Babble, Rinse, Repeat

The Best Baby Tubs And Other Essential Infant Bath Gear

Whether you’re an obsessive clean freak or haven’t showered in a decade, baby bath time is sure to become one of your favorite things. It’s objectively adorable as hell, and you’re not a monster — even if you smell like one. However, bathing a tiny human comes with unique challenges. For example, while you might squirm over how dirty you feel after a day not-showering, your baby might squirm because their motor control stinks. These 9 items will ensure your bathtub is set up for safety and comfort, so you can get to the part of bath time that’s most important to both of you: Toys!

Baths

Angelcare-bath-supportAngelcare Bath Support

Rather than a standalone basin, this booster sits in your tub and allows water to gently flow through while your baby just chills there, all comfy-like. The seat is soft, ergonomic, and mold-resistant. And, the entire unit is designed to rinse and drain easily. They haven’t made an adult-sized version, why?
Angelcare Bath Support ($20)

stokke-flexi-bathStokke Flexi Bath

Stokke are the masters of well-designed baby furniture that grows with your kid and they’ve done it again with their bathtub. It folds flat for storage, and a separately purchased newborn support insert adds comfort and optimal positioning for the tiniest ones. It’s suitable up to 4-years-old. Although by then they’ll be able to literally tell you how ridiculous they look in that teeny tub.
Stokke Flexi Bath ($45)

4moms-infant-tub4Moms Infant Tub

It looks like the jacuzzi you’ve always wanted, if that jacuzzi was installed in your kitchen. 4Moms infant tub turns any kitchen sink into a bathing area by holding clean water in a reservoir, and letting dirty water out through vents. The built-in digital thermometer with color-coded display that let you know when the water is just right. And there’s a cupholder — for the rinse cup, not your beer. Seriously, the hot tub has to wait.
4Moms Infant Tub ($80)

munchkin-inflatable-duckMunchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

This tub is padded for comfort and features a no-slip textured bottom and color-changing water temperature indicator, so it’s never too hot. It’s also inflatable, making it great for travel. And even if you never give your kid a single bath toy, this tub ensures they’ll at least have a rubber duckie at bathtime. And that’s really the most important thing. Bo-bo-bo dee-oh.
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub ($11)

Spout Covers

4moms-spout-cover4Moms Spout Cover

Add the bathtub spout to the long list of carefully selected home decor you now must cover in plastic. It’s got sharp edges. It can get dangerously hot. And it’s and is shiny, which guarantees your kid will try to grab it. This one is made of padded foam, has a color-coded thermometer display, and allows easy access to the diverter pin, so you can shower like a goddamn grown-up.
4Moms Spout Cover ($29)

Puj-spout-coverPuj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover

It doesn’t have color-coded thermometer display. But what it lacks in scald-protection, it makes up for with a cuddly elephant that shoots water out its trunk. Why must parenting decisions be so difficult? If it helps, this one is flexible, mildew-resistant, PVC- and BPA-free — and likely the cheapest spout cover you’ll find.
Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover ($10)

skip-hop-spout-coverSkip Hop Spout Cover

You want more spout cover options? How about a nautical theme? Boats go in water — so that’s not a hard logical jump. The differentiator with this cover — besides cuteness — is that the tail hook lets it hang for easy drying and storage. Just prepare yourself for a wave of blue whale stuff. Get it? A wave! Dad jokes in the morning, dad jokes in the evening, dad jokes at bathing time …
Skip Hop Spout Cover ($13)

Accessories

skip-hop-mobySkip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler

This parenting business is hell on the knees — and not just because you’re constantly bending them to protect yourself from the dreaded #DadBack. Bathing the kid calls for a fair amount of kneeling on hard bathroom tile, and that old shower mat isn’t gonna cut it for padding. This cushy blue whale will save you. Unless your name is Ahab.
Skip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler ($15)

boon-whale-podBoon Whale Pod Drain And Storage Bath Toy Scoop

Triple down on the baby beluga theme with this multifunctional tool. Not only is it a mountable toy holder with ample space to store and air dry all those toys, it’s also the best toy in the tub. Because kids always prefer the box the stuff comes in over the actual stuff. Oh, and it scoops water to rinse your kid. Getting clean was the reason for this bath, right?
Boon Whale Pod Drain and Storage Bath Toy Scoop ($30)

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