Your Baby Bath Essentials

Bath tubs & accessories

The number one baby bath essential? Baby tubs, which range from small, ultra-shallow styles that are contoured and angled to compensate for a newborn’s limited head control, to larger, deeper basins made for older babies and toddlers and designed to fit in an adult tub. Clever features like slings and convertible backrests help accommodate your growing baby, and follow-up devices such as tub dividers further adapt your adult tub for big kids while guarding them against a dangerous impact with the faucet.

Our pick: The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn-to-Toddler Tub with Sling. The mesh sling, padded headrest, and roomy design ensure you can use it from newborn to toddlerhood, while mildew-resistant pads make cleanup a snap. What’s really cool? The temperature-sensing drain plug will change colors if the water is too hot, letting you know to wait before putting your putting your little one in the tub.

And while we’re talking about tubs, don’t forget the most important tub companion: A bath organizer holds hair and bodywash at the ready, while a hanging mesh bag keeps bath toys handy, allowing them to dry between uses. We love Boon’s Frog Pod, which has a drainer and scoop that lets you gather and rinse toys, minimizing mildew and scum. The built-in shelf and hooks (adorably disguised as frog fingers and toes) ensure there’s a place to hold everything.

See more: Your New Baby Checklist