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2018 Guide for Buying Baby Bath Products

 

Here’s the thing about giving baby a bath: It can be tricky! Your tiny infant can’t sit up, is slippery when wet, and generally requires two hands on him while in the tub. All of these factors can make the shampooing and bathing part a little challenging for a mom to do on her own.

Luckily, a wealth of baby bathtubs and other bathing gear are available to save the day. But which of the many styles of tubs is best for you? Standard baby tubs can be used from birth until baby can sit up. If you want something with more longevity, a convertible tub will serve your family until at least until your baby becomes a toddler. If you have a small space, or you want travel with your baby’s tub, a foldable or inflatable tub might fit the bill. Luxury tubs have extra features like built-in thermometers and scales. Standing tubs support baby in an upright position, which some parents find easier to use.

This bath tub buying guide includes some of the top-selling tubs in each category. Take a look and find the best choice for your family. 

Categories:

1. Standard Tub
2. Convertible Tub
3. Foldable Tub
4. Inflatable Tub
5. Luxury Tub
6. Standing Tubs
7. Bathtub Alternatives

1. Standard Baby Tub

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub

$20

  • Mesh sling with padded headrest supports newborns
  • Deep ergonomic design is also available in pink
  • Drain plug turns color to alert if water is too hot
  • Mildew resistant pads

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Primo Eurobath Tub

Primo Eurobath Tub

$25

  • Designed for use from birth to 24 months
  • Anatomical design prevents newborns from slipping, and supports sitters 
  • Can be stored on wall hook
  • BPA free and non toxic materials

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Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub

Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub

$40

  • Non slip base designed for use in sink or in an adult bathtub
  • High walls to keep baby in place; ultra soft basin, inclined position and wide base for baby’s comfort
  • Clean water in, dirty water out through the special water reservoir
  • Two piece tub allows for cleaning

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Peg Perego Onda Evolution Bathtub

Peg Perego Onda Evolution Bathtub

$40

  • Recommended for newborn to one year old
  • Nonslip rubber seat and three child supports for baby’s comfort and to prevent sliding
  • Built-in thermometer and maximum water level for safety
  • Easy-pull plug for efficient draining

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Summer Infant Warming Waterfall Bath Tub

Summer Infant Warming Waterfall Bath Tub

$50 

  • Gentle waterfall circulates the water to clean and warm baby
  • Removable infant bolster helps position baby
  • For use from infant to toddler (maximum capacity 30 pounds)
  • Removable parent assist tray; rinse cup and wash cloth included

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2. Convertible Baby Tubs

Summer Infant Comfort Height Bath Tub

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$30

  • Removable base increases/decreases height of tub for easy bathing; locking tabs attach for safety
  • Base can also serve as a child’s step stool
  • Removable newborn support provides incline, can be used in tub or sink
  • Recommended from birth to two years old

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Boon SOAK Newborn to Toddler Bath Tub

Boon SOAK Newborn to Toddler Bath Tub

$30

  • Good for infant, baby, and toddler stages
  • Contoured bath seat can be adjusted for different ages
  • Drain plug changes color to indicate water temperature
  • Fits in most double sinks

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Skip Hop MOBY Bathtub with Sling

Skip Hop MOBY Bathtub with Sling

$30

  • For use through three stages: infant, baby, and toddler
  • Smart Sling cradles infants and adjusts to turn into a cushioned support seat for babies working on sitting up
  • Includes swivel hook for hanging 
  • Non slip interior texture

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

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

$40

  • Adapts to use by four different age groups: infant, baby, supported sitter, and toddler
  • Sling for newborns, removable insert for babies and supported sitters, roomy support-free tub for toddlers
  • Includes squeeze bottle for rinsing and whale spout for playing
  • Hang on built-in hook for easy drying and storage

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Fisher-Price Soothing River Luxury Calming Vibrations Tub

Fisher-Price Soothing River Luxury Calming Vibrations Tub

$45

  • For use from newborn through baby and then sitter stages
  • Removable sling for newborn support, baby stopper insert for baby support
  • Turn on calming vibrations options when baby needs extra pampering
  • Includes hook for hanging, whale scoop, and rinsing bottle

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3. Folding Baby Tubs

Puj Flyte Compact Infant Bath Tub

Puj Flyte Compact Infant Bath Tub

$35

  • Fits in most sinks so parents can bathe baby while standing
  • Foldable, packable flat shape
  • Recommended for infant to six months, supports up to 17 pounds
  • Mildew resistant, non absorbent material dries in seconds

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Stokke Flexi Bath Bath Tub

Stokke Flexi Bath Bath Tub

$46

  • Foldable bath tub can be stored
  • Recommended for birth to ages four years old
  • Weighs less than three pounds for easy transporting
  • Non slip base helps prevent babies and kids from sliding around

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Luxx Baby BF1 Folding Bath Tub by Karibu

Luxx Baby BF1 Folding Bath Tub by Karibu

$71

  • Useable on any flat surface
  • Folds flat and expands to full-size tub
  • Heat sensitive tub plug shows alerts to water temperature 
  • Includes non slip mat

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Aojia Baby Folding Bath

Aojia Baby Folding Bath

$46

  • Non stick feet make it useable on any flat surface
  • Folds flat and expands to full-size tub
  • Heat sensitive tub plug shows alerts to water temperature 
  • Built-in hook for easy drying and storage

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Kidsmile Baby Portable Collapsing Bathtub

Kidsmile Baby Portable Collapsing Bathtub

$119

  • Removable infant sling
  • Folds flat, hook for easy hanging storage
  • Drain plug
  • Taiwan-based company

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4. Inflatable Baby Tubs

Infantino Go Gaga Bubble Ball Bath Tub

Infantino Go Gaga Bubble Ball Bath Tub

$14.99

  • Inflates and deflates easily
  • Release plug for easy draining
  • Recommended for ages six to 24 months, but reviewers suggest it’s best for six to 12 months
  • Includes 10 balls for playtime

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Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Safety Baby Bath Tub

Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Safety Baby Bath Tub

$11

  • For babies ages six months and up with can sit without support
  • Features a safety disk that turns white when the water is too hot for baby
  • Textured, non-slip surfaceEasy inflate/deflate, folds for easy storage and for traveling
  • Easy inflate/deflate, folds for easy storage and for traveling

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Mommy’s Helper Inflatable Froggie Bath Tub

Mommys Helper Inflatable Froggie Bath Tub

 $14.99

  • Soft tub featuring frog design
  • Horn support on the bottom of the tub helps prevent slipping
  • Recommended for ages six to 18 months
  • Inflate manually

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Modern Home Beibao Inflatable Infant Portable Bath Tub

Modern Home Beibao Inflatable Infant Portable Bath Tub

$36

  • Heavy duty grade vinyl
  • Folds to size of a T-shirt
  • Angled back and center support helps prevent baby from sliding around
  • Drain plug 

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SuperLi Inflatable Baby Bathtub

SuperLi Inflatable Baby Bathtub

$26

  • Water level mark takes guessing out of filling
  • Recommended for babies between 6-48 months old
  • Side pockets for stashing toys or toiletries
  • Textured bottom prevents slipping; mid tub hump supports baby

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5. Luxury Baby Tubs

AquaScale 3-in-1 Digital Scale, Water Thermometer and Infant Tub

AquaScale 3-in-1 Digital Scale, Water Thermometer and Infant Tub

$70

  • For use from birth to two years old
  • Digital scale gives baby’s precise weight, with or without water in tub
  • Built-in digital thermometer updates continually to insure water is a comfortable temperature
  • Tub’s unique shape supports infants, can be converted to a toddler tub once baby can sit unsupported

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Boon Naked 2-Position Collapsible Baby Bath Tub

Boon Naked 2-Position Collapsible Baby Bath Tub

$65

  • Reclining position for babies, expands to accommodate toddlers
  • Drain, collapse and hang to store
  • One piece design means no lost parts
  • Slim profile for small bathrooms

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4moms Infant Bath Tub

4moms Infant Bath Tub

$60

  • Designed to be used with running water; side drain releases dirty waters so baby is always in the clean flow
  • Built-in color coded digital thermometer alerts when water temperature is changing
  • Recommended for use from newborn to six months
  • Fits in most single and double basin sinks

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Beaba Ultra Compact Fabric Bath

Beaba Ultra Compact Fabric Bath

$100

  • Soft fabric conforms to baby’s body for comfort and soothing
  • Non slip, mildew resistant, fast drying material
  • Folds for easy storage
  • Made in France

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6. Standing Baby Tubs

Shnuggle Baby Bath Tub

Shnuggle Baby Bath Tub

$35

  • One-piece tub designed for ages infant to 12 months
  • Compact, clean design for use in bathtub, shower, kitchen sink, or on the floor
  • Non slip feet and warm foam backrest
  • Bum bump helps support baby when he’s ready to sit up

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The Original Tummy Bath Tub

The Original Tummy Bath Tub

$48

  • Can be used from birth to three years old
  • Womb shaped and sized so babies adopt cozy fetal position and feel relaxed and comfortable
  • Anti skid base and low center of gravity
  • BPA and toxin free

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Prince Lionheart washPOD

Prince Lionheart washPOD

$30

  • Recommended for newborn to six months old
  • Soft foam pillow helps support baby
  • Watermark line shows the correct depth
  • Sturdy flared base

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7. Bath Tub Alternatives

Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge

Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge

$7

  • Contoured foam cushion supports baby’s head, neck, and back
  • Slip resistant and fast drying material
  • Can be used in sinks, baby bath tubs, and adult bath tubs
  • For use up to 20 pounds

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Angelcare Bath Tub Support

Angelcare Bath Tub Support

$25 

  • Place directly in adult tub or kitchen sink 
  • Recommended for newborn to six months
  • Baby reclines in mesh, mildew-resistant seat
  • Built in hook for easy storage

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Blooming Bath Baby Bath

Blooming Bath Baby Bath

$39.99

  • Alternative to plastic tubs
  • Fits most standard kitchen sinks
  • Made from soft, quick-dry polyester
  • Recommended for infant to six months old

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Baby Dam Bath Tub Divider

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$46

  • Turns regular bathtubs into baby-sized tubs
  • Fits standard sized and shaped porcelain tubs that have completely smooth bottoms
  • Saves water and space
  • Grows with your baby

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PRIMO Charli Baby Shower Chair

Baby Dam Bath Tub Divider

$116

  • For use in shower (parents bathing with baby)
  • Recommended from birth until 24 months or baby is walking 
  • Five-point harness and two-position recline
  • Waterproof and rust proof
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