Some people might wonder, “Why bother with a baby bath tub at all? Can’t you just bathe your baby in the bathtub you already have?”
While it might be possible to bath toddlers in the bathtub, at really is far easier and safer to bathe a baby in a contained, slip-free, and shallow bathing tub. After all, your baby’s safety must come first, and an investment in a baby bath tub really isn’t all that much, especially not for the convenience and safety it can provide.
How to buy a Bath Tub
A baby bathtub is one of the things that help to really make bathing your baby so much easier – on both you and your child.
For this reason, it really pays to take the time to select the right tub to make your baby happy and make the bathing process much easier and less stressful for you.
Here are a few of the things you really need to consider when you are comparing various tubs to one another:
1. Is the tub slip resistant?
You really should find a tub that has been made slip resistant, especially the part of the tub where the baby will be laying back and where they will be sitting. The last thing you want is your baby constantly slipping down into the water.
This can be accomplished in a number of ways, from bath mats to textured surfaces and even with hammock-like slings for the baby to lie in.
You also want to make sure the underside of the tub won’t be slipping on the bathroom floor, so look for any kind of rubber or plastic slip guards on the bottom of a tub.
2. Does the baby bathtub come with good features?
Some tubs come with head rests for the bay’s safety and comfort. Others feature soap and shampoo holders that can make the bathing process quite a bit easier.
Be sure to compare features in a number of different tubs, since they do vary quite a bit from one model to the next, and the right features can make the bathing process so much easier.
3. What material is it made out of?
You are probably going to want to select a tub that is made from a high grade of plastic, one that is both durable and easy on the baby’s soft and sensitive skin.
I tend not to prefer soft or cushioned tubs, as they can be a bit clumsier and make the bathing process a bit more difficult.
4. Will the baby bathtub adjust with your baby’s growth?
Make sure you get a tub that will “grow” along with your baby. One thing that can really drive up the cost of parenting a young child is the incessant need to buy bigger clothes and ether items as your baby grows.
Buying an adjustable tube may coast a little more in the short term, but it can really save you some money over the longer term. So be sure to find a tub that is made of quality materials and has the safety features you need to avoid accidents in the bathroom.
Check out the 11 Best Baby Bath Tubs on the market right now:
1. 4moms, Baby Bath Tub
Keep your baby squeaky clean with the 4moms infant tub, which is designed to allow clean water to flow in while dirty water flows out. A built-in, color-coded thermometer helps make it easy to find a safe and comfortable water temperature. Fits most single and double sinks. Includes a rinse cup and an integrated rinse cup holder.
2. Primo EuroBath Blue
Safety, style and function merge in PRIMO’s EuroBath. PRIMO has created the ultimate smart solution for bathing your baby. PRIMO’s EuroBath makes bath time safe, fun and convenient for both baby and mom, without the need for an extra pair of hands! It’s the first smart bath because its unique anatomical shape keeps baby in the ideal bathing position and prevents baby from slipping under the water. The extra large 38 quart capacity and double position make PRIMO’s EuroBath perfect from the very first day up to baby’s second birthday. The patented European design is stylish, reliable and safe. The infant or baby newborn to six months old is safely cuddled under baby’s arms and between the legs to help prevent the infant from slipping under the water. It’s like gaining an extra pair of hands for mom. As the baby becomes a toddler, the baby can change positions. The toddler can sit in the bath with a safety support between baby’s legs to hold on to for fun and security. It also prevents the toddler from slipping under the water. The EuroBath is the largest baby bath available. It measures 36 long by 21 wide by 10 deep and could hold up to 38 quarts of water. It has a built-in drain and two areas for soap, shampoo, sponge, etc. The EuroBath can be hung on a wall hook when not in use to save on storage space. It is made of durable polypropylene plastic.
3. Karibu Luxx Baby BF1 Folding Bath Tub w/Non-Slip Mat
Foldable Bath Tub w/Temp Sensor. LuxxBaby Folding Bath is designed to store away easily to save space at home. The fold away design makes storage easy without compromising a full size tub for your child. The extra leg support with non slip material makes this bath usable on any flat surface. The built in hook allows the bath to be hung for storage or on the shower head for drying. Karibu’s Folding Bath features a heat sensitive bath plug that indicates the water’s temperature for your baby’s safety.
4. Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub
Sometimes it’s tough to keep everything squeaky clean, and contained, during baby’s bath time. That’s why Munchkin created the Clean Cradle Tub. Designed to work directly on the counter or in the bathtub, this portable infant bather features high side walls and non-slip feet to help keep wiggly babies in place. An ultra-soft inclined basin provides full head and body support, keeping water out of baby’s ears. The stable, non-slip design keeps your precious bather cradled in comfort while giving you complete peace of mind. And a removable front drain plug allows dirty water to flow out as fresh water pours in. This baby bathtub even separates into two parts to make cleaning both quick and relatively painless. Finally, bath time equals comfy time for baby, and you! Recommended for use with babies 0-6 months old.
5. Fisher-Price Calming Waters Vibration Bathing Tub
Baby can relax in a soothing, spa-like setting! Three “grow-with-me” stages, each with optional calming vibrations, help soothe baby. Secure fabric sling with padded headrest comforts and supports infants in just the right amount of water, giving little ones a sense of security. As baby grows, the tub “grows,” too! Just remove the newborn sling and add the “baby stopper” insert. It puts baby at a gentle recline, preventing slipping and sliding, and making bath time less stressful. When baby is ready to sit up & play, the baby stopper insert removes to reveal a tub that’s just the right size. Plug makes it easy to drain & dry; hook makes it easy to hang on a shower rod or door for easy, space-saving storage.
6. SHNUGGLE Bath, White with Grey Backrest
The SHNUGGLE bath makes baby bath times easier and safer. The beautiful design with smooth curves and flowing roll top is perfectly shaped for your baby from birth (stage 1) right up to 12 months (stage 2) the bathtub features an integrated bum bump which helps to support your baby while they recline in the early months, giving you both hands free to wash and play with baby. When baby starts to sit forward (stage 2), the bum bump gives support and confidence making bath time more the large foam backrest is soft and warm to touch, making bath time more comfortable and when used with bath water at the ideal temperature of 100°f, your baby can enjoy a longer bath without getting cold. The small size makes it ideal to use in the bath, shower, kitchen sink or on the floor and as it is lightweight to easily carry when filled with water. There are rubber feet on the base for safety and the bath is fully compliant with all applicable safety regulations. Designed in the UK and winner of the international red dot design award.
7. Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Bath Center
Designed for use from birth on up, the Fisher-Price Aquarium Bath Center turns bath-time into a fun bonding experience for you and your baby. This tub provides three different stages to meet the growing and changing needs of your child. Its safe, sturdy, non-slip design gives you peace of mind, while accessories delight baby and ensure that the water is the right temperature for a comforting, gentle experience.
8. Skip Hop Adjustable Seat Support Bath Tub with Non-Slip Interior & Drain Plug
The versatile tub grows with baby through three stages and is the only baby bath tub you’ll ever need. The sling locks into two ergonomic positions: higher for full-body support and lower for seated support. Dual layered mesh and comfort-edge construction securely cradles baby from head-to-toe. The slings adjusts to a cushioned seat that comfortably supports babies learning to sit. Remove the sling when baby has mastered sitting and easily bathe baby in the spacious tub-no uncomfortable plastic bumps. Features: Ages 0m+; Tub grows with baby through three stages: Stage 1: Newborn (0-3 months; up to 15 lbs); Stage 2: Infant (3-6 months; up to 20 lbs); Stage 3: Sitters (6+ months; up to 25 lbs); Mesh Smart Sling provides Comfort-Edge support and locks into two ergonomic positions: Upper position: Offers head-to-toe newborn cradling; Lower position: Supports infants learning to sit; Remove sling completely when baby sits upright; Swivel hook for hanging on showerhead, shower bar or towel bar; Non-slip interior texture; Drain plug; PVC-free, Phthalate-free.
9. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub: Four-stage bath center now features “Sit-Me-Up Support” to aid unsteady sitters in the tub. From newborn to infant to toddler, this tub adapts to Mom’s and baby’s changing needs at every stage! Stage 1 soft mesh sling gently cradles newborns in just the right amount of water, giving little ones a sense of security. As baby grows, the tub “grows,” too! Just remove the newborn sling and add the Stage 2 “baby stopper” insert. It puts infants at a gentle recline on a soft-foam surface, preventing slipping and sliding, and making bath time less stressful. When baby is ready to sit up & play, the baby stopper insert converts to a unique Stage 3 Sit-Me-Up Support that helps unsteady sitters to sit comfortably and allows parents full access for washing. And when baby grows to Stage 4 Toddler, the Sit-Me-Up Support easily removes to reveal a roomy tub that’s just the right size.
10. Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
Baby will have a whale of a good time in this adorable bath center that grows from infant to toddler. A contoured “baby stopper” insert keeps your infant from sliding into the water. When your little one becomes a toddler, remove the “baby stopper” to reveal a deep basin with non-slip surface. Use the adorable baby whale toy for washing or play, and bath time will be a splish-splashin’ blast!
11. The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub
The Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub with Sling is a mommy favorite! In fact, it was voted BEST bathtub in BabyCenter’s Moms’ Picks 2014 awards. The tub’s deep ergonomic design holds baby better for bathing, with a mesh sling and padded headrest to provide extra comfort and support to cradle newborns. The form-fitting netting provides security, making bath time less stressful for both parents and baby. Once baby grows, they can sit up comfortably and have room to play on the toddler side. No wonder moms love it so much!