An Expert Guide to the Best Baby Bath Tubs
Looking for a baby bathtub that is functional but won't break the bank? Baby & Toddler Expert Ashley Spurlock gives her top picks of best baths.
Table of Contents
- Best Baths for All Stages
- Best Baths for Sinks
- Best Baths for Travel
- Best Inflatable Baths
- Best Baths for Toddlers
- Best Baths That Hang
- How to Pick the Perfect Bath
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 and aren’t always keen to embrace the experience of their first time in warm, soapy water. Although the first few washes may require a learning curve, you will soon find joy in bonding with your baby while in the tub. Getting a bathtub 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 baths 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 bath for your older toddler, we’ve found a solution for you. This article will review those solutions through a series of categories of “best baths”.
1. Best Baths for All Stages
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 in the early days of bathing. The mesh 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, Bath Mat, Bath Kneeler, Bathtub Elbow Pad, and a Waterfall Rinser. These items are sure to add fun, whimsy, and function to each experience in the 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 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 washcloth and consider the Fridababy Dermafrida Bath Mitt for safe, soft sudsing.
2. Best Baths for Sinks
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 closer to you. Consider pairing this with the Tomy Boon Star Drain Cover for use in the kitchen sink. The non-slip foam provides a slip-resistant surface to keep your baby from sliding during bath time bonding. The bathtub comes with a color-changing drain plug which helps you monitor water temperature and create the most comfortable 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.
This award-winning tub is designed to fit in most kitchen sinks. Its unique upright shape keeps water warmer 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 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.
3. Best Baths for Travel
This sink insert offers a modern twist on the common tradition of kitchen sink bath times. When you first bring your baby home, washing in a large bathtub 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.
Reviews rave about this soft foam, foldable bath that conforms to the shape of your pedestal or countertop bathroom sink. Magnets keep the 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.
4. Best Inflatable Baths
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 toddlers. 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.
When it comes to design, this inflatable rubber ducky 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.
5. Best Baths for Toddlers
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.
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.
6. Best Baths That Hang
This easy-to-store collapsible tub can be hung from your shower head or curtain rod post-use. One end of the tub is more narrow and features a built-in 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.
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. Angelcare’s tub is available in the three soothing color options of 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.
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.
- Talk with one of Curated’s Expert Team Members to help you choose your best option.
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