The 7 Best Baby Bath Products to Buy in 2018

Scrub-a-dub-dub its time for the tub!

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Giving your baby a bath is likely to provide you with memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Everything from sudsing up to splashing around and playing with the perfect bath toys provides the setting for bonding that can last for years. Even though the concept of taking a bath is simple—strip down, soap up, rinse off, etc.—it might surprise you to realize all the products that go into the perfect bath for your little one. Everything from the baby bath itself to an insert if you have a really little one on down to the soap, shampoo, and toys are all worth some thought and consideration.

We want to help you wade through all the products available today, so we did some digging and came up with a list of the best baby bath products that will help you make the most of that time with your little one.

Our Top Picks

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Best Baby Bath: Fisher-Price Rinse ‘n Grow Tub

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Courtesy of Amazon

Until your baby is old enough and strong enough to sit on his own (and perhaps for even a little while longer), you’ll probably want to purchase a baby bath to put in your regular tub to use to safely clean your baby. There are a lot of good baby baths on the market today, and the Fisher-Price Rinse ‘n ​Grow Tub is a solid option.

This three-stage tub grows with your baby from the newborn phase (0-3 months and up to 10 pounds), to baby (3-6 months up to 25 pounds) to a tub that’s big enough for toddlers. The first stage provides a sling position for newborns, infants, and young babies. Stage 2 of the sling position supports older babies who are able to sit a bit more upright, and the sling even converts to a hanging mesh-pocket bath toy storage bag once you’ve moved past the stage of needing it to hold your baby. The sling is super soft and machine washable, making it a clean and comfy option for baby to use in the water.

The tub also comes with two goldfish strainer cups for washing and rinsing, and as baby gets older the cups can used for play. The built-in pouring spout and a drain plug provide for quick and easy drain and dry, so there’s no need to fill and clean the full-size tub after every bath. This really has everything you need to get the bath party started.

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Best Bath Insert: Summer Infant Bath Sponge

If your baby is really little, she may be too small to fit in a regular-sized baby tub (or at least she might not be super comfortable in it). Rather than getting a super small baby bath that you’ll have to upgrade as she grows, pick up the Amazon’s Choice Summer Infant Bath Sponge to put inside your regular baby bath to keep her comfy and cozy while she bathes.

The slip-resistant material is safe for bathing, and the quick-drying foam allows for fast clean up. The foam cushion can be used in sinks, baby bathtubs, or adult tubs, and the contoured shape, cushioned edges, and a slight incline all support baby’s head, neck and back.​

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Best Baby Shampoo/Wash: Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo for Hair & Body

Baby bonding during bath time is super important, but so is washing up, of course. When it comes time to get your baby squeaky clean, try Aveeno’s Baby Wash & Shampoo for Hair & Body, another Amazon’s Choice product. Aveeno is a trusted name in the cleansing and body care game, so it only makes sense you’d trust them to take care of your baby’s skin, as well.

This baby product is both a shampoo and wash in one, and the tear-free formula gently cleanses your baby without drying. The specially formulated product is made just for babies and newborns with soothing natural oat extracts.

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Best Lotion: California Baby Everyday Lotion

No baby bath is truly complete without a fabulous lotion to finish things off. California Baby’s Everyday Lotion is an ultra-gentle lotion that soothes, moisturizes, and cools through the power of pure organic calendula extract, aloe vera, and plant-based emollients. There are no added fragrance, common allergens, or irritants, so you can ensure your baby’s skin stays silky smooth and safe.

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Best Toy: Boon Odd Ducks

It goes without saying that bath time isn’t really bath time without the quintessential toy—the rubber duck. Take your rubber duck game up a notch, though, with the Amazon’s Choice Boon Odd Ducks four pack of awesome rubber ducks.

These ​BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC-free ducks come in bright and vibrant colors that will keep your kid coming back for more bath time play, day after day. Plus, they don’t absorb water, so there’s no need to worry about mold or mildew inside.​​​

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Best Bath Towel: Baby Lightweight 3pk Hooded Towel Set Cloud Island

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Courtesy of Target

You'll want to dry baby off when they get out of the tub and a hooded towel is often the best way to do so since you'll ensure their head stays warm. This 3-piece set is pretty much all you'll need to take you to till laundry day. It has three different colored prints and is made out of 80 percent cotton terry so baby stays warm and cozy. This is also available in a more girly pattern or gender neutral patterns—the choice is yours.

Parents love that these are lightweight, soft, and hold up through lots of washings. Many have loved these so much they have given them as gifts to expecting parents.

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Best Washcloths: Burt's Bees Baby - Set of 3 Washcloths

Be sure to stock up on a bunch of washcloths (an often overlooked registry item) since you'll need a fresh one for each bath. These organic cotton washcloths are made by the popular Burt's Bees Baby and are super soft to the touch so you know you won't be irritating your little one's skin. They come in three different colors and either in a pack of three or six.

Parents love that these are lightweight (meaning they dry quickly), soft to the ​touch, and like that they have a soft and more scrubby side to help clean off extra grimy areas.

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