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 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.
Bathing can be really tricky if you’re trying to hold your baby while washing them. Don't make it harder than it already is - just pop them inside their own bath, which will give you free hands to play with your baby and wash them. Read on for our curated edit of the 4 best baby bath seats and tubs in Australia.
What is a baby bath seat?
A baby bath seat or bath support is baby gear that makes bathing time a lot easier. They’re basically a sort of reclining seat that allow you to lay a newborn in them and submerge them half in and half out of the water. We find the best part is that they offer support to your baby’s head, allowing you to wash them without trying to hold them at the same time (which can get totally complicated!) We’re sure we don’t need to tell you this, but just in case, it’s important to never leave your bub unattended in one and to always keep a hand on them even whilst they’re seated.
Do I need a baby bath tub?
If you don’t have a bath tub at home, then we say a baby bath is an absolute essential. Even if you do have a tub though, having a baby bath seat/ support/ stand sure makes bath time a lot less stressful for everyone. For parents who might be bathing their children solo a lot of the time, think of your bath seat like another pair of hands. It allows you to wash them with two hands, introduce some toys and help them to enjoy their experience in the water as you’re not spending time also trying to hold them in a slippery tub! And whilst you can use a kitchen or bathroom sink as a sort of makeshift tub, we still recommend investing in a proper baby bath as you can be sure of its cleanliness and no slip power!
What to look for in a baby bath in Australia?
- Head and neck support: Crucial for newborns who can’t sit up by themselves
- Mesh: This is a great material to opt for in your bath support as it’s mildew-resistant
- Size: Consider how big your bathroom is and opt for a foldable tub if you’re short on space
- Plug: This is a great feature in a baby bath to empty the water easily.
- Hook: Makes it easy to store your bathtub on the back of a door
- Grip: Always opt for a no-slip option for extra safety
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.
Drain Plug 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.
Bathtub size 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.
BPA-free 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.
Portability 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.
What age is suitable for baby bath support?
The best time to use your baby bath chair support is from newborn age until around six months (or when they can sit up by themselves. At this time, we recommend switching to a baby bath tub which they can use until 12 months of age (and then the toddler sized bath after this).
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.
Use a hooded baby bath towel We love using this hooded baby bath towel from Nature Baby.
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.
4 best baby bath tubs in 2022
Wondering what is the best baby bath tub? At the memo, we will never offer 20+ different bath tubs to choose from but rather a curated, considered edit of a handful of the very best options. We want to make things easier for you, not more overwhelming and complicated! Read on for our line-up of the best baby bath tubs in Australia now.