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10 of the best baby baths

Find the right bath for you and your baby from non-slip surfaces to fold-up designs, luxury bubble baths and more

Best baby baths

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.

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There are 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 boat out – a luxury baby bath with a bubbling spa and its own mini shower head.

To help you decide on the ideal baby bath for your little one, we’ve found a selection below with various features, so you can get a sense of some of the options out there.

Whatever you choose, be mindful never to leave your baby unattended in a bath – even the most shallow of waters can prove hazardous. If you’d like more practical information on bathing, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to bath your baby in 10 simple steps.

We know the list of products you need for a new baby can feel endless, so if you’re looking for more helpful ideas we’ve rounded up some of the best baby bath towels, best baby toiletries and best baby bath accessories if you’re looking at other handy toys and tricks for bathtime. Plus, for more products but at reduced prices, see our list of the best Black Friday baby deals.

Here’s our pick of the best baby baths…

1. Shnuggle Baby Bath, £24.95

Age suitability: Birth to 1 year+

Cleverly designed by parents, this stylish, deep bath makes washing your little one as stress-free as possible. The foam backrest creates a comfortable baby bath chair for newborns, while for older babies there’s 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 is light to carry around, doesn’t take up too much space, only uses 2 liters of water, and fits inside most sinks.

This model is recommended by Amazon and scored 4.7 out of 5 stars overall from previous baby bath reviews. Parents were impressed with the practicality of the bath as it, “allows little ones to be in an upright position, submerged mid-chest keeping them warmer for longer.”

The bath was also described as “easy to clean” and “sturdy but lightweight.”

Available from: Shnuggle and Amazon

2. Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Tub, £69.99

Age suitability: Birth to 2 years+

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 bathtub or an adult tub for extended use as your child gets bigger.

Insulated double-walls helps maintain warm water temperature, and a drainage hole and plug make emptying easy.

Parents who bought the bath in the past praised the product, with one saying “The infant seat makes bathing baby’s easier.” Other parents described it as “easy to use and comfortable,” and a “really luxury baby bathtub.”

Available from: Argos

3. Karibu Folding Bath, £35

Age suitability: Birth to 2 years+

Designed for those living in a place 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 doesn’t make it flimsy, with one parent on Amazon saying that “it is sturdy when upright,” and “spacious enough for our 9 month old baby.”

Featuring a stand with four legs, made of non-slip materials, and a heat-sensitive bath plug, this is one nifty no-fuss bath.

This baby bath received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars overall on Amazon. Parents were pleased with the size and practicality of the folding design with one saying, “Great to be able to fold up and the hook feature is fantastic to be able to hang it on the shower rail.”

One baby bath review did note the base could be a little slippy and recommended adding a bath mat inside as an extra precaution.

Available from: Amazon and Small Smart

4. Aquascale 3-in-1 Baby Bath with Digital Scales and Thermometer, £69.99

Age suitability: Birth to 2 years

Bathing and weighing your baby are two pretty important jobs, 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.

Reviewers on Argos scored this bath 4.9 out of 5 stars overall and 100% said they would recommend the product. Parents were pleased with the practical features such as the non-slip back.

“It’s safe and let’s you have both arms free to bath your baby,” said one buyer, while another added it was, “practical and light weight. Would recommend this as the perfect baby shower gift.”

Available from: Mamas & Papas, Argos, and John Lewis

5. Munchkin Hot Safety Duck Bath, £11.99

Age suitability: 6 months to 2 years+

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 traveling, 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 a baby bath to adult one.

With nearly 4,000 baby bath reviews, this tub is a popular choice, rated 4.5 out of 5 stars overall and it is recommended by Amazon. Buyers were impressed with the size and quality of the product.

“Good quality and perfect baby bath for ensuite/shower,” said one parent, while another said it, “fits perfectly into our shower tray and means that our son gets to enjoy a bubble bath before bed.”

Available from: ASDA, Amazon, and Boots

6. Strata Little Star Baby Bath, £10.49

Age suitability: Birth to 1 year

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.

Parents who bought this baby bath in the past commented on the durability of the product saying, it was “quite robust and a lovely size,” and “very good quality and excellent value for money.”

Available from: Argos

7. Puj Tub, £40.70

Age suitability: Birth to 6 months

The Puj Tub (pronounced pudge) is not your classic baby bath – it’s a shaped and mouldable product that is designed to turn a sink into a baby bath.

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 bathtub, it’s a real space-saver and innovative little product.

This bath was popular with parent buyers looking for a slimline solution, although some Amazon reviewers commented that it was more suitable for smaller babies.

“Perfect for my premmie baby and to give her a quick wash,” said one mum while another said, “suitable for newborns. Made my life easier!”

Available from: Bebmoda and Amazon

8. Tummy Tub, £20

Age suitability: Birth to 1 year+

A taller and narrower alternative to traditional baby baths or baby bath chairs, this bucket-style Tummy Tub bath is said to allow babies to bathe in a familiar fetal position. It can reportedly 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. One MFM user praised how effective the Tummy Tub was for her son and said used it with him everyday up until 5 months.

Read the full MadeForMums review of the TummyTub baby bath

Available from: Tony Kealy’s

9. Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub, £30

Age suitability: Birth to 2 years+

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.

This model has over 1,400 reviews and is a common choice for parents on Amazon. Parents described it as a, “lovely design, very sturdy and the insert is great,” and said that “the back support is nice and soft, but snug enough to ensure she doesn’t move around.”

Available from: Amazon and John Lewis

10. Bebe Style Baby Changer & Bath Unit, £74.99

Age suitability: Birth to 9 months+

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.

Available from: Posh Baby

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