Product Reviews Bedding & Bath
Sometimes, it is the simplest products that are the best. Take baby bathtubs—if you look at the offerings in this category, you’ll note some baby bathtubs convert to step stools and then, small compact cars. Okay, just kidding on the car, but these products are a good example of brand manager overkill—companies think the way to success with baby bath tubs is to make them work from birth to college. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that our top picks for baby bathtub are, well, just bathtubs. Check out recommendations for our top picks.
Best (full size tub). The EuroBath by Primo ($25; web: PrimoBaby.com) is a sturdy tub for babies, age birth to two. It weighs less than two pounds and is easy to use—just add baby, water and poof! Clean baby. The EuroBath is well designed, although it is big—almost three feet from end to end. It may be a tight fit if you have a small bathroom.
Another good choice is the First Year's Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub ($16 to 20, FirstYears.com). This simple tub includes a sling and foam pads to better fit a newborn.
Best (folding tub). The Puj Tub ($45, PujBaby.com) is a soft, foldable tub designed to fit in a sink. Made of foam, it unfolds when not in use and can hang on the back of a door—perfect if you live in a tiny urban apartment. The only caveat: it doesn’t work with all sinks or faucets (an oval sink with a 6.5” depth is best). And it is designed for infants to six month-olds, so this won’t work for older babies and toddlers. Safety 1st makes a similar design called the Sink Snuggler for less: $28.
Boon (booninc.com) has introduced a cool new tub, the Naked, for the space deprived (and fashion forward) parent. The Naked baby bathtub is collapsible with a hook to hang it in the shower and can be placed in a reclining position. The simple, colorful design makes it a pleasure to look at and use. Cost: $50 to $60. It comes in bright teal blue and traffic cone orange.
Bathtubs can be quite expensive and include all kinds of bells and whistles like built-in thermometers. Our readers think these "super tubs" are a waste of money and the built in thermometers often don’t work.
A baby bathtub is a great item to pick up second-hand or at a garage sale. Or borrow from a friend. Readers say they’ve snagged baby bath tubs for $2 or so at garage sales—with a little cleaning, they are just fine. What if you want to give baby a bath in a regular tub or kitchen sink? A bath sling like the Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather ($13, pictured) will do the trick.
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A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.