Top Guide to the Best Baby Bath Tub

Best Baby bath tubs

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If you are getting ready for the arrival of your new baby and are looking for the best baby bath tub, then this article is for you.

We will go through different types of baby bath tubs, as some options may be more suitable than others for you home. If you are in a rush, you can go straight to our comparative table below.

If you would like to review the products in detail, go to our product reviews which includes opinions from users.

 

Best baby Bath Tubs Summary Table

Product PhotoProduct NameWeightSizeNo. Amazon ReviewsStar RatingGo to Amazon.com

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub, Blue2.4 Lbs (1 kg)
31 x 15.3 x 8.2 inches (78 x 39 x 21 cm)

3,020+
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub, Pink2.4 Lbs (1 kg)
31 x 15.3 x 8.2 inches (78 x 39 x 21 cm)

3,020+
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
1.3 Lbs (0.5 kg)
31 x 19 (78 x 48 cm)
1,520+
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub
6.9 Lbs (3.1 kg)
30 x 18.5 x 8.5 inches (76.2 x 47 x 21.5 cm)
555+
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
3.7 Lbs (1.6 kg)
31 x 17.5 x 8.5 inches (78 x 44.5 x 21.5 cm)
617+
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
3.5 Lbs (1.5 kg)
36 x 21 x 9 inches (91.4 x 53.3 x 22.8 cm)
1,660+
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

Summer Infant Newborn to Toddler Bath Center and Shower, Blue
4.2 Lbs (1.9 kg)
30.3 x 16.9 x 13.4 inches (77 x 42.9 x 34 cm)
250+
4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)Check Out on Amazon.com

The options listed are Amazon best sellers, meaning that they are the ones parents choose the most. If you would like to learn more about our criteria on product selection click here.

Reviews of the Best Baby Bath Tubs

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub

Its deep ergonomic design makes it an ideal option for parents looking for a versatile bath tub. This tub is perfect for newborns, infants and toddlers, as it is a 3 in 1 bath tub.

This bath tub comes with mildew-resistant padding for extra support and comfort; and it is recommended from birth up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg).

The great thing about this bath tub is that is one single piece design with different features that your baby can use as he grows.

  • Newborn: the baby bath tub comes with a machine washable mesh sling to safely hold your newborn. Some parents find this feature really useful to support baby in the especially in the first weeks of life
  • Infant: Once baby outgrows the mesh sling, he can lay on the reclining side, which is designed for babies that don’t sit up by themselves yet
  • Toddler: From when your baby is approx. 6 months old, he will be able to sit up by himself. He will also me more active in the bath, splashing water everywhere! This is when you change sides and start using the sitting upright position

Key Features

  • One design with features that grow with baby
  • Mesh sling for newborns included
  • Drain Plug
  • Soap/ shampoo holder basin included

Pros

✓Fits well in the sink*
✓It is durable and grows with baby
✓Great value for money

Cons

✕It doesn’t feature any hooks to dry and store
✕Water level cannot go too high
✕It is large for a newborns and small for a toddlers

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What have parents said about this bath tub?

Parents have used this bath tub in the first year of their baby. The sling is great for newborns, but be careful with the water level as you want your baby to be submerged in order to be warm.

Some parents have said it is hard to clean.

*Many parents have said this tub fits well in their kitchen sink. We recommend you always take measurements of your sink and compare to product size before making a purchase.

Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

This original idea by Munchkin, consists of an inflatable ducky tub that can fit inside your bath tub. A definitely fun idea to keep baby entertained during bath time.

This bath tub is a great option for parents wanting their babies to transition from infant bath tub to the big one, at around 6 months of age. It is very simple to use, as it needs to be placed it in the big bath tub, once it has been inflated, and then filled with water.

It has many great features. One of them is an integrated thermometer in the shape of a white safety disk that reads HOT when the water temperature reaches 40 degrees. The disk also turns blue when the water temperature is good.

It has a padded head rest and bottom for extra comfort for your little one and the base is textured to prevent baby from slipping into the water. The duck tub has a drain hole, so there is no heavy weight lifting involved to drain it.

It is not necessary to deflate it after every use. You can just hang it through its suction cups for quick air drying.

Key Features

  • Textured anti-slippery bottom
  • Draining Plug
  • Integrated thermometer

Pros

✓No need to deflate after every use
✓Does not use much water
✓Light weight

Cons

✕Smaller than other baby bath tubs
✕It may deflate after a few uses

What have parents said about this bath tub?

Many parents have said this bath tub is a great outdoor toy to play in the backyard or pool. One family even took to the lake and used it as a flotation device.

For parents on the go, this is a great option to take on vacation, especially if you don’t know if the place you are going to stay has a bath tub.

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub

More than a bath tub, Fisher-Price has named this a 4 stage bath centre, as it offers different features for each stage in your baby’s development. It is suitable for babies from newborn to 25 Pounds (11.3kg).

  • Stage 1 (Newborn): the tub comes with a soft mesh sling to help support your baby
  • Stage 2 (Infant): for this stage, you can use the ‘baby stopper’, which consists of a gentle reclined insert that prevents baby from slipping and sliding in the water. This is a good feature for babies that cannot sit up by themselves yet but have outgrown the mesh sling
  • Stage 3 (Baby): for this stage, the bath tub has a ‘sit-me-up’ support for unsteady sitters
  • Stage 4 (Toddler): For this stage, just remove the sit-me-up feature, to create a roomy bath tub for your toddler to play and splash

This baby bath tub comes with a plug for easy draining and a hook to help you dry and store the bath tub with ease.

As an added plus, this bath tub includes a squeeze bottle and a bath toy to keep baby entertained.

Key Features

  • It comes with a soft mesh sling
  • Baby stopper
  • Removable sit-me-up support
  • Drain plug

Pros

✓Fits well in the sink*
✓One bath tub that grows with your child
✓Good quality and durable

Cons

✕Many parts to clean vs. other tubs
✕Draining plug is hard to remove when sit-me-up is in use
✕Newborn insert has poor cushioning

What have parents said about this baby bath tub?

More than 70% of Amazon parents rated this product 4.5 stars and said it was the best baby bath tub in market due to its versatility, durability and features.

There were, however, 2 instances in which Amazon parents said their babies scratch their toes with the drain holes in the support seat. Always check the product for any rough edges before using it and report any damages to the manufacturer or Amazon.

*Many parents have said this tub fits well in their kitchen sink. We recommend you always take measurements of your sink and compare to product size before making a purchase.

Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub

Fisher-Price Whale Tub is one of the most popular ones. It has useful features for parents and a cute design for baby to enjoy bath time.

It features a removable baby stopper, which can be used until baby is approx. 6 months old to help prevent him/ her sliding into the water. This tub also comes with a comfortable foam for baby to have proper cushioning while having a bath.

Once the baby stopper is removed, toddlers can enjoy a roomy bath with a non-slippery surface.

The whale bath tub is ideal for newborns and toddlers up to 25 Pounds (11.3kg). As an added plus, it comes with a whale bath toy to keep baby entertained.

Cleaning it is easy, as this tub does not have many parts. However, you will need to remove the baby stopper occasionally to give it a thorough clean, as moisture can accumulate.

Key Features

  • It comes with a soft foam cushioning for infants
  • Removable Baby stopper included
  • Drain Plug for easy draining

Pros

✓Fits well in the sink*
✓Foam rest material and angle seem comfortable for baby
✓Spacious for baby to splash when insert is removed

Cons

✕Insert makes it hard to clean vs. other tubs
✕Water level not too high for cooler days
✕Section under insert can get mold as it does not dry when insert is on

What have parents said about this infant tub?

The foam rest may get cold if it is wet before bringing baby to the bath tub.

As the water level does not get too high it may be more suitable for smaller babies. However, some parents have said that it is a good bath option for saving water.

Finally a few parents have said that one of the green legs that support the bath was faulty.

*Many parents have said this tub fits well in their kitchen sink. We recommend you always take measurements of your sink and compare to product size before making a purchase.

PRIMO Euro Bath

This infant bath tub can offer 2 anatomical positions to support your baby:

  • The reclining position, ideal for infants (from 0 to 6 months)
  • The sitting position, for baby and toddler up until 2 years old

Its smart design helps prevent baby from slipping into the water, no matter what position baby is in. However, it note that this bath tub does not have any cushioning or padding.

It is made in the USA out of one single mold of plastic, BPA free. It is fairly simple to use, as you just need to place your baby in whichever end of the bath tub you choose for bathing your child (sitting or reclining).

In terms of size, the tub is one of the largest baby baths in our review at 36 long x 21 wide x 9 deep (inches); which means it will use more water than other models. It features a drain plug to make draining easy.

For this particular model, we would recommend you consider using a folding bath stand (sold separately). This can be useful if you don’t have much room where to place this bath.

Key Features

  • One piece design
  • 2 positions: sit up or recline
  • Extra large size vs. other tubs

Pros

✓You can use this tub for a long time as it fits big babies
✓Anatomical design is comfortable for baby
✓No rough edges

Cons

✕No anti-slippery surface
✕Uses more water than other tubs
✕Takes more room

What have parents said about this bath tub?

Even though some parents prefer a large size baby bath tub, some have said it is too large.

Always assess if product size is convenient for your family before making a purchase.

It is comfortable for baby due to is anatomical design.

After draining, some water main remain in the tub, which may need to be emptied manually. Some parents have recommended buying anti-slipper stickers to prevent baby to slipping into the water.

Summer Infant Newborn to Toddler Bath Center and Shower

This is more than a bath, it is a baby center! It is another great option for parents looking for a versatile baby bath.

The bath tub features 4 stages for it to grow with you baby:

  • Stage 1: For newborn days, the tub comes with an infant bath sling, that can be removed from the baby bath tub to bath your baby in the sink with the motorized shower unit
  • Stage 2: For the second stage, the soft infant sling can be placed inside the Summer infant bath tub as well as the shower unit
  • Stage 3: Once your baby can sit up by himself (at 6 – 7 months of age) the sling can be removed to create more room for your child
  • Stage 4: For toddlers that have outgrown the Summer Infant bath tub, the shower unit can be used in the large bath tub to rinse baby and have fun

This bath tub includes the portable shower (motorized unit) to help rinse your baby and a drain plug for extra convenience. The shower can feel a little stiff and does not have an ON/ OFF button.

Due to its flat bottom it sits well in any flat surfaces, such as a kitchen bench, increasing the sense of stability and safety.

If you are concerned about the use of water, this bath tub does not need much to be filled out, which is an added plus.

Key Features

  • 4 different options for use
  • Newborn sling
  • includes a motorized portable shower unit

Pros

✓Sits well on flat surfaces
✓Needs little water to bath baby
✓Baby can be rinsed with clean water using shower unit

Cons

✕Shower does not have ON/ OFF Switch
✕Shower unit does not fit in bath when sling in use
✕Does not offer recline apart from sling

What have parents said about this bath center?

The shower unit will not fit inside the bath tub until baby can sit up (as baby will be using the sling).

The other thing is that apart from the mesh sling, this tub does not offer other support for babies that don’t sit up yet.

 Some parents have also said that the shower unit is stiff.

*Many parents have said this tub fits well in their kitchen sink. We recommend you always take measurements of your sink and compare to product size before making a purchase.

Key take outs

All baby bath tubs reviewed above are Amazon consumers FAVOURITES, so it is hard to rate one over the other. In order to pick the best baby bath tub for you and your family, try to think of a few variables to assess its convenience: size, age of your child, space available at home for using and storing, draining, drying and cleaning. See the guide below to help you make your decision.

How to pick the best baby bath tub

We’ve listed fantastic products above, but how to pick the one that is best for you? The criteria below will serve as a guide to assess which product best meet your needs. There may be many other things to consider we may be missing, but hopefully we’ve captured most important points.

Age & size of your baby

The age and size of your baby will guide you on the size and features to pick. If you are buying a bath tub for a newborn, some parents feel more comfortable using a mesh sling for the first few weeks, or months.

If you pick a bath tub with a mesh, make sure you adjust it so that baby is partially submerged in the water and place a warm towel over his chest. Otherwise, he may be cold.

Newborn Bath tubs are generally small and also include a reclining area for infants that don’t sit up right by themselves. These features may be uncomfortable for older children, who can sit up right by themselves and splash  water.

How long are you planning to use the baby bath tub?

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This point goes hand in hand with the point above. Try to think long term before you make your choice, as babies grow really fast.

Some infant bath tubs are versatile and offer features for newborn, infant and toddler (the ones reviewed in the this article). There are also more basic baby bath tubs models, which may make bathing your baby more complicated at the start but once baby can sit up right they work best.

In this regard, if you are planning to use the bath tub for a long time, try to pick one with all the features you need. Once baby outgrows that feature, just put it away and keep going with the same baby bath tub.

From about 2 years old toddlers may transition to the big bath. The transition may happen earlier. You may want to assess some bath accessories, such as baby bath seats and transition to a big bath earlier on. Some parents are keener to shower their babies, which is also a great easy option.

Space available at home vs. size of bath tub

The size of the baby bath tub can be a limiting factor for parents. Not only you need to use the tub but also dry it and store it regularly, and you need to have space to do that.

We have provided all recommended bath tub sizes, for your convenience in our comparative table at the start of the article.

Where are you going to bath your baby?

There are as many options available as space in the house!

Sink

Over the kitchen sink is a very popular option, as you can easily fill it up and drain it without having to lift it (that is, if your baby tub has a drain hole). Make sure you properly measure your sink and that the baby bath tub you like fits in it, to avoid being disappointed.

Inside the bath tub

This is another great option as it makes filling up the tub and draining it easy. My only recommendation with this is, be mindful of your back. If you are going to bath your little baby in an uncomfortable position, that may end up injuring your back in the long run.

If you go with this option, try to go on your knees and keep your back as straight as possible. Alternatively, get a little stool to sit comfortably while you bath your child. You will stop holding your child in the water from 6, 7 or 8 months, once they sit up right with confidence.

On a stand

I love baby bath tub stands that can be folded. If you have a place to store it, this can be a great alternative. Not only will it allow you to bath your child in a comfortable position, but it will give you the freedom to choose where to bath your baby.

If the stand can fit in your shower area, you will also be able to fill the tub with water and drain it without doing any heavy lifting. If the water tap does not reach the bath tub, you can also bet a hose to help you fill it up.

Remember to place the stand on a flat surface, never place it inside a bath tub or other unsteady surfaces.

As an extra piece of advice, and this is because I use one of these… make sure you have everything you need at hand as you don’t want to leave baby unattended for a split second as there may be a risk of them falling from the tub if super active.

On the kitchen table

I had to use the kitchen table when I was travelling with my newborn and didn’t have room anywhere else to place the baby tub. The drawback is that you will need to either fill the bath tub with water somewhere else and take it to the table or, fill it up gradually with a jug or bucket. When you finish bathing your baby, you will need either: drain it in one go if you lift and transport the tub to the sink or toilet or, grab a big jug/ bucket and make a few trips to the kitchen to empty the tub gradually.

The second option (using a jug/ bucket) is always more time consuming, but your back will be grateful. Good thing about this second option is that you can prevent spilling a large amount of water all over the floor in an attempt to drain the tub in one go.

How much water to use?

Depending on the size of the bath tub and the size of your child you may need more or less water to fill it up.

As your child grows you will need less water to fill it up as his body will take more space in the tub. Parents that have a small bath tub and a big child don’t need much water to fill the tub to a nice comfy level. For this reason it is important to try to plan long term where possible and consider the length of time you will be using this tub for.

If you prefer to use as little water as possible, a small baby bath tub for a big child is a good option. If baby uses the same bath tub all the time, they will not notice if the size is too small.

Draining

We touched on ways of draining in the points above. There are some bathtubs (the cheapest in the market) that do not feature a draining hole. These tubs are a good option if you are on a budget, but remember to remove all water from the bath tub to prevent mildew and mould from growing over time.

Drying

This is very much related to the point above. Drying your tub is super-important to limit the amount of mildew and mould that can grow and accumulate over time.

Some of the tubs reviewed in this article come with suction cups and holders to hang the bath tub and aid drying it.

Cleaning your Baby Bath Tub

From time to time you will need to clean your baby’s bath tub. No matter what brand you pick mildew and mould are very likely to grow, unless you are cleaning the tub very regularly.

When you choose your bath tub, consider all the extra parts that come with it: a seat, a holder, a mesh sling, and any other fixed or removable features. The more parts you have, the more you will have to clean, especially if you use all of the features on a regular basis. If you don’t like the idea of cleaning too many baby bath tub parts, I would recommend you pick the simplest design.

Baby Bath Time Safety

Never leave baby unattended

Before putting your baby in the water make sure you have everything you need for bath time: soap, shampoo, gels, oils (or whatever you use) plus a towel.

It is risky to leave children unattended whilst in the water as there may be a risk of them slipping, falling or drowning

Anti-slip surface

If your selected bath tub does not come with an integrated anti-slip surface, consider getting a No-slip bath mat or some anti-slip stickers to help prevent baby from sliding into the water.

Water temperature

Always check the water temperature before placing baby inside the bath tub.

Make sure that the water temperature is at a safe level
(around 37ºC or 98ºF). Some baby bath tubs come with an integrated thermometer that will indicate the optimal water temperature for baby. For example the inflatable ducky, featured above.

If your bath tub does not come with an integrated thermometer, you may want to consider getting one. They come in different forms and shapes and forms.

If you don’t have a baby thermometer and don’t intend to get one, you can always check the water temperature with your elbow to assess if it is safe for baby.

Never pick up the bath tub with your child inside

This can be very dangerous, no matter how strong Mom or Dad are. Your child should go in the water once you have everything else ready and that you have checked the water temperature (optimal for baby is 37ºC or 98ºF).

Make sure the bath tub is firmly placed over a flat surface, stand or sink

Stability is very important. As your child grows he/ she will be more active in the water and having a stable bath tub will prevent accidents from happening.

Remember to have fun!

Children grow amazingly fast and bath time can be super fun for all the family, no matter what bath tub you use!

I hope this guide was useful! If it was, please leave us a comment. Did we miss any important points you would like us to expand on?

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