Bathing your baby can be a tricky business, but a good baby bath or bath support can take the stress out of bath time. Here’s our pick of the best baby bathtubs and bath seats to buy this year.
If you’re pregnant, a baby bath may well feature somewhere on your newborn essentials list. You can certainly get by without one (and many parents have), but first-time parents often say they find them useful for taking the worry out of handling a slippery baby. Many babies also enjoy bath time more when they are able to freely play and relax in the water.
There are various types of baby baths on the market so we’ve done the legwork for you to find the best baby bath at every price point and for every lifestyle, with information in our buyer’s guide below to help you pick the right for your needs.
List of 10 Best Baby Baths for Newborns and Babies in the UK 2021
To help you decide on the best baby bath for your little one, we’ve found a selection below with various features, so you can get a sense of some of the options out there.
1. Karibu Folding Bath
Designed for those living in a place where space may be limited, or families who travel a lot, the Karibu bath folds down easily and the built-in-hook means you can hang it up for storage and drying.
The fact that it’s lightweight doesn’t make it flimsy, with one parent on Amazon saying that “it is sturdy when upright,” and “spacious enough for our 9 month old baby.”
Featuring a stand with four legs, made of non-slip materials, and a heat-sensitive bath plug, this is one nifty no-fuss bath. One baby bath review did note the base could be a little slippy and recommended adding a bath mat inside as an extra precaution.
2. Shnuggle Baby Bath
Incredibly popular with Mumsnetters and indeed parents the country over, the Shnuggle offers something a little different to most baby baths.
The foam back rest is soft and warm, making it a much comfier soak for your baby, and it has a nifty ‘bum bump’ rather than a seat on the base – your baby’s bottom goes on one side of it and their feet on the other, so they can’t slide downwards. When they are tiny they can recline in it, and as they get older they’ll be able to use it in a sitting position.
The edges are roll top, like a Victorian bath, and the whole design is softly curved. On the practical side, it’s very lightweight and also has a plug, so if you’re using it in the bath or sink you can easily let the water out to empty it or refill.
The Shnuggle holds two litres so it’s a great water-saver, and is light enough to carry even when full, but its compact size means the water can come right up to your baby’s shoulders.
3. Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Baby Bath Tub
This bath ticks the fun box and is also designed to last from newborn to toddler with three comfy stages. The mesh smart sling cradles tiny babies completely, locks down as they start to support themselves and can be removed when they can sit up. It has a handy hook for hanging on towel rails or shower heads.
We love the design and the versatility – it adjusts to fit your child perfectly so will last a long time. It works in a shower tray which is handy if you don’t have a bath tub. The price is right, too.
4. Aqua Scale Baby Bath and Scales
An ingenious multi-tasker which lets you keep an eye on your baby’s weight to the nearest ounce or gram, and also monitors the water temperature. The scales can be used with our without water in the tub, adjusting automatically for water and any movement. Suitable from birth to 24 months.
5. Boon Naked Baby Bathtub
This best baby bath is brilliant if you regularly take your baby with you on your travels. It’s super convenient with its collapsible design so that it lies flat making it easy to pack and store away. Suitable for newborns up to 18 months, the bath easily wipes clean too!
6. Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support
The Soft Touch Bath Support sits in your bath and is kept relatively still by means of rubber pads on the sturdy base. Made of a soft rubber-plastic mesh that quickly warms up to the temperature of the bathwater, this baby bath seat holds your baby like a hammock.
As well as being super-comfortable, the suspension also means that when they kick their legs, they don’t bump their head and back against anything. It’s easy to clean, is mildew-resistant and has a handy hook for hanging up in the bathroom when you’ve finished with it. It comes in fuschia pink, sky blue, and for those still clinging onto adult colour schemes, slate grey.
7. Nuby Baby Bath
The Nuby Baby Bath Tub is a compact tub in a stylish white and grey look. It comes with a stable curved design, and a built-in seat, allowing your little one to remain in a stable seated position while bathing, without the risk of sliding down. The tub also has a soft foam headrest, providing added comfort for your baby, for an enjoyable bathtime.
It also has a secure non-slip base, ensuring that the tub remains in place on any surface. Another excellent feature of this tub is its maximum water level indicator, saving you from having to guess whether you need to add more water or not.
Because of its relatively small size, this best baby bath may be one of the best options if you are looking for a bathtub that you can use for your newborn until they turn 1.
8. Puj Flyte Compact Bathtub
A compact and lightweight solution, this baby bathtub even works in pedestal sinks. Though it looks deceptively simple, it has a lot of handy features, including a grippy texture on the back that helps hold it — and baby — in place, side cutouts for water overflow and a top hole so you can store it on a hook. The Puj Tub made of is made of mold- and mildew-resistant foam that can be folded flat and tossed in a suitcase. It can support babies up to 17 pounds, and is recommended for use from birth to about 6 months.
9. Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
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.
Due to its flat bottom and high walls, it’s not a great option for bathing newborns.
10. Munchkin Sit and Soak Baby Bath Tub
Bath time can be a wonderful bonding experience, but if you’re struggling to keep baby secure or warm, it can be stressful, too. The Sit & Soak baby tub from Munchkin is your new best friend!
Designed to keep even the littlest babies in an upright position, this innovative non-slip tub features a padded backrest and built-in support bump that keeps babies safe in the water’s warm embrace. The handle doubles as a storage hook, keeping its footprint small, while the sleek and simple design works with any bathroom decor. Comfortable, warm, and secure, it’s everything the best baby bath should be.
How To Choose The Best Baby Bath For You
Read on and we’ll run you through everything you need to know when choosing a best baby bath or best bath seat, followed by our pick of the very best currently on the market.
What types of baby baths are there?
There are a few types of baby baths to choose from. The first thing to think about is whether you want to buy a mini bathtub, or instead opt for a baby bath seat that can support your baby in your existing bath while you wash and play with them.
Baby bath seats are smaller and therefore easier to store, and come in both hard and soft options. The downside is that you’ll need to half fill your bath with water each time, which is both time-consuming and uses a lot of water.
Mini bathtubs, on the other hand, save on hot water and are much more versatile. You can use them in your kitchen or lounge, take them outside to have bathtime in the garden, or just let them have the bath as a little paddling pool to cool down in hot weather. You can also take them on camping trips.
What safety considerations should I always keep in mind?
There are three primary things to remember when choosing the best baby bath, and the first of these is that you should always check the temperature of the water before putting your baby in. A dedicated baby bath thermometer is a worthwhile investment, as it allows you to be absolutely sure that the water isn’t too hot – testing it with your hand isn’t a reliable way of gauging temperature. They only cost a few quid and help ensure that the water is at the recommended zone of 36 to 37 degrees Celsius.
The second rule when choosing a baby bath is that you should never put the bath seats near the taps, as it’s far too easy for your child to bang their head, or yank the hot water tap and potentially scald themselves.
And thirdly, and this is the most important rule of all – never leave your babies unattended in their baby bath or bath seat, even if they are seemingly safe and secure in a bath seat or similar. It only requires a few centimetres of water for a baby to be at risk of drowning.
We hope this review and guide how to choose the right baby bathtub has made your decision making a little less stressful, and you’ll choose the best baby bath for your kids.