10 Best Baby Bathtubs and Bath Seats of 2021
Best Baby Bathtubs of 2021
May 12, 2021

Best Baby Bathtubs of 2021

A clean, safe and happy baby? Find the right tub that gets the job done.Best Baby Bathtubs of 2021

In generations past, most babies got all their scrub downs in the kitchen sink. These days, plastic or foam tubs give parents a convenient spot to prop floppy newborns and keep more curious older babies contained.

While bathtime can be adorable, it can also be tricky—a good tub can make the process a lot easier for parents.

Do You Need a Baby Bathtub?

The kitchen sink is still an option, but a baby bathtub will help you safely support a newborn. A baby tub can also be great to set on top of a kitchen counter for bath time so you don’t have to bend over your adult-sized tub (which can be especially hard for those recovering from delivery).

How Long Will You Use a Baby Bathtub?

While each baby bathtub has its own age range, your baby will begin sitting up on their own around six months old, and they can usually graduate to the big tub at this point.

Some parents and caregivers continue to use basin tubs even after baby is sitting up. Many provide a non-slip surface in the big tub while still leaving plenty of room for bath toys, bubble bath, washcloths and all of the other things that come with bathtime.

What are the Types of Baby Bathtubs?

Sink Inserts

Sink inserts are padded inserts that rest inside your sink, turning it into a mini baby bath.

  • Usually flexible and mold to fit the kitchen or bathroom sink
  • Caregiver can stand at the sink comfortably during bath time
  • Hangs conveniently—great for limited storage space
  • Typically outgrown after 4-6 months

Just be sure to measure your sink and the insert before purchasing to ensure that it fits.

Basin Tubs

Basin tubs are standalone baby bathtubs.

  • Can be used in regular bathroom tubs or on counters or tables (they can even be used outside)
  • Most have a newborn-friendly option that can be removed, allowing the tub to last through at least the first year
  • Some models collapse for easier storage

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Best Baby Bathtub for a Newborn

The Scoop
  • Great infant support
  • Can also transition through toddlerhood
  • Built-in hook for hanging
What Our Experts Think

Bathing a newborn can be intimidating to say the least. Skip Hop’s popular Moby tub has a mesh sling insert built right in that offers the perfect amount of support for floppy, slippery babies (and for nervous first-time parents). Once your baby is a little more stable, move the sling into its second position to support older babies who are learning to sit, then remove it altogether to turn the tub into a toddler-friendly spot for easy bathtime.

What’s Worth Considering

This tub on the larger side and won’t fit in most sinks. If storage is an issue, there’s a built-in hook on the back of the whale for easy hanging.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth and up
Dimensions 27.5” x 19” x 11.5”

Best Baby Bathtub for Your Sink

The Scoop
  • Makes sink baths easy
  • Quick-drying
  • Also great for travel and small spaces
What Our Experts Think

There are few things cuter than a baby in a sink. This innovative foam insert makes sink baths easier on everyone involved. The Puj conforms to your sink and cradles baby for bathtime. It hangs flat when not in use, so it won’t take up any precious bathroom real estate, dries quickly and is made from mold and mildew-resistant foam.

What’s Worth Considering

This tub won’t last too long: once baby can sit up well on their own, they’ll outgrow it. Also, check your sink’s dimensions to make sure you have a good fit as the Puj will only work with certain sink sizes. (Puj recommends an ideal sink dimension of 12-16” front to back, 12-15” side to side and 6.5-9” deep.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 16.5 lbs
Dimensions 18.25” x 33” x 6.5”

Best Baby Bathtub for Small Spaces

The Scoop
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Built-in hook for hanging
  • Empties fast thanks to two-sided drain
What Our Experts Think

You don’t have to sacrifice a roomy bathtub for your little one just because you’re in a small space. Oxo Tot’s Splash & Store tub is really roomy (it will work until your baby hits about 18 pounds or so), but folds flat and compactly with a built-in hook for easy storage. The tub boasts two different options, an angled side for newborns and a flat side for older babies, and has a two-sided drain so it won’t take you forever to empty it out.

What’s Worth Considering

This tub is on the bulkier side. And, like many folding tubs, some parents note that the support for newborns isn’t ideal. You can help by laying a towel down under your baby in those early weeks to help prevent them from sliding.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 18 mos
Dimensions 30.5” x 18” x 4.8”

Best Affordable Baby Bathtub

The Scoop
  • Great value
  • Works from newborn days through toddlerhood
  • Fits in most sinks and in the tub
What Our Experts Think

This affordable baby bathtub has a lot going for it. There’s the price, of course, which comes in a lot lower than lots of other comparable baby tubs. Then there’s the fact that it’s sturdy, fits in the tub and in most kitchen sinks and has three different positions to make it work from the first days to the toddler years. There’s even a small built-in basin at the button to hold toys and supplies.

What’s Worth Considering

This tub doesn’t fold, so even though it’s fairly compact, if you’re short on space it’s probably not the best choice. Some parents also say their babies outgrew it fairly quickly.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 25 lbs
Dimensions 29” x 15.2” x 9”

Best Baby Bath Support

The Scoop
  • Tub + bath seat hybrid
  • Affordable, easy to clean
  • Great for bathing a newborn + toddler together
What Our Experts Think

If you don’t want a baby tub but still need a little support in the big bath, try this bathtub + bath seat hybrid. The seat is designed to support baby in a comfortably reclined position either in the tub or in the sink. The soft, mildew-resistant mesh is gentle on your little one’s skin and features drain holes that allow soapy water to be easily rinsed away.

What’s Worth Considering

Pro tip: need to bathe a baby and a toddler in the tub at the same time? This bath support does the trick.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 6 mos; up to 20 lbs
Dimensions 22” x 13.5” x 8.8”

Best Baby Bathtub That Goes the Distance

The Scoop
  • Works from birth to four years old
  • Folds completely flat
  • Heat-sensitive plug tells you when water gets warm
What Our Experts Think

The Flexi Bath is a great option for bathing older kiddos. Thanks to its high sides, it works until your little one is up to four years old—the highest age limit for any tub on our list. It’s also another excellent space-saving option if you’re living in close quarters. The tub folds completely flat, making it easy to store almost anywhere and just as easy to take with you when you’re on the go. There’s a removable newborn support and a heat-sensitive drain plug that turns colors when the bath water is too warm.

What’s Worth Considering

Some parents say the newborn insert doesn’t offer as much support as they’d like.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 4 years old
Dimensions 26” x 9.4” x 15.4”

Best Baby Soaking Tub

The Scoop
  • Can handle a higher water level than most baby tubs
  • Built-in support bump
  • Better for older babies
What Our Experts Think

Ready for a pint-sized soak? This baby bathtub is designed to keep little ones in an upright position during bath time so they’re safe and secure. The Sit & Soak features a built-in support bump, a padded backrest and a handle for easy hanging, and can be used as a standalone tub or in a regular tub or sink. We love the option to fill the water level up higher than many baby bathtubs, keeping your little one warm and feeling secure.

What’s Worth Considering

Although this tub can work for newborns, we prefer it for babies who are starting to sit up a bit more on their own.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 12 mos
Dimensions 25” x 16.25” x 15”

Best Baby Bath Seat

The Scoop
  • Helps older babies stay safe in the bath
  • High backrest for added support
  • Never leave baby unattended!
What Our Experts Think

Bath seats are a great option for babies newly transitioning to the regular tub. They give older (and still very slippery!) babies a safe spot in the bath, freeing up your hands for scrubbing. This one has three sturdy arms for 360° of support and a high backrest that keeps your little one safe and secure. Suction cups on each of the arms keep the seat stable while also making it easy to remove.

What’s Worth Considering

Even though this seat helps your baby stay upright, it’s not a safety device. It’s still super important to keep your eyes on baby at all times and never leave the room during bathtime, even for a few seconds.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 5-10 mos
Dimensions Accommodates standard rectangular tubs 21”-24” wide

Best Baby Bathtub for Travel

The Scoop
  • Ideal for travel
  • Ultra affordable
  • Features heat sensor on bottom
What Our Experts Think

This inflatable tub can be tossed right into your bag or suitcase when you’re on the go, making it ideal for travel. It also works as a comfy spot to contain a busy baby and uses less water than filling the big bathtub every night. It has a temperature sensor on the bottom that shows “hot” when the temperature is too high.

What’s Worth Considering

Due to its flat bottom and high walls, it’s not a great option for bathing newborns.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 6-24 mos
Dimensions 9.2” x 3” x 7.5” in the box; 31” x 19” x 19” inflated

Best Baby Bath Cushion

The Scoop
  • Versatile
  • Affordable
What Our Experts Think

Parent hack alert: this bath cushion (think giant sponge) has so many uses! Stick it inside a baby bathtub to help prop and support a slippery newborn; use it in your sink for sink baths; lay it on the bottom of your big bathtub for some extra padding; pop it in your suitcase for travel. It’s affordable, versatile, made from quick-drying foam and is a must for baby bathtime.

What’s Worth Considering

If you’re using this sponge on the regular, you’ll probably have to replace it once or twice as it’s not super durable.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 6 mos
Dimensions 17.5” x 19” x 12”

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