stage Soak comes in a classic gray and white design and can grow with your baby from the early newborn days, through infancy, and on to the early toddler years.

  • Pros: Color Changing Drain Plug Detects Water Temperature, Adjustable Positioning Bump, Non-Slip Texture, 3 Stages of Use
  • Cons: Larger size and doesn't fold for easy storage; cannot hang dry
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 18 months
  • Size: 25.4 x 15.7 x 8.8

BEABA x Shnuggle Newborn Baby Bath Tub

This award-winning tub is designed to fit in most kitchen sinks. Its unique upright shape keeps the water warm for longer and works well for newborns and babies up to the age of twelve months. A non-slip foam backrest and bum bump adds a baby bath seat that provides comfort and security, while the handy drain plug makes for simple cleanup. There is a choice of four color options including aqua, rose, gray, and midnight.

  • Pros: Drain Plug, Foam Backrest, Can Use in Sink, Lightweight, Compact, More Upright
  • Cons: Cannot hang dry, cannot use for toddlers
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 12+ months
  • Size: Bottom - 13.25 x 10, Top - 24 x 15

3. Best Baths for Travel

Blooming Bath Lotus Baby Bath

Sink inserts offer a modern twist on the common tradition of kitchen counter sink baths. When you first bring your baby home, washing in a large regular tub might not be the best option, so why not use the mini version already available in multiple rooms in your home—the sink!

The Blooming Bath Lotus Baby Bath provides a soft, secure environment for bathing your baby. Simply, block the basin drain and the bath lotus can be inserted into your kitchen or bathroom sink. Its design features four, fun flower petals and comes in two fashionable colors, yellow and pink. Also, the Lotus Baby Bath can easily be thrown in the washer and dryer after use. The foldable plush shape and the ultra-lightweight design also make this an ideal choice to use on the go.

  • Pros: Washer and Dryer Safe, Can Use in Sink, Lightweight, Soft, No Chance for Mold or Mildew
  • Cons: Age Range is 6 months
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 6 months
  • Size: 13.25 x 4.25 x 13.25

The Puj Tub

Reviews rave about this soft foam, foldable bath that conforms to the shape of your pedestal or countertop bathroom sink. Magnets keep the Puj tub in place during use, and a collapsible design makes it suitable for use on the go, or easy storage in your home bathroom. This foldable bath is a mold and mildew-resistant option that can be hung up to dry. Puj’s tub comes in a selection of colors, giving you the choice of gray, white, or aqua color options.

  • Pros: Washable, Can Use in Sink, Hangs Flat to Dry, Lightweight, Soft, Mold and Mildew Resistant
  • Cons: Age Range is 6 months
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 6 months
  • Size: 25.4 x 15.7 x 8.8

4. Best Inflatable Baths

Babymoov Inflatable Bath Tub

This lightweight multi-use inflatable tub includes seat support for use as a tub during your child’s early days and can later be repurposed as an outdoor paddling pool for summertime fun for kids. An air check valve ensures the tub stays inflated during use, and a bottom drain plug makes for carefree cleanup. At just under three pounds, this tub is easy to deflate for packing, use on the go, and storage.

  • Pros: Drain Plug, Lightweight, Compact, Inner Removable Seat Support, Air Check Valve so it Won't Deflate, Can Be Used as a Toddler Pool
  • Cons: Age Range is 6 months as a bath
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 6 months as bath remove insert to use as pool for toddler
  • Size: 31 x 20 x 8

Munchkin White Hot Duck Tub

When it comes to design, this inflatable "rubber" duck bath might just be “the one”. Made for ages six to twenty-four months, this tub isn’t designed with just fun in mind. Munchkin included their White Hot technology safety disk to alert when temperatures get too hot and made the tub’s surface textured to reduce slipping. When finished with bath time, hang dry with the provided suction cup, then deflate and fold to store until next use.

  • Pros: Drain Plug, Lightweight, Safety Disc Reads Temperature, Hang Dry, Non-Slip, Deflates, and Folds
  • Cons: Cannot be used for newborns
  • Specifications: Age Range - 6- 24 months
  • Size: 2.75 x 9.5 x 9.25

5. Best Baths for Toddlers

Stokke Flexi Bath Tub

Stokke is synonymous with sleek design and attention to detail. This tub is an ideal choice for anyone with a deep bathtub, as it’s a little larger than some other options on the market. Also if you only have access to a shower without a tub, this is an excellent choice as it easily folds, stores, and can be used for travel. It comes in two sizes—tub size or extra large—which can be used all the way to four years of age. Among other key features is a color-changing plug that changes color based on water temperature and makes draining easy and hassle-free. For usage during the newborn stage, attach the Stokke Flexibath Bathtub Newborn Support or purchase the tub size and newborn support as a bundle. No need to bend down to wash your baby when you add the Stokke Flexibath Stand which folds flat for storage and includes a towel rail and draining hose, only compatible with tub size.

  • Pros: Can Be Used for Children Up to 4 years old (tub size) or 6 Years old (XL size), XL size can be used for multiple children, Color Changing Drain Plug Detects Water Temperature, Don't Need a Bathtub or Sink to Use, Fold Flat to Store or Travel, Non-Slip
  • Cons: Must buy a separate insert to use with newborns
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 (with purchase of additional insert) to 4 years old (tub size) 6 years old (XL size)
  • Size: 25.2 x 9 x 13.4 (tub size) 31.5 x 9.4 x 15.7 (XL size)

PRIMO EuroBath

At 36” long, 21” wide, and 9” deep, the PRIMO EuroBath is the largest bath option on the market. It features two storage areas for shampoo, soap, sponges, and toys. Its unique shape can be used for infants, and it prevents slipping. Once your baby is sitting while using it, this large tub can be used for those older than two years. Pair the EuroBath with an optional folding bath stand, or use it inside a standard-size bathtub.

  • Pros: Hang Dry, 2 Areas for Soap, Sponge, and Shampoo Storage, Built-In Drain, Larger Size
  • Cons: Cannot Fold for easy storage
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 24 months
  • Size: 36 x 21 x 9

6. Best Baths That Hang

Oxo Splash and Store Bath Tub

This easy-to-store collapsible baby bath tub can be hung from your shower head or curtain rod post-use. One end of the tub is more narrow and features built-in bath support which eliminates the need to purchase a separate infant insert. A quick-release, dual-side drain makes for swift and easy cleanup. It can be used from birth to 18 months. Check out the full line of OXO bath products including the Tot Shampoo Rinser, the Tub Stopper, and the Stand-Up Bath Toy Bin, for all your baby bathing needs.

  • Pros: Hang Dry, No Need for Separate Infant Insert, Dual-Sided Drain, Collapsible
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 18 months
  • Size: 30.5 x 18 x 4.8

Angelcare Baby Bath Support

Made from mildew-resistant material, this tub easily hangs from its built-in hook, making it great to store and quick to dry. The lightweight, simple design is ideal for use up to six months of age. The Angelcare Baby Bath Support is available in three soothing color options: aqua, pink, and gray. You and your baby will appreciate the soft yet sturdy sides which provide a safe and cozy environment for day or nighttime baths.

  • Pros: Hang Dry, Lightweight, Angled, Soft
  • Cons: Cannot be used past 6 months
  • Specifications: Age Range - 0 to 6 months
  • Size: 22 x 13.5 x 8.75

How to Pick the Perfect Bath

Once your little one adapts to water, baths can be a time for play, laughter, and clean fun. My final suggestions to maximize enjoyment for you both are:

  • Select a tub that fits the needs of you, your child, and your home environment.
  • Consider the Bathtub Accessory Bundle which allows you to choose a tub, mat, kneeler, rinser and spout cover—with this, you’ll have all your bathing needs covered.
  • Chat with me or one of my fellow Curated Baby & Toddler Experts to help you choose your best option.

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