What are the best baby bathtubs for newborns?
A baby bathtub will prove quite useful and practical during the first 6 months of your baby’s life. Usually, that’s when you’ll want to make the transition to a bigger tub.
Bathtime can become quite the challenge, with your baby trying to escape it or making a huge mess splashing around; that’s where the baby bathtub comes in providing the perfect spot to safely place your baby and bathe her.
What to look out for before you buy a baby bathtub
There are hundreds of options on the market, so finding the right baby wipes can seem overwhelming, but there are some key considerations before you buy a bathtub.
There are two main types of baby bathtubs
- Basin tub: this is your traditional standalone tub that can be used anywhere you want – on a counter or a table or in your regular bathroom full size tub. They are portable and relatively lightweight, usually made from high grade plastic
- Sink insert: a sink insert, as the name suggests, can be inserted in a (bathroom) sink effectively turning it into a baby bathtub. They are cheaper than the regular standalone bathtubs but your baby will outgrow them faster (at around the 4-month mark).
The 5 top rated baby bath tubs of 2023
Read on to discover the top baby bathtubs on the market currently:
- Summer Lil Luxuries Whirlpool Bubbling Spa & Shower
- Stokke Flexibath
- Angelcare Baby Bath Support
- Blooming Bath Lotus – Baby Bath
- Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
- Munchkin Sit and Soak Baby Bathtub
The Summer Lil Luxuries Whirlpool Bubbling Spa and Shower is the Cadillac of baby bathtubs.
It’s a fully equipped basin bathtub with motorized water jets in a miniature size designed for your baby.
The motorized jets feature three different modes that can create bubbles and vibrations to keep your baby entertained. This bathtub can grow with your baby. The convenient design allows for the spa/shower to be removed to make extra space as your baby grows bigger.
What we liked is the insulated double wall that helps keep the water warm. It’s a nice little attention to detail that we didn’t find in most of the other competitors.
|Dimensions||18.25 x 9.75 x 29.25 inches|
If you’re on the market for a great all-around baby bathtub, then the Stokke Flexibath won’t let you down, it has everything you’ll want in a baby bathtub and more!
First of all, it’s quite large and can be used up to the age of four extending effectivelly the product life and saving you money.
The base boasts a non-slip surface to keep your baby safe and secure in place and there’s a plug drain hole for easy draining. The drain plug also changes colors to indicate the temperature of the water. As the water gets warmer and warmer the plug will change color singaling that it’s warm enough for your baby.
That said, we recommend you always check with your hand the water temperature because the plug is not a thermometer and can’t guarantee 100% accuracy.
What we also liked is that the bathtub is very lightweight and can be folded flat, which makes it excellent for traveling or storing away when not needed.
|Dimensions||26 x 13.7 x 9.4 inches|
The Angelcare Baby Bath Support is the best budget bath seat/bathtub in our roundup. You can use the Angelcare bath support anywhere you prefer: in the sink or in the bathroom tub.
The ergonomic design comes with a soft-touch material so that it is gentle on your baby’s skin and the mesh material base allows for the water to drain easily through.
On top of this, it’s very lightweight and easy to store. The mesh base allows for quick drying which is quite handy. The material used is Latex, BBP, BPA, DEHP and DBP free.
|Dimensions||22 x 13.50 x 8.75 inches|
The Blooming Bath Lotus has to be the most instagrammable baby bath insert on the market today.
It’s super soft and cuddly and will distract your baby from the actual bath time. It is designed for babies up to 6 months, or until they outgrow it and it’s a great alternative to a regular baby bathtub.
You can insert it in the sink or in the bathroom tub and enjoy a fun and entertaining bathtime with your baby.
|Dimensions||13.5 x 4.5 x 13.5 inches|
The Boon Naked is a basin bathtub that has a modular design. You can collapse its leg on one end and turn it into a reclined bath seat for newborns.
The base surface is made from a non slip material and there’s a drain hole for draining the water easily. Underneath the tub, there’s a support brace for secure positioning to ensure the tub stays locked in place.
|Dimensions||33 x 18.25 x 6.5 inches|
The Munchkin Sit & Soak Tub might not win the award of the most beautiful baby bathtub but it gets the job done. It’s a no-frills bathtub that works perfectly.
It’s a compact sized basin baby bathtub that is designed to keep the babies in an upright seated position.
The base material is non-slip and there’s a drain plug to drain the water. It’s designed for babies up to 12 months old and the single handle allows for easy carrying and storage (you can hang it on a door hook).
|Dimensions||25.5 x 16.2 x 15 inches|