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.
Bath time is an opportunity to interact, play, and communicate with your 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.
We've rounded up the best baby bathtubs and seats so you can bathe your baby with ease.
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, it's much more likely for your little one to slip around and potentially have an accident without a proper baby bath. 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.
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
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.
As mentioned above, it's imperative to decide for how long you want to use the baby bath, 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. If you travel, opting for a foldable baby bath could also make life that 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 UK 2021
Shnuggle Baby Bath Tub
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.
- Won the 2017 Gold Best Bathtime Product Mu0026B 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."
Angelcare Soft Bath Support
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 Motheru0026Baby award back in 2018.
- Soft touch
Mum 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!"
Munchkin Sit and Soak Baby Bath Tub
Munchkin's Sit u0026 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 Motheru0026Baby Award!
• Padded backrest
• Space-saving design
• Easy to transport
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."
Puj Compact Infant Bathtime Basin Insert
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!
- 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."
Boon Naked Bath
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!
- Used from newborn to toddler
- 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."
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
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.
- 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."
Nuby Baby Bath with Built in Seat and Soft Headrest
This super stylish white and grey bath by Nuby will make bathtime far less daunting. It has easy grip handles, a built-in seat to prevent sliding, as well as an optimum water level indicator to ensure your baby's safety. The soft foam head means your little one will be supported and feel comfy all throughout bathtime. Suitable from birth to toddler.
• Built-in seat
• Optimum water level idicator
• Soft foam head
One reviewer said: "This is an excellent bath. It's inexpensive (compared to others available), it's the perfect size, lightweight and easy to move around due to the easy-grip handles. Our baby sits happily and supported, bathing is so much less stressful when you are not having to worry about your little one slipping. This bath is a great investment and I would definitely recommend it. We buy a lot of Nuby products and are never disappointed."
GoBuyer Ltd Baby Bath Tub for Toddler
Is your little one growing out of their baby bath? Given its spacious interior, this baby bath is perfect for older babies and toddlers. If you're tight on space, you'll love the retractable design which helps you save space and move it around comfortably. It's also easy to install and made of environmentally friendly materials.
• Retractable design
• Great quality
• Environmentally friendly
Review: "My daughter absolutely loves having baths now. We set it up beside a warm fire and she just splashes away. Very good and strong quality. My daughter is two years old and she has loads of room in it. She screams when we have to take her out even if water is gone cold. Thank you."
OKBaby Onda Baby Compact Shower Baby Bath
Compact and lightweight, this baby bath has a sloping backrest and a body support post to make your little one feel comfy. It can fit in to any shower, and is the ideal size for newborns or smaller babies. The quick drainage plug makes emptying fast and efficient, and there's also an easy to read thermometer ensuring the safety of your child during bathtime.
• Fits into small spaces
One reviewer said: "I've been looking for a baby bath for a while as I wanted one with a newborn support but that didn't cost the earth. This bath is great! I have the aqua colour which matches the photograph. I line the newborn seat with a large washcloth to make it more comfy for my baby. I like the built in thermometer which means that you can judge the water temperature without the risk of scalding or having the water too cold. I recommend this item!"
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