The 9 Best Baby Bath Products of 2022

Scrub-a-dub-dub, it's time for the tub

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Bath time is fun, squirmy, and soaking wet! While you don't have to bathe a newborn daily, parents and caregivers may find it’s a nice way to wind down at the end of a busy day.

Whether your baby loves or detests bath time, there are lots of products, like baby wash, lotions, a bathtub, and more that can help make bathing easier and full of fun. Some are necessities, and some just help make bath time a better experience for everyone.

Here, the best baby bath products for your little duckie.

Good to Know

A baby should never be left unattended in the bathtub, even if only for a minute. Practice infant water safety early and always keep bath supplies within arm's reach to create good and safe water habits.

Our Top Picks
The tear-free, soap-free, hypoallergenic, paraben- and phthalate-free formula is safe for everyday use.
Designed for babies but appropriate for the whole family, this all-natural bubble bath definitely produces the bubbles.
Made from 100% natural nutrients, this soothing cream is perfect for baby eczema, dry skin, or as a post-bath lotion.
Designed for cleanliness, the clean water area holds fresh water for rinsing while dirty bathwater can flow out the side drain.
The boats feature funny faces, numbers for counting, and can be used for skill development, like hand and eye coordination.
This pad will keep you comfortable as you kneel at the tub to bathe your baby.
The towel is big enough that it’s appropriate for newborns up to two-year-olds, providing a warm welcome after bath time.
Best Tear-Free Hair Rinser:
Skip Hop Baby Bath Rinse Cup at Amazon
So simple, yet life-changing, parents will appreciate how quickly and easily hair rinsing will go with this cute whale rinser.
This 100% cotton, knitted terry robe is super soft, and it will get softer with each wash.

Best Baby Wash: Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Gentle Bath Wash & Shampoo with Natural Oat Extract

Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Gentle Bath Wash & Shampoo with Natural Oat Extract

Do it all with a gentle wash and shampoo made just for baby bath time. The tear-free, soap-free, hypoallergenic, paraben- and phthalate-free formula is safe for everyday use. Parents will appreciate the pump bottle that is spill-free and easy to use with wet and slippery hands.

Best Bubble Bath: Puracy Natural Baby Bubble Bath

Puracy Natural Baby Bubble Bath

Designed for babies but appropriate for the whole family, this all-natural bubble bath definitely produces the bubbles! Older babies may enjoy the wonder of a bubble-filled bath, but start slowly since bubbles can also be new and overwhelming. Tear-free and hypoallergenic, this all-natural formula also doubles as baby shampoo.

Best Lotion: Dove Baby Soothing Cream

Gentle enough for infant skin and made from 100% natural nutrients, this soothing cream is perfect for baby eczema, dry skin, or as a post-bath lotion. Infant massage can be a wonderful bonding activity for new parents and their babies, so creating a ritual with this product and some loving touch is highly recommended.

Best Baby Bath: 4moms Cleanwater Tub

4moms Cleanwater Tub

A smart design that grows with your baby, this baby bathtub can be used in three stages. Newborns will be fully supported with an included insert, remove the insert for older babies, and sitting babies will still have plenty of room.

Designed for cleanliness, the clean water area holds fresh water for rinsing while dirty bathwater can flow out the side drain. Built into the tub is a color-coded digital thermometer so the water doesn't get too hot. To avoid burns, it's best for bath water to reach no more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Best Toys: Munchkin Bath Toy, Little Boat Train, 6 Count

Munchkin Bath Toy, Little Boat Train, 6 Count

All aboard the "little boat train" with these six lightweight boats designed to link together and float in the water. Each pack features several boats in different colors, and can be used to scoop up or strain water. The boats feature funny faces and numbers for counting, and can be used for skill development, like hand and eye coordination.

Best Accessory: Skip Hop Moby Baby Kneeler Pad

Skip Hop Moby Baby Kneeler Pad

Parents rejoice! Give those achy knees a break while you kneel at the tub to bathe your baby. The bright blue whale has a non-slip backing and a soft cushiony feel. Made out of quick-dry fabric, the whale’s strap makes it easy to hang up and dry after an especially splash-filled bath.

Best Towel: Pottery Barn Gingham Baby Hooded Towel

Gingham-baby-hooded-towel

Your bathing beauty will look so cute and stay nice and dry in a sweet gingham hooded towel. Choose from four colors of gingham trim and add personalization for a custom touch. The towel is big enough that it’s appropriate for newborns up to two-year-olds, providing a warm welcome after bath time for years to come.

Best Tear-Free Hair Rinser: Skip Hop Baby Bath Rinse Cup

Skip Hop Baby Bath Rinse Cup

So simple, yet life-changing, parents will appreciate how quickly and easily hair rinsing will go with this cute whale rinser. Interior fins channel a steady flow of water while the soft rubber lip fits snuggly up to your kiddo’s forehead, preventing water from flowing into sensitive eyes. Wet parents can use the easy-grip handle to pour; the rinser can double as a toy bin when not in use. 

Best Robe: Burt's Bees Baby Absorbent Terry Hooded Bathrobe

Burt's Bees Baby Absorbent Terry Hooded Bathrobe

Parents will be jealous of how cozy this 100% cotton, knitted terry robe is, especially since it will get softer with each wash. Made for babies up to 9 months old, the extra absorbent fabric is a perfect way to cozy up and dry off after bathtime.

Final Verdict

When prepping for baby’s bath time, a simple soap like Aveeno Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo (view on Amazon) is a must-have to get your baby fresh and clean. Once you’ve got the basics down, adding a hair rinser like the Skip Hop Moby Tear Free Waterfall Rinser (view on Amazon) to your bathroom will be so useful for years to come, especially since it can stash bath toys when it’s off duty.

What to Look for in Baby Bath Products

Space

Most bathrooms don’t have unlimited space and storage. Consider items that don’t take up too much room, serve a few purposes, or are easy to store away. Many parents share the room with their kiddos, so the last thing you want to see during a relaxing bath is a tub full of toys. 

Look for products that are two-in-one, like body wash and shampoo. Typically, these two are designed to be made together, so you don't have to buy two separate bottles. Otherwise, only buy what you truly need.

Additionally, young babies, like newborns, do not need many products other than soap. Until baby is a little older, you can wait on the toys, different lotions, and other products.

Ingredients

Delicate baby skin should be treated gently. Since soap, bubbles, and lotion will be covering your baby’s cute little body, look for natural ingredients that won’t irritate your baby’s skin. Too much soap can be drying, so a mild, neutral-pH soap without any additives is your best bet.

Moreover, avoid baby bath products with fragrances, parabens, and other chemicals that could cause a reaction to baby's skin. As always, speak to your pediatrician if you have any concerns or see any odd reactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How often should I bathe my baby?

    In the first few weeks, bathing your newborn can seem overwhelming—there's so much to remember! For the first two weeks, before the umbilical cord falls off, give your baby a sponge bath every few days. After that, you can bathe your baby in the tub a few times a week (or even less often; just keep baby's diaper area, face, and neck clean in between baths).

  • What bath products does my newborn need?

    You’ll want a few key products when giving your newborn baby a bath. Depending on your bathroom set-up, you may need a baby tub with an infant insert. You’ll also need shampoo and body wash, which usually comes as a combo; lotion; and washcloths and towels. Bath toys aren't necessary for newborns (the bath itself is stimulating enough!) but will make baths more fun when your baby gets a little bigger.

  • When is the best time to give a baby a bath?

    You can give a baby a bath whenever it suits you, whether it be the morning, afternoon, or evening. Some families choose to do bathtime right before bedtime to help calm and soothe the baby, as well as set the family up for a future bedtime routine.

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of an 11-year-old son, a 7-year-old son, and a 3-year old daughter. Two of her three children still prefer baths over showers, so there’s a lot of bath-taking going on in her house.

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