The 8 Best Baby Bathtubs to Buy in 2018

Keep your baby safe and comfortable at bath time

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Giving your baby his or her first bath is sure to be one of your favorite memories. But there are so many things to consider when choosing a baby bathtub. Safety ranks the highest, of course, but so does compatibility with your living environment. Do you live in an apartment with limited space and only one bathroom? Do you only have standalone showers in your home? Do you plan on bathing your baby in the sink rather than the bathtub?

Fortunately, there is a baby bathtub for every type of home. Generally, a baby needs a bathtub until around 6 months, when he or she can sit up on his or her own. However, many baby bathtubs can be used well into toddlerhood. Below, we choose the best baby bathtub for any and every situation, whether you live in a tiny apartment or a home with lots of bathrooms. An added bonus? Some of them are really photogenic.

Before You Buy

It is important to never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub, so before you start your routine be sure to have all of your supplies on hand, and your first few washes you might want to have another person help out. The perfect water temperature should be about 100 degrees F. You can put your elbow in there before to test and see how it feels. It should not feel hot, but warm. In the newborn stage you'll just need a few inches of water for an adequate wash, and as they age and have better body control you can start filling it up more.

Best Overall: The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub

This bathtub grows with your child. A mesh hammock insert with a headrest holds newborns snug and secure so that you don’t have to worry about them sliding around in the water. Once your baby has better head control, the hammock can be removed. The tub is molded so that your infant can lie down comfortably on their back in shallow water, or sit up with support between his or her legs.

The tub fits in both a sink and a bathtub, and can also be used in a standalone shower. It’s priced relatively low compared to its competitors. The bathtub’s ergonomic design, adaptability, and price make it a favorite among new moms. Choose from a bold blue or a bright pink for your child. You'll be happy to know that the hammock is machine washable and it has mildew-resistant pads.

Best For Newborns: Angelcare Bath Support

The Angelcare Bath Support is perfectly sized for a newborn. It holds even the tiniest babies in the water without submerging them entirely. Constructed from a mildew resistant mesh material, newborns are supported in an inclined position by a safety post between their legs. The design allows them to kick their feet in the water, which will melt your heart every time.

Reviewers on Amazon rave that this bathtub changed bath time for their newborns. “My baby hated the bath until we got this seat,” one five-star reviewer wrote. “Now she loves it.” Other reviewers love that the bathtub is compact and easy to clean. “There is no material to hold mildew, soap scum, or bad odors, and it is still comfortable and soft enough for a newborn baby.”

Some reviewers suggest using the seat for other purposes besides the bath. For example: “My favorite use so far is for the beach! You can put the baby down and the sand comes right off of it.”

Best For Use In Showers: PRIMO EuroBath

What sets the PRIMO EuroBath apart from other baby baths is its size. Measuring 36" x  21" x 9", it includes a drain plug that makes emptying the bath fast and convenient. The bath can easily be filled up in a shower and accommodates children from the newborn stage through toddlerhood. Contoured seats allow babies to both sit up and recline which makes hair washing easy. A plastic tie loop enables you to hang the tub on the wall when it’s not in use.

Reviewers on Amazon agree that the PRIMO EuroBath is great for all ages, and can even accommodate multiple children at the same time. One five star reviewer noted: “It fits my 1-year-old, my 3-year-old and in a few weeks my newborn I’m sure!”​

Best For Sinks: Blooming Bath

Many baby bathtubs fit in sinks, but not all baby bathtubs are shaped like flowers. The Blooming Baby bath, which is shaped like a daisy, is made from polyester plush, and fits in most sinks. Recommended for use from zero to six months, the shape keeps your baby comfortable and warm while he or she is bathed. And let’s be honest, it makes for some pretty adorable photographs.

This bath is great for those who don't want to bend over and strain their back but also don't have space for a bathtub. Choose from eight different colored flowers to suit your baby's mood and style.

Best Inflatable: Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

Recommended for use once your baby is able to sit up independently, inflatable bathtubs are great for travel because they fold up easily. The Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub has the added bonus of looking like an actual bath toy. Features include a special dot that turns white when the water is too hot, as well as a padded headrest.

“It was pretty quick to blow up, easy to maneuver and my kiddo didn't have a problem sitting up in it, even though he isn't sitting entirely on his own yet (obviously you have to watch the kiddos and shouldn't leave them alone),” one five-star review on Amazon stated. “It was wide enough to fit him in it, but narrow enough to where he couldn't really wiggle around too much.”

Best Collapsible: Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub

The Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub flattens so that it’s roughly as wide as a towel rack, and comes with a hook that allows you to hang it from the shower rod. Featuring two support positions that accommodate children from the newborn stage through toddlerhood, it’s perfect for a family with space constraints.

Once your baby has outgrown this, take it outside for a mini outdoor pool. Parents have even pulled their kids around in this in the snow, and have put it to use as a cooler when they're entertaining. Your kids (and you!) will love this friendly duck for many, many years.

Best Bath With Digital Thermometer: 4Moms Infant Tub

Giving your newborn his or her first bath is incredibly exciting—but it can also be scary. It’s hard to know if the temperature of the water is right and if your newborn is comfortable in the strange new environment. For nervous moms—and who isn’t a nervous mom?—there is the 4Moms Infant Tub, which comes with a built-in digital thermometer that tells you if the temperature of the water is safe for a baby. A built in reservoir collects the water before it reaches your child, allowing you plenty of time to adjust as you bathe him or her. The tub fits in most single and double sinks.

Some reviewers suggest getting a sponge insert for when your baby is really little to help keep them comfortable and warm.

Best Bath Seat: Summer Infant My Bath Seat

When you are ready to start transitioning your baby into the real bathtub (typically around 6 months) a bath seat can help keep baby comfortable and ease some of your anxiety. This seat can be used from 5-10 months. This seat works in standard tubs which are 21" to 24" wide. A tension bar with suction will hold the seat stable width wise while a bar behind the seat will give it another level of security. 

All you need to do is fill up your tub a few inches, secure the seat and slip your baby in. They'll love being able to splash around, and you'll feel confident your baby won't fall over.