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Bath Tubs for Toddlers

Updated on April 7, 2014

The Best Bathtub for Toddlers

My child is currently 8 months old. I have been researching the best toddler bath tub available as I want a bath tub that will last for a while before he has to move to an adult bath tub. This article reviews lots of different toddler bath tubs which has come as a result of my research.

There are lots of great bath tubs for toddlers available which provide a number of advantages at bath time. Most are good for toddlers up to around 2 years. They include

Use less water

Toddler bath tubs tend to be smaller than an adult bath tub. This means they use less water, which means they are a lot quicker to fill and better for the environment. This is the main reason I wanted a bath suitable for toddlers. Less time to fill and less water consumption. Also it's easier to clean a smaller bath tub after use, then a big adult one.

More secure

Toddlers and babies can feel more secure in a smaller bath. Toddler baths are great for babies who have outgrown their infant bath but are not able to sit up on their own in a bigger adult bath yet. There are also great if you're looking for an in-between solution between a baby and adult bath. Some babies do hate being bathed in a bigger tub and a toddler bath tub is a great solution for this.


Many toddler baths are quite portable so you can take them on vacation with you. This is particularly great if you're going somewhere with a shower but no bath tub. Also great if you don't like bathing your child in hotel bath tubs.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Toddler Bath

When buying a toddler bath tub consider the following:

Do you want it to be put away in between uses? You can get fold away toddler baths, which can be fully put away quickly and easily afeter each use. There are also inflatable baths which can be deflated between uses. However, the inflatable baths are normally designed to hang somewhere between uses and dry out without being deflated. This is because it is a pain to inflate and deflate them each time you give your toddler a bath.Do you require a drain with the bath? Many toddler bath tubs don't come with a drain so you have to tip the water out after removing the toddler from the bath.Do you require a base which is non slip? Some inflatable baths can be slippy for babies and toddlers to sit on, but others have textured or non slip surfaces.

Pockets for storage. Many toddler baths have little pockets where you can store baby shampoo and other products.

Character Themed Inflatable Bath Tub

Sesame Street Inflatable Safety Bathtub, Blue
Sesame Street Inflatable Safety Bathtub, Blue

This inflatable bath tub comes in different designs including Winnie the Pooh, Disney Princess and Pixar Cars.

At the time of writing you can pick one up for under $10.

The bath contains a cushioned back piece to help parents maneuver their child during the bath.

The front of the tub includes two pockets to store and quickly access all bathing necessities.

There is a hook which allows you to easily hang to the bath dry.

You can deflate the bath for storage or travel.


Folding Baths

Folding baths are becoming quite common and you can understand why.

Having a baby or toddler bath tub around can take up quite a bit of space. They are difficult to travel with and to take to relatives houses when you stay. Even inflatable bath tubs take some effort to inflate and deflate.

I have featured two types of folding bath tubs below and have listed their pros and cons.

Munchkin Inflatable Safety Duck Tub

Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

This duck shaped tub has some lovely features for toddlers. It's ideas for babies and toddlers between 6 and 24 months.

Firstly it's duck shaped to help encourage toddlers to have a bath.

The padded tub makes big tubs comfy for kids

It's great for travel, deflates and folds easily

It also has a textured bottom so baby won't slip

A great feature is a white hot dot that turns white when the water is too hot, then turns blue when it's just right


Bath Tub with a Drain

If you have a bad back a bath tub with a drain may be useful so you don't have to lift the bath to tip out the water. Check out the bath tub below.

More Bath Solutions for Babies and Toddlers

If you're baby or toddler is like mine bath time brings up a whole host of issues. These can include:

Not enjoying having their hair washed

My son currently doesn't like having his hair washed and I don't think he's alone. There are solutions such as a shower cap or head guard to stop their eyes and ears getting wet. For some toddlers it's actually not the water going in their eyes that upsets them but it going into their ears. Other things to try are putting a towel over their eyes so it doesn't go in there.

Toddler suddenly doesn't like baths and screams

If you're toddler suddenly develops a fear of the bath there is lots you can do to help him or her enjoy bathtime again. Making bathtime fun is a priority. For my eldest son, we used to have a disco bath where we would play music and blow bubbles. He used to love that. Having toys can help. If they're a bit older they may enjoy bath crayons which they can use to draw around the side of the bath. Or just use cups or jugs you already have in the house to pour and sprinkle water.

Bath Toys, Visors and Crayons - Stuff To Make Bathtime More Fun for Toddlers

Ideas to make bathtime for toddlers more plesant and fun including a splashguard to stop water going into their eyes, bathdrops to change the color of the bathwater and bathcrayons to add an artisitc touch to bathtime.

Lil Rinser Splashguard in Blue and Pink
Lil Rinser Splashguard in Blue and Pink

A solution for toddlers who don't like the water in their eyes.

Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce (60 Tablets)
Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce (60 Tablets)

These bath drops change the color of the bath water.

Play Visions Crayola Bathtub Crayons, 9 Count plus One Bonus extra crayon
Play Visions Crayola Bathtub Crayons, 9 Count plus One Bonus extra crayon

Great bath crayons for addign color and art to bath time.


Do you have any comments, feedback or recommendations of bath tubs for toddlers? Please feel free to comment below.

Thanks in advance!

Best Bath Tubs for Toddlers

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      BabyMomof2 3 years ago

      I also have Duck Tub and my kids just love it. And it's so cute!

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      MoreThanAMama 4 years ago

      My daughter had the Duck Tub shown in the article. It was great. The beak quacks when you squeeze it and she would crack up every time. I'd say it's a very safe tub. I finally put her in a regular bath around her 2nd birthday.

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      D_L_Harbin 5 years ago

      These are such a great idea, wish I had thought of it!