Baby bathtubs aren’t exactly the sexiest type of baby gear–I’d much rather look at the latest strollers and bassinets all day long, I admit it. But tubs are an everyday necessity that all new parents need, so I’ve narrowed it down to four fantastic–and dare I say, chic–options that will make bath time simple and stress-free. Well, as stress-free as is possible with a wiggling crying, slippery little baby in your hands.
Trust us, your “first bath”shots are not likely to be adorable smiling keepers for the baby book. But hey, there’s always that second bath. And the 274th…
Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
The folks at Boon excel at smart design, and they’ve done it again with their Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub–pretty sleek as bathtubs go. With a recline option designed for younger infants who haven’t mastered the art of sitting, this tub can grow with your baby into toddlerhood. You can fully expand the basin as baby is ready to sit up and splash. It mercifully collapses into one flat piece for easy storage; you can even hang in your bathroom with the integrated storage hook. Available in multiple bright colors including this orange baby bathtub, the Boon baby bathtub is the priciest of the group but definitely the one you can use the longest. ($60)
4Moms Infant Tub
4Moms is known for their game-changing baby gear, like the self-folding Origami stroller that also happens to charge your cell phone. The 4Moms infant tub is equally innovative, with a digital thermometer with a color-coded temperature display that tells you when the water is too hot or too cold; a built-in cup holder for the rinse cup that comes with; and the ability to fit in (some) single and double sinks. Say what? I have to admit that this one does not fit in my particularly small sink, but I have friends with bigger sinks who swear by it. You can also just toss it in your bathtub during bathtime too. It’s designed to allow clean water to flow in and dirty water to flow out via a cleverly placed side drain. Now this may not be so ideal at the moment if you’re in a drought-ridden state like I am, but no one can deny that’s a cool feature to have on an infant bathtub. ($40)
– Related: A baby grooming kit to make nail clipping a lot less difficult. –
Puj Tub Baby Bathtub
Puj makes bathtime with your baby super comfy and safe–and now affordable, considering their original Puj Tub priced us right out of it. Now, the Puj Tub and the Puj Flyte could become the new must-haves for new parents who envision bathing their newborn in a sink. And let’s face it, for those first few months, sink baths are way more convenient. Had I known about Puj a year ago, I definitely would’ve registered for these.
The Puj Tub is the slightly larger, deeper option of the two, made from a soft, cushy foam that’s non-absorbent (i.e. easy to clean). It can be set up using one hand to snap together the magnets at the bottom of the tub and conforms to almost any pedestal or countertop sink. It’s mold and mildew resistant and hangs completely flat for easy storage. ($44.95)
Puj Flyte Baby Travel Bathtub
Jet-setters, rejoice! The Puj Flyte is the perfect baby travel bathtub, with even quicker set-up than the Puj Tub. Toss it into pretty much any sink and just add water–bathtime at hotels and Grandma’s just got a lot easier. Also made of non-absorbent foam, albeit denser and not quite as cushy as the Puj Tub for durability’s sake, the Puj Flyte dries in seconds and is also mold and mildew resistant. And get this–it’s small enough to fold in half and toss in your bag. Time to book that trip to Paris? Now if only it came with a babysitter. ($34.99)