Updated January 2017
For something you can use longer than a newborn tub, I recommend the quintessential “blue tub” by The First Years ($16). 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).
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 ~$16 on Amazon, the blue tub is a no-brainer/best buy.
If blue plastic isn’t what you have in mind [snort], check out the stylish Boon Soak ($21, below), which is a better looking three-stage tub. Bonus: this tub should fit in most double sinks.
For the end of the first year and for travel, we also love the Munchkin White Hot Ducky Inflatable tub ($12).
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 13 bucks you’ll ever spend, y’all 😉 [More baby travel gear]
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