Updated November 2017

 0-12 Months

The First Years Newborn to Toddler Tub ~ $17

blue infant bath tub

For something you can use longer than a newborn tub, I recommend the quintessential “blue tub.” There is absolutely no reason to spend any more money than this on an infant bathtub, I promise.

This tub can be used throughout all stages of infancy: newborns go in the newborn sling, which little Lucie is pictured in, (above, left; yes, I recommend the incredibly sharp knives overhead as well) (kidding).

 

bluetub

The quintessential “Blue Tub” by First Years

Three to six month olds can use it in the reclined position (with newborn sling removed), and “sitters” (6+ months) can use the tub sitting upright (with “hump” removed). You may also be able to cram this into a larger kitchen sink if the geometry is right, but no guarantees. At ~$17 on Amazon, the blue tub is a no-brainer/best buy.

Boon Soak ~ $29

If blue plastic isn’t what you have in mind [snort], check out the stylish Boon Soak, which is a better looking three-stage tub. Bonus: this tub should fit in most double sinks.

Boon Soak

Boon Soak

Munchkin White Hot Ducky Inflatable Tub ~ $10

For the end of the first year and for travel. I enjoyed this tub so much on our trips that I started using it as my main infant bathtub because it’s larger, way more fun and hey, it quacks like a duck (endlessss entertainment)! This is for a baby 6+ months who can sit unassisted. Best 10 bucks you’ll ever spend, y’all 😉  [More baby travel gear]

Duck Tub

Munchkin Inflatable Tub

12 Months+

Once your baby is old enough to go right into the regular tub, you’ll probably want to invest in a non-slip bathtub mat. Here are some options that actually work:

Boon RIPPLE Bathtub Mat ~ $15

Secured in place by suction cups, this mat has drain holes and hangs to dry over the showerhead. Some reviewers noted that it didn’t work well on textured tubs.

Measurement: 15.75″ x 36.5″

Boon Ripple

Boon Ripple

Puj Grippy Bathtub or Shower Treads ~ $14/6-pack

An alternative to a full mat and a product that works on lightly textured tubs, these treads stick by a waterproof adhesive and stay so well that you can clean right over them. The treads can be removed cleanly without damaging your tub, just know they are designed for one-time use.

Measurement: 6″ diameter

OTHWAY Bathtub Mat ~ $10.99

A Lucie’s List reader recommendation, this mat is also highly-rated! You guys, you can clean this mat in the dishwasher (mind blown!). It’s heavier and thicker that other mats and has many suction cups.

Measurement: 31.5″ x 15.75″

Moving right along…

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