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10 of the best baby bath seats

Here's our selection of safe, practical and highly-rated bathtub seats and supports for babies from birth to 2 years old

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Bathing your baby is a special time for bonding, but it can also be a tricky business. A wriggly newborn, bubbles and soap can spell chaos, especially if you’re bathing more than one child at a time.Baby bath seats are designed to make bathing your baby that little bit easier, by helping support your child in the tub and freeing up your hands. There are a range of styles available suitable for various ages, from newborns to toddlers. 

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Some baby bath seats are designed to support little ones as they sit up, while others cradle them in a reclined position. There are products which fold away for storage and travel and others which feature attached toys to help add a little extra joy to bathtime. 

While bath seats offer helpful support, it’s important to remember that babies should never be left in the bath unattended. If you’re looking for more advice, we’ve put together some top tips on bathing from some of our MFM parents as well as and clear, step-by-step advice on how to bath your baby, including newborns, as we know it can be surprisingly daunting! 

Below, we’ve collated a varied list of baby bath seats and have highlighted the age recommendation clearly, so you can see at a glance which one is suitable for the stage you’re currently at. 

For more handy bathtime products, we’ve also found some of the best baby baths and baby bath accessories, as well as baby bath towels to get them cosy and dry afterwards. 

Here’s our pick of the best baby bath seats for 2021

1. Angelcare Bath Support, £18.99

Best for newborns

Age suitability: 0 to 6 months 

This ergonomically designed bath support for babies features a soft mesh which supports them while allowing water to drain easily, preventing mould from building up over time. 

The lightweight baby bath seat also features a water level indicator so you can easily see how far you should fill the bathtub.

This product is a popular choice with parents on Amazon, scoring an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars overall from over 2,000 reviews. Reviewers praised the design of the bath support as well as the comfort of using it, for both parents and babies. 

One parent on Amazon who uses it for their newborn said it was, “very soft for baby’s body,” while another added that it, “saves lots of back pain from leaning over and holding [the baby] for the entire bath.”

Available from: Amazon, Mamas and Papas, John Lewis and Jojo Maman Bebe

2. Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat, £14.99

Best for older babies

Age suitability: 6 months +

The Safety First baby bath seat is structured with a T-bar so your child can sit up securely. There’s also a ball on in the centre of the bar for them to play with so you can keep them occupied while you get them clean and washed. 

This product is one of the most commonly chosen by parents, with over 7,500 reviews on Amazon. Parents liked the swivel function of the seat and how well it stayed attached to the base of the bath. 

One buyer on Amazon who purchased the seat for their 6-month-old daughter said that the “seat sticks extremely well to the bath and doesn’t move unless you really force it,” while another liked that they could, “swivel round the baby so he can play with his brother.”

A couple of reviewers advised opening the base to drain it out after use and prevent mould building up inside. 

Available from: Amazon and John Lewis

3. BabyDam Orbital Bath Seat £28.99

Best for 360 swivel

Age suitability: From 5 months | Awards: Silver – Baby bathtime accessory, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Offering a great option for slightly older babies, this bath seat has a removable armrest and a 360 degree swivel design, which makes it easier for parents to get into all the little nooks and crannies for a thorough wash.

It will also blend into a neutral bathroom with its simple lines and white and grey colour scheme, if you’re the kind of parent who prefers baby items that don’t come in bright colour. Our testers loved the simple design, the spin functionality, and the generous size.

MFM home tester Laura, mum of a 6-month-old baby, said, “my baby is well supported, comfortable and able to play safely in the bath sat in this seat. He is 7-months-old and between the 91st-98th percentile and I feel he still has room to grow in the seat.”

Available from: Amazon, Jojo Maman Bebe and BabyDam

4. Cheeky Rascals Bath Support, £22.50

 Best for small baths

Age suitability: 0 to 6 months

This baby bath support is suitable for both a regular sized bath or a baby bath. The support is designed to raise your baby’s head, shoulders and back up while bathing. 

The soft rubber insert should be comfortable for your baby to lie against, while the holes allow water to drain easily after use. There are suction cups underneath to keep it in place, too. 

One grandparent, on the John Lewis website, who bought this seat was impressed with its practicality, which they believed had made bathtime more comfortable: “Using this item in the big bath has eased the discomfort of backache caused by leaning over the side.”

Available from: John Lewis and Uber Kids

5. Just4baby Foldable & Adjustable Baby Bather, £19.99

Best for travel

Age suitability: 0 months +

This bath seat folds down flat, making it a great choice for travel, or if you have a small bathroom with limited space. It’s a hammock-style mesh and fabric seat on a plastic frame. Reviewers suggest putting a bath mat underneath to ensure it doesn’t slide around in the bath if you have a wriggly baby.

The padded headrest and seat can both be removed from the frame to be washed, and shoppers praised the soft fabric construction, claiming it seems more comfortable than hard plastic bath seats. It’s probably best-suited to younger babies, although reviewers claim they’ve used it for babies over 6 months too.

Available from: Amazon

6. John Lewis & Partners Baby Bath Support, £15.50

Best for minimalists

Age suitability: 0 months +

This baby bath seat from John Lewis and Partners features a simple, ergonomic design to support little ones in a relaxed position while bathing. Unlike many baby products it’s plain white, so if you’re trying to minimise the amount of brightly coloured plastic you have in your house, this one will be perfect.

The suction pads on the base help keep it steady and stable, while the one-piece design should be easy to wipe clean. 

This product can fit in any regular sized bath or shower and is suitable for babies from birth. 

Available from: John Lewis

7. Dreambaby Fold Away Bath Seat, £19.95

Best for bathtime fun

Age suitability: 6 months to 2 years 

This bath seat is designed with fun as well as safety in mind, featuring brightly coloured toy attachments on the front to help keep your baby amused in the tub. It also folds away for easier storage, making it a great option if you’re tight on space.

The back support allows your baby to sit up comfortably and the front of the seat opens and closes with a latch, making getting them in and out a much easier job. 

This opening function went down well with parents who bought it in the past, as did the roomy design. 

“Brilliant product, bath time was not as stressful with the opening handle,” said one reviewer on Oliver’s Baby Care, while another added “great for my baby with chubby legs as several of the bath chairs have small leg holes.”

Available from: Oliver’s Baby Care 

8. Rotho Babydesign Bath Seat, £40

Best for wriggly toddlers

Age suitability: 7 to 16 months 

This structured seat features a wide backrest, plus it opens easily to allow you to get your baby in and out more easily thanks to its child safety lock. 

The bath seat fits in standard bathtubs and showers and features 4 suction feet to grip securely to otherwise slippy surfaces. Although a pricey option, the thick walls and base should also mean it is a more durable choice. 

The baby bath seat has over 1,400 reviews on Amazon and previous buyers were impressed with how sturdy the product was in general. One Amazon particularly praised how effective the suction pads are: “Baby can wiggle their legs and splash around and it doesn’t go anywhere.” 

Another Amazon buyer was also impressed with durability and added that, “the plastic is solid and overall it’s a good quality piece of equipment.”

Available from: Amazon 

9. Babymoov Aquaseat Bath Seat, £34.99

Best back support

Age suitability: 7 – 16 months

This baby bath seat features soft silicone inside so babies can have a more comfortable bath. The wide opening isn’t restrictive for their movement and allows your baby to be lifted in and out more smoothly. 

All the edges on the bath seat are curved, so they should be gentler on babies’ arms and legs while they splash about. The high back is great for babies who’re sitting independently but still need a little extra support. It can be used in any bathtub, but is also designed to work with the coordinating Babymoov Aquanest.

Available from: Amazon

10. Angelcare Soft Touch Baby Bath Seat, £29.99

Best for keeping them cosy

Age suitability: 6 to 10 months 

This bath seat by Angelcare features a layer of soft plastic which warms quickly to the temperature of the bath water and your baby, keeping them warm and toasty while washing. 

There’s an anti-slip base and two handles to help easily lift the seat in and out of the bathtub. The mesh seating also allows water to drain easily from the chair. 

The bath seat scores an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars overall from over 1,700 reviews on Amazon. One parent was impressed with the support the structure offered for their baby during bath time and said, “my 6 month old can sit up comfortably and safely in the bath and she loves that she can now sit up with support and play and reach for toys.”

One reviewer mentioned that the feet supporting the suction cups were quite wide, so it may not fit as securely in narrower bathtubs. 

Available from: Mamas and Papas and Amazon 

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