Best Baby Bathtubs

The Top 9 Best Baby Bathtubs for the Traveling Tot

The Top 9 Best Baby Bathtubs for the Traveling Tot

It wasn’t long after Ryan and I started packing for our first long-haul road trip with Poppy that we realized we only had a few options for bathing her on the go:

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    Sink baths

    This works (read: is hygienic) when visiting close family. But the thought of bird bathing Poppy in some of the budget hotels makes me cringe (and I’m sure her sensitive skin scream! Cuz let me tell you, most of those sinks are in dire need of a heavy duty cleaning.

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    Baby mats

    This is a simple concept that looked intriguing at first. You simply put down a bath mat in the tub and go to town…But after some digging around I didn’t see the point of spending on a baby mat, because it just seemed like Poppy would wiggle her way off the small piece of sanitary ground and end up right back on the hotel porcelain.

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    Shower time

    I’ve met couples who started taking their baby with them in the shower after 12 months without any fuss (and to be honest, Ryan had showered with her without incident…But admittedly it’s pretty hard to hold on to a soaped up baby with one hand while the other tries to scrub behind her ears. So just not safe or relaxing for either of us.

So we decided to look around for the best baby bathtub for our next road trip. And boy are we glad we did. We found some super practical and travel-friendly bath options. Check em’ out!

And while we're on the subject of road tripping, you'll wanna check out our other gear guides for baby hiking backpacks, travel strollers, and portable cribs. Ok, back to business…

    But, Do I Really Need a Baby Bathtub For Travel?

    If you’re a new parent, you’ll soon realize that not many experiences are as nerve-racking as giving your tot their first real bath. Newborns are awfully floppy and curious, and the potential for a disastrous scrub down is always high…

    Is the water too hot? What if she slips outta’ my hands and dunks herself? Or worse, bonks her head? And will I be able to get that neck fold squeaky clean?

    But this all gets easier. Especially with the right baby bath…

    Ok, So What Should I Look For?

    Comparing one baby tub to another in an overly saturated market can be mentally draining (see what I did there, huh, huh?). Before deciding on the perfect baby bathtub for your baby, here are a few pointers to consider.

    Lightweight
    You’re gonna use this thing abroad. And that means you gotta cart it along with you, so it better not be a Goliath of a hot tub. I mean, you just need to wash a baby for crying out loud.

    Compact
    On that same note, the thing has to pack well. It can’t be clunky and awkward. It should fold down and pack up really nicely to win full points here.

    Function
    I’m not just talking about whether or not it holds water. They all do that. I’m concerned with whether or not they set up and tear down quickly and easily. Do they dry off well so they that they can go right back into the car when we’re done? Do they help make bath time as easy and safe as possible? I consider it all so you don’t have to worry.

    Price
    This is simply bang for your buck. If the device is ultra practical, effective, and safe, then I’m willing to pay for it. But I don’t want to pay triple for a bucket just because it’s coined as a baby product. I got your back here.

    If you’re considering hitting the road with your newborn, we’ve compiled a list of the best baby bathtubs you should consider for hassle-free bath sessions.

    The Top 10 of the Best Baby Bathtubs in 2017


    Puj Tub - The Soft, Foldable Baby Bathtub

    Lightweight: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    compactness: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Average:4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

    Suitable from birth up to 6 months, this innovative baby tub from Puj is a spade-like contraption made of a squishy, foldable, non-slip foam that opens up into a seat during bath time. It’s unique design is well suited for almost any sink size and molds itself to your newborn’s body quite well.

    You’ll also appreciate how easy the Puj tub is on your back. You won’t have to lean over, squat, bend or strain when giving your baby a bath.

    Pros

    • Folds flat for easy and convenient storage.
    • It doesn’t absorb water making it mold and mildew resistant.
    • The foam feels comfy and warm.
    • Very compact and lightweight.

    Cons

    • Babies quickly outgrow the Puj baby tub once they’re able to sit on their own.
    • A bit pricey.
     Blooming Baby Bathtub

    Lightweight: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    Compactness: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    Average:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

    If you’re looking for a great alternative to traditional baby bathtubs, the Blooming Baby Bathtub is worth checking out.

    Unlike most baby bathtubs – the majority are made from hard plastic, this sink-friendly tub stands out. Shaped like a blooming flower, the soft and cuddly petals help the tub fit into any sink regardless of the size.

    Its soft towel-like texture also prevents wet and squirmy babies from sliding around during bath time.

    Pros

    • Super soft materials.
    • Quick setup and teardown.

    Cons

    • Again, baby’s outgrow it after about 6 months.
    • A bit pricey (but again, super functional and travel friendly).
    Summer Infant Fold Away Baby Bath

    Lightweight: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Compactness: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Average:4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

    A cool foldable tub option, that would work great camping. It sets up in a second and is a complete bath for your baby. It also grows with your baby making it a more practical buy for long term use. The inclined positioner, meant to support newborns, can be removed as soon as your older baby needs more room.

    Pros

    • The inflatable base gives your baby an insulated and padded bottom.
    • Skid-resistant vinyl is safe and durable.
    • It’s very easy to fold and store it away.

    Cons

    • This item should be towel dried after use (to prevent mold etc).
    • The legs aren’t sturdy enough to support heavier babies.
    Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

    Lightweight: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Compactness: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Function: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    Average:4 Stars (4 / 5)

    This bathtub is super affordable and pretty cute to boot. It’s easy to use (minus blowing it up, which is kinda a pain), pocket friendly, and makes bath time more comfortable for you and your baby.

    The Munchkin Duck tub is designed to inflate when you need it, and deflate so it takes up little to no space in your luggage. And hey there’s no reason you can’t use it at the beach too! The ducky’s head even quacks when you gently squeeze it.

    Pros

    • It has a textured, non-slip bottom to keep your baby from slipping around.
    • The Ducky tub has an added temperature disk on it to help get the water temp right.
    • Has a headrest for tots.
    • It comes fitted with a drain.

    Cons

    • It’s not suitable for newborns. Only babies who can sit upright (6-24 months) can use the Ducky tub.
    • You have to be careful during use and storage to avoid puncturing the infaltable bath.
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    Infantino Whale Bubble Bathtub

    Lightweight: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Compactness: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Function: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
    Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
    Average:3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

    The Infantino Whale baby bathtub if for early sitters transitioning into a regular tub. It comes with 10 fun balls and a jingling tail to make bath time a little more interesting.

    Pros

    • Great for both home and travel.
    • It has a release plug to help drain the tub.
    • Like most inflatable baby bathtubs, it’s easy to keep the Infatino clean because it has no deep grooves.

    Cons

    • The bottom of the tub is slippery. A non-skid finish would’ve been much better.
    • Not suitable for use with newborns.
    • Annoying to inflate orally before every use.
     Summer Infant Large Comfort Baby Bather

    Lightweight: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Compactness: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Function: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Average:3.3 Stars (3.3 / 5)

    You can safely and securely bathe your newborn using the large Summer Infant bather inside a standard bath tub, but don’t expect much in terms of features. The simple design uses a mesh sling to cradle your baby and a 2-position recline has been fitted for a more comfortable bath.

    Pros

    • Machine washable fabric.
    • Compact and travel-friendly (but probably not the best for air travel).

    Cons

    • It’s too big for a regular sink.
    • If you don’t dry it well before storing, the material can get moldy.
    • Getting a bit heavy for what is is.
     Luxx Baby BF1 Folding Bath Tub

    Lightweight: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
    Compactness: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Average:3 Stars (3 / 5)

    Again, I get the idea behind a foldable baby tub that can easily be stored between baths, but if the tradeoff is a bulky tub with a steep price tag, I’ll pass. Weighing in at 4.8 pounds, the Luxx baby bath tub is just too heavy. I mean it does the job, but it’s kinda a glorified bucket.

    Pros

    • Easy to setup and clean.
    • A built-in hook for drying.
    • It comes with a non-slip bath mat.

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Expensive
    • Bulky and not travel-friendly.
     Boon Naked Collapsible Baby BathTub

    Lightweight: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
    Compactness: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Average:2.8 Stars (2.8 / 5)

    The Boon Naked baby tub has a simple yet effective design. And it still manages to pack in a lot of features parents appreciate. It has a rotating slip-resistant base, can recline, and is expandable. The fact that you can use the Boon baby bathtub well into toddlerhood makes it worth every cent. Between bath times, Boon’s baby tub collapses to a fraction of its original size giving it a slim profile for easy storage.

    Pros

    • Sleek design.
    • Easy to clean.
    • Comes fitted with a drain plug.

    Cons

    • Expensive.
    • It won’t fit in a regular sink.
    • Users reported the tub is slippery (and recommend using a sponge insert).
    Safety 1st Custom Care Modular Bathing Solutions

    Lightweight: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
    Compactness: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
    Function: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
    Price: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
    Average:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

    This unique two-piece design has been ergonomically designed with the flexibility to adapt and grow with your baby into toddlerhood. It’s more convenient than a bucket, but not by much.

    Pros

    • Contoured bath provides support for your baby.
    • Expandable.
    • Lightweight.

    Cons

    • Bulky and not travel-friendly.
    • Tub insert reportedly does not attach securely.
    • Expensive.

    A baby bathtub inevitably becomes a regular part of your baby’s care, so it’s important to find the right one. And we hope we’ve helped you with exactly that.

    Bye for now!

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