The best bpa-free baby bathtub for your family:
- is also free of phthalates, PVC, and other toxic materials,
- comfortably fits in your bathtub (or sink),
- and can be used for as long as you plan to use a baby bathtub.
Choosing a BPA-Free Baby Bathtub:
There are many great, non-toxic bathtubs available, so the choice really comes down to space and personal preference. It’s difficult to find a non-plastic baby bathtub, so the options below are all plastic but are made from the highest-quality materials.
This is the bathtub that I have used since my son’s very first bath, and I absolutely love it. It is made in the USA, and is BPA free, lead free, and phthalate free.
The tub can be used from ages 0-24 months, and has 2 bathing positions designed to keep baby from slipping into the bath water. For newborns and younger babies, I recommend laying down a towel beneath the baby to further prevent slipping and ensure their comfort.
Primo also makes the Primo Ducky Bath, specifically for babies age 0-9 months, which comes with a cute duck cushion that later converts to a hanging toy bag for your bathtub.
With either the Ducky Bath or the EuroBath, you’ll probably have the most success using the tub in an actual regular bathtub, although it could be used on the bathroom floor (but draining the would become difficult). If bending over to bathe your baby is too uncomfortable, Primo also makes a Folding Bath Stand that can be used to bathe your baby at waist height, until your baby starts sitting up unassisted. It folds down easily when not in use.
For parents who plan to bathe baby in the sink, the Puj Tub is a great choice. It cradles your baby to make them feel comfortable in the bath, is mold and mildew resistant, and BPA and PVC-free. It is designed to fit most sinks, including pedestal sinks. This is a good choice for c-section mamas.
The Tummy Tub is designed to be shaped like the womb and to provide similar comforts and confinement to your baby. In this upright bathtub, babies naturally adopt the fetal position, and being in the water in this position is very calming and keeps your baby warm while in the bath. The Tub is made from food-grade Polypropylene, and does not contain any phthalates, BPA, lead, or other toxic elements. The Tummy Tub also takes up very little space and has an anti-skid bottom to prevent slipping. It can be used from birth to age 2 (up to 35 lbs.) and will fit in most kitchen sinks.
I didn’t originally purchase the Tummy Tub for my son because I was an inexperienced new mom and was worried about bathtub safety. According to the manufacturer (and several parents who love the product), the risks of using the Tummy Tub are no different than using any other bathtub – and adult supervision is required 100% of the time while your baby is in any bathtub. (Never leave your baby unsupervised in any bathtub, even for a second.) With the Tummy Tub, you may need to cradle your baby’s chin until they can sit upright by themselves. In hindsight, I think this would have been a better and more comforting option for my son, especially when he was dealing with reflux, and I plan to try this out with my second baby. It gets rave reviews and I like that it’s a natural, gentle way for your baby to become more comfortable outside of the womb.
An alternative to the Primo Euro Bath, the Stokke Flexi Bath is a foldable baby bath that is lightweight and space-saving. The Flexi Bath is BPA-free bathtub that is also lead-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, latex-free, formaldehyde-free, and heavy metal-free. You can also purchase Stokke’s optional newborn support chair.
The Gentle Nursery’s Top Picks for a BPA-Free Bathtub:
For your newborn, I would suggest checking out the Tummy Tub and then transitioning to the Primo EuroBath or the Primo Ducky Bath (if you have the space in your bathroom). Otherwise, you could start right away with either of the Primo baths.