What’s the best baby bath tub + other baby bath-time essentials

Bath-tubsA baby bath seems like such a simple item to buy – but there are sooo many to choose from. Here’s the lowdown on the best ones to help bath time be an enjoyable experience for both you and your little one.

Tub with a sling/hammock 

The first years infant to toddler bath tub with sling reviewThis style of bath is great to use from newborn through to toddler. The sling or hammock is designed to support a newborn, and once your little one can support themselves a little more, you can remove the sling. The backrest of the actual tub can be adjusted to suit the position you need for your baby’s stage of development.

Check out  The First Year’s Infant To Toddler Tub  (available in Pink or blue) and the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub (super cute in white and green).

The tummy tub

The tummy tub baby bathThe unique shape of  The Original Tummy Tub Baby Bath is designed to replicate the womb so babies feel warm and safe in it. Endorsed by many professionals as the preferred way to bathe a baby, it’s also touted as being able to help with relieving gas and colic.

While it can be a great option to provide an enjoyable, calming bath time experience for the baby, it is a little more fiddly as a parent to bath the baby in one of these, particularly while your little one can’t support their own head. If you can get used to washing with one hand and supporting bub with the other – the tummy tub is a great option.

Collapsible baths

Collapsible baby bath tubIf you’re short on space, or just hate having the baby things take up space, a collapsible bath is the way to go. Check out the popular Puj Flyte – Compact Infant Bath which fits easily into most counter top sinks (no bending over to bath your baby!) and the Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub which stands alone on support legs, and can be adjusted to suit newborns through to toddlers.

Other bath-time essentials for baby

Hooded bath towels

Pottery Barn Kids hooded towel

Pottery Barn Kids

While these aren’t absolutely necessary as you can use nice soft regular adult sized towels, hooded baby towels are good for a couple of reasons:

1. The hood keeps baby’s head warm
2. They’re smaller, so if you need to wash them more frequently due to little accidents, they take up less space in the washing machine
3. They look pretty cute too!

The most important thing to most mom’s in a baby towel is how soft it is. So which ones are the best?

1. Pottery Barn Kids hooded towels
These are by far the most loved hooded towels among moms. They are on the pricier side, but they are super soft, thick and plush – well worth it!

2. Burt’s Bees organic hooded towels
Not as thick as the Pottery barn kids towels, but the Burt’s Bees hooded towels are really soft and well made.

3. Clevamama Splash and Wrap Hooded Towel, White
A clever towel which is designed with an apron bit that goes on you to keep you dry while having both hands free to pick bub up out of the tub and wrap them in their part of the towel. Check it out!

 Wash cloths

Aden and anais muslin washcloths

aden + anais muslin washcloths

Not too much to say about these – as with towels, usually the more expensive they are they softer/thicker they will be. Though some moms find the thinner ones easier to wash their little ones with. If you’re getting one of the adorable Pottery barn kids hooded towels, you can also get the gingham wash cloths to match. The aden + anais muslin washcloths are also really nice, super soft good quality ones. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, most stores have multi packs for around $8-$10.

Baby body wash and shampoo

Burts bees baby bee getting started bath set

Baby Bee getting started set

Most baby washes are a body wash and shampoo in one which definitely makes bath time easier! There’s lots of different ones to choose from, and heaps of natural/chemical free products too which are excellent for babies skin.

Johnsons are the old ‘go to’ brand which is in-expensive, but if you want a more natural product that is gentler look at Aveeno, Burt’s Bees or California Baby.

Do you know exactly what you need to buy for baby? Download our baby essentials checklist and check out our baby gear guides that break it all down – we’ve done all the hard work for you!

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