Best Baby Bathtubs of 2016

Last Updated: May 25, 2016
Best Baby Bathtubs of 2016Here are the 8 best baby bathtubs of 2016 - based on our own research + input from thousands of parents. There’s no one must-have tub. Use this guide to help you figure out the best baby bathtub for your family’s needs and priorities.

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. #### Types of Tubs There are two main categories of baby tubs to choose from: sink inserts and basins.

SINK INSERTS

  • Usually flexible, molds to fit kitchen or bathroom sink
  • Caregiver can stand at sink comfortably during bath time
  • Hangs conveniently- great for limited storage space
  • Typically outgrown after 4-6 months

BASIN TUBS

  • Standalone tubs
  • Can be used in regular bathroom tubs, counters, or tables
  • 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

Do you need a baby bathtub?

The kitchen sink is still an option, but a baby bathtub will help you prop up an unstable newborn. It’s also great to set on top of a kitchen counter for bath time, rather than bending over the tub (especially hard for new moms recovering from delivery). Plus, there are great budget options, so if you’re toying with the idea of skipping, just know it’s a baby gear item that won’t break the bank.

How long will you use it?

Each baby bath tub has it’s own age range. Don’t fret if you love one that you think will be outgrown quickly- around the 6 month mark when baby is sitting up well on their own they can usually graduate to the big tub anyway, so it’s ok to buy a baby bathtub that will be outgrown around then.

In the meantime, if you have questions about that first bathtime with your little one, check out this handy guide from our friends at Puj.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real BabyList families about the baby products they love the most. We 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 items, too.

BabyList Best Picks

Sink Inserts

The Space Saver

WHY WE LOVE IT

This unique-looking sink insert bathtub makes an awesome option for families that 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.

“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 HAVE TO 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”

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ALSO CHECK OUT

Puj Flyte ($34.99)
The Puj Flyte is the travel version of the original Puj. It folds flat and compact to fit in a suitcase or carry on, whereas the Puj is larger and more plush. It’s slightly less expensive and slightly less luxe, but a great option for the frequent flier baby.


The Extra Cute Tub

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 HAVE TO 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.

“Love that I can stand at the sink but still have something comfy for baby that keeps a really good grip on her, no sliding around or worrying she’ll slip! So handy for newborns.”

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Birth to 6 months old

Sink Measurements
Fits with any sink size

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Basin Tubs

The Long Lasting Tub for Smaller Space

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Boon Naked is unlike other basin style baby bathtubs because the tub itself collapses on one end to create a recline for bathing newborns, and it 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, plus looks modern and sleek. It can be used well into toddlerhood, making it a long lasting investment. Between bathtimes 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 HAVE TO 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.

“The Boon tub is awesome for our bathroom with little to no storage. It collapses really easily and hangs from the shower curtain.” -Chris P.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Birth to 2 years old

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The Long Lasting Tub for More Space

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. That makes it one of the longest lasting baby bath tubs, and that, coupled with it’s generous size, 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, keeping them stable without needing to use both hands.

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 HAVE TO 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

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The High-Tech Tub

WHY WE LOVE IT

There’s no other tub on the market as high-tech as this one. It features a water filtration system to kick dirty water out and let clean water in, plus has a temperature gauge with alerts to let you know if water is too hot or too cold. It’s a hybrid- a basin tub that sits inside a sink, and the recline makes it great for newborns, but not older babies. If you want your gear to give you all the extra help you can get, pick this one.

KEEP IN MIND

The infant tub is a bit bulky for storage and some parents suggesting using a sponge or insert to prevent slipping.

“Maybe it’s because I am a first-time mom, but I love this tub!”

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“I love being able to tell exactly what the water temperature is before it goes into the tub with our baby. It gives us a lot of peace of mind! Our condo’s tap is really finicky and trying to get a consistent temperature is so difficult, this tub keeps an eye and the temperature while I bathe our son and will beep to warn me if it gets too hot or cold - saves me from constantly run my hand under the new water to see if it has changed temperature.” -Lauren U.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a first time mom, but I love this tub! The thermometer takes out all the guesswork for me, and I don’t have to stress too much if my son inevitably pees a little in the tub, because it gets filtered right out!” -Kayla M.

“I thought this product might be overrated, but we love the built in temperature gauge that lets me know if water is getting too hot or cold with our touchy tap.” -Lauren W.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Birth to 6 months old

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Honorable Mentions


The Classic Tub

WHY WE LOVE IT

The whale tub is a classic, you’ll probably have many friends who used this tub! It has a removable newborn “stopper” and will fit over double sinks too. This simple classic is also a great budget pick.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Birth to 12 months old

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The Travel Tub

WHY WE LOVE IT

This value pick isn’t very newborn friendly, but it 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.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
6 to 24 months old

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The Soothing Tub

WHY WE LOVE IT

This bucket-shaped tub mimics the womb and puts baby in the fetal position for bathtime. You’ll still need to support a newborn’s head, but those that have this tub love how it calms and soothes their baby, even if the diaper area is a little hard to reach.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Birth to under 35 lbs (around 2 years old)

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Choosing what’s right for you

The best baby bathtub for you 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’s sure to be a top used baby item and hopefully will become part of a great nighttime routine. Add one to your BabyList today!