Best Baby Bathtubs of 2019

Best Baby Bathtubs of 2019

October 15, 2019

Best Baby Bathtubs of 2019

A clean, safe and happy baby? Find the right tub that gets the job done.Best Baby Bathtubs of 2019

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 the bathtub (which can be especially hard for moms 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 the 6-month mark, 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 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.

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.

How We Chose Our Best Bathtub Picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top baby tubs they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these tubs too.

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The Space Saver

Why We Love It

This unique-looking sink insert bathtub makes an awesome option for families who travel frequently or live in small spaces. The Puj Tub 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. Also consider: the Puj Flyte, the travel version of the original Puj.

“Just such a simple and brilliant design.”

Keep in Mind

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 and that your faucet won’t hang too close to the tub.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This soft spongy insert fits right into the sink. Easy to use, hangs to dry. Makes bath time for baby a breeze!” -Jennifer V.

“Perfect for when baby is under 5 months or so. I love how it folds flat and you can hang it on the back of a door! Just such a simple and brilliant design.” -Jenna B.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 6 months old
Sink Measurements Fits sinks with depth 6.5-9” and width 12-15”
Dimensions 25.2” x 26.4” x 0.8”

Compact Storage

Why We Love It

The Boon Naked is unlike other basin-style baby bathtub because it collapses on one end to create a recline for bathing newborns, and expands back down to transition easily for a baby ready to sit up in the bath. It has a slip-resistant base and a drain plug, can be used atop the kitchen counter or in the bath for easy fill up and looks modern and sleek. It can be used well into toddlerhood, making it a long-lasting investment. Between bath times, the tub collapses flat and can hang for storage, ideal if you’re sharing a bathroom with baby or if you just don’t want a big baby tub sitting out all the time.

“Awesome for our bathroom with little to no storage.”

Keep in Mind

Some parents recommend also using a sponge insert, to prevent your little one from slipping down the sides of this tub.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We live in a condo, so I really appreciate that it stores flat and out of the way and has a hook so I can just hang it on the towel rack. The rubber on the legs prevents the tub from sliding, which was great for when we used it on the kitchen counter in the beginning.” -Winnie Y.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 2 years old
Dimensions 18.25” x 33” x 6.5”

Grows with Baby

Why We Love It

This Skip Hop basin bathtub has a long shelf life—and thanks to the mesh sling insert, you can use it from day one. It locks into two positions, one to cradle newborns and another to help support older babies with sitting. When baby can sit up on their own, remove the sling, and the non-stick interior helps keep baby upright.

Keep in Mind

There’s a swivel hook behind the whale’s tail so you hang the tub to dry.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines: Birth and up (up to 25 lbs)
Dimensions: 27.5” x 19” x 11.5”

Soft and Cute

Why We Love It

This sink insert is soft and plushy (and makes for a great bathtime photo prop). Shaped like a flower, the petals help the Blooming Bath conform to different sized sinks, while the soft towel-like texture helps keep a grip on baby and prevent them from sliding around. It can be hung to dry or machine washed and dried.

Keep in Mind

Once your little one can sit up unassisted, they’ll be too big for this tub. Some parents also found the Blooming Bath heavy and difficult to wring out when wet.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s softer and warmer than the sink for bathing baby. It works great!” -Julie C.

“This was so easy to clean up and move around the house or take with us to grandma’s.” -R.B.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 6 months old
Sink Measurements Fits with any sink size
Dimensions 13.2” x 4.5” x 13.2”

Safe and Supportive

Why We Love it

This bathtub + bath seat hybrid, the Baby Bath Support makes giving your baby a bath safer and easier. The seat is designed to support baby in a comfortably reclined position either in the tub or in the sink. (Just make sure yours is large enough to accommodate it if you’re hoping to do sink baths with your baby.) The soft mesh is gentle on your little one’s skin and features drain holes that allow soapy water to be easily rinsed away.

Keep in Mind

The mesh is mildew-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about icky mold buildup.

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

Pint-Sized Soak

Why We Love it

This pint-sized soaking tub is designed to keep babies 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 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.

Keep in Mind

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

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love that my baby gets to sit in the warm water instead of getting cold, and they don’t have to lay back in a reclined position once they want to be sitting up more.” -Angela W.

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

Nice and Roomy

Why We Love It

This basin bathtub is extra large compared to the other top tub picks and has two positions to keep baby supported and clean from birth to 2 years. It’s one of the longest-lasting baby bathtubs—and that helps make it a top choice for families with only showers in their homes. The reclining position keeps newborns steady and cradled, and the unique sitting position has a “baby stopper” between the legs to prevent older and more active babies from slipping.

Keep in Mind

This is quite a big tub, so storage is not particularly easy. Additionally, particularly small babies might find this tub too large and slippery.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Our son didn’t enjoy the bath until we bought this tub. It works for babies and up through age 2 and keeps them comfortable and warm during bathtime.” -Sarah B.

“It supports your little one, so you don’t need both hands to hold them, and another side you use when they’re bigger.” -Adrienne B.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 2 years old
Dimensions 36” x 21” x 10”

Great for Older Babies

Why We Love it

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.

Keep in Mind

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 to 10 months
Dimensions 16.8” x 16” x 9.5”

Travel Friendly

Why We Love It

This inflatable tub works great 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. It’s handy for travel since it’s inexpensive and can deflate and fold up.

Keep in Mind

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

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 6 to 24 months old
Dimensions 9.2” x 3” x 7.5” in the box; 31” x 19” x 19” inflated

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Choosing the Right Baby Bathtub for You

What’s right for your family depends on where you want to wash baby—if you picture doing it at the kitchen sink or have space for something bigger, if you’ll need something to hang neatly away or if you want something high tech or travel friendly. Whichever you pick, it may just become part of a great nighttime routine.

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