That very first baby bath is such a sweet milestone. And in everyone’s baby pictures, it’s like the cutest moment ever. In real life, though, it’s kind of terrifying: there’s crying and flailing and slipping and more crying…from baby and mom. It doesn’t help that there’s so many different choices in the baby bathtub aisle, each with a different size, shape and function. WTF!? Isn’t a bath a bath? Not when you’re only 7 lbs. Below, our breakdown of baby bathtubs, so you can find the best one to suit your lifestyle.
When you live in the city, sometimes you don’t have a bath. Don’t move! You can totally wash your baby in the sink if you have this genius, foldable Puj Infant Tub. Even if you do have a bath at your disposal, there’s something easy and adorable about bathing baby at a height that’s right where you arms already are. Opt for the Puj Flyte if your sink is on the small side.
If you’re short on space, but still want the full bath experience, try Stokke’s Flexi Bath. It’s lightweight, made from nontoxic plastics and has a non-slip base to prevent it from sliding around. Best part? It folds up so you can tuck it away while not in use. Don’t forget the optional Newborn Support insert for those very early days.
The Bells and Whistles
Because, admit it, sometimes you just want baby to bathe themselves. Ok, that’s probably not going to happen, but this 4moms Infant Tub not only helps you find the perfect temperature for baby’s bath, but also drains dirty water and cycles in only fresh and clean. Plus it fits in a sink, which we already know is clutch for urban babies.
We know moms that not only use their Prince Lionheart Washpod to bathe but also to comfort baby. This soothing basin enables baby to get into fetal position, replicating your womb, but with a nice soft foam insert for added comfort. Clear directions ensure babe is in just the right amount of water, and a sturdy, ergonomic shape makes it easy to use and practically impossible to tip.
If your bathing strategy is less water, more baby (we don’t blame you!), Munchkin’s Clean Cradle will ease your mind. The inclined and ergonomic basin ensures water doesn’t get in those important little holes (think eyes, ears, nose, mouth), and here’s nice high walls so you know baby’s not going anywhere. It’s also portable, sturdy and super easy to clean.
We know, this doesn’t really look like a bath. But, this little Pomfitis Batya is like a relaxing raft for baby, albeit one that’s safe and supportive, keeping his cute baby head safely out of water. Think it looks like a toy? Use it as one! Once this baby bath dries out, it can totally do double duty.