Best baby bath seats and supports from birth right up to age 2
Take a look at our top pick of baby bath seats and supports recommended by parents to keep your baby safe in the bath and to make washing them a breeze
Baby bath seats and supports are designed to make bathing your baby that little bit easier, by helping support your child in the tub to free up your hands. There are a range of styles available suitable for various ages, from newborns to toddlers, and we have a number on our list that you may be able to use right up to the age of 2.
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. A bath seat may be just what you need.
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 bath time.
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 clear, step-by-step advice on how to bath your baby, including newborns, as we know it can be surprisingly daunting!
We've asked parents about their favourite bath seats/supports to help guide you as to which one is best for you.
Best baby bath seats and supports at a glance
- Best bath support for newborns: Angelcare Bath Support, £27.99
- Best budget bath seat: Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat, £14.99
- Best bath seat for bigger babies: BabyDam Orbital Bath Seat, £28.99
- Best bath support for small baths: Cheeky Rascals Bath Support, £22.50
- Best bath seat for suction: Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Seat, £24.99
- Best bath seat for longevity: Thermobaby Aquababy Bath Seat, £18.99
- Best bath seat for folding away: Dreambaby Fold Away Bath Seat, £19.95
- Best bath seat for wriggle toddlers: Rotho Babydesign Bath Seat, £40
- Best heat-sensing bath seat: Dreambaby Deluxe Bath Seat with Heat Sensor, £36.99
- Best for a baby bath with a built-in seat: Shnuggle Baby Bath, £24.95
What to consider when choosing a baby bath seat
To help guide you on which baby bath seat or support is best for you we asked Susan Wallace, Cheeky Rascals product safety expert and owner of baby sleep consultancy Settled Petals, what you should consider when buying a bath seat.
Age suitability – These bath seats and supports all have different age suitability. It's vital to check the age suitability of the bath seat you intend to buy before purchasing. It may be a good idea to get one that will last you quite a bit longer than your child's current age.
Whether your child can sit upright unaided – If your baby cannot confidently sit upright on their own then you should opt for a bath support. However, if your child can, then a bath seat may be a better option for you.
Weight restrictions – Most of the bath seats and supports have a maximum weight restriction, it's important to check this before buying to ensure that your child is not too heavy for it and also, whether it will last you. If your baby is almost at the maximum weight, it may be a good idea to get one that will last until they are bigger.
Ease to clean – A lot of the bath seats and supports are made from mould resistant materials. It's a good idea to check this and consider how easy it will be to clean after each use.
Non-slip surfaces – Most bath seats/supports have non-slip surfaces but it's a good idea to double check before choosing which bath seat you're going to purchase so your baby is not slipping and sliding all over the seat.
Space to store it – Some of the items listed below are smaller and easier to store than others. For example, the Dreambaby foldable seat folds away to be stored. The dimensions have been listed with each product below to assist you in you choice. If you only have a small bathroom, you may need to opt for the smaller bath seats/supports.
For further safety advice to consider when buying or using a baby bath seat or support, keep reading below our list of products.
Here's our pick of the best baby bath seats for 2023:
1. Angelcare Bath Support, £27.99
– Best for newborns
Age suitability: 0 to 6 months | Maximum weight: 9kg | Dimensions: 23 x 34 x 56cm | Colours: Blue, pink, grey | Awards: Bronze – Baby bathtime product, MadeForMums Awards 2022
This Angelcare bath support is great for newborns. Its ergonomic design holds your baby safely, leaving your hands free to wash and play with your child.
The water level indicator advises you how far to fill the bath for optimal safety. The bath support is made from a TPE material which warms very quickly to your baby's body temperature and is gentle on their skin.
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MFM parent tester Nildeniz, mum of 1, loved that it has "a non-slippery surface which is soft, so felt safe while using it in the shower/bath. Also, the top part supports the head well which is important especially with newborns. It's very easy to clean, dry and store".
"It's really soft and comfy, I love that she just lies on it but doesn't roll as the way it's curved keeps her in the middle of the seat. I'm never worried that her face will go under the water which is always a worry in a stand alone bath. It sits in the bath perfectly with room for her brother the other side of the bath too. The holes mean it dries quickly, it's easy to store and it's easy to clean," said MFM parent tester Aimee, mum of 2, aged 2 year and 16 weeks.
MFM parent tester Hayley, mum of 2 boys, also loved that it was soft and comfortable and warmed up to the temperature of the water. However, "a second setting where you could put your baby into more of a sitting position would be a great added feature," mentioned Hayley. "I've recommended it to all mum friends as it doesn't use up too much water in the bath and can be hung on the door or wall so doesn't take up too much space," she continued.
Pros: Easy to clean, dries quickly, hygienic, soft and comfortable for baby
Cons: Only suitable up to 6 months, baby can only really lie on it
2. Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat, £14.99
– Best budget buy
Age suitability: 6-12 months | Maximum weight: 10kg | Dimensions: 33 x 33.5 x 27cm | Colours: Lime green, pastel blue, pink, dark blue, white
The Safety 1st baby bath seat is structured with a T-bar so your child can sit up securely. There’s also a ball in the centre of the bar for them to play with so you can keep them occupied while you get them clean and washed.
It has 4 suction pads to secure it in place and an ergonomic shaped backrest to support your baby's back.
One of only two options on the list with this functionality, this seat has a 360° swivel so you can turn your baby to make bathing them that bit easier.
MFM parent tester Kelly, who has 3 children, loves the fact that her daughter "could have some independence as they got older and could turn around to follow the bath toys. It was really secure with the suckers in the bath too."
Kirstie, another MFM parent tester who is mum to 2 girls, agreed with Kelly that it gave her children the feeling of independence. "It meant the girls could play together in the bath and gave her more confidence in the water," said Kirstie.
Pros: Toy feature, 360 swivel, strong suckers, good value
Cons: Have to put baby in and out over the top, only last until 12 months
Available from: Amazon
3. BabyDam Orbital Bath Seat £28.99
– Best for bigger babies
Age suitability: From 5 months to 10 months+ | Maximum weight: Until baby is uncomfortable | Dimensions: 31 x 28 x 23cm | Colours: White
Offering a great option for slightly older babies, this bath seat has a removable armrest for easy access in and out and, much like the Safety 1st bath seat, a 360° 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.
This seat does not have a maximum age or weight specification like others on the list, but the manufacturer advises that it's suitable to 10+ months, or when your child is getting more confident in the water and can sit unaided on their own.
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.”
Pros: Comfortable, 360 swivel, neutral colours, removable armrest
Cons: Can only be used from 5 months, quite expensive
4. Cheeky Rascals Bath Support, £22.50
– Best for small baths
Age suitability: 0 to 6 months | Maximum weight: Height 70cm or 6 months | Dimensions: 24x 20 x 53cm | Colours: White
With its compact design, this baby bath support is suitable for both a regular sized bath or a traditional 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.
The bath support is made from hygienic and mould resistant materials and has a maximum fill line to advise you how high fill the bath, a great safety feature for worried parents.
Pros: Can fit into smaller baths and baby baths, soft rubber for comfort, hygienic
Cons: Can only be used up to 6 months
5. Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Seat, £29.99
– Best for suction
Age suitability: 6 to 10 months | Maximum weight: 11kg | Dimensions: 40.6 x 37.6 x 22.8cm | Colours: Grey, blue, pink
This bath seat by Angelcare features a layer of soft touch TPE in a hammock style 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 Angelcare bath seat is hygienic and mould resistant, it advises that you simply rinse and drain after use.
This bath seat was highly recommended by our MFM parent testers. "She can sit up but is still a bit wobbly so this is perfect for her; it provides good support but allows her to play with toys in the bath around her. The seat has suckers on the bottom which keep it secure in the bath and it's easy to clean," said Lucy, mum of 3 year old boy and 7 month old girl.
"This made bath time so much easier when I'm on my own with both girls. I love the strong suction of the legs, it's so hard to pull off unless you toggle the little handles to release it meaning I know she can't topple the seat herself," praised Jessica, mum of 2 little girls.
However, both Lucy and Jessica did mention how the leg holes have somewhat sharp edges, so you need to take care when putting your baby into the seat.
Pros: Cosy and warms to bath temperature, easy to clean, strong suction
Cons: Leg holes can have sharp edges
Available from: John Lewis
6. Thermobaby Aquababy Bath Seat, £18.99
– Best for longevity
Age suitability: 7-16 months | Maximum weight: 13kg | Dimensions: 32.5 x 23.5 x 32cm | Colours: Grey
The Aquababy bath seat is great for bigger kids, as it can hold up to 13kg meaning you may be able to use it long past the recommended 16 months, depending on your child's size.
This bath seat is ideal for when your baby starts to sit up. It has strong suction pads and a non-slip seat surface, aiming to keep your baby secure on the seat. The rounded shape and high back should hold your baby securely whilst allowing them the freedom to move around and play.
It's also got 3 little swivel toys attached to the front bar to entertain your child whilst you wash them.
Pros: Has a toy feature, Large weight capacity, strong suction, non-slip seat, high back support
Cons: Have to place baby in through the top, only available in 1 colour
7. Dreambaby Fold Away Bath Seat, £19.95
– Best for folding away
Age suitability: 6 months to 2 years | Maximum weight: 2 years | Dimensions: 29 x 37 x 35cm | Colours: White
The best thing about this bath seat is that it folds for easy storage and there's an easy flick latch to open up the front, making putting your baby in and taking them out the seat that bit easier.
It features brightly coloured toy attachments on the front to help keep your baby amused in the tub.
The back support and extra-wide leg space aim to provide as much comfort and support for your child as possible, whilst the non-slip suction pads keep the seat secure to the bath.
It's also got great longevity, and is suitable up to the age of 2.
Pros: Folds away, has front opening to get baby in and out, good value, extra-wide leg space, toys, high maximum age
Cons: Only available in 1 colour
8. Rotho Babydesign Bath Seat, £40
– Best for wriggly toddlers
Age suitability: 7 to 16 months | Maximum weight: 13kg | Dimensions: 35 x 31.3 x 22cm | Colours: White/green/blue, grey/white/green, silver/white
This structured seat features a wide backrest and arm rest to keep your baby comfortable and secure.
Much like the Dreambaby Fold away seat, it opens at the front to allow you to get your baby in and out more easily thanks to its hinged ring which also has a 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's a more durable choice.
Pros: Opens at the front to get baby in and out, durable
9. Dreambaby Deluxe Bath Seat with Heat Sensor, £36.99
– Best for heat sensing
Age suitability: 6-24 months Maximum weight: 13kg | Dimensions: 36 x 32 x 26cm | Colours: White/blue
This nifty bath seat has a heat-sensing star on the front to let you know if the bath water is too hot for your baby.
It's got a padded, contoured, non-slip seat with lots of leg room. Similar to the other Dreambaby and Rotho bath seat, this too has a hinge opening on the front to make it easy to get your baby in and out of the seat.
MFM parent tester Jennifer, mum of 2 daughters, aged 10 and 1 said, "the Dreambaby bath seat was an absolute lifesaver for us as my daughter is a very active baby. The suction pads are super strong and have a little tab on each pad for easy release and they are far enough away from your baby's arms so there's no risk of them playing with them. The heat sensor came in very handy and let us know when the bath was the best temperature for our baby. The Dreambaby opens at the front meaning it wasn't a struggle to get them out of the seat and it's safe enough that they can't undo it themselves".
However, Jennifer did wish the seat came in a larger variety of colours.
Pros: Heat sensor feature, strong suction, opens at the front to get baby in and out
Cons: Only 1 colour available
10. Shnuggle Baby Bath, £24.95
– Best for a baby bath with built-in seat
Age suitability: 0-12 months Maximum weight: 12 months | Dimensions: 40 x 60 x 30cm | Colours: White | Awards: Gold – Baby bathtime product, MadeForMums Awards 2022
Yes, this is actually a freestanding baby bath, but it was impossible not to include this in the list as a large majority of our MFM parent testers recommend and use this baby bath with its built-in bath seat.
The Shnuggle baby bath is a compact size, meaning the water stays warmer for longer than it would if you placed a bath seat or support in a standard bath. You can put this bath in your own bathtub too, so it conserves water and space.
The bum bump in the baby bath supports your baby and prevents them from sliding around. The foam back rest means your baby can sit comfortably against the back.
There's a plug feature to empty or refresh the water.
"I really loved that you only use a small amount of water and it has the built-in bath seat for your baby to perch against. However, it can be a bit awkward getting the hold of your newborn baby right in the bath at first as the seat is a funny size/angle for when they are really small," said MFM home tester Lucy, mum of 3 year old boy and 7 month old girl.
MFM home tester Jessica, mum of 2 boys said, "it made bathing my boys so much easier as I knew the built-in seat helped support them and stopped them sliding underwater". Fellow MFM home tester Kirstie, mum of 2 girls also uses the Shnuggle bath and said, "it's padded on the back and has a wedge at the bottom so even little babies are wedged in and you only need one hand to hold them".
We’d recommend only using this bath on the floor or in your bathtub, like our testers, but you can purchase a stand for it. If you do, it’s really important that you use the stand in conjunction with the safety strap (which should be supplied with your product). If you find your stand doesn’t come with a safety strap (there has been a safety notice about this regarding batches with the SKU of SHN-BTH-FST2) then you should order one for free.
Pros: Uses less water, can bath wherever, water stays warmer for longer
Cons: Not as much support as a regular bath seat or support, quite big to store instead of a little seat or support
For more standalone baby baths, see our 10 of the best baby baths
How did we choose our 10 of the Best?
Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.
To collate this list of best baby bath seats and supports, we spoke to our hand-picked panel of Made For Mums home testers to find out which bath seats/supports they use and why they love them.
When testing bath seats/supports we look at safety, ease of use, comfort and value for money.
Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don’t just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.
How to use a baby bath seat or support safely
It's important to know that a baby bath seat or support is not a safety product, you mustn't leave your child unattended whilst they're in the bath and should always use bath seats with care and caution. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) stresses how bath seats should only be used if the child is within arms reach at all times.
RoSPA say bath seats can lull parents into a false sense of security as they do not have to use their hands to hold their baby up. Leaving your child in a bath seat or on a bath support for as little as 30 seconds can be fatal.
Therefore, to provide you with the best advice on using a bath seat or support safely, we asked Susan Wallace, Cheeky Rascals product safety expert and owner of baby sleep consultancy Settled Petals, a few important questions to assist you when using a bath seat.
What age can a baby use a bath seat/support?
"Bath supports are often suitable from birth, but check the individual model you are using," says Susan Wallace.
When it comes to a bath seat, "the baby must be able to sit up confidently. Most babies learn how to sit between 6-9 months. But as individual children meet this milestone at different ages, it is better to wait until they are able to sit confidently before introducing a bath seat, as opposed to focussing on a set age," advises Susan.
Always check the individual bath seat to see if its minimum or maximum age and weight restrictions.
How do I stop my baby from slipping on the bath seat?
Most baby bath seats have anti-slip seats and bases to keep your child securely on the seat. However, Susan says, "if you find that your baby instinctively slumps down and is unable to maintain an upright sitting position, they may be better suited to a reclined bath support".
General safety advice for bathing a baby
It's important to know how to bath your baby safely and understand any risks there may be so we asked our support expert, Susan Wallace, her top safety advice for bathing a baby:
- "Children should always be supervised whilst in the bath, with parents immediately beside them. They should not be left unattended for any length of time.
- "Bath supports are not safety products. They are not intended to keep a baby safe in the bath, but are rather an aid to make bath time easier. Parents should remain mindful of this and always be available to support their child as required.
- "Babies have delicate skin. The batch water should be warm, not hot. Lotions, cream and washes are not recommended for at least the first 4 weeks.
- "It is recommended that a towel, clean clothes and nappy are placed beside the bath before a baby is placed into it. This ensures that they can be kept warm on leaving the bath, and a parent does not have to leave them to obtain such".
NHS guidelines also suggest not to bath your baby just after feeding or if they're hungry or tired.
About the author
Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products for parents, ranging from best sleep aids to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development.
Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team, specialising in household and trying to help parents save money. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products, ranging from best cordless vacuums to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development. During her teenage years she worked as a play worker and Brownie volunteer to support children's play.
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