While most of us might have been scrubbed in the kitchen sink as babies, many people now opt for baths for babies or a bath support.
Although these are not completely vital, they do make the bathing process much easier and safer. Whether you have a tiny newborn or a curious older baby, a good baby bathtub will help you support them, and many of them can be placed anywhere, meaning that you don’t have to spend ages bent over the bath.
Baby baths are smaller than normal baths, which means they’re a great way of saving water, but there’s still plenty of room for bath toys and flannels! The two main types to choose from are sink inserts, which mould to fit inside the kitchen or bathroom sink, and basin tubs, which stand alone. Sink inserts are better for younger babies and will usually be outgrown after four to six months. Standalone baby bathtubs can be used in regular bathtubs or on counters and tables, and often have a newborn-friendly option too.
Kidadl’s Top Pick
Whilst all the baby baths on our list are highly recommended, if you’re short on time this bathtub is the perfect combination of value for money and longevity.
1. Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub
This cute whale-shaped hop Moby baby bath tub is incredibly versatile, and its three different stages mean that it will stay with your child from birth until they’re old enough to sit up and splash around at bath time. The sling mesh cradles your baby when they’re a newborn, but this can be taken out once they get a little older, and the cushioned seat supports them while they are learning to sit. Once they have learnt to do so confidently, the seat can be removed leaving plenty of room to play! Featuring a handy drain plug and hook for storage, this Skip Hop Moby baby bathtub insert comes in a cute whale design that will brighten up any baby bath time.
- Price: £40
- Age: The tub grows with your baby through three stages; newborn (0-3 months), infant (3-6 months) and sitters (6+months)
- Excellent support for both newborns and babies learning to sit
- Swivel hook for hanging
- Non-slip texture
- Drain plug
Best for Newborn Babies
2. Puj Compact Infant Bathtime Basin Insert
The Puj Tub (pronounced pudge) is a perfect bathtub for babies, as is a shaped and mouldable product designed to be inserted in any sink. The bath is made from a soft, non-slip PVC and BPA-free material, and can be hung up out of sight due to its small size, making it another great bathtub for newborn option for families short on space.
- Price: £42.35
- Age: Suitable from birth until your baby can sit up
- Cradles and supports your baby in the bath
- Small size makes it suitable for home or travel
- Can be inserted into any sink
Best For Families on a Budget
3. Munchkin White Hot Safety Duck Inflatable Bath
As well as being a great price, this bright yellow inflatable baby bathtub bath support can be deflated and folded away, making it a great option for families who may have limited space. For added safety the baby bath tub has a safety disk to measure the water temperature, telling you when it’s too hot for your baby’s skin. The duck shaped collapsible baby bathtub fits neatly into the shower and is perfect for babies who can already sit upright.
- Price: £14.86
- Age: 6 months+
- Textured non-slip surface
- Contoured headrest to aid hair washing
- White hot safety disk alerts you when the water is too hot for your baby
- Ideal for home or travel
Best For Lightweight
4. Strata Little Star Baby Bath
This is a lightweight baby bath, easy for carrying around and at a great price, what’s not to like? The tub has a drain for easily emptying or refreshing the water and carry handles to aid carrying it from room to room.
- Price: £10.49
- Age: Suitable from birth to 12 months
- Drainage hole and plug
- Carry handles and ledge for keeping sponges to hand
Best For Premature Babies
5. Tummy Tub
This tub is one of the best baby bath designed to mimic the familiar foetal position of the mother’s womb, making it an especially soothing experience for premature babies. Its bucket-like shape eases the stress for both parent and baby and means that you can submerge your baby up to the shoulders. This also means that the water stays warm for longer! A great bath for babies that are newborn or premature.
- Price: £20
- Age: Suitable for babies from birth
- Bucket-like shape eases the stress of bathing for babies and parents
- Especially soothing for premature babies
- Designed to replicate the mother’s womb
Best For Extra Features
6. Aquascale 3-In-1 Baby Bath With Digital Scales And Thermometer
This state-of-the art three stage baby bath not only bathes your baby but weighs her as well! The baby bath a thermometer which reads the baby’s water temperature for added safety, and the anti-slip insert means that the tub is suitable from birth up to two years old. However, as the most expensive of our recommended baby baths, it may not be one of the best baby bathtubs for families on a budget.
- Price: £70
- Age: Suitable from birth
- Digital weighing scale to weigh your baby
- Built in thermometer
- 3 stage baby bath
Best For Families Needing To Save Space
7. Karibu Folding Bath
The Karibu bath for babies folds down easily and its built-in hook makes for easy storage and drying, so it’s great for families living somewhere that space may be limited. This is a sturdy and spacious baby tub, made of non-slip materials and it has a heat-sensitive bath plug.
- Price: £35.99
- Fold away design for easy storage
- Heat sensitive bath plug indicates the water temperature for your baby’s safety
- Non-slip leg support means you can use the bath on any flat surface
Best Baby Bath For Support
8. Shnuggle Baby Bath
The beauty of this baby bathtub is that it is suitable for newborns right up until they reach 12 months. The foam backrest provides support for newborns, whilst the bottom support helps older babies sit up easily. We think that it is one of the best baby bath options in our list.
- Price: £24.99
- Age: Suitable from birth to 12 months
- Bum bump prevents your baby sliding in the water
- Foam backrest for added comfort
- Plug to empty or refresh water
- Only 2 litres of water needed to fill the bath
- Compact size
Best Changer And Bath All In One
9. Bebe Style Baby Portable Changer
This multi-use station can be used not just as a tub for your baby, but to change nappies as well. The unit comes with plenty of storage space at the base, for towels, bath toys, nappies and other essentials! Concealed beneath the changing table is a bath which can be secured on top of the unit, and has lockable wheels. This makes the bathing process much easier on parents’ backs, and the drainage tube ensures minimal mess.
- Price: £79.99
- Multi-use station for bathing, nappy changing and changing clothes
- Lots of storage space
- Raised sides for safety
- Padded wipe-clean changing mat
- Sturdy frame with lockable wheels
- Drainage tube to minimise mess
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