Updated on November 17, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
You have brought your bundle of joy home and are settling in to life as a family of 3 (or more). You are enjoying cuddles, coos, and little baby smiles, but you are also experiencing diaper blowouts and spit up. The messiness of a newborn is best handled by having an easy way to clean baby up. Sometimes, you can just use some baby wipes or wash cloths, but the more severe messes are going to call for a bath and having a baby bathtub for your sink is going to make life that much easier!
From flower tubs, to whales, to slick white tubs, here are my 7 favorite baby bathtubs for sinks:
The Best Sink Tubs
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: This tub has a SlideGuard mat and contoured sides to help keep your child steady. The design allows for easy baths whether they are a newborn or toddler. As your child grows the tub gives them the support they need to sit upright. The tub has 3 soap and accessor holders and a towel bar. It also has a hook that makes it easy for storing and drying in your shower. The soft bath hammock keeps baby comfortable and is machine washable!
Keep in mind: This product is somewhat large, so make sure you have a sink big enough to support it. The dimensions are: inside sink = 11 x 20 inches and overall = 16.50 x 31 inches.
Good for: newborns to toddlers and homes with larger sinks.
(Multi-purpose — $)
Why it’s great: This baby bath is made of soft fabric and 7 layers of mesh filling. This adorable eagle keeps baby unbelievably comfortable. It stays in place securely with 3 suction cups so you do not need to worry about baby or the tub sliding around. The bath pillow can be hand or machine washed and has a built-in hook on the tub to hang dry. Best of all, once the tub is dry and it is a great play mat for baby to play on during the day!
Keep in mind: If you do not clean and dry the product properly the material can turn brown. For best results hand wash and hang dry.
Good for: 0-9 months and families that love animals.
(Most adorable — $$)
Why it’s great: This whale shape cradles baby so they don’t wiggle out. The design is genius so the whale tail supports and protects baby’s head perfectly and keeps baby snug and secure. The tub is padded, gentle and has a soft polyester surface. The bottom is mesh so water drains quickly. The bath also has a velcro loop attached for hang drying, but can be machine washed and dried as well!
Keep in mind: This is not the kind of tub where you can keep the water running the entire bath. Make sure to let the water drain frequently because if too much water gathers then it can start to float around the sink!
Good for: 0-3 month olds or up to 14 pounds.
(Most lightweight — $$)
Why it’s great: This lightweight baby bathtub is made out of a soft, but sturdy foam-like material. It is soft enough to keep baby comfortable but firm enough to keep its shape. This simple tub has great features such as a grippy texture on the back to hold it and baby in place and a top hole for easy drying and storage. It also has drainage holes to make sure it does not overflow which is great for keeping baby warm throughout the bath. The best feature about this tub is that there is no need to do all your dishes before baby takes a bath because it fits great in a pedestal sink!
Keep in mind: This tub works in most sinks, but be mindful of the size and style of yours. The tub is most effective in small sinks where faucets do not hang very low.
Good for: 0-6 months and for families who travel frequently.
(Most realistic — $$$)
Why it’s great: This beautiful flower bath pillow is soft and cozy which keeps baby happy and comfortable during bath time. The petals line the entire sink so baby’s head is protected at all times. Once baby outgrows the sink the Blooming Bath can be laid down flat in the bathtub for baby to sit on and play. This bath has a hook so that it can hang dry, but can also be machine washed and dried.
Keep in mind: This product does not come with suction cups or a grippy texture on the back so it could slide a bit.
Good for: 0-6 months and families with deep kitchen sinks.
(Most environmentally friendly — $$$)
Why it’s great: This bath pillow is organic, biodegradable, and made with sustainable fabric. Its eco friendly fabric makes it comfortable, breathable, and great for your new baby’s skin. The mesh material makes it quick to dry. This bath also has suction cups to help it and baby stay in place.
Keep in mind: If the bath pillow is not dried properly mold can grow. For best results, hang dry and only occasionally put it in the dryer.
Good for: 0-6 months and babies with sensitive skin.
(Most deluxe — $$$)
Why it’s great: This baby bathtub has an organic bamboo and cotton cover which is good for baby’s skin and comfortable for baby! This bath has a support ring in the center which cuddles newborns during their bath and gives them more support until they grow stronger. It also has suction cups on the bottom to stay in place. In addition to this great bath, it also comes with a biodegradable portable tote bag for storage and travel, a suction hook for hang drying your flower baby bath, and a bamboo washcloth.
Keep in mind: Make sure to ring out the bath before you hang dry it or throw it in the dryer otherwise it may not dry all the way and can get stinky!
Good for: 0-6 months and babies with sensitive skin.
FAQs about sink tubs
1. Is a baby bathtub for a sink necessary?
No, and yes. If it’s really not in your budget then you can do without a baby bathtub, but a sink tub is safest for your baby and helps with convenience. When you bring your child home you aren’t supposed to get the umbilical cord wet. Many of these sink tubs help put baby in a comfortable position to make sure that doesn’t happen. They also help hold baby secure so that he/she can get squeaky clean without you worrying about dropping them. Secondly, it is just nice to not have to bend over the bathtub when giving baby a bath! So, if it’s in your budget, you should buy one!
2. How often should you bathe your baby?
This is up to you! Babies really don’t need to be bathed every single day, but they will get sticky, smelly, and messy multiple times a day so it is up to you to decide when you want to bath them and when you just want to wipe them down with a baby wipe or damp washcloth.
3. How long does a baby bathe in the sink?
Most babies use a baby bath until about 6 months or until they can sit up on their own. It also depends on what type of bath you get and how big your child is. Some larger babies may not fit in the tub you purchase for 6 months, but some smaller babies may fit longer. Several tubs adjust and grow as baby does too so if you’re looking for longevity and have a large enough sink, you may be interested in a tub that works all the way up through the toddler stage such as the Safety 1st tub mentioned above.
4. When can a baby use a regular bathtub?
Again, this is up to you. Many of the baby bath pillows will lay down flat on your tub floor. You could do that from day 1, week 6, month 4, or wait until baby’s first birthday. You also may like the convenience of keeping baby in the sink so you might try to keep that set up longer. It is all about what works best for you and your baby!
5. What should I look for in a baby bathtub for a sink?
When purchasing a baby bathtub you’ll want to consider several things. Safety is most important when it comes to your child so you will want to find something that you know will protect your baby. Being a parent can be stressful and busy so you may also consider the ease of draining and cleaning the tub. Babies require a lot of stuff so you may consider size and storage capability as well. If you travel a lot, you will want to consider portability as well. There are endless things to consider, but safety would be my number one suggestion!
Baby bathtubs for sinks are genius inventions. They help to protect, snuggle, and keep your baby comfortable while you clean up the variety of messes they have made that day! They are convenient for parents, easy to clean and dry, and very affordable! Best of all, there is a wide variety of options that will allow you to pick what is best for your family. No matter your budget, sink size, or style you are looking for, there is a sink tub for you!