The 9 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

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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 Lotus

Many baby bathtubs fit in sinks, but not all baby bathtubs are shaped like flowers. The Blooming Baby bath, which is shaped like a lotus flower, 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 for Small Spaces: Puj In-Sink Baby Bathtub, 0-6 Months

Some baby bathtubs are bulky and take up a ton of space, but this one from Puj is a snap to store away. Soft and comfy for baby, it’s made of soft, non-slip foam that conforms to almost any sink with a couple simple folds (Note: The manufacturer says the ideal sink size is 15 x 12 inches and at least 6.5 inches deep). Magnets hold it in place. 

Once bath time is done, it lays flat, so it can easily be tucked in a drawer or closet or even hung from the shower wall. You don’t have to worry about mold and mildew building up on it either as the foam (which is BPA- and PVC-free) doesn’t absorb water.  

It’s not a tub that you’re going to use for years, as it’s really designed for about the first 6 months of baby’s life, but for that time, parents say it’s a fantastic bathtub. Many note that it’s great that you can keep filling the Puj with fresh water, while the dirty water flows out. “This is great when you first put the baby in and want to rinse their bottoms first,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon.

Best for Travel: Mommy's Helper Inflatable Bath Tub, 6-24 Months

When you’re traveling and don’t want to bathe your baby directly in a hotel tub or sink, this inflatable tub from Mommy’s Helper can be a big help. When it’s blown up, it measures 19.5 x 10 x 7.5 inches for nice roomy bathing, but when you let the air out, it can easily be folded to fit in a purse or diaper bag. It’s soft and cushy with a cute frog pattern, and it has a saddle horn to keep baby from slipping and sliding around. You can place it in a regular bathtub or directly on the floor or another smooth surface. When bathtime is over, pull the plug from the bottom and the water drains out.

It’s designed for babies 6-24 months, and parents say it’s perfect for that in-between time when babies are too big for an infant seat but not ready for the full-sized tub yet.

They say it’s easy to inflate, convenient to travel with, and babies love it. “I got this for my then 6mo old as a transition between the infant tub to standard tub,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon. “It has worked great. The horn helped him from sliding down into the tub while he was learning how to sit up in it and prevented him from face planting into the water when reaching for a toy.”

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.

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