The best baby bath products to buy for your newborn

Best Baby Bath Products

by Eleanor Weaver |

Bathtime is brilliant for bonding with your newborn, but it's easy to get swept away by the number of baby bath products on the market. You need products that are kind and gentle to your baby's delicate skin and that keep them supported. And while it may be tempting, try not to get bogged down by too many adorable bath toys.

Read next: Baby’s first bath – how to bathe a newborn

To help make bathtime a breeze, we've provided a shopping list of everything you need, with a few optional extras thrown in. We've handpicked the best baby bath products for newborns.

What products do I need to bathe a newborn?

The essentials:

• Baby bath or baby bath support - Specifically designed to make sure your newborn has the correct posture during bath time, a baby bath and baby bath support will provide extra safety measures by securing your baby in place so there's no risk of them slipping around or going under water. Use a baby bath on its own or, if you prefer, a baby bath support that you can place in your bathtub.

• Hairbrush - A baby hairbrush is specially designed to be gentle on your little one's scalp to promote healthy hair growth. Use to detangle during bath time if your little one has been born with a full head of locks or is just coming into their full head of hair in the first few months.

• Bath thermometer - The ideal temperature for a baby’s bath is around 36 to 38 degrees celsius and having a bath thermometer to hand will make sure the water temperature is safe for your newborn.

• Baby sponge or soft washcloths - A baby sponge or washcloth will help make bath time that little bit easier by ensuring a deep yet gentle clean for your baby.

Baby bath towel Opt for a hooded baby towel or a bath towel made from 100 per cent cotton that's super soft and delicate on your little one's skin.

Optional extras

• Gentle baby bath soap - For your newborns' first months, it's recommended to stick to a plain water wash to avoid any irritation. When the time comes, you'll want to pick up a baby wash that has been created with your baby's delicate skin in mind. They'll need to be free from nasties, suitable for sensitive skin, and contain natural ingredients.

• Baby lotion - Your newborn's skin will be sensitive for the first few weeks so you should avoid lotions at this time. However, when your baby is a little older, you can introduce a gentle moisturiser into their bath time routine to help protect and soothe their skin. You should choose a lotion that's made for babies and free-from paraben, phthalate, dye, and alcohol. If in doubt, choose a hypoallergenic moisturiser.

Bath toys - Your little one won't be interested in bath toys until they're a bit older. You may be tempted to get a couple but for now, you can just use their washcloth or sponge to trickle water over their tummy to provide sensory play.

• Cradle cap brush and cradle cap shampoo - If your little one struggles with cradle cap, using a gentle brush and the right shampoo can help to treat it. Using a shampoo gentle on delicate skin can help moisturise and alleviate dry, flaky patches.

• Baby bath stand - This is more for your own comfort. Your baby needs to be within arm's reach when you're bathing them and using a baby bath stand will bring them up to standing height. You won't need to kneel or hunch over. If you are choosing a bath stand, make sure it's compatible with your existing baby bathtub.

• Baby shampoo – Even though your baby might not have much hair, using a gentle baby shampoo can help to clean their locks and provide care to the sensitive skin on their scalps. However, you don't need to wash your baby's hair unless it's dirty and it needs it. Again, choose a baby shampoo that's free-from nasties, made for babies, and gentle on sensitive skin, and avoid using in their first months.

What baby products are best for newborns?

Luxury Hooded Panda Towel & Face Cloth Set

Luxury Hooded Panda Towel & Face Cloth Set
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Awarded Gold for Best Bathtime Product at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022, this hooded panda towel and face cloth were loved by our panel of mum testers for how incredibly soft and comfortable the duo are. The towel easily wraps around your baby, washes well, and is lovely and gentle on your little one's skin. It's made from bamboo cotton and measures 90 x 90cm, bigger than most baby towels so you can use it for your newborn all the way to childhood.

Our mum tester, Carlene, said: "This hooded towel is a lovely big size and wraps around a baby very well. my toddler has also been caught with it on too. The softness of the towel is lovely too and feels lovely and soft on my skin too so it must be nice on the baby too. The drying after bath time is so much easier and quicker now too. I love that to covers from head to toe."

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser

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This mildly fragranced baby moisturiser from skincare brand Childs Farm protects and hydrates your baby's soft and delicate skin. Awarded Gold for Best Product For A Newborn 0-4 Months at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022, it's suitable for all skin types including those prone to eczema. Packed with a soothing blend of moisturising, naturally-derived ingredients, it's free from nasties and will help to prevent your baby's skin from drying out.

Our mum tester, Sharon, said: "Child Farm's moisturising cream is a lifesaver when your little one's got some dry skin or even eczema patches. Its gentle fragrance is soothing and reassuring, its texture is light, and fully absorbed when rubbed in, unlike some other similar products. It is widely available in supermarkets across the country, which makes life a lot easier when you've already got 101 other things to be doing! And at £4.50 you can't go wrong!"

Johnson's Baby Bedtime Wash

JOHNSON'S® Baby Bedtime Wash 500ml

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Enriched with NaturalCalm, a patented blend of relaxing aromas, Johnson's Baby Bedtime Wash is perfect for incorporating into a bath time routine before bed to help baby sleep better. Paediatrician and dermatologist tested and free from dyes, parabens, and sulphates, it gently cleanses your little one's delicate skin leaving it feeling healthy. We also love that their NO MORE TEARS® formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water, helping to prevent irritation.

Mum reviewer, Jodie, said: "I love this in babies bath and definitely think it helps baby to sleep. My son has sensitive skin and this doesn’t affect it at all."

The Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Range was awarded Silver for Best Bathtime Product at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022 - you can read our tried and tested parent reviews here.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bubbles Organic Tangerine

Childs Farm Organic Tangerine Baby Bedtime Bubbles
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The 2022 Bronze winner for Best Bathtime Product at the Mother&Baby Awards, Childs Farm's mild, super bubbly bubble bath contains organic tangerine oil to calm and soothe, and vitamin E to gently moisturise. Containing naturally derived ingredients and free from nasties, it's dermatologist and paediatrician approved, suitable for newborns, sensitive skin, and eczema-prone skin. Perfect for creating happy skin and calming baby bedtime routines, it'll lock in moisture and provide a deep cleanse.

Our mum tester, Sarah, said: "The baby bedtime bubbles are perfect for little one's bath time, it's reassuring to know how soft and delicate this is for their young skin. No harmful chemicals and its smells amazing! A little goes a long way too making it even better for as a mum who would prefer not to have to dash to the shop too often."

Shnuggle Pebbly Bath Thermometer

Shnuggle Pebbly Bath Thermometer
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Shortlisted for Best Bathtime Product at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022, the Shnuggle Pebbly Baby Bath Thermometer is designed to quickly and accurately let you know when the water is just the right temperature for your baby. Gently shake to wake, drop into the water and let Pebbly do the rest. As well as having a beautiful pebble design, the device provides fast, easy-to-read readings, it self-rights in water, and has auto-on/off to save battery.

Our mum tester, Leah, said: "It takes all of the stress out of bathing a newborn baby. As a first-time mum, knowing what temperature is the right temperature for the water is something that I must have checked on google a hundred times and never trust myself to remember. The Shnuggly pebble is a fool-proof way to check that the bath is safe for your baby - and even without reading the instruction guide, you can quickly understand that Red is too hot, blue is too cold and the white heart means it’s just right for bath time!"

Kokoso Newborn Essentials Kit

Kokoso Newborn Essentials Kit

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This newborn essentials kit from Kokoso is a perfect way to prepare for your newborn's bath time. Beautifully presented in a gift set, the kit includes a natural konjac baby bath sponge, Kokoso Baby Organic Coconut Oil, Kokoso Baby Hair and Body Wash, and a mesh drying bag. The Kokoso body wash will gently cleanse and care for brand new baby skin - it's fragrance-free, packed with natural and nourishing ingredients, and is ideal for little ones with sensitive and eczema-prone skin. A good choice for little ones with cradle cap.

Skip Hop 3 Stage Baby Bath Tub

Skip Hop Moby 3 Stage Baby Bath Tub

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A favourite newborn best buy according to model and influencer Emma Louise Connolly, this baby bath tub grows with your little one through three stage of development to provide ergonomic comfort and support. Stage 1 (0-3 months) provides full support for newborns, stage 2 (3-6 months) provides seated support for infants, and for stage 3 (6+ months) you can remove the support sling to create a sit-in bath tub. It comes in an adorable whale design in a choice of colours with a non-slip interior texture.

One reviewer said: "Bought this tub after trying to use a different one that was awful! This tub has great support for a newborn! I love how the tub fills up with lots of warm, soapy water to keep baby safe, but also keeps baby elevated enough for safety!"

idy Tot Bamboo Wash Cloth Mitts

Tidy Tot Bamboo Wash Cloth Mitts
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These super cute Bamboo Wash Mitts from Tidy Tot come in adorable rabbit, tiger and owl designs that your little one will love. Beautifully soft, reusable and washable, these super-soft mitts are gentle to use on sensitive skin and teething gums and each pack comes with three adult and three child-size mitts. Made from renewable bamboo, they are kind to dry, sensitive or allergy-prone faces and other skin conditions. These were also Shortlisted for the Mother&Baby Awards 2022.

Our mum tester, Leanne, said: "I am a mummy who has always used a ‘standard sponge’ when bathing my baby/children and more than often you cannot get to those ‘tricky’ places easily to clean (especially with a newborn), without the feeling that you are making the bathing experience uncomfortable for baby and hardwork for me; however with the wash mitts I managed to easily clean my newborn baby (3 weeks old) in all those ‘tricky’ places with ease and she found the bathing more calming.

I would like to add also, my 4-year-old son, who now hates bath time and me ‘sponging’ him down (without a full-on meltdown) even let me give him a full clean with one of the wash mitts due to their animal-themed designs, that he could help me with! Overall, the Mitts have made bath time an easier task for me for my newborn and my 4-year-old!"

Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support

Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support

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This bath support really does make bath time easier by providing optimal comfort for your newborn in the tub. The soft TPE mesh keeps babies cradled in place and warms to the water temperature so they feel comfy and safe. It also comes with a water level indicator for optimal safety and sturdy sides for stability - it takes the worry out of bath time and leaves you with two hands free to bathe and play with them.

Reviewed for the Mother&Baby Awards 2018, our mum tester, Jessica, 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!"

Tommee Tippee Essentials Basics Brush and Comb Set

Tommee Tippee Essentials Basics Brush and Comb Set
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This great starter kit from Tommee Tippee has the essentials you’ll need to get started from day one. The set contains a super soft-bristled brush to reduce pulling and discomfort and a non-scratch comb for delicate scalps. Easy to hold and use, these are suitable for use for newborns and for little ones with cradle cap.

Mum reviewer, Jess, said: "I’ve bought this brush for both of my children when they were born and it is a must-buy! Both my children had quite bad cradle cap in the first few months and this brush gently removed all the scales (after using Vaseline on the scalp overnight) and is very easy to wash. They also last a long time, I used this for my daughter's hair until she was 3!"

Dreambaby Digital Room & Bath 2-in-1 Duck Thermometer

Dreambaby Digital Room & Bath 2-in-1 Duck Thermometer

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Toys really aren't necessary for your newborn, but we love this Duck Thermometer that doubles up as a bath toy when the time comes. Easy to read and use, this digital thermometer allows you to quickly read both water temperature in the bath and room temperature so you can keep your baby happy and healthy. It has a cute and robust design and features a 30-minute auto shut-off to retain battery life.

Reviewer, Sarah, said: "I love this product. I was so nervous to have the right temperature so it really put my mind at ease. Easy to use, durable, and now he's a little older it's great as a toy to make bath time fun!"

What brands are best for baby skin?

We'd always recommend checking out the Mother&Baby Award winners in the Best Bathtime Product and the Best Product For A Newborn - 0-4 Months categories to see which brands and products have been tried, tested, and highly rated by our real parent testers.

Our Mother&Baby Awards are renowned in the industry for being one of the most highly respected product awards for baby and parenting products, and every year we arrange for thousands of independent mum reviewers to test the latest products on the market. Our awards team is constantly looking for new baby bath products to test so that we can help you find the best - be that a cheaper product that we want to test for value for money or the latest baby monitoring innovation.

Here are a number of brands that have had products previously reviewed and loved by Mother&Baby parent testers:

• Childs Farm

• My Little Coco

• Weleda

• Bloom and Blossom

• Aveeno

• Johnson’s

• Asda Little Angels

• Burt’s Bees

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