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Things that are surprisingly slippery: soap in the shower, a polished wood floor and a wet baby. Make bath time fun and stress-free by containing baby in their own bath. The best baby bath is pretty simple: it lets you bathe baby in a smaller space than a full bath. It’s easy to clean, drain and move around. Ideally, it’s not too tricky to store and allows you to be kind to your back by avoiding bending over. Here are our picks for Australia’s best baby bath, chosen from hours of virtual window shopping.
How we picked
Although you’ll find the best baby bath in Australia here, what you won’t find is the best baby bath seat. Why? Because we’re not convinced they’re 100% safe - babies have drowned using bath aids and bath seats. Bath aids and bath seats can give parents confidence that they’re able to leave baby unsupervised, even for just a few short moments - like to answer a call or pop into the next room to grab something they’ve forgotten.
But drowning can happen so quickly, in really shallow water - a few cms is all it takes. Bath seats can tip over, baby can slip or roll off, or they can get trapped underneath or alongside it. CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group, goes as far as to “recommend that you keep [this] dangerous product out of your home and away from your children”.
With that cleared up, here’s how we found the best baby bathtub for a splashing good time. We started with ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. This gave us some good options of baby baths that Aussies use and love.
We widened our search by looking internationally, seeing what parents overseas reckon are the best baths. We could then narrow down our list, ensuring we had a great range of budgets and types (bucket baths vs larger contoured baths vs simple ones) to suit all Aussie babies and parents.
There you have it - the 7 best baby baths in Australia.
Features to consider
The biggest thing to consider with a baby bath is safety. Even if they’re in their own snug baby bath, not in the big bath or shower, you need to stay with your baby at all times. Bring everything you need to wherever you’re bathing them. Try to leave your phone on silent or out of the room so you’re not distracted by it. Babies can drown quickly, in very little water. By always keeping your hands and eyes on baby, you can all enjoy a safe, relaxing splash.
Here are some other considerations.
Babies are slippery when wet. A non-slip bottom gives some extra support and security.
Plug and drainage
A plug makes it easy to empty the bath. Without one, you’ll need to tip the bath over which can be hard work on your back.
Some baths, especially the larger ones, can be quite heavy, even before you add water. Make sure it’s lightweight and easy to move around. This is especially important if you’re using the bath on a benchtop and need to lift it up and down.
If space is an issue, a large bathtub that you can’t fold down might not be right for you. Large awkward baths need large spaces to store them. Consider spending more for a fold flat bath that tucks away nicely when you’re not using it. Or look for somewhere you can attach a hook so you can hang it on the wall.
Most baths will tell you how long you can expect them to last. Some of the larger ones will last for a few years, which is ideal if you have a bath-free home. Some of the contoured baths that have different sides for different ages grow with your baby. These tend to be larger, bulkier baths which need decent storage space.
What you get if you spend more
The most expensive baby bath on our list is the Skip Hop Moby, which is around $100. For that, you’re getting cute looks and a bath that grows with your baby. What else can you expect if you splash more cash?
A matching stand
Some baths are compatible with a stand. The most expensive baths will come with a stand. Stands are great for avoiding sore backs as you don't need to bend down. This makes them great for mums recovering from labour.
The most affordable baby baths are basically a rectangular plastic box. Pay more and you might get in-built storage shelves for soap and shampoo.
You’ll need to pay extra for a bath that offers different positions for your growing baby. These baths typically start with a reclined position for a newborn, before progressing to slightly more upright and then seated positions. This extends the life of the bath. But the downside is their size and bulkiness.
Some baths have built-in tech, like thermometers. This lets you see the water temperature without needing to shell out for a separate thermometer. We even found 1 that had in-built scales. This is handy for premmies or any baby that requires regular weighing - combine it with a soothing bath and hopefully it’s easier. (However, it was so poorly reviewed we didn’t think it was worth including.)
Or how to move your sleeping baby, without waking them (not guaranteed).
Or how to get stuff done while still being close to your baby.