For new parents, bath time can be a challenge but finding the best baby bath tub 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.
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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 give extra 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 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 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 their baby bath is.
Choosing your baby bath
To create the best cleansing 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 bath tub:
- 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 new 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, 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 in the right temperature)
- Avoid using inflatable neck rings (or any kind of neck rings), they have not been thoroughly tested
- NEVER pick up the bath tub with your baby inside
The best baby bath tubs
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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 baby and helps them to feel safe and secure.
- 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 says: 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 real mum reviews of the Shnuggle bath here.
Great for babies who want to sit up, this fun bath comes complete with some fun accessories to entertain your little one as they splash around! This bath will also last you a long time with its four different stages in one.
With it's space-saving design, this is the perfect bath if you haven't got much space to store a big baby bath tub. This is a more ideal bath for infants that have started to sit up already and will make a good bath for them up to the age of four!
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.
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.
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.
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 very clever baby bath is suitable from birth up to two years. Not only is is 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 thermometre, you'll never have to test out the temperature with your elbow again!
This neat little bath insert cradles and protects baby during bath time. It's even small enough to fit in your suitcase if you're going away making it ideal for both home and travel. Even if you haven't got a bath or would rather bath your little on in the sink, this insert fits in wide range of countertop sinks.
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!