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The best baby bathtubs and seats

Best baby bath

For new parents, bath time can be a challenge but finding the best baby bathtub to make sure baby is comfortable and safe can help alleviate the stress of it, making bath time an enjoyable and relaxing experience for both parents and baby alike.

We've rounded up the best baby bathtubs and seats so you can bathe your baby with ease. 

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Bath time is an opportunity to interact, play, and communicate with the baby, as well as provide the baby with a relaxing but thrilling sensory experience, so the last thing you need is to feel worried about the support factor of your baby bath.

Why use a baby bath?

A baby bath is a product specifically designed to help you to bathe your baby. 

Baby baths are tailored to provide extra safety and support that make sure the baby has the correct posture, securing the baby in place so there's no risk of them slipping around or going under the water. They're safe for babies, put parents at ease, and reduce the stress at bath time. 

Even though some parents prefer to bathe their babies in the bathroom sink, without a proper baby bath it's much more likely for your little one to slip around and potentially have an accident. That's why getting a baby bath is a sure-fire way to make sure bath time is a safe and fun experience.

There are many types of baby baths, from simple baby baths to more elaborate, fancy ones, and you can have fun choosing which one is best for you.

A baby should never be left unattended in the bath, no matter how safe and secure the baby bath is.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Choosing your baby bath

To create the best cleaning environment for you and your child, you need a baby bath with good support but that's not the only thing to look out for. Here are some other factors to take into consideration when looking for the best baby bathtub:

  • Easy to clean
  • Water capacity
  • What age it's suitable for
  • If it can fit in your sink
  • Resistance and durability
  • Comfortable smooth shape
  • A plug at the base to easily drain out the water
  • A hook or a suction cup so you can hang it in the bathroom
  • Thick BPA-free plastic for stability
  • Slip-resistant backing to keep it from moving

Important: avoid any inflatable tub or any foam cushions.

The latest baby bath tech

The most modern update in the baby bath world is the super-bath that has the built-in capacity to keep the water warmer for longer. Realistically speaking, this might be a bit of an excessive demand with most parents just wanting a safe and comfortable baby bath. Most of these baths are plastic so keep an eye out for BPA-free ones.

Extra features

As mentioned above, deciding how long you want to use the baby bath for is imperative as some baby baths are only for the first few months. Most baths, though, can last you till the baby is well over one year old so if this is what you prefer, check out the infant-to-toddler tubs, so you can use them for longer.

In addition, some baby baths have plastic slots to hold baby toiletries which you might find handy. Another extra feature is a temperature indicator. Something else that might be right for you could be a foldable baby bathtub that can make travelling much easier.

How much does a baby bath cost?

The most common and suitable baby bath models in the market right now range between £20-£50, but some state-of-the-art baby baths with lots of fancy features can cost well over £100. Have a look at our list below to find the best one for you.

Important points about bathing safety

  • Never leave your baby unattended in the bath
  • Always check the temperature of the water before putting your baby in. The water should be at the recommended temperature of 36-37 degrees Celsius (you can buy a bath thermometer to make sure it's at the right temperature)
  • Avoid using inflatable neck rings (or any kind of neck rings), they have not been thoroughly tested 
  • NEVER pick up the bathtub with your baby inside

The best baby bathtubs

The Shnuggle baby bath is designed to make bath time stress free and fun. Suitable from newborn, it helps support even the tiniest baby right up to 12 months plus. The clever bum bump supports your child and helps them to feel safe and secure.

Advantages:

  • Won the 2017 Gold Best Bathtime Product M&B Award
  • Baby is in a seated position
  • Suitable up to 12 months
  • Integrated bottom support so you can be hands-free
  • Foam backrest and rubber non-slip feet 
  • Can be used anywhere 

Mum Eliana, said, "The Shnuggle bath does exactly what its name implies. It is a compact size baby bath, which helps baby feel secure during bath time. It is lovely and sturdy and has rubber feet to help make it non slip on whichever surface you use it on. It clearly shows where you should fill it with its water line. It doesn't need much water so this is great for the environment - much better than filling the whole bath. Baby is sat more upright so they can see the world around them during bath time. Its design is based on the old-style tin baths."

Read more mum reviews of the Shnuggle bath here. 

Boon Naked Bath

£41.99 - RRP: £59.99

This baby bath is brilliant if you regularly take your baby with you on your travels. It's super convenient with its collapsible design so that it lies flat making it easy to pack and store away. Suitable for newborns up to 18 months, the bath easily wipes clean too! 

Advantages:

  • Used from newborn to toddler
  • Collapsible
  • Available in grey or green

One reviewer said, "Excellent product very practical. I can bathe my baby alone due to its clever recline feature. It's a high-quality product, nice colour and easy to store. Very happy."

This little product really does make bath time easier. The soft mesh keeps babies in place and seems comfortable for them to lie back on. As you’ll know, two hands free is invaluable at bath time. It’s great, but slightly bulky so can be difficult to store if you’re short on space. This product was also shortlisted for a Mother&Baby award back in 2018. 

Advantages:

  • Soft touch
  • Mould-resistant
  • Lightweight

Mum Jessica Maddox said, "My little boy hated having a bath and I dreaded bath time, especially with my partner working away all week. The day I got the Angelcare Bath Support I used it the same night and was absolutely thrilled. My little boy loved bath time, there was not a tear in sight and it was so much less stressful for the both of us. I would really recommend this product - of course not every baby is the same but we loved it and for the first time ever, I cannot wait for our next bath!"

Read more real mum reviews of the Angelcare Soft-Touch baby bath here.

This very clever baby bath is suitable from birth up to two years. Not only is it a comfortable and snug bath for your baby but it also weighs your baby during their bath (with or without water). Plus, with a built-in thermometer, you'll never have to test out the temperature with your elbow again! 

Advantages:

  •  Highly calibrated scales
  • Suitable from birth

  • LCD display screen

One reviewer said, "Loved it! I really enjoyed bathing my baby, not worried if water has the right temp or not as it will show the exact water temp as well as the weight of my child."

Munchkin's Sit & Soak Baby Tub ensures your baby will be sitting safely in an upright position while they enjoy their bathtime with its padded backrest and support bump. Your baby will be secure and happy, and your mind will be at ease. This tub has also been shortlisted for a 2020 Mother&Baby Award! 

Mum Kirsten said, "I felt confident that my son was bathing safely with little need for me to support him. I am always with him but do not need to be holding him as the design of the bath is great for that. It saved me from running a whole adult-sized bath for him to use a bath support in, and therefore it reduced my water usage. It is also space-saving so it takes up less room in the house or car (when travelling) compared to a normal baby-bath."

Read more real mum reviews of the Munchkin Sit & Soak Bath Tub here.

This neat bath insert cradles and protects your baby during bath time. It's even small enough to fit in your suitcase, making it ideal for both home and your next staycation. Even if you haven't got a bath or would rather wash your little one in the sink, this insert fits in a wide range of countertop sinks. Amazing news!

Advantages:

  • Compact and portable
  • Good for small babies
  • Available in grey or white

One reviewer said, "This is one of the best baby buys. Bought this for my third child and so sorry didn't have it for my others. It's so much easier for me and baby is comfortable."

Why get a regular baby bath, when you can buy an inflatable duck tub from Munchkin? Although this isn't the biggest option, it will make bath time much more fun. 

Advantages:

  • It's fun
  • Easy to inflate 
  • Makes a fantastic gift

Mum Natalie, said, "I think the design of the bath is fun, my little boy really does love it. It is playful and fun for him. He can relax in there. It is good to transport as it just needs blowing up and letting down if we need to go and stay away anywhere."

Read our full review on the Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub here. 

Mother&Baby product recommendations are independent and based on a combination of real-world testing from our trusted mum testers, and the expertise of our experienced editorial team and product specialists. Whilst we may receive commission for purchases made through our links, we never allow this to influence product selections. Any revenue earned helps us to fund more great content like this. 

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Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited motherandbaby.co.uk before moving on to write about family cars for Parkers.co.uk - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and WhatsTheBest.co.uk 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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