It’s time for that first bath – and you’ve been looking forward to it and dreading it in equal measure.
Some babies instantly take to the water while others take time to adapt to this new experience – but there’s a baby bath for everyone.
There’s non-slip baths, fold-up ones if you’re short on space, baths to use in the sink, baths with a thermometer, and if you’re really pushing the barrel out – a luxury baby bath with a bubbling spa and its own mini shower head – yes, really!
Whatever you choose, be mindful never to leave your baby unattended in a bath – even the most shallow of waters can prove hazardous.
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These are 10 of the best baby baths and where to buy them…
1. Shnuggle Baby Bath, £24.95
Cleverly designed by parents, this stylish, deep bath makes washing your little one as stress-free as possible. The foam back rest provides easy bathing for newborns, while for older babies there’s a bottom support so they can sit up easily.
The Shnuggle bath’s generous depth allows you to submerge them up to their shoulders, plus it’s light to carry around, doesn’t take up too much space, only uses 2 litres of water, and fits inside most sinks.
You can buy the Shnuggle Baby Bath from Shnuggle, John Lewis and Argos
2. Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Tub, £69.99
This plush little bath may be more expensive than others on the market, but it does grow and adapt with your baby. Throw in the fact that it’s got a calming whirlpool water jet, and the higher price tag makes more sense.
The deluxe newborn sling with bolster will keep baby supported and it’s complete with a removable shower unit that can be used in the bath tub or an adult tub for extended use as your child gets bigger.
Insulated double-walls helps maintain a warm water temperature, and a drainage hole and plug makes emptying easy.
You can buy the Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Tub from Argos, Summer Infant and Tesco
3. Karibu Folding Bath, £35
Especially designed for those living in the city 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 makes it no less sturdy. Featuring a stand with four legs, made of non-slip materials, and a heat sensitive bath plug, this is one nifty no-fuss bath.
You can buy the Karibu Folding Baby Bath from Amazon, Mothercare and Small Smart
4. Aquascale 3-in-1 Baby Bath with Digital Scales and Thermometer, £60
Bathing and weighing your baby are two pretty important jobs when you have a little one. So, what if you had a product that did both at the same time?
The Aquascale 3-in-1 Baby Bath with Digital Scales and Thermometer means you can do just that. There’s also an integrated thermometer that reads the baby’s water temperature, which is displayed on the LCD screen.
Plus it’s got an anti-slip insert and the unique shape means you can use it from birth up to two years old.
You can buy the Aquascale 3-in-1 Baby Bath from Mamas & Papas, Amazon and John Lewis
5. Munchkin Hot Safety Duck Bath, £14.99
What’s more fun than a bright, yellow inflatable duck to entice your little one into the bath?
The Munchkin Duck Bath can be deflated and folded away making it the perfect accompaniment when travelling, or if you’re short on space in your home.
The textured surface helps prevent slipping and a contoured headrest makes washing hair easy. And don’t forget the white hot safety disc that tells you when the water’s too hot for your baby’s sensitive skin.
Ideal for babies from 6 months who can sit upright, it’s a great transition from baby bath to adult one.
You can buy the Munchkin Hot Safety Duck Bath from ASDA, Amazon and Boots
6. Strata Little Star Baby Bath, £9.99
For parents who want a fuss-free baby bath that’s lightweight, easy to carry around and has a drain plug for easy emptying, the Strata Little Star Baby Bath is the one for you.
Reasonably priced, this little white bath featuring a minimalist star print, does what it says on the tin. Suitable from birth, it’s a secure place in which to wash your baby, and there’s even a ledge to keep your sponge and carry handles to make it easy to move around from room to room.
You can buy the Strata Little Star Bath from Argos, Amazon and JD Williams
7. Puj Tub, £44.50
The Puj Tub (pronounced pudge) is not your classic baby bath – it’s a shaped and mouldable product that is designed to be used in a sink.
Made from soft, non-slip PVC and BPA-free material, it’s lightweight and can be hung on a door out of sight. So, if you’re at all short on space, this is a great choice.
For use from birth to when baby can sit up confidently in a bath tub, it’s a real space-saver and innovative little product.
You can buy the Puj tub from Puj and Natural Baby Shower.
8. Tummy Tub, £19.99
The bucket-style Tummy Tub bath is said to allow babies to bathe in a familiar fetal position and can ease the pain of colic, promoting restful sleep.
Sitting your little one upright, you are able to submerge your baby in water up to their shoulders, and the smaller surface area keeps the water warmer for longer.
It can take a while to get the hang of bathing a newborn in what looks like a see-through bucket, but if it works for you, it can be a soothing experience.
You can buy the Tummy Tub from Baby Allsorts and Wellindall
9. Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub, £40
The Skip Hop Moby bathtub grows with your little one through three stages – and it looks pretty cute too with its fun blue whale-shaped design!
Touted as the only bath you’ll ever need, we have to admit – it’s pretty versatile. Starting with a mesh sling bath that cradles your newborn, this can be removed once they get a little older. You are then left with a cushioned seat that supports babies learning to sit. Then, once they are more confident and sitting unaided you can remove the seat to reveal a spacious bath for your baby to have a good old splash around in.
With a handy drain plug and a swivel hook for hanging on the shower head or towel rack, the Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub really is a smart solution.
You can buy the Skip Hop Moby tub from Mothercare, Amazon and John Lewis
10. Bebe Style Baby Changer & Bath Unit, £74.99
As a multi-use station, not only can you use the Bebe Style to change your baby’s nappy, it comes with a concealed bath, and plenty of space for your towels, bath toys, bubbles and nappies.
Beneath the sturdy padded changing table is a bath you can remove and place securely on top of the unit, which has lockable wheels.
No bending over low adult tubs – and with a drainage tube for easy emptying, there should be no mess either.
You can buy the Bebe Style Baby Changer & Baby Unit from Amazon, Argos and ASDA
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