Updated on October 15, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Baby bath time shouldn’t be a stressful time, but you’ve got to make sure you’ve got your bases covered. Safety first! The last thing you want is for your little one to slip and slide in the tub. But with so many bath mats available, how do you choose? We tried to take the guesswork out of bathtime for you by suggesting the best baby bath mats for your bub in the tub.
From simple and practical to cute and colorful, here are our 7 favorite bath mats for your baby or toddler:
The Best Baby Bath Mats for Your Baby
(Best budget bath mat — $)
Why it’s great: This bath mat offers the best overall value for the price. Made with durable, natural rubber, it is naturally latex, phthalate, BPA- and PVC-free, making it a safe choice for your baby. Bright yellow with a whimsical mama and baby elephant design on the top, it will appeal to your little one while the strong suction feet on the bottom will appeal to you, ensuring it will stay in place for your baby.
This mat measures 23×13” and weighs a little over 1 pound. While it claims to work on smooth-surfaced tubs only, some customers claim it works just fine on their tiled tubs. A bonus, this mat is easy to care for: just throw it in the washing machine and then hang to dry.
Keep in mind: Due to its smaller size, this may be better for babies than toddlers, as it will not give your tub bottom full coverage.
Good for: When you need a bath mat on a tight budget.
(Best value — $$)
Why it’s great: This bright blue bath mat is made of rubber and contains 324 suction cups, certain to stick to your smooth-surfaced bathtub. Its textured surface provides added comfort underfoot (or bottom). It is longer than most bath mats, so it should cover most of the floor of your bathtub, which is great when baby becomes more mobile in the bath. With more than 100 drainage holes, this mat is easy to care for and stays cleaner longer. You can also just throw it in the wash when you need to, and hang it to dry until you need it next.
Measuring an extra-long 39×16” with a scooped-out shape to accommodate your drain, this mat should provide generous coverage of your bathtub, protecting your little one against slips.
Keep in mind: While the product information states this mat is made of rubber, some customers say this is made of a vinyl material instead. Also, this mat is for smooth surfaces only.
Good for: The most coverage at a moderate price.
(Best overall quality & selection — $$$)
Why it’s great: The Gorilla Grip bath mat offers the best all-around quality, as its patented design is made with antibacterial and mildew-resistant plastic material that is non-toxic, phthalate, latex and BPA-free. This mat has 324 suction cups to ensure super suction, and hundreds of drainage holes to help prevent mildew growth. This mat also comes in 23 different colors, so you are sure to find one to suit your style!
Measuring 35×16”, it offers excellent coverage with its rectangular shape. The Gorilla Grip mat is machine washable. The best thing about this mat is that it comes with a 10-year warranty, so if you’re not satisfied, just contact the manufacturer.
Keep in mind: Due to its plastic material, it is recommended you machine wash before first use to remove any plastic smells
Good for: When you want your money’s worth, and all the colors to choose from!
(Most “grown-Up” baby bath mat — $$)
Why it’s great: This simple bath mat has a textured seashell pattern and is made from natural, flexible, rubber. Due to its textured surface, the mat is very slip-resistant, as well as quite durable and claims to be heavy-duty. Its plentiful suction cups will stick to any smooth surface when dampened before applying. It is latex, phthalate, BPA- and PVC-free, and has drainage holes around the perimeter of the mat. Its neutral design will complement nearly any bathroom!
This mat measures 28×16”, which will fit most standard-sized tubs with room around the edges. It is conveniently machine washable, and it is recommended you hang it to dry to maintain quality.
Keep in mind: This mat is more of an off-white color than white, which may clash with a bright white tub. Also, its design and pattern are a bit on the bland side, so it doesn’t exactly appeal to little ones, but it definitely serves its purpose if functionality is what you are looking for!
Good for: When you want a bath mat for your baby, but you want to maintain an adult sense of style in your bath!
(Most eco-conscious bath mat — $$)
Why it’s great: This eco-friendly bath mat is made from TPE material, a silicon alternative that meets EN71 standards. TPE is phthalate, latex and BPA-free, and has no unpleasant smells or odors, making it perfect for babe. This mat comes in 12 fun colors to choose from, and has a soft, thick texture that is more than .25 inches thick, which is very comfortable to stand or sit on. It has excellent suction and adheres to all smooth surfaces.
This mat comes in two sizes, measuring 30×17” or 35×16” and is machine washable. Pro tip: attach to the shower wall to dry after machine washing or bathing, and your mat will maintain its quality and cleanliness much longer!
Keep in mind: Some parents complain of color transference onto their tub, so choose your color wisely!
Good for: The eco-minded parent.
(Cutest bath mat — $$$)
Why it’s great: This super cute crocodile bath mat is sure to entice your tot into the tub. With its bright green color and crocodile shape, it will add an element of fun to every bath. Made of rubber, it is phthalate, latex, lead and BPA-free. The surface of the mat has textured “crocodile scales” to keep baby from sliding around in the tub.
Measuring 35×13”, this mat is great if you have a smaller tub or just one baby to bathe at a time. The crocodile has eye holes and a tail hole from which it can be hung out to dry.
Keep in mind: This mat is not machine washable. You will have to clean the mat and hang it to dry after each use to prevent mold and mildew from developing around the suction cups.
Good for: When you need to make bathtime more fun!
(Biggest bath mat — $$)
Why it’s great: This extra long bath mat is made of phthalate, latex and BPA-free PVC and comes in two colors, blue and white. It has a raised pebble-like textured surface for tush cushion comfort, and has 200 big suction cups that will stick to any smooth surfaced tub. Some customers say it even works well on their lightly textured tubs.
This mat is the largest mat on this list, measuring 40×16” and offers the best coverage, making it ideal for large bathtubs. It is machine washable and also has a 10-year warranty.
Keep in mind: This mat may be too long for a standard tub; be sure to measure your tub before purchasing as it will not deliver on its safety features if not allowed to lay flat on the bottom of your tub.
Good for: Longer or larger bath tubs.
FAQs about baby bath mats
1. How do I choose a baby bath mat?
When choosing a baby bath mat, it is important to consider any number of factors, the first of which is safety. You want to make sure your baby won’t slip around in the tub, so reviewing the safety specs and reviews of a product should be your priority when choosing a bath mat. Other qualities to consider, as they matter to you, are the materials the mats are made of, are they BPA-free, are they made of natural or synthetic materials, whether or not it is antimicrobial, antibacterial, or mildew-resistant if it is machine washable or otherwise easy to care for and keep clean, if it will stick to the particular surface of your bathtub or shower, and whether or not it comes in different shapes, colors, or designs.
2. How do I care for my bath mat?
Not all bath mats are created equally. Some bath mats are machine washable, while others are not. However, to maintain the best quality and longest life of your bath mat, it is recommended that you remove the mat and hang it to dry after each use, either by sticking to your shower wall or hanging it on a towel rod or the side of your tub. Periodically spraying with a water and vinegar solution and wiping it down can help inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. It is important to keep your mat clean since it will come into direct contact with your baby’s delicate skin.
3. When will I need a baby bath mat for my baby?
You can begin to use a bath mat for your baby as soon as she is sitting unassisted and able to bathe in the “big” bathtub.
4. What is the purpose of a baby bath mat?
The main purpose of a baby bath mat is safety: to prevent your baby from slipping and injuring himself in the bath.
5. Do I need maternity jeans?
Not everyone needs a bath mat. Take into consideration your personal circumstances, your bath shape, size and texture, and your bathing routine with baby and your baby’s personal temperament. Only you can decide what is right for you.
Bath time can be a fun and exciting time for baby! Splashing around, discovering the joys of water, encouraging sensory exploration, and learning self-care skills are all important developmental benefits of bath time. Bathing can also be a relaxing way to wind down your little one at the end of the day, as you ease into your bedtime routine. What bathtime should not be is stressful!
Making sure your baby is safe in the bath is your number one priority as a parent. Equipping your bathtub with a safe and slip-resistant bath mat is a smart way to ensure that you have one less thing to worry about when bathing your little one. While it can be daunting at times to try and choose the right product for your baby, it’s best if you try a more methodical approach so as not to get overwhelmed. First, list out your top priorities and desired attributes. Then, come up with a budget or price range so you know where to start looking. Then narrow it down from there. You are bound to find the bath mat suited to fit your needs.
Hopefully, this list proves helpful to you in your search for the best baby bath mat.