Giving your baby a bath can be quite a messy and slippery affair, with soapy water splashing all around while you struggle to make sure your baby gets a good wash. While it may be easy to make your baby sit in the sink or a bucket for a bath, using a bathtub especially suited for your little one can be pretty convenient and most importantly, hygienic.
Baby bathtubs are designed by keeping in mind the needs of an infant, with contouring as well as anti-slip padding at just the right spots to make sure your baby doesn’t get hurt while using it. These also provide an adequate amount of space for slightly older babies to play around in the water, making bath a fun process.
Choosing the right bathtub for your baby can be quite a challenge since tubs come in all shapes and sizes and with a good number of additional features. Depending on the age and size of your baby as well as her requirements, we’ve drawn up a list of the features you need to look out for when purchasing the right bathtub for your little one.
Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Baby Bath Tub
There are a large variety of baby bathtubs available on the market today. In order to take the right decision, make sure that you have successfully answered all of the following questions. A detailed Buying Guide with additional information is provided at the end of the article that will answer all of your further questions.
- How many types of Baby Bath Tubs are there?
The major types of baby bath tubs can be classified as follows (some may be a combination of two or more of the following types).
Basic Infant Bath Tubs/Standard Plastic Bath Tubs: Basic, minimalistic plastic tubs usually with gently sloped interiors within and no additional features.
Hammock Baby Bath Tubs with Mesh Slings: These are tubs with mesh support slings positioned within to help cradle and support newborns.
Convertible Baby Bath Tubs: Designed to grow along with the growth of your baby, convertibles allow both reclining positions (for newborns) as well as sitting upright (for toddlers).
Inflatable Baby Bath Tubs: The most space-efficient since they come deflated, these are great for travel and easily portable but less durable than other baby bath tubs.
Foldable Baby Bath Tubs: Easy for storage & travel but not as long-lasting as solid bath tubs, these are good options for people who want to save up on space or travel frequently.
Collapsible Baby Bath Tubs: These could either be suited for a bathtub or a sink or both and snap into place when in use, collapsing back into a flat structure when not in use.
Bucket Baby Bath Tubs: As the name indicates, these are designed just like a simple bucket and work well for a good rinse, but tend to be low on comfort and space to move around.
More information regarding the quality of the materials used in the manufacturing of these bathtubs is given in the buying guide below.
- How much water can it hold?
The depth of the bathtub is an important factor to take into consideration while buying one. The tub should be such that after filling water upto a certain level and putting your baby into the tub, your baby should remain immersed to a good extent. A number of bathtubs are too shallow and hold less water than they should, making it inconvenient to bathe your baby well.
- Does it have a drain at the bottom?
Certain bath tubs come with a drain along with a rubber stopper positioned at the base to ensure easy drainage of water after a baby’s bath. If a bathtub has no drain, it can be difficult to lift it up or tilt the heavy tub to the side in order to drain out the water. Hence, it is always advisable to buy a bathtub which has a drain along with an attached plug for ease of usage. This helps in drying it out easily and prevents water stains even with regular use.
Cleaning parameters and ease of cleaning is given out clearly in the buying guide below.
- Does it have soft/padded/contoured edges?
Babies tend to slide around a lot within the bathtub if the base and/or sides are not contoured or designed ergonomically with, say, a support for the hip or a head rest. It is always better to purchase a bathtub which has padding and anti-skid/anti-slip pads at the base and sides of the tub to prevent the baby from getting hurt in the water.
The importance of surface and how to pick which type of surface is further explained in the “buying guide” mentioned below.
- Is it foldable/collapsible/convertible?
This depends on your requirement. If you’re looking for a baby bath tub for the purpose of travelling while you’re on the go, it is better to opt for an inflatable or collapsible tub which takes up the least space and is easily portable. If not, solid and well-contoured convertible tubs are better suited for your baby for the purpose of their daily baths at home.
Now that you have answered those questions, let us not waste anymore time and jump into the top 10 best baby bathtubs in India are listed here with their pros and cons to make the choice simpler for you.