10 Best Baby Bathtubs From Infants to Toddlers
Bath time is one of those times that can be a really great bonding moment for a baby and his or her parents. Especially if you have the perfect tub so your little one actually enjoys bath time, making your job as a parent much easier! Finding the right tub is a huge decision when preparing to have a child. You, of course, want your baby to feel safe and secure when bathing, so it is very important to look into certain factors such as the material they are made out of, how sturdy they are, and if they are going to make your little one feel safe when using it. We took some of the hard work out of researching and selecting the best tub for you and compiled a list of the 10 Best Baby Bathtubs rated and reviewed in 2019. Enjoy!
In a Hurry? The test winner after 30 hrs of research
Includes hook for storage
Includes a cup and a water toy
Versatile for all growth stages
Multiple positions to maximize comfort
- Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling 'n Seat Tub
- Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
- Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn Tub
- Smart Sling 3-Stage Bathtub
- Blooming Bath Lotus
- Disney Nemo Inflatable Safety Tub
- EuroBath Pearl White
- Shnuggle Bath
- Summer Infant Comfort Height Bath Tub
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling 'n Seat Tub
Includes hook for storage
Includes a cup and a water toy
Versatile for all growth stages
Multiple positions to maximize comfort
If you want a real baby bathtub that will grow with each developmental milestone of your baby, then Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub is the one you’re looking for. It comes in 4 different modes that correspond to an infants’ psychomotor development. Stage 1 is for newborns as they conveniently lie down on the soft mesh sling. Stage 2 is for younger infants as they begin to be more active but are not yet ready to sit up. This stage requires a little adjustment in the mesh sling to have it on a more reclined position. Stage 3 is for sitters; babies who already have excellent control of their heads and torsos. Stage 4 marks the removal of all bathtub supports to give the toddler full access to the entire bathtub. It also comes with a squirt water bottle for added fun.Read more
It’s an ingenious way to bathe babies all the way from newborns until they grow to become toddlers. Featuring 4 stages: Stage 1: Soft mesh sling for newborns Stage 2: 'Baby stopper' insert prevents slipping & sliding Stage 3: Sit-Me-Up Support aids unsteady sitters Stage 4: Roomy toddler tub.
This is a great tub for getting your baby ready for the big leagues as far as bathtubs go. It provides them with a strong, solid support with a versatile design and a toy that even simulates a real shower head.
With so many ways for children to be supported while they bathe, this tub helps to make sure there's no slippage or rolling over.
2. Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
Color-changing temperature gauge
Texture prevents slipping
Slip-resistant and supportive
Needs to be inflated
Not for use under 6 months
The bottom of the duck is textured to prevent your baby from slipping. The tub inflates and deflates easily so you can store and transport it without any trouble and the tub changes color to help alert you as to whether the temperature is appropriate for your baby or not.Read more
One of the things that concern us parents about bathing our young children is the temperature of their bath water. Sure, we can always use a thermometer but it’s too cumbersome. With the White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub, we don’t have to fret with guessing the correct temperature of our babies’ bath water. The inner wall of this inflatable duck bathtub turns white from light blue if the water is too hot for baby’s comfort. There simply is no second-guessing the water temperature. Just keep it in blue and you can be sure baby will be alright. The bottom is also textured so baby won’t be slipping underwater.
Since this tub is inflatable, it works perfectly for traveling and fits nicely in any storage space. There is no worry of leaks as well due to the quality materials this tub is made of.
Don’t let this cute duck fool you, the tub is durable and versatile. Parents feel at ease seeing the tub holds a small amount of water. This makes it safer for the infant and easier but is still large enough to hold a toddler.
3. Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn Tub
Fits newborns to toddlers
Designed for convenience and ease
Large size can be difficult to store
Flat backing gives possibility of rolling over
When Moms voted the Sure Comfort Deluxe Tub from The First Years as the best bathtub for infants in 2014, nobody questioned the choice. Why? Well, it’s got a really great ergonomic design which comfortably and safely keeps babies in place while bathing. It features a fully padded and mildew-resistant headrest as well as a machine washable mesh sling to provide babies optimum comfort and support. Best of all, the bathtub grows with baby and he or she can still use this even when he or she is already a toddler.Read more
Not only does the drain plug make it quick and easy for you to empty the tub but it also changes color to let you know if the water is too hot. The sling helps support newborns while you bathe them.
This design is the ultimate tool for a new mom. During bath time, there’s a storage spot for soap or washcloths. When done, the sling is machine washable and the tub can be dumped without fear of mold. The size and design will grow with your kid and is sturdy enough to handle long-term use.
It includes a sling which makes it safer for newborns. As they start sitting, the position is adjustable for even more safety and comfort. This tub will work in either a sink or a regular bathtub, and the drain at the bottom makes cleanup a breeze.
4. Smart Sling 3-Stage Bathtub
PVC and phthalate free
Includes storage hook
Too large for some sinks
For a more realistic Moby Dick bath time experience, give your baby the Moby Bathtub with Sling. It features 3 stages of soft mesh sling adjustments commensurate to the developmental milestones of children. Stage 1 is for newborns up to 3 months old while Stage 2 is for young infants up to age 6 months. Stage 3 is for sitters and young children who weigh no more than 25 lbs. It comes complete with a swivel hook for easy storage and a drain plug for easy cleaning. The interior surface has a non-slip texture.Read more
With two locking positions for the sling and features necessary to support three stages of development, bath time will be good and cozy for young children for a while to come.
We absolutely love the whale design. And the mesh sling conforms to the shape of the whale as if you don’t know that it’s there. The drain is conveniently located for a quick cleanup and easily fits in the tub. This tub includes a rotating hook feature to hang wherever you need to store. What more can you ask for?
The 3 stages are perfect for each stage of development. Everyone from newborns to toddlers can benefit from the cozy style headrest and sling. The sling can be locked in 2 positions for support and is textured for a non-slip bottom. Parents can also rest easy knowing this tub is PVC and phthalate free.
Fits in sinks larger than 23" x 14"
Soft mesh lining
Mesh allows water to drain quickly
Ergonomic design for back support
Better for girls; puts pressure on boys' parts
Venting can lead to chilly babies
This ergonomic little tub can fit inside sinks that are larger than 23" x 14" and hangs easily over it when done. It's lightweight, durable, and made not to trap any nasty bacteria.Read more
The mesh is gentle on baby's skin and the ergonomic design provides them support so that they can comfortably stay upright even if those little muscles are still learning the mechanics of sitting up.
This design is perfect for parents looking for an easy, compact solution. It fits inside larger sinks and when you're finished you can hang it on the wall right above the sink for easy access. It even includes a little loop for hanging storage!
6. Blooming Bath Lotus
Easy to dry and store
Safely cradles your baby
Easy to use
Super soft flower provides a comfortable experience
Some reviewers experience longer drying times
With the flower measuring in at 33 inches from tip to tip, it is perfect for newborns and babies up to 6 months old. It is super easy to use, it fits into most sinks and is easy to pack up and store. You have control over the depth of the pool and all fabrics involved are machine washable.Read more
The Blooming Bath Lotus has modernized the traditional baby bathtub and the process of giving your little one a bath. The four wide lotus petals make it possible for you to bathe your baby in any sink at any time. The large petals completely cover the inside of the sink to provide a comfortable area for your baby. You won’t have to worry about your child’s skin being irritated as the fabric is super soft. Not only do the petals make bath time comfortable but they also make it safe in the way that they cradle your baby. The bath flower comes in a variety of colors but the white trim of the petals provides a simple, elegant, and clean look.
When it is time for a bath simply plug the sink drain, put the flower in the sink and pool the water to your desired level. When bath time is over all you have to do is wring out the excess water and place the flower in the dryer for 10-15 minutes. You can even throw it in the washer machine to clean it. The flower folds up making it easy for you to store it.
This flower puts a unique spin on bath time that benefits both you and your baby. Your baby will be comfortable and safely cradled while being washed. You have better control over the amount of water in the tub and with the flower easily folding up you won’t have to worry about storing a big bulky plastic tub.
7. Disney Nemo Inflatable Safety Tub
Includes hook for drying and/or storage
Equipped with 2 storage pockets for soap & shampoo
Lightweight & Portable
Multiple animated character patterns to choose from
Has a minimum weight requirement of 30.9 pounds, so is essentially made for an older baby or small toddler, not an infant
If you are looking for a baby bathtub that isn't made out of a hard material, takes up little to no space making it super convenient to travel with, as well as easy to store, and features some of your child's favorite animated characters, then this is the tub for you. Best of all, this is so easy to keep clean because you can easily deflate, rinse, and hang it up to dry all within a few minutes time making bath clean up a breeze! This bathtub has the highest minimum weight of all the tubs on the list at 30.9 pounds but we wanted to make sure to include it for convenience, travel, or even a little time in the water outside or at the beach. This tub will surely be a great addition to your baby gear!Read more
This product features a nice soft inflated, non-slip surface that has some texture to it and an easy to read display to help you regulate water temperature. There are even two big pockets on the end to hold your shampoo bottles!
The biggest and most obvious benefit of this particular style of tub is how lightweight and portable it is! You can literally store one in your travel bags and take it with you everywhere and it won't take up any space at all until you need to use and inflate it! It weighs less than 2 pounds but inflates to be large enough to hold a toddler! Best of all, if your child isn't a fan of Finding Nemo, there are 4 other patterns to choose from! Your little one could be taking a bath with his favorite Sesame Street Characters, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, or even some of the Disney Princesses instead!
We love the fact that it is a different type of tub then otherwise featured on our list. It is inflatable so it is made of a cushioned soft material so you never have to worry about how comfortable your baby is or if they may get hurt, as long as you are using it properly.
8. EuroBath Pearl White
Conforms to infant’s body
Great for newborns up to 24 months
Drain plug for easy cleanup
2 positions for bathing
Loop for storage not included
Too big to fit in the sink
Want a luxury-looking bathtub for your baby? Then get PRIMO’s EuroBath made of premium plastic that has been certified free from phthalates, lead, and BPA. It is designed with the growing baby in mind complete with a shape that is formed after the anatomy of young infants. It features safety supports for the kid’s forearms and legs. This helps prevent the young child from slipping. The design is optimized for 2 possible bathing positions – reclining for younger babies 0 to 6 months of age and sitting for infants 6 to 24 months old.Read more
The EuroBath Pearl White allows two positions for bathing. The tub also is molded to fit an average infant's body proportions.
This supportive design is safe for infants as well as easy to clean and store. There are no loose parts or seams, therefore it can be used regularly long term.
Parents love knowing their little one can’t slip around in this tub due to the anatomical design. It is nice knowing this tub is made from recycled Polypropylene in the USA and free of BPA, PVC, and lead.
9. Shnuggle Bath
Large backrest provides support
The base is designed with rubber on the bottom for safety
Bum bump allows you to have both hands free
The size of the tub may make it hard to store
The Shnuggle Bath is an award-winning tub that will make bath time easier and safer. The rolling flow top and smooth curves show this tub was designed with newborns and babies up to 12 months in mind. The large foam backrest provides support to your baby’s body while they are being bathed. The tub only holds 2 liters of water. Even with the water, this tub weighs under 10 pounds which makes it easy for you to transport. Its compact size makes it easy for you to use it in the shower, sink, bath or on the floor. The base of the tub is equipped with rubber to keep the tub from moving around in the in the shower or on the floor. The tub is all white but the foam backrest comes in several different colors. Composed of plastic, this tub is durable so you can wash your baby in it until they grow out of it.Read more
As your baby starts to sit on their own, the bump will continue to provide them with support as well as boost their confidence levels. Not only is the foam backrest soft, but it also
is warm which will help keep your baby warmer when the water begins to turn cold.
The tub is designed with a bum bump that will help support your baby as they recline, which gives you both hands-free. You won’t have to worry about them slipping and sliding in the tub. With an extra hand free, you can wash, play and bond with your baby better.
With safety as our first priority, the large foam backrest and the bum bump really stood out to us. Both features provide support for your baby’s body and will prevent them from slipping and sliding. It also gives you the opportunity to wash your little one with both hands-free.
10. Summer Infant Comfort Height Bath Tub
Top and base lock together securely
An infant can be raised up to prevent back strain for parents
Features a sturdy seat with wiggle room
Might not fit into all sink sizes
The simplicity of this tub makes it easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to put together. It’s just your basic infant bathtub with no frills but it’s one that’s built well and will last for years as your child grows. The tub is great for toddlers up to two years of age and is a tub that will definitely grow with them!Read more
The best part about this Comfort Height bathtub is the fact that it’s raised, which allows you to bathe your baby with more comfort and it gives them a feeling of being higher up, and not “sitting on the ground”, so to say.
The locking and unlocking base of this infant bathtub is a big selling point, mainly because it pulls its own weight as far as a growing baby goes. The tub is good for use for toddlers up to age two, which makes it a great investment with an adjustable height an additional stool or bench piece.
Its interior seat has a slimline design that raises infants up to the appropriate height and allows them to feel secure without restricting them too much. The top and the base lock together to create solid one-piece bathtub unit, and later on, the base can be unattached and used as a stool when babies get older and no longer need to be raised as high.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Textured bottoms and head pillows are an added bonus in some bathing tub options. The textured bottoms decrease chances of slipping and the head pillows can cradle an infant's head and neck for optimal comfort. Slings are another feature needing considerations. Slings can be adjusted for support and comfort depending on the needs of your little one. By adjusting the sling, many of these tubs can be used for infants to toddlers. Hammock styles geared towards newborns and reclining positions are best for supported sitting up. Seated tubs are best for independent toddlers. On the other hand, some parents find the sling cumbersome and more work. It all comes down to personal preference and the age of your little one.
Some models include shower nozzles, but there can be some risks involved. Having a constant flow of water can be a drowning hazard and attaching the nozzle directly to the water source could experience sudden temperature changes. We recommend a nozzle that comes from a basin of temperature controlled water with a button feature to turn off the flow when not in use. Another consideration is where you prefer bathing. Some people like bathing in the sink, so they don’t have to get on their knees or strain their back. The added counter space can be nice for extra toys and soap. Some parents enjoy bathing in a regular bathtub due to the extra space. Again, it depends on personal preference and what works in your household.
There are many features to look for when purchasing a baby bathtub, but the most important factor is safety. There are a few things that fall into this category including drowning hazards, chemicals and mold. Firstly, it is important to find tubs designed to minimize the risk of infants rolling over, sliding or otherwise getting hurt. Having an ergonomically built tub can minimize these risks overall. Although, any child under 6 years old should be heavily monitored, according to American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, the components of the product should be mold resistant and BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free along with any other harmful chemical.
By the time young children are able to sit up, they will already begin to build their self-confidence. They know that Mom is always there should something go wrong. They know that they can explore their bathtub, play with their bath toys, and have as much fun as they possibly can in their bath tubs while Mom and Dad are watching, giving them encouragement. This helps build self-esteem in the young child.
A survey conducted by Johnson & Johnson revealed that 13 out of 20 parents never use their mobile phones while they are bathing their babies. Compare this with the 27 out of 50 parents who use mobile phones while cuddling their babies. Using mobile phones or any form of digital technology during baby time is counterproductive to babies’ optimum development because the attention of parents are divided between their mobile phones and the care and attention they give their babies. This is not a good way to care for our young children. So, Moms and Dads out there, please do provide 100 percent attention to baby.
Other Factors to Consider
Infants benefit a lot in terms of their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development during bath time. This is especially true if Mom hops onto the tub with her little one. It’s more than just cleaning the little child’s body. It’s a whole body and mind experience for the little one.
It is understood that the main benefit of bath time for babies is hygiene or cleanliness. In pretty much the same way as we adults take a bath to clean ourselves, remove the dirt and dust that have accumulated over the course of the day in our bodies, babies too need to have their bodies cleaned. Sometimes when they regurgitate the milk they ingested or even soiled their diapers or got in contact with dirty items, they may be exposed to a lot of harmful substances. For us, these are harmless. But for them, owing to a still immature immune system, even a tiny speck of dust might prove dangerous already. So, bathing allows us to remove dried up regurgitated milk, dust, dirt, and other particles to keep our baby’s skin healthy.
Many pediatricians say that one of the most important benefits of bathing for infants is improving their circulation as well as stimulating their muscles. By gently massaging our babies’ bodies, we are able to facilitate the more efficient flow of blood all over our baby’s body. This brings much-needed oxygen and other nutrients to the brain to aid in its optimum development. It also nourishes the young heart and brings vital nutrients to the muscles and other organs. This helps in the optimum growth and development of these body organs.
Now, when we touch our babies while they are bathing, we are actually improving their sensory development. When we make funny faces or elicit fun sounds, their eyes grow in amazement. They get fascinated by the splash of water including its temperature. And when there are bubbles, just looking at them float and then pop is already a very wonderful experience for them. Add bath toys and the whole bath time experience can really be an exciting sensory adventure for them.
And this is how babies learn. They see things. They hear and are able to touch the things they see. It’s all sensory to them. All of these sensations are integrated in their developing brain providing the foundation for the development of their cognitive skills. When they grow up, their brains will integrate these foundational pieces of information to new ones creating an entirely new and different concept. And as they continue to grow and experience a variety of things and sensations, their cognitive development grows with it.
Aside from the cognitive development that bath time fosters, babies also develop their emotional skills. They are able to form trust with Mom and Dad. They learn that the touch of Mom brings them comfort and gives them the reassurance that they are loved and cared for. For young infants, bath time is a very special moment where Mom or Dad can be with them 100 percent. This also means that Mom’s attention is 100 percent focused on baby.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: BPA stands for Bisphenol A and many people have seen the BPA-Free labels. BPA, along with other chemicals have been linked to causing hormone imbalances, thyroid issues and even brain damage and cancer. These effects have been tested extensively since 2007 and has been extremely controversial substance since. It is mostly found on plastic but can be found on many household items.
Sink can vary significantly depending on size and shape. Some sinks can handle many types of baby bath tubs while others might have a bowl-like shape causing instabilities. We recommend measuring the size of your sink and reference the size of the tub to see what works best.
You should only put just enough water necessary, generally about 2 inches. Infants can drown in 2 inches or less of water and should be supervised at all times. Babies can kick or roll, and falling could put them headfirst into the water. Most babies enjoy warmer waters, between 82 and 86 degrees.
You can order a replacement from the manufacturer's website for some of these products. Others feature replacements sold on Amazon.
When your little one is able to sit more independently, you can transition to a more upright position. As they are gaining the strength to sit independently, they can use just the tub portion. It’s generally recommended for 3 months or until 15 pounds. Children should still be supervised at all times until they are 6 years old.
There are 2 inflation zones for the easiest setup. One is for the sides and the other is for the bottom.