But we think that’s a mistake: A good baby bath is one of the unsung heroes of early infancy, and while a standard plastic will technically do the job, you’d be missing out on all of the ergonomic support, soft padding, easy clean surfaces and travel-friendly options out there on today’s market.
Because a lot of baby bath tubs are designed to increase comfort, they’re also a great way to get your baby to actively enjoy bath time. Given that recent studies have found that time spent in the bath is crucial to your infant’s development, anything that allows your baby to relax and engage with the water can only be a good thing!
To help you find the perfect tub, we’ve put together an in-depth buying guide, and a full breakdown of our 5 favorite products, as follows:
Best Baby Bath Tubs Buying Guide
Before you dive in and start reading reviews, it’s important to ensure that you’re familiar with all of the most important features of a good baby bath. To help you out, we’ve highlighted all of the things that we’d look for here:
Comfort and support
First things first, bath time should be fun, which means that your chosen bath will need to keep your baby nice and comfortable throughout. At a very young age, this means supporting your baby in a reclining position and providing plenty of structure is key.
Once they’re older, they’ll need to be supported in a sitting position, with places to rest their legs and arms. This means looking for a bath with a nice, ergonomic design, or plenty of soft padding that will conform to the back of your baby’s shoulders or head.
Safety is one of the key reasons that pediatricians advise not bathing your baby in the kitchen sink. Babies are slippery when wet, and most water-holding structures are fairly hard which, as you can probably imagine, can be a recipe for disaster.
Whenever you’re shopping for a baby bath, it’s important to ensure that it offers more safety than a standard kitchen sink. As noted in the section above, this means looking for a bath with plenty of padding, but there are other important safety features to consider too.
The best baths feature non-slip, textured bottoms, or rigid supports to make sure your little one doesn’t slide around too much. They also boast high sides, and some method of regulating the water level so that your little one is kept safe at all times.
You’ll also want to stick to baby baths that are nice and easy to use. The very best options can simply be brought out at bath time, placed in your bath, sink or unit, and then wiped clean after use.
Some do also feature special ‘notches’ that let them lock into place on the sides of your sink, which is great, while others boast non-slip bases or handy drains that can be used to empty out the bath without all the splashing and fuss involved in tipping out the water manually.
It stands to reason that you’ll also want a convenient bath. By this, we mean a bath that suits your space, that you find easy to tidy away, and that fits in your storage cupboards.
If you’re blessed with a large bathroom, most baby baths will fit into this category. However, those of us with a smaller space would be well advised to look for space-saving alternatives; fabric inserts that can convert a kitchen sink, or inflatable baby baths that can be emptied of air when their not in use.
This is doubly-true if you plan to travel with your baby bath, and want something that you can stow in your luggage.
Finally, it’s worth noting that you’ll probably want to limit your search to baths that are made out of safe materials.
Some plastic baths aren’t made from BPA free plastics, and now that the dangers of BPA absorption are relatively well known, we think it’s probably more sensible to stick to products that advertise themselves as BPA-free.
Our Top 5 Picks of Baby Bath Tubs
|Click to Know More||Dimensions||Age Limit||Features||Price|
|Primo Eurobath||36"x 21"x 10"||0-24 months||❤ Rigid supports|
❤ Ergonomic molding
|First Year Sure Comfort Deluxe Bath||29” x 15.2” x 9”||0-12 months||❤ Ergonomic design|
❤ Special baby sling and padded
|Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub||9.2” x 3” x 7.5” (deflated)|
31" x 19" (inflated)
|6-24 months||❤ Textured, non-slip bottom|
|Blooming Bath||13.2” x 4.5” x 13.2”||0-6 months||❤ Unique ‘flower’ design |
❤ Textured bottom, padded petals
|Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub||24.8” x 14.5” x 8”||0-12 months||❤ High sides, textured bottom |
❤ Comfort and support
We absolutely adore Primo’s Eurobath.
As well as being one of the largest baby baths on the market, it also boasts some really unique internal molding that’s designed to hold your baby in two, specific positions: Either fully reclined, or, when their old enough, sitting fully upright. This means that your all but guaranteed to find a position that’s comfortable for your baby, making bath times that little bit less stressful for the pickier little ones out there.
Better still, the internal molding is designed to support both legs and forearms, which means that they’ll hold your baby up without compromising their safety, or forcing you to worry about them slipping down.
The EuroBath is also a nice solid bath, made of a single piece of rigid plastic. This makes it incredibly easy to wipe-clean, and even easier to store.
More importantly, it means that the bath will actually last long enough to grow with your baby, which is an important consideration given that the product’s large size and range of options makes it a strong contender for any parent that wants a product capable of accommodating their baby from the first few months, right through to years one or two.
The only downside of the Eurobath is it’s size – at 36″x21″x10″ it’s by far the biggest bath on this list and while that’s definitely a good thing for those of us with larger babies, it does make the whole thing quite cumbersome. As such, we probably wouldn’t recommend it if you want a travel-friendly bath, or something that you can stash in a bathroom cabinet.
- A big bath, capable of growing with your baby
- Super-supportive for older babies that want to sit up
- Very durable, hard wearing bath
- Slightly too big for travel, or small bathrooms!
- It is entirely plastic, and lacks some of the padding and comfort found in other baths
- Rigid seating position does restrict exploration opportunities
First Year Sure Comfort Deluxe Bath
First Year’s Sure Comfort Deluxe bath is another great option that’s designed to grow alongside your child.
It doesn’t have the super-supportive molding found in the Eurobath, but it makes up for it with a super-handy newborn sling that sits inside the bath, and holds tiny babies in place so that you can bathe them without worrying about them slipping down or hurting themselves.
It does also boast a padded, sloped side for smaller infants, and a straighter side that will provide more support for babies aged one (and up) who like to sit in the bath.
The interior is nice and ergonomic too, which makes it a great option for parents who are keen to make sure that their baby is nice and comfy at all times, and while it does lack the cushioning found in some of the other baby baths on this list, we’re confident that most babies will enjoy using the Sure Comfort Deluxe.
It’s a dream for parents to use as well – the handy notches on the side mean that it can be fitted to any single or double sink, and the whole thing is designed to sit inside the bath too. What’s More, the BPA-free plastic shell and the naturally mildew-resistant pads on the reclining side of the bath mean that it’s a really easy baby bath to maintain.
We found that it wipes down really quickly, and you can just throw the sling in the washing machine when it needs freshening up.
The only slight issue that we found was the lack of adjustment options for the sling, and the size of the tub, which can make storage a bit of an issue.
- Supports children from 0-12 months
- Comfortable and well designed
- Easy to use, maintain and clean
- Some people do complain that the sling doesn’t have enough adjustment options
- Another fairly bulky product, not well suited to parents who like to travel
- Not the easiest product to empty (no plug)
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
Munchkin’s White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub is a revolutionary take on the standard baby bath.
Designed to fit inside your normal tub, this product is actually fully-inflatable, and allows you to bathe your little one anywhere with a regular bath.
Aside from the ridiculously cute styling cues (it looks like a duck, and your little one will love that) it is also a really well-engineered product. The floor is non-slip, so you can be sure that your baby isn’t going to slide around too much, and there’s even a special, color changing ‘white hot’ indicator that’s designed to tell you if the water is too hot for your little one.
We absolutely love little extra touches like this. They make the bath a real joy to use, and we also love the fact that the tub is inflatable as it means that it’s really easy to pack down and stow in an overnight bag.
Unfortunately, the fact that it’s inflatable does mean that it’s less durable than the solid, plastic tubs, and it’s also important to point out that the inflatable duck tub doesn’t offer enough support for very young babies. In fact, the recommended starting age is 6 months so if you’re looking for a baby bath that will grow with your child, you might want to explore other options.
That said, if you’re looking for a comfortable, and safety-oriented way to liven up bath time, we think this adorable little tub is a great fit.
- Instantly transforms any bath into a bright and cheerful baby bath
- Easy to store, and transport
- Offers plenty of room for growing toddlers
- Not suitable for babies under 6 months of age
- Not the most hardwearing or durable bath
- Doesn’t offer the ergonomic support found in other tubs
The Blooming Bath is probably the most hassle- (and stress-) free bathing solution you’ll ever come across.
It’s essentially just four (or seven for some models), beautifully cushioned ‘flower’ petals and a textured base that’s designed to transform a regular kitchen sink into a comfortable baby bath in a matter of seconds.
It can be folded up into a tiny, compact little ball of fabric when it’s not in use, which is great for those of us with limited storage space, and it’s also a really fun way to brighten up bath time, particularly if you’re not a fan of the white plastic baby baths.
We were really surprised by the amount of comfort and support that it provides too; the individual petals are very soft and offer plenty of give which means that you can trust them to cushion your baby from sink edges, and we found that the textured bottom provides plenty of support too.
Of course, there are some disadvantages: This product will only work in a sink, so if you’re looking for a freestanding baby bath, you’ll definitely want to pick one of the other items on this list.
Cleaning the product can be a bit tiresome too. On the one hand, you can just chuck it in the washing machine, which is great. On the other hand, we did find that it acted a bit like a giant sponge, and always filled up with soapy water which means that you will probably have to wash it after every use.
That said, if you’re looking for a surprisingly elegant bath-time solution, and you have a kitchen sink, this simple little baby bath is a must-have, particularly in the first six or so months.
- Incredibly convenient, easy to store and easy to transport
- A fun alternative to rigid plastic baths
- Offers plenty of comfort and support
- Lacks the ergonomic structure of other baby baths
- Does have to be washed after every use
- Your baby may outgrow it quite quickly
Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub
Munchkin’s Clean Cradle Tub is definitely one of the safest baby baths that we’ve ever reviewed.
The entire tub is built around a reclined cradle that’s designed to keep your baby upright and comfy. This, coupled with the no-slip feet, the high sides and the textured bottom mean that it’s all but guaranteed to keep your baby safe and sound for the entirety of bath time.
We really like how flexible this product is too: A lot of baby baths are designed to be used in a pre-existing sink or bath, but the Clean Cradle Tub can be placed on kitchen counters as well, which means that it’s a great choice for those of us with a small sink.
Munchkin have packed the bath full of handy little extras too – there’s a drain at the bottom to make the tub nice and easy to empty at the end of bath time, and there are also a series of built-in overflows to make sure that the water level never gets too high.
If you’re looking for the kind of bathtub that you can pull out, and rely on to keep your little one safe, look no further!
The slight downside is that its sculpted design and high sides do mean that it’s only good for babies that fit within its’ prescribed age limits, and you may find that your little one grows out of it quite fast. It is longer than a regular kitchen sink, you’ll need to make sure that it’s big enough to accommodate the whole tub.
But aside from those (relatively small) downsides, this is a brilliant starter tub, and a must-buy for safety conscious parents.
- An incredibly safe bath
- Offers lots of ergonomic support
- Easy and convenient to use on a day-to-day basis
- This is one of the most expensive baby baths on our list
- It is quite long, and may not fit in some sinks
- Your baby might grow out of it quite fast
Whether you’ve got a sink, a bath or just some spare kitchen unit, one of the items on the list above is sure to fit in your space, and provide your baby with a safe haven from which to enjoy bath time. Better yet, the products on the list prioritizes a whole host of different aspects – from comfort and safety right through to ease-of-use and convenience, so there should be something to suit every parent!
If you’re still struggling to pick the perfect baby bath, remember that you should always choose products that appeal to your style of parenting, and that there really is no wrong answer – at the end of the day, all that matters is that your little one can splash about in the bath without too much hassle or worry on your part, and all of the baths featured here will facilitate that.