Anyone else slightly terrified when it comes to giving your baby their first bath post hospital? There’s water everywhere, your precious new arrival and your own bathtub is clearly too big (let alone if you even have a bathtub at home!). This is where a baby bath comes in handy to help make bathtime fun and easy for everyone. We’re here to help make the choosing part easy, so forget long lists with 20+ recommendations, because seriously when do those things ever help you narrow your choices down?! Here’s our guide for working out how to choose the best baby bath, with no long lists in sight.
Do you need a baby bath?
Depending on your preferences, you might prefer to bathe your child in the kitchen sink or hop into the bathtub with your baby. However, whilst not strictly essential, a baby bath can offer you convenience, safety and comfort when it comes to bathing your little one. With a baby bath you get the comfort of moving it to the sink rather than sitting inside the bathtub with them, anti-slip safety features, and the convenience of not having to thoroughly scrub and disinfect your kitchen sink before bathing your bub in it.
Baby bath tub vs baby bath support
First things first, consider whether you’d like an actual tub or something that you can put into your own bathtub that will support them. You’ll likely get a little more use out of an actual tub as it can hold babies up until one year old, whereas the bath support is generally better for newborns until six months.
How to pick the best baby bath tub:
Support for baby’s head and shoulders
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when searching for your baby bath is the amount of support it offers for your newborn. They’re at the age where they can’t sit up by themselves or support their weight, so you need a bath that’s going to do the heavy lifting for them. At the same time, you should also consider choosing a bath that has slip control since a soapy baby is also a slippery one.
Save your back from emptying a bucket load of water! Opt for a bath that has its own plug to make draining water out as easy as possible. One reason we love the Shnuggle baby baths is the fact that they come with a plug.
Ease of cleaning
A reason that many opt for buying an actual baby bath is the fact that it reduces cleaning time. If you’re bathing your baby in the sink, you’ll have to scrub it clean and disinfect it before using. With a baby bath tub, all you need to do is give it a rinse with some warm soapy water. Both the Shnuggle bath and Angelcare bath support are very easy to clean and dry quickly, preventing mildew.
Depending on the size of your bathroom, the actual size of your baby bathtub may be a top priority. If you don’t have much storage space, the Angelcare bath support is a great compact option. It also has a hook on the back so you can hang it up on the back of your bathroom door for easy storage. As it’s only designed for children up to 6 months’ of age it’s also naturally smaller than the Shnuggle baby bath.
Most baby baths are made from plastic, so it’s important to ensure that you opt for a BPA-free plastic bath. The problem with BPA is that it can leak through materials and have potentially adverse health effects especially on babies. Both the Angelcare and Shnuggle baths at the memo are 100% BPA-free.
This one almost goes without saying that you want your baby bath to be ultra portable. The last thing you need is a heavy lump you need to move into the bath or the kitchen sink, so opt for something sturdy but lightweight at the same time. If you’re a frequent traveller, you’d be best to choose a bath that is easy to throw in the car. We’d opt for the Angelcare Bath Support thanks to its smaller size.
1. Baby Bath Temperature
Once you’ve decided what baby bath is best for your family, it’s time to think about the actual bathing itself. Like something out of the Three Little Bears, you want your baby’s bath to be not too warm, not too cold, just right. In plain language, that translates to around 38C. To keep an eye on your baby’s bath temperature, it’s a good idea to invest in a baby bath thermometer. We love the gorgeous Oricom rubber ducky one for being just as cute as it is practical.
2. Use a hooded baby bath towel
We love using hooded bath towels for our little ones to keep them snug after a bath. Did you know we lose most of our body heat through our head too? With a hooded towel, you’ll help to keep your little one at the perfect temperature.
3. Baby Bath Toys
This is totally up to you, but there’s not much point in introducing bath toys if you’ve got a newborn. They’re not likely to play with them since they can’t sit up by themselves yet and you always want to keep bath time fairly short to protect their sensitive skin. We like to wait for a few months before introducing some cute and fun toys to make bathtime exciting.
4. Use a bath mat
Once your baby has outgrown their baby bath, it’s time to transition them into the big person tub. Keep bath time safe with a non-slip mat like this one from Boon.
5. Use baby soap
Whichever brand you choose, the takeaway here is to make sure you’re using a soap specifically designed for baby’s skin. Your little one has very sensitive skin so you want to be sure you’re not stripping it of its natural oils and moisture. We have a great range of baby soaps to choose from here.And there you have it- our no-nonsense guide to help you choose the best baby bath. If you liked this guide, we’ve got some handy how to choose articles on our blog. Read how to choose a highchair, how to choose a baby bassinet, choosing a travel pram, how to buy a baby monitor and how to choose a breast pump.