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Top Baby Bathtime Picks


March 2015

Here are our top picks for baby bathtime by subcategory:

Note: Our editors developed this list by summarizing TotScoop parent favorites and adding a few hand-picked editor favorites and new releases. Our picks are 100% unbiased — we never accept compensation in exchange for coverage. That said, this page may contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small commission on any purchases that you make (at no cost to you); see our full disclosure.

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Best baby bathtubs

Value pick: The First Years Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling

This award-winning tub (MSRP $20, Amazon $16) is incredibly popular, and with good reason. It grows with your child, featuring a removable mesh hammock for newborns and two molded seats — a reclining one for infants and an upright one for babies who can sit up unassisted. This is not our favorite product for newborns, as the sling can suspend baby above the water (brr!). The seats feature slip-resistant foam padding, and the drain plug changes color if the water is too hot.

Everyday pick: PRIMO EuroBath

The PRIMO EuroBath (MSRP $33, Amazon $25) is also designed with two primary bathing positions: infant (reclining) and toddler. It is cleverly designed with arm and crotch molds to help keep baby supported in either position. Still, the bottom is a bit slippery, and there is no padding, so an additional towel or bath sponge is recommended for bathing newborns. The EuroBath is one of the largest infant tubs available; as a result, it may fit for longer, but may not be the best choice for smaller spaces. BPA, lead, and phthalate free.

Travel pick: Stokke Flexi Bath

The Stokke (formerly Prince Lionheart) Flexi Bath (MSRP $40) folds flat, making this tub a great choice for families who travel frequently and/or live in small apartments. It's marketed as appropriate for kids up to four years old, but reviewers say it is really only big enough for the first couple of years. A newborn support (sold separately, MSRP $15) is available. BPA, heavy metal, and phthalate free.

Pick for newborns and colicky babies: Tummy Tub

The womb-like shape of the Tummy Tub (MSRP $45) allows babies to curl into an upright fetal-like position while being enveloped from the neck down in warm water. The tub features an anti-skid base, fits well in the sink, and uses relatively little water. It's definitely on the pricey side, but is excellent for soothing colicky babies. BPA and phthalate free.

Best baby towels

Value pick: Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded Woven Terry Baby Towel

These adorable, animal-themed hooded towels ($14 at Amazon) are made out of 100% cotton terry and are great value. They're reasonably thick and are generously sized (30x36"), so will last longer than many other baby towels.

Everyday pick: Skip Hop Zoo Towel and Mitt Set

These Zoo-themed towel and mitt sets (MSRP $24) include a 34x34” hooded towel made from 100% cotton terry and a coordinating wash mitt. The designs are cute and coordinate with the rest of the Skip Hop line.

Premium pick: Pottery Barn Kids Nursery Critter Wraps

Adorable, soft, and personalizable, PBK's critter wraps ($30 at Pottery Barn Kids) are made of 100% cotton terry and velour. At 31x23”, they're on the smaller side, but they're very thick (480g weight) and plush. Larger kid-sized versions (recommended for toddlers and up) are also available.

Premium pick: SwaddleDesigns Organic Cotton Hooded Towel

If you're looking for super soft and modern design, this organic hooded towel from SwaddleDesigns (MSRP $30, Amazon $29) is a great choice. It's made of 100% Turkish cotton terry velour with satin trim.

Premium pick: Snuggledry Apron Baby Bath Towel

This apron-style hooded towel ($56 at Amazon) is ingenious — it ties around the parent's neck (like a kitchen apron) so you can pick your baby up hands-free and place her against your chest without getting your clothes wet, then folds back up to envelop your child fully and keep her warm. It's made of organic cotton and bamboo and is incredibly plush and absorbent.

Best baby bathrobes

Value pick: Luvable Friends Woven Terry Baby Bath Robe with Slippers

If you’re looking for a good, basic bathrobe ($14 at Amazon) with great reviews from parents, consider this cute little number. It’s 100% cotton, fits up to nine months, and comes with matching slippers. It's available in various designs and colors.

Everyday pick: American Baby Company Organic Cotton Baby Bathrobe

Here’s another great basic robe ($15 at Amazon) — it's not the plushest, but is very good value for 100% organic cotton. It is available in a range of basic modern designs, and fits up to nine months.

Premium pick: Under the Nile Hooded Terry Kimono Bathrobe

Under the Nile’s hooded kimono ($36 at Amazon) is made from 100% organic cotton terry, and is super soft and cuddly. It fits up to six months.

Best washcloths/bath sponges

Value pick: Burt's Bees Baby Organic Washcloth Set

These organic cotton washcloths ($6 for 3-pack at Target.com) are fantastic value for 100% organic cotton. Parents report that they're also soft and durable.

Everyday pick: Baby Buddy Natural Bath Sponge

Natural sea sponges such as these from Bath Buddy ($7 at Amazon) are all natural and super soft when wet — perfect for bathing your baby.

Premium pick: aden + anais Muslin Washcloths

These large muslin washcloths (MSRP $20, Amazon $15-20 for 3-pack) are constructed from four layers of the same 100% cotton muslin used in A+A's swaddle blankets. They’re very generously sized (15x15”) and come in cute designs that coordinate with A+A's other products.

Premium pick: SwaddleDesigns Organic Cotton Baby Washcloths

Another great option is SwaddleDesigns’ organic washcloths ($12-13 per 2-pack at Amazon). They’re made of 100% organic cotton terry velour, measure 9x9”, and (like their other products) feature stylish modern designs.

Best baby shampoo/body washes

Everyday pick: Aveeno Baby

Aveeno products feature oat extracts to soothe sensitive skin. Both lightly scented (like the popular Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo shown here) and fragrance free formulations ($6 at Amazon, $7 at Target for 12oz.) are available. EWG rating: 0-4 (2 for featured product).

Everyday pick: Burt's Bees Baby

Burt’s Bees products, like the Fragrance Free Shampoo and Wash ($22 for 3-pack at Amazon) shown here, feature natural, earth-friendly ingredients. They make both scented and fragrance-free versions EWG rating: 1-5 (1 for featured product).

Premium pick: Mustela

A parent favorite, this premium French brand makes soap-free products for sensitive baby skin. Most of their products are scented. The product shown here, 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash ($9 for 7oz. at Amazon) is scented and paraben free. EWG rating: 1-6 (4 for featured product).

Premium pick: California Baby

California Baby offers natural skin care for babies and kids, such as the Calming Shampoo & Bodywash shown here ($25 for at Amazon, $19 at Target for 19oz.). Formulations for sensitive skin are also available. EWG rating: 0-2 (1 for featured product).

Pick for sensitive skin/eczema: Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo

Pediatricians recommend this mild, soap-free, unscented Gentle Wash & Shampoo ($16 for 3 pack at Amazon) for babies with sensitive skin and eczema. It provides a nice lather, but rinses clean. EWG rating: 2.

Non-toxic pick: Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash

Parents who don’t want any harmful chemicals in their baby products should check out Earth Mama Angel Baby’s skin care products ($8 for 5.3oz at Amazon). They clean well and have an EWG rating of 0. Their Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is made of pure castile soap, and is available in both lavender vanilla and fragrance free formulations.

Best baby lotions

Value pick: Aveeno Baby

Aveeno makes a number of very highly rated baby lotions, including the highly rated Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion, Fragrance Free ($6 for 18oz at Amazon). It's hypoallergenic and paraben free. Scented lotions are also available. EWG rating: 1-4 (2 for featured product).

Everyday pick: Burt's Bees Baby

Burt’s Bees offers both scented and fragrance free lotions, including the excellent Baby Bee Fragrance Free Lotion ($10 for 12oz at Amazon). Paraben, phthalate, and petrochemical free. EWG rating: 2-5 (2 for featured product).

Premium pick: Mustela Hydra-Bebe Lotion

Mustela's highly-rated Hydra-Bebe ($13 for 10.14oz at Amazon) is a rich lotion for normal to dry skin. It's not the best choice for the scent sensitive, as it contains a synthetic fragrance that is rather strong, but many parents love it. Paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free. EWG rating: 2.

Pick for sensitive skin/eczema: Cetaphil Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion

Cetaphil's Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion ($16 for 2-pack at Amazon) is a nice daily lotion recommended by many pediatricians for sensitive skin/eczema. It’s non-greasy and absorbs easily. Fragrance and paraben free. EWG rating: 3.

Non-toxic pick: Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Lotion

Earth Mama Angel Baby's Angel Baby Lotion ($12 for 8oz at Amazon) is organic and one of very few baby lotions on the market to earn an EWG rating of 0. It has a vanilla-orange scent (from essential oils only) and is paraben free.

Best bath aids & accessories

Though these definitely aren't necessities, these tools can prove quite helpful, making bathtime more enjoyable.

Best kneeler mat: OXO Tot Foldable Tub Kneeling Mat

Because washing your baby in the big tub can be a real pain (in the knees), many parents opt for a kneeling mat such as this one from OXO (MSRP $15). It is made of water-resistant nylon, is sturdy, and folds up for storage — perfect for space-challenged bathrooms.

Best rinse cup: Kidzkamp Shampoo Rinse Cup

Some might scoff at buying a specialized rinse cup, but parents battling tears at bathtime will be pleased to fork over their hard-earned cash for this well-designed rinse cup ($15 at Amazon). It holds a lot of water and features a genius flexible lip, which allows it to mold to your child's forehead to keep soapy water out of her eyes.

Best bath organizer: KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

Here’s a great, basic plastic storage basket (MSRP $13, Amazon $15) that’s adjustable and fits most tubs. It’s nothing fancy, but is effective at reigning in the clutter.

Best spout cover: Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover

Not only is it adorable, but this spout cover (MSRP $13) is functional to boot — it effectively keeping baby's head safe from bumps, and fits snugly enough that curious toddlers won't be able to remove it. It comes in whale and duck designs. BPA, phthalate, and PVC free.

Best bath thermometer: 4moms Spout Cover and Thermometer

If you want some help making sure your baby's bathwater is consistently the right temperature, this combination spout cover and thermometer (MSRP $30) from 4moms is a great choice. It has a color-coded visual display to help you make sure you get it right, every time.

Best first bath toys

The following are some of our top bath toy picks for babies under one year old. For older babies and toddlers, see our Top bath toy picks for one year olds and Top bath toy picks for two year olds.

Value pick: Skip Hop Dunck Stacking Bath Toy

Skip Hop’s brightly colored stacking ducks (MSRP $10) float and pour, and can also be used as a rinse cup. After the fun is done, they stack up neatly for storage. They are dishwasher-safe, and are free of BPA, phthalates and PVC.

Everyday pick: Green Toys Submarine

Green Toys is a big brand in the world of eco-friendly fun. And part of its line includes this submarine ($14 at Amazon). Like the rest of Green Toys' products, it's made from a safer plastic (100% recycled milk jugs) and is phthalate and BPA free.

Premium pick: Spielstabil Nesting Stacker

Durable and versatile, this colorful, premium stacking and nesting set ($17 at Amazon) includes one cup with a perforated bottom for drainage and a large one with a handle. They’re not just fun inside the tub but outside it too; they're also perfect for sorting games and sand play. Like all Spielstabil products, they're made from a safer plastic(food-grade ABS) and are PVC free.