A clean baby is a happy baby. Here are the best tubs to get it done.
Let me say upfront that the PRIMO EuroBath is my top choice for a baby tub because you can use it for a long time and it has features that many don’t have.
I’ve yet to meet a baby who doesn’t love bath time. The warm water, the bubbles, the silly songs about rubber duckies- it’s bound to be a good time! But bathing a squirming baby in a regular tub can be tricky for us parents. You should opt instead for an awesome baby bathtub. No matter your style or needs, here are some baby bathtub picks to help you in your quest for a clean baby!
Best Baby Bathtubs
Best Baby Bathtub Overall
When I say basic baby bathtub, you probably picture just a big, empty container to stick your baby in. This is not quite that. And while the plastic, molded PRIMO EuroBath tub might not have all the bells and whistles that other bathtubs have, it’s got all that you could ever need.
What It’s Got
Let’s start with my favorite feature of this tub- the size. This thing is huge. It’s designed for babies from newborn to 2 years (or even older). It measures 36 in by 21 in and is nearly 10 inches deep, which is huge compared to most other baby bathtubs. Within the design of the tub are features for two main stages:
- Newborn Stage: Baby lays down in the tub on one side. It’s got a built-in seat that supports baby in a reclined position. Their head is out of the water and they still have plenty of room to splash. It has two little spots for soap, sponge, etc. on this side too.
- Toddler Stage: Baby can use this side as soon as they can sit up without help. It has a molded safety seat that supports baby’s back and keeps their legs from slipping out and away.
Why You’ll Love It
I like this tub because I have big babies that grow quickly. So many products are outgrown before they should be in my house. But not this PRIMO tub. It might be a bit big for the newborn stage, but you can simply support baby with some extra washcloths under them until they grow into it. It’s size means that you really can buy only one baby tub and use it for all ages!
The tub itself is well made. The plastic is first and foremost easy to clean, albeit a little slippery. There’s no material for mold to grow on. The plastic is free from BPA, PVC, phthalates, and lead. It’s a recyclable propylene that’s entirely non-toxic. On top of that, it drains easy and is lightweight. The size makes it a challenge to store, especially if you have a small bathroom, so do be aware of that. As long as you can fit it in your tub, it’s easy to drain, too. Just pull the plug!
In both positions, baby is kept at an ideal angle for bathing. The built-in molding means that there’s no extra parts or inserts to keep track of. It also means that baby’s face and head are safely out of the water. Don’t worry though, there’s still enough water to cover them and keep them warm. And there’s plenty of room for bubbles!
The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub
Best Baby Tub with Sling Insert
If you don’t like or don’t want a tub that has molded shapes in it, then you’ll need a sling. This supports smaller babies and keeps them safe in the tub. The inexpensive The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub has a soft, adjustable mesh sling inside a large tub for use into the toddler years or up to 25 pounds.
What It’s Got
Let’s start with the tub itself. This tub can be used over a sink or in an adult tub. It’s a fairly large size, measuring in at 29 inches by 15.5 inches, and about 9 inches deep. The dimensions of the bottom part that will fit in the sink are about 17 inches by 11 inches. It has two sides that are each a different shape. One side is padded and angled for newborns, while the other side is deeper and has a straight back for older babies and newborns. Behind this straight back is a built-in storage compartment. The mesh insert attaches on both sides. Here’s how to use the tub for all 3 stages:
Newborn stage: Use the secure, adjustable mesh sling to suspend the baby out of the water.
Infant stage: You can loosen the infant sling to lay lower in the tub for smaller infants. For older infants, you can remove the sling and let them lay on the newborn side of the tub. The padded headrest and bump near the bottom help keep them from sliding down.
Toddler stage: Flip the tub around and let the baby sit up against the deep, straight back and splash.
Why You’ll Love It
Way back in 2014 and 2015, this tub by The First Years was voted as the “best bathtub” in BabyCenter’s Moms’ Picks. And it’s easy to see why. The design of this tub really works for all ages. The size is considerable, but I know my kids would easily outgrow it by age 2. The size does make it a challenge to store like other large tubs, since it’s not collapsible or anything.
The plastic is sturdy and cleans up nicely. I was concerned about mold growing on the padding, but it hasn’t been an issue since the padding is mold and mildew resistant. Plus, it’s BPA free, which is a must. The sling is made from a comfy nylon mesh that’s easy to clean, too. I just wring it out and let it dry. Every few baths I throw it in the washer and let it drip dry.
This tub lets me bathe my baby without kneeling down. It fits nicely in my double kitchen sink because of the way the bottom is configured. While I’ve only used it outside of the actual tub a few times during the newborn stage, it’s nice to be able to have that option. I find it much easier to drain and clean when I use it in the tub. It makes less of a mess, although you will have to tip it over to get all of the water out since it’s not on an elevated surface. And I would definitely use this tub in either a sink or adult tub since the plug on the drain tends to leak a little bit.
Summer Infant Newborn to Toddler Bath Center and Shower
Best Luxury Baby Bathtub
I didn’t even think about showering my baby, until I saw this awesome Summer Infant Newborn to Toddler Bath Center and Shower! It’s got the best of both worlds- the size and shape of a tub with the added convenience of a baby-sized shower. You can use them together or apart, so you are getting a tub and a shower for one price.
What It’s Got
This bathtub/shower combo truly is a bathing center for your baby. The base is a large, sturdy plastic bathtub. It comes with a detachable, motorized baby shower with an ergonomic handle. It also comes with a soft, stand-alone baby sling. Here’s the 4 stages/ways that you can use these baby bath staples together:
Stage 1: Newborn. You can use the newborn sling in the sink or tub when baby is small. The shower unit can be used, too.
Stage 2: Infant. The soft sling can be placed in the included tub for a safe and fun bath time. The shower sits on the outside for more room or can be attached on the side of the tub.
Stage 3: Older baby/Toddler. The sling goes away once baby can sit on their own. Attach the shower to the side of the toddler bathtub for a fun bath/shower or move it out for more space.
Stage 4: Toddler. The shower unit can be used on it’s own in the adult bath tub.
Why You’ll Love It
It’s easy to love such a versatile product. The bathtub itself is wonderful. The plastic is textured on the bottom of the tub so that baby doesn’t slip around as much. It’s got a lovely shape that reminds me of the old claw-foot tubs. It’s big and deep enough for babies to have fun- it measures roughly 30 inches by just over 17 inches, and about 10 inches deep. The sling is about 10 inches by 26 inches, so it works for the younger babies. The size of the sling does make it hard to fit into a sink, but it is still possible since baby won’t be moving around much. It fits inside this tub or an adult tub with no problems. Cleaning and draining are no big deal, either.
The shower unit is a lot of fun. I really liked it for the newborn stage because I didn’t have to just dump water on my baby. I could gently rinse her. It made her slightly less cold and miserable for those first few baths. And it made a good toy for my older son. There’ are two things I don’t like about this shower. First, it needs a lot of batteries to run the pump. 6 “AA” batteries, to be exact. That gets expensive. Second, it only holds 8 cups of water, which isn’t a lot when you are bathing a bigger kid. And while we’re talking about the shower, it’s not a good idea to submerge it in the tub, even though Summer Infant says that it’s okay. You just don’t want to risk any battery leakage into the bath water.
Best Newborn Baby Bath
All parents are tempted to bathe their kids in the sink, and some of us actually do! But there is an easier and more comfortable way to do that. Enter the Puj Tub. It’s a soft, foldable baby bathtub sink insert. It creates baby’s own little tub in the sink. It’s so soft and small, which is why it’s perfect for bathing newborns.
What It’s Got
The Puj tub is made of a soft and sturdy foam that is thick enough to hold its own shape, while being soft enough to be comfortable. It stays folded into the bathtub shape by using strong magnets that keep it in place. Once it’s in the bathtub shape, it creates a soft lounging shape that works well for small babies. They just lay back and you can wash around them.
To store the bath, just unfold it and let it drip dry. You can then store it in it’s flattened state to make things easy. Unfolded, it’s about 25 in by 26 in. It’s super lightweight, too. Storage couldn’t be easier.
The foam is durable and safe for sensitive babies. It’s non-slip so that baby won’t be sliding to the bottom with every bath. It is mold and mildew resistant and quick drying. It doesn’t have any BPA, latex, or PVC. Best of all, it’s a closed-cell foam, so it won’t absorb anything like dirty water or cleaning agents. You can wipe it clean with a gentle disinfectant with no worries.
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Why You’ll Love It
The size and shape of this bathtub make it perfect for newborns. It’s soft and keeps baby gently reclined back. It lets the water glide off of them so that they aren’t completely submerged, which is perfect for newborns who haven’t had their umbilical cord fall off yet.
I love that this tub can travel. If you are going on a trip with a baby less than 6 months old, then you could pack this in your suitcase and have the best baby travel bathtub! It would fit in most sinks that you would find in houses and hotels on your travels. However, do be aware that this Puj tub won’t fit in every single sink. The ideal sink size is roughly 15 in by 12 in and at least 6.5 in deep. Anything smaller than that and the tub won’t be able to properly keep its shape.
Probably the best thing about this tub is the fact that you don’t have to bend down to give baby a bath. As a C-section mom, I had to give up baby baths for the first couple of weeks because I just couldn’t get down on the ground and lean over the tub. This would have been a lifesaver for me! Yes, it is on the pricey side, but it’s totally worth it.
Boon Naked Baby Collapsible Bathtub
Best Collapsible Baby Bathtub
Baby bathtubs are a great idea, but they aren’t exactly tiny. They require a lot of space to use and store. A collapsible tub is a great way to capitalize on all the baby tub benefits without sacrificing space. It’s secure and safe for newborns and toddlers alike.
What It’s Got
The Boon Naked Baby Collapsible Bathtub tub doesn’t look like much at first glance, but it actually has a lot of really handy features. It is made from one piece for easy cleaning and using. The base is really stable and fully supports the tub, so you can set it on nearly any surface. The plastic support brace rotates easily and secures to put the tub into one of 2 positions:
Position 1: Newborn. One part of the tub gets extended down, while the top part stays up. This creates a reclined surface for small babies to lay on during the bath.
Position 2: infant and Toddler. Both ends of the tub are collapsed down to create a baby bathtub that’s about 6.5 inches deep.
There’s a drain plug in the bottom of the tub for quick draining. Then, you can collapse the tub, hang it to drip dry, and go on with your day. The hanging hook is even built into the tub! It’s not too big, measuring at about 18 in by 33 in, with a tub depth of 6.5 inches. It does weigh about 6 pounds, so it’s not as light as some other options.
Why You’ll Love It
The tub is BPA free, phthalate free, latex free, and non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about baby being exposed to it on the daily. You will have to worry about baby slipping, so you may want to invest in some bathtub grip stickers to keep baby’s bum in place.
The age range with this tub is great. In the newborn stage, it keeps baby’s head above water. It doesn’t support baby very well, so it’s not ideal for actual newborns. I’d say that it’s better suited to babies who are a couple of months old. When fully extended in the toddler mode, the bottom of the tub touches the ground, so there isn’t a weight limit for the full tub. Many parents use this well into the second and third year to save water and minimize bathtime messes.
One final thing to consider is that this tub isn’t the highest quality. With careful use, you probably won’t have any problems. But the plastic is prone to breaking. The storage hook especially seems really weak and will break after some time. That’s as far as most of the breakage goes for most users.
Summer Infant Comfort Height Bathtub
Best Multi-Use Baby Bathtub
The list of bathroom accessories is a mile long. There are so many things that you’ll want and need to help bathe your kiddo. So what if I told you that you could buy one piece of equipment that does many bathroom jobs? The Summer Infant Comfort Height bathtub has a newborn bath support chair, a full sized baby bathtub, and a step stool. Use them separately or together!
What It’s Got
There are 3 separate parts to this tub masterpiece, so let’s look at them separately.
Removable infant insert: This first piece consists of a reclined seat for baby. It is made from non-toxic plastic that cleans easy. It has a foam piece on the back to keep baby safe and comfortable. There’s another foam sticker where the bum goes, as well as a contoured shape and leg rest that keeps baby in place.
Bath tub: This is the most important part of the whole set-up. It’s a large plastic bathtub that measures in at 13in by 24 in by 6 in. There is a drain plug for easy cleanup. It works for toddlers up to 2 years old.
Bath support: This is my favorite piece. It has locking tabs that hold the bathtub in place so that you can get it up to where it’s comfortable to bath baby. But when baby outgrows the tub (or even before that!), you can use the bath support as an amazing step stool!
Why You’ll Love It
The whole goal of this tub is to make bath time easier for the parent by putting the bath up to a height where no bending is required. And it does just that by getting the baby up to about 12 inches off the ground. You can’t exactly sit up straight to bathe baby, but you don’t have to bend all the way to the ground. It will definitely help for newly minted and sore moms.
Being able to use the parts all together or separately is a wonderful feature. The infant insert can be used in the regular tub or sink if you need. It has grippers on the bottom. The support can turn into a step stool. And the tub is reliable through it all!
One thing that’s kind of a bummer: using the tub without the support is a little sketchy. There isn’t any sort of grippiness to the bottom of the white tub, so you need the support’s grip to keep it from sliding. And when you drain the tub with the support on, it can get a little messy. Not a big deal if you use it in the regular tub, but a huge deal if you use it elsewhere!
Another thing to consider: this is a huge tub! When it’s all put together, it needs a lot of space to store. But, the large size equals comfort for you and baby, so it’s a tradeoff.
Blooming Bath Lotus
Best Sink Insert Baby Tub
Maybe you don’t want a full on tub. Maybe you just want a soft and gentle support for sink bathing your baby. This simple and sweet Blooming Bath Lotus will do just that. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but an effective way to give baby a bath.
What It’s Got
There isn’t much to talk about when it comes to this baby bathtub sink insert. It’s one big piece that looks like a flower. It’s made from a soft cozy material that is machine washable. It measures 33 inches from tip to tip, and the center circle/drain of the flower is 8 inches in diameter.
So how does it work? You simply pick whatever sink you are going to turn into a baby tub and put the stopper in. Put the Blooming Bath Lotus in, run the water, and let it get to the desired level. Bathe baby, drain the water, wring out the lotus, and pop it in the dryer for a few minutes to dry. Then, hang it using the sewed on tab until it’s time to bathe again.
That’s it! Nothing much to discuss since it’s so simple!
Why You’ll Love It
The 4 big petals on this tub are so soft and supportive. Newborn babies will lay safely, while older babies will love the way it feels. You can control the water level to your baby’s liking. It works up to 6 months old.
It can fit a sink of almost any size. Small bathroom sinks and split kitchen sinks both work. You aren’t limited by needing a sink with a certain depth because the shape of the lotus really adapts to any sized and shaped sink. It won’t work in a big, farmhouse style sink because it does need something smaller than 33 inches to fit into so that the sides go up.
The crystal minky fabric is safe for baby (flame retardant, BPA, and phthalate free) and safe for the environment. You can machine wash it and dry it, which is amazing! It comes in 9 cute colors and really makes the ultimate baby shower present. The high rating that this product consistently receives makes a lot of sense.
Fisher Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub
Best Convertible Baby Bathtub
To get your money’s worth, you definitely want to buy a baby bathtub that can work for many months and even years. The Fisher Price 4-in-1 Sling n Seat Tub product will work from baby’s first bath until that last bath before they decide that showering is cooler. You can use the toddler tub up until 25 pounds, or nearly 2 years old!
What It’s Got
This 4 stage tub has everything you need to bathe your child. You just bring the soap, the water, and the baby! Let’s look at the 4 different aspects of this tub:
The Newborn Sling: This is how you will bathe baby when they are brand new. You use the soft mesh sling inside the big tub. The sling will support babies up to 10 pounds. It’s perfect for holding them while you clean their little heads. Grab some of the Best Shampoo for Cradle Cap from our review article.
The Baby Stopper: This sounds epic, but it’s really just an insert that you can use to keep baby from sliding down into the tub. It’s the same piece that you’ll use in step 3, but you are using the other end of it. It essentially is a stopper that supports baby’s bum and keeps them from sliding down in the tub. You will find a foam surface where baby is gently reclined for their bath.
The Sit Up Baby Bath: That stopper piece that you used in stage 2? It becomes a baby seat for stage 3. It has a textured rubber design that helps keep baby’s bum in place during a bath when they reach the age where they want to sit up and help and be part of the process.
The Toddler Tub: Take everything out and what you are left with is a great toddler tub. It has a teardrop design with the sloped bottom that works for babies. It supports babies up to 25 pounds.
There are a couple of bonus items that are included with this tub. You get a whale water scooping cup and a water squeeze bottle. You also get a plastic hook that attaches to the tub for easy storage and draining.
Why You’ll Love It
This tub truly is easy to use. The built-in drain plug, even though it sits under baby and takes maneuvering to get to, makes it really easy to drain. The storage hook means that you can hang it on the shower curtain rod to drip dry and to store. It looks ugly, but since baby will likely be grown out of it by about 18 months, it doesn’t matter in the long run.
The 4 different stages are seriously convenient. The newborn sling is an easy to care for polyester that doesn’t mold easily. There’s not a lot of padding, but it still works just fine. And that water squeeze bottle is the perfect rinsing aide at the newborn stage.
Beyond the 1st and 4th stages, I didn’t find the other two stages anything too special. The tub stopper is nice, but it puts baby’s legs at a strange angle and really doesn’t leave much room for baby. The seat is really cool, but I wish it had better gripping power. Sticking a washcloth under baby’s bum really does help. And when you have the seat clicked in, it’s a beast to click out. Add in that whole under the seat drain thing, and the 3rd stage ends up being less convenient than expected.
This tub is highly rated, highly recommended, fairly priced, and multi-tasking. It does what it says that it will do- no more, no less.
Shnuggle Baby Bath Tub
Best Bucket Baby Tub
Bucket baby tubs are space saving and they help to keep baby warm. They are an awesome way to get baby clean. The Shnuggle tub has a unique shape that gives the best of a regular baby bath tub and a bucket tub. It has unique support features that make it usable for the entirety of baby’s first year.
What It’s Got
This bucket tub doesn’t boast many features. It’s a simple bucket style tub that’s 24 inches tall at the tallest point. It’s roughly 15 inches by 14 inches in diameter. This deep design is meant to help keep baby supported upright so that you can use both of your hands to give the bath.
Baby won’t slip in this tub. There is a big foam piece that’s attached to the back of the tub so that baby has some traction. The built-in bum bump at the bottom gives a stopping point for baby’s bottom so that they don’t collapse to the bottom of the tub. The feet on the bottom of the tub also have grips, so even if the floor gets wet, this tub won’t slide around.
You can fit 2 litres, or just over a half gallon, of water in this tub. And since the tub only weighs about 2 pounds on it’s own, the whole thing still only weighs 7 pounds with water. That means that draining won’t require you to be a heavy-lifting Olympic athlete.
Why You’ll Love It
This isn’t fancy, but it is really great for baby. The shape can’t be beat. It’s not very wide, but it’s very tall. It holds baby at the perfect angle: not too upright and not so reclined that they keep getting water in their face. You might have to help hold up your newborn for the first couple of months until they gain a wee bit of muscle control, especially in their neck. But after that, it is wonderful. Even older babies can sit up in the water without face planting.
One piece might sound like it’s sub-par, but that’s far from true. Having one piece to clean and take care of and keep track of is just what busy parents need! There is one piece I wish this had: a drain plug. The size and shape means that you can dump out the water without too many problems, but if this had a drain plug, it’d be perfect.
Why Buy a Baby Bathtub?
This seems like a frivolous purchase, right? I mean, you can just stick a tiny baby in a big ole tub and be fine, right? Nope. Wrong. Since experts recommend that you avoid using bath seats to help bathe baby, you most certainly do need some type of baby bathtub or insert to help get the job done safely. Here’s my top 4 reasons to get a tub for baby.
- Wet babies are slippery. That’s a no-brainer. Having a safe place to put a wiggling and wet baby while you wash and rinse will keep them from getting hurt and will keep you from going crazy.
- Bath seats aren’t safe. While they boast being a cheap alternative to bathtubs, you get what you pay for. They can fold, tip, or tear and send baby into the water. Plus, most of them make it next-to-impossible to get baby at a good angle where they aren’t laying back too far or sitting forward too much. And in case you missed it, safety experts say to avoid them!
- Baby tubs will actually save you money! Think about it- you don’t have to fill up as big of a tub, so you’ll save on water costs. And with the water not spreading out and cooling so quickly, like it does in a big tub, you won’t have to constantly “freshen up” baby’s bath with warm water.
- You can bathe baby anytime, anywhere. Don’t have a tub at your house or apartment? Buy baby their own! Low on space? Buy a baby bathtub sink insert! No matter your budget or needs, you can find a baby tub that will work for you.
Types of Baby Bathtubs
If only there were just one type of baby bathtub. Shopping would be so easy! But hey, I’d be out of a job because you wouldn’t need this guide! That said, here are the fruits of my labor in searching for the best baby bathtubs. Here’s the types to look for, based on your needs:
- Standalone tubs. These are also called basin tubs. These are the regular bathtubs for baby- it’s essentially a miniature, plasticized version of your bathtub. You can use it in the tub, on the counter, on the floor, or even outside if you are adventurous. All of these tubs have a decent life span, since most of them come with some kind of removable insert for infants, but then fit up to toddler sized kids. Within the standalone category, you’ll find a bunch of versions:
- Hammock or sling baby tubs
- Bucket baby tubs
- Inflatable baby tubs
- Convertible baby tubs
- Collapsible/folding baby tubs
- Bathtub inserts. Think about it- your sink is the perfect size for a baby bathtub. But it’s not very comfortable. That’s why you buy a sink insert baby bathtub. It is usually made from a water-friendly foam that will conform into a soft shape to hold your baby up in the water. They work in both bathroom sinks and kitchen sinks. These don’t require as much cash, as much storage space, or as much kneeling and bending. But the bad news is that they don’t have a super long life span. Most are outgrown by the 6 month mark.
- Bathtub helpers. Since there are a lot of random items outside of the above 2 categories, I’ll just lump them together under bathtub helpers. These include things like bath seats, bath cushions, or bath chairs. These aren’t the best option as far as safety is concerned, but they can sometimes be helpful when baby can sit in the bathtub on their own, but need some help with stabilization (see links above).
I’ll make this brief. Yes, you need a baby bathtub. Yes, there are many kinds. The PRIMO baby tub really is as good as everyone says it is. If you don’t have the storage, you’ll love a Puj tub. Any of these choices will get baby clean in a safe way, so shop with confidence and snuggle your clean and happy baby!