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Best Baby Bathtubs Buying Guide
We all dream, one day or another, of this moment of relaxation with our baby. Bath time is of great importance and contributes to your baby’s emotional development. It’s best to be well prepared to make the most of this special time with your child.
To facilitate this moment, especially with a newborn baby, buying a baby bathtub is often considered essential by parents. Although this expense is still optional, you’ll develop a greater ease of bathing your baby with a bathtub designed for this purpose.
A Summary of Baby Bathtub Types
There are several types of baby bathtubs. Your choice between any of these types will depend on your expectations of the product and your preferences.
There are standard plastic baths, the most popular on the market. Some companies offer models with certain luxury features, such as water jets and built-in temperature control. Since many models from different companies exist, quality and comfort vary greatly.
Also, evolutionary bathtubs are gaining in popularity. They allow for long-term use by adapting to your child’s age while ensuring maximum comfort. Most evolutionary bathtubs come with a hammock for use with a newborn baby.
Also, some parents prefer smaller bathtubs that allow them to be used in the sink. Some models are rigid while others are flexible.
In addition to these types, there are also hammock-style bathtubs which are perfect for infants but are not suitable for long-term use.
Finally, new types of bathtubs have also appeared, such as pneumatic inflatable bathtubs, which reduce space during transport, and folding bathtubs, which become ultra-compact for easy storage.
Essentials to Consider When Buying Your Baby Bathtub
First, pay particular attention to the ease of maintenance of the bathtub. You certainly wouldn’t want a bathtub that easily accumulates mold in small corners. Also, you will probably prefer models with systems that make it easier to drain water. Then, the safety factors are not to be neglected either. Choose models with non-slip surfaces, suction cups for extra stability and smooth, rounded edges.
Also, take care to properly evaluate the size of the product to avoid taking up too much space in your bathtub and bathroom. The compact storage of a bathtub is often appreciated by parents.
You need to think about your child’s comfort and your own as well. Consider good head support and an adequate angle for your newborn. Also, in order to avoid avoidable back pain, be sure to choose a model that will prevent you from bending over too much.
Finally, some extra features can easily seduce, but do not give too much importance to them. It may be nice to have storage space in the bathtub for baby’s bath products and toys, but comfort and quality should be paramount.
As part of this review, 5 of the most popular baby bathtub models on the market were selected, all types combined. The functionalities of each are compared and an inventory of the advantages and disadvantages of each bathtub was made.
4 main criteria were evaluated for the best baby bathtubs: Ease of use, for the general design of the bathtub and its cleaning; Comfort for the child and the parent during bath time; Quality, for functionality, materials and durability; and finally, the Overall Appreciation, for the overall performance.
My first choice for the best baby bathtub is the Fisher Price 4 in 1 Evolutionary Bathtub. This model is a long-term investment that will evolve with your child’s development. It can be used from birth with the hammock and then transits to the booster seat when your child starts to support himself more and finally no longer needs any accessories at around 6 months of age. Offered at a good price, it is a high quality product offering excellent value for money.
The First Years Sure Comfort is also a very good choice at a low price for small budgets. Very light, you can easily carry it from the kitchen sink to the bathroom. I really like that the hammock can be cleaned in the washing machine and thus ensure that it will be free of mold. At this price, it is certainly not the highest quality bathtub, but it fully meets the needs of parents.
Quick Reminders of Baby’s Bathing Safety Tips
Here are the main safety tips when bathing your child. First of all, the bath water temperature should be around 98 F and there is no need to fill the bath to the brim. For a newborn baby, a simple bottom of water may suffice. Also, never leave a child unattended in the bath under any circumstances. To do this, prepare everything you will need beforehand and move them close to the bath. Finally, be sure to read the user manual that comes with your purchase to ensure proper and safe use of the bathtub.
Our Opinion on the Fisher Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub
- Adapts to your child’s age
- Several extras
- Hanging hook for drying
- Drain stopper location
- Large and bulky
- Difficult use of the removable seat
Why We Love It
If you are looking for a sustainable investment and want to provide a safe bathing environment for your child, this model is definitely for you. From birth to a maximum weight of 25 pounds, the Fisher Price 4-in-1 Scalable Bathtub will allow you to purchase a single product. In fact, this product will grow with your child until he or she has the stability needed to be directly in your bathtub.
You will be able to configure this model according to your child’s stage of development. You can choose one of the 4 possible configurations. The first configuration consists of a soft, flexible hammock that will allow the newborn to bask gently in the water in peace. The second configuration provides the perfect angle for a young baby with a non-slip surface to prevent him from slipping to the bottom of the bath. The third configuration allows you to install a seat in the bathtub which offers the child safe support at around 4 months. Finally, the fourth configuration allows you to obtain a spacious space in which your child can paddle.
You and your baby will feel safe with this model. It allows multi-positional use, ensuring your child’s optimal comfort, whether sitting or lying down.
This model remains pleasant to clean with its smooth and rounded surfaces. There is not too much limited space that accelerates the creation of mold. Nevertheless, get into the habit of drying your bathtub well and not leaving any standing water. However, the drain stopper under the seat is not the most user-friendly. When using the bathtub in configurations 2 and 3, the location of the plug is annoying to drain the water in the presence of the child.
The hammock is easy to install and remove. However, using the seat is not as pleasant. Some parents reported having difficulty fitting the seat into the bathtub. Also, its large size (over 30 inches long) will probably prevent you from using it in your sink.
This model comes with interesting accessories to the delight of children. The small whale-shaped spoon makes rinsing easier. And the little bottle with holes will amuse your baby while allowing him to tame the water. Even the older ones will ask you to make it rain on them again and again. There’s also a hook under the bathtub to hang it up for faster drying and storage. However, if you can’t hang it, this model is quite large and could clutter your bathroom space. Weighing in at 7 pounds, it is one of the heaviest models rated.
Fisher Price recently improved his model following unfortunate events that happened to some children. Some parents have raised an issue with the seat causing baby toe injuries. In response to these comments, the new 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub models are better configured, especially the water drain holes, to prevent injuries.
In summary, the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub represents good value for money and parents appreciate the included accessories.
Our Opinion on the Summer Infant Right Height Bathtub
- Parent’s comfort
- Evolutionary model
- Versatile removable platform
- Rapid mold creation
- Difficult storage
Why We Love It
This Summer Infant model lives up to its name. It is a bathtub at the right height to make bath time among the most pleasant.
I loved the solid removable platform of this model that allows you to either raise the bath to a comfortable height for the parent or be used as a knee support by the parent. This will definitely prevent back pain during baby’s first few months. Your back will thank you for it. In addition, you can use it later for other purposes such as a step for washing your child’s hands or for toilet training. What a nice bonus!
Although it is the most expensive model among those that have been reviewed, its use will still be long-lasting. In fact, this model will grow with your child, since you can use it from birth with its inclined support, up to 2 years. Besides, the size of the bath is big enough so that your little one can enjoy it for a long time with ease. As for the support, it can be used directly in the kitchen sink.
You will be able to use it in 3 different ways: with the inclined support, with the booster seat and with the bathtub directly in the bath. The booster seat and the bathtub are securely attached to prevent tipping in addition to having non-slip feet. The support is removable and cannot be attached to the bathtub. However, since it is used at a very young age, it is unlikely to cause problems.
I noticed an ambiguous comfort of the baby carrier. The rigidity of its plastic, despite the small styrofoam pads, is detrimental to the comfort of the child and is less adapted to the delicacy of a newborn. Also, at the bottom of the support, there is a raised surface to prevent the child from sliding. For my part, I always had the impression that my boy had his testicles crushed on this raised edge of the plastic.
This model takes up space. Although the pieces fit together to reduce the footprint, there is no hook to hang it and the tub is not retractable. If you only have a bath and use it for your own hygiene, make sure you have enough room around the bath to avoid disappointment with your purchase.
Finally, I have noticed the creation of mold in the joints between the bathtub and the booster seat if you leave them attached together. Despite hygienic use, small pink molds also appeared around the drain stopper as well. Thus, the small corners of the bathtub quickly become a small moldy nest if you do not make sure you dry it well.
In short, with this model, comfort is more on the side of the parent than the child. I would have preferred this model to come with a softer hammock for use with a newborn baby. A certain ambivalence thus emerged in the evaluation of the comfort of this model.
Our Opinion on the Skip Hop Moby Three-Stage Baby And Toddler Bath Tub
- Hammock comfort
- Hanging hook for drying
- Modern design
- Less suitable for children over 8 months
Why We Love It
With its evolutionary Moby bathtub, Skip Hop has successfully combined functionality and design. Its whale shape catches the eye of young and old alike. Of undeniable quality, this 3 in 1 model will undoubtedly grow with your precious.
This model can be used from birth up to 25 pounds. The mesh hammock has a well-padded rim for the comfort of infants. It can be installed in two different ways: the first with a buttocks support adapted for baby’s first few weeks until he weighs 15 pounds and the second with a back support that helps support the older baby up to 6 months or 20 pounds by keeping him seated. Interesting fact: the hammock can easily be put in the washing machine. Bye-bye mold! Yeah!
As soon as your child is 6 months old and he can sit alone, he can splash around in the bath without a hammock. Don’t worry, Skip Hop did not neglect safety by providing the bottom of the tub with a non-slip surface.
A small hook to hang the bathtub and facilitate drying is hidden under the whale’s tail. Super practical for tight places.
You will have no problem removing the water from the bathtub thanks to the small star-shaped drain stopper at the bottom. In addition, the shape of this bathtub helps to drain water quickly and properly.
However, this model is not perfect. Its size and height will likely limit its use with a child just over 8 months old. It is therefore much less suitable for older children. It can also hardly be used in the kitchen sink. This is where this bathtub has lost considerable points for quality.
Also, some parents mentioned that their child had injured his toe in the holes used to install the hammock when it is not in use.
Do you like the whale look of the Moby 3 in 1? Skip Hop has developed a whole range of bath accessories for your little one. Moreover, the bathtub is available in 2 colors, blue and gray.
In short, the incredible quality of the materials and the softness and airiness of the hammock will probably make you happy. Easy to use and with a design representative of its brand, the Moby 3 in 1 by Skip Hop will appeal to many parents.
Our Opinion on the Angelcare Bath Support
- Quality of materials
- Top of the line
- Anti mold
- For children 6 months and under
Why We Love It
The Canadian company Angelcare is positioned in the niche of high-end baby products. Its mission is to provide parents with peace of mind while helping their children thrive. Best known for its respiratory movement monitor products, Angelcare has also offered its bath support model since 2012.
It is not so much a bathtub, but a bath support. It can also be used for other purposes, such as at the paddling pool or at the beach. This means that rather than filling a baby bath, you fill the bath or your sink with water to place the Angelcare support there. Forget about saving water if you use it in the bath. If you prefer, you can use a hand shower to save water. The pad fits your baby’s shape and lets the water flow underneath.
Perfectly tilted, this support is provided with a quality material which prevents your child from sliding. The mesh material is very soft, it is the most comfortable material of the models reviewed. It quickly stores the heat of the water so that your child does not have any inconvenience.
This bath stand is suitable for children under 6 months of age or weighing less than 20 pounds. At this price, it is definitely not a long-term investment. By the way, by the time your child starts to sit by himself, forget about this model.
The Angelcare stand is compatible with some large sinks, but is used more in the bath. The majority of sinks whose size exceeds 23″ by 14″ will be able to accommodate the support.
This model is really easy to clean. The water flows through the mesh holes during the bath. Also, the silicone material dries very quickly and thus prevents the presence of mold. In fact, Angelcare promotes its anti-mold material a lot.
This support has a handle for transport or for hanging it up. However, the hook is much less user-friendly than that of the Fisher Price model. It is quite light, barely a pound. As an indication, the 2nd lightest model reviewed is the First Years model which weighs more than 2 pounds. The Angelcare support does not bend and even if it can be hung, it remains cumbersome in a small bathroom.
The base of the support is non-slip for maximum stability and safety. Its look is very modern and is available in aqua blue, gray and fuchsia.
In conclusion, this seat is really wonderful for young children. If it weren’t for its limited use over time, it would likely end up at the top of the list. If the expense is not important to you, go ahead and treat yourself.
Our Opinion on the The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Tub
- Compatibility with the majority of sinks
- Storage space
- For the first months of baby only
- Lack of tightness of the drain stopper
Why We Love It
First Years undoubtedly present an excellent product at a good price. It is by far the preferred choice for parents on a budget. It’s hard to get better at this price. This is one of the reasons why this model is often at the top of moms’ favorite choices and gets a lot of positive ratings in discussion forums.
It is equipped with a hammock ideal for the first months of your child’s life. The Sure Comfort doesn’t fit baby shape as well as the Fisher Price and Skip Hop models, but is still practical for newborn babies. Like the Skip Hop, it is easily put in the washing machine to avoid the creation of mold. Also, to avoid this, dry the hammock well, preferably hanging it up.
However, as he grows, your child will quickly reach the limit capacity of this bathtub. Shallow and not very wide, it is perfect for infants, but unsuitable for babies who become more active.
This First Years bathtub is compatible with most double sinks and many single sinks. Perfect for parents who prefer this option. Personal choice, I prefer to use it in the bath. It avoids spills, splashes and makes it easier to drain water. To hell with back pain! Several consumers have mentioned the lack of water tightness of the drain stopper, so it is better to use it in an appropriate place.
I liked the storage space at the end of the bathtub. It allows you to put your child’s soap and shampoo in it and avoid cluttering the edge of the bath. On the other hand, the drain stopper does not allow the water to drain completely. You will have to either wipe the bathtub with a towel or turn it over to prevent the water from stagnating and creating mold.
When not in use, this tub is difficult to store. Its storage is therefore less user-friendly than other models. The absence of a hook or the fact that it is not foldable makes it more cumbersome in tight spaces.
Available in blue or pink, First Years Sure Comfort bathtub amazes for what it offers. It is definitely a bathtub at a good price without sacrificing quality.