baby bath essentials for happy, safe, and clean babies

Baby Bath Essentials for Happy, Safe, and Clean Babies

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Wondering what you need to keep your baby safe during a bath? Here are some baby bath essentials for babies! We found these items very helpful for our three boys throughout the years.

Note to Parents of Twins: Bath time with twins isn’t all that different than with a singleton except that there are two slippery babies and more chance of poo getting in the bath! Most of these items I’d say just get one of, even the bath as in the beginning you’ll likely want to bathe them separately. Once they get a bit older you may want to have two of the toy organizing scoops if you choose to get them so they can keep their own toys in there.


First, Create an Amazon Baby Registry!

Before you go further, if you haven’t yet, create a baby registry on Amazon first. That way, as you’re going through this post and others, you can easily just add things to your registry that you’d like with the click of a button!

how and why to create an amazon baby registry
How and Why to Create an Amazon Baby Registry

Baby Bathtub

First things first, a baby bathtub is very helpful and will last for years. We used the bathtub that we used with our oldest child, for our twins as well. For our oldest child, who was 2 when the twins were born, we used the removable seat and the twins used the newborn sling. Though the graphic below indicates the seat just needs to be used through month 9, our oldest was wiggly and a little guy so we opted to have him continue to use it.

We gave them all separate baths for safety when they were babies because babies are slippery! We used this bath for our kids until they were 2-3 years old and they started taking baths together.

Fisher-Price Baby to Toddler Bath 4-In-1 Sling ‘N Seat Tub with Removable Infant Support and 2 Toys, Pacific Pebble
Fisher-Price Baby to Toddler Bath 4-In-1 Sling ‘N Seat Tub with Removable Infant Support and 2 Toys, Pacific Pebble
by Fisher-Price
  • Bath time easily grows along with your newborn with this 4-stage convertible baby tub
  • Includes soft mesh sling for newborn bathing, Sit-Me-Up insert to help prevent slipping and support unsteady sitters, plus 2 toys for water play
  • Remove the sling and Sit-Me-Up insert for a spacious toddler tub (Max. weight 25 lb/ 11.3 kg)
  • Convenient drain plug and hook for drying and space-saving storage
  • Tub fits most sinks and adult bathtubs
 Price: $ 44.98 Buy now at Amazon

Baby Shampoo & Body Wash

I did a lot of research when I was pregnant with our first child regarding all of the horrible chemicals that are in a lot of personal care products. Seeing as it was known that Johnson & Johnson had been putting formaldehyde in their baby products for decades, I obviously wouldn’t be using what I used as a baby.

The Honest Co. is what we decided to use for our first baby and continue to use with our twins. It’s nice to have just one bottle for shampoo and body wash! The EWG (Environmental Working Group) gives this duo a 2 which is a lot better than many products. If you get the fragrance-free version, it has a rating of 1, which is even better! (0 is the best on their rating scale).

The Honest Company 2-in-1 Cleansing Shampoo + Body Wash and Face + Body Lotion Bundle | Gentle for Baby | Naturally Derived | Lavender Calm, 18.5 fl oz
The Honest Company 2-in-1 Cleansing Shampoo + Body Wash and Face + Body Lotion Bundle | Gentle for Baby | Naturally Derived | Lavender Calm, 18.5 fl oz
by The Honest Company
  • Cleanse + moisturize from head to toe with our Shampoo + Body Wash and Face + Body Lotion duo. Our gentle, tear-free Shampoo + Body Wash leaves skin feeling moisturized + hair soft and clean, while our Face + Body Lotion soothes + hydrates skin
  • Available in CALM (Lavender), NOURISH (Sweet Almond), and REFRESH (Citrus Vanilla). Each scent was created with a blend of naturally derived botanicals + essential oils for a treat with every bathtime or shower routine
  • Made With: Shampoo + Body Wash – Chamomile Extract + Aloe; Face + Body Lotion – Safflower Oil, Jojoba Esters, Shea Butter, + Vitamin E
  • Made Without: Dyes, Parabens, Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrances
  • Tear-Free; Hypoallergenic; Dermatologist-tested; Naturally Derived ingredients; Cruelty Free; Made in USA
 Price: $ 19.49 ($ 1.05 / Fl Oz) Buy now at Amazon

Baby Bath Towels & Wash Cloths

Baby bath towels with the little hoods are the cutest!!

Yoofoss Hooded Baby Towels for Newborn 2 Pack 100% Muslin Cotton Baby Bath Towel with Hood for Babies, Infant, Toddler and Kids, Large 32x32Inch, Soft and Absorbent Newborn Essential
Yoofoss Hooded Baby Towels for Newborn 2 Pack 100% Muslin Cotton Baby Bath Towel with Hood for Babies, Infant, Toddler and Kids, Large 32x32Inch, Soft and Absorbent Newborn Essential
by Shenzhenshi Aisifang Clothing Co., Ltd.
  • [Soft and Absorbent] - 100% high quality muslin cotton, the best fabric for babies, makes the baby bath towel super soft than regular cotton towel. It absorbs the water off baby quickly and keeps baby warm after baths.
  • [Excellent Durability] - The 6 layers thickness muslin design is durable enough for everyday use. Sized in 32 x 32 inches, the hooded baby towels are suitable for newborns, infants, toddlers, and small kids up to 3 years old.
  • [Easy Care] - Our muslin baby towels with hood will keep its softness, thickness and color even after many washes, machine washable and quick dry. The set of 2 baby towels for newborn is more convenient for daily change and easy clean up.
  • [Versatile Usage] - Not only used as baby bath towel, it can also be used as baby blanket, swaddling, changing mat cover. Wrap your little one in this soft baby hooded towel after bathing him in a tub, at the pool or beach.
  • [Perfect Baby Gift] - As a lovely and practical baby essential, our hooded baby towels for boys and girls is a perfect unisex baby shower gift, or baby registry gift!
 Price: $ 19.99 Buy now at Amazon
Luvable Friends Unisex Baby Cotton Animal Face Hooded Towel, Duck, One Size
Luvable Friends Unisex Baby Cotton Animal Face Hooded Towel, Duck, One Size
by Luvable Friends
  • Adorably detailed animal face on hood
  • Made with 100% woven terry cotton / hooded towel 30x36 inches
  • Soft and gentle on baby's skin
  • Optimal for everyday use
  • Affordable, high quality hooded towel
 Price: $ 15.99 Buy now at Amazon

Don’t forget baby washcloths! They’re great for use in the tub but also for messy faces and hands after eating or playing.

HOMEXCEL Baby Washcloths 24 Pack-Microfiber Coral Fleece Baby Bath Face Towel 7x9 Inch Extra Absorbent and Soft Burp Cloth and Wash Cloths for Newborn-Infants and Toddlers-Gentle On Sensitive Skin
HOMEXCEL Baby Washcloths 24 Pack-Microfiber Coral Fleece Baby Bath Face Towel 7x9 Inch Extra Absorbent and Soft Burp Cloth and Wash Cloths for Newborn-Infants and Toddlers-Gentle On Sensitive Skin
by HOMEXCEL

Soft and gentle coral fleece, hypoallergenic, durable and machine washable, highly absorbent and fast drying. 24 baby wash cloths.

List Price: $ 9.99 You Save: $ 1.00 (-10%)  Price: $ 8.99 Buy now at Amazon

Faucet Protector

Babies are slippery and sometimes flail around in the tub, especially as they get older. It’s important to have a faucet protector on the faucet so baby doesn’t hit his head and get hurt on it. We have this one and love it. It doesn’t need to be removed when you fill the tub, the faucet works normally, this just pads it. We just leave it on and all times.

Bath Spout Cover, Faucet Cover Baby Protector Bath Tub Faucet Cover Protector for Kids, Silicone Bathtub Spout Cover for Baby Kids Toddlers Safety Protection Accessories
Bath Spout Cover, Faucet Cover Baby Protector Bath Tub Faucet Cover Protector for Kids, Silicone Bathtub Spout Cover for Baby Kids Toddlers Safety Protection Accessories
by UORNERI
  • 【SAFE MATERIAL】The bath spout cover is made of premium silicone, non-toxic, non-irritating, . The whale faucet cover safe for baby kids toddlers.
  • 【ADJUSTABLE TIGHTNESS】Universal tub faucet cover is easily adjust strap to fit different size faucets, so it won't slip off easily.
  • 【MAXIMUM PROTECTION】The safety faucet baby cover can complete cover faucet all sides, spout cover can protecte child from bruising and bumping themselves on the spout.
  • 【EASY TO INSTALL & USE】UORNERI brand spout cover without any tools, easy to install, tighten the strap to fit snug around bath faucet.
  • 【AFTER-SALES SERVICE】For any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will try our best to service for you.
 Price not available Buy now at Amazon

Bath Toys

Bath toys can be so fun but also need to be safe. The squirty toys many of us grew up with were fun, but we need to remember that they also collect mold. We were aware of that and still ended up with some issues of mold in squirty toys so ended up getting rid of all of them. Here are some bath toys that won’t end up moldy.

Floating Bath Toys

These bath toys are really fun as they float and don’t gather water inside of them. Though they don’t get water inside, the turtle, penguin, and shapes are free-floating so they move around while they’re in the tub.

Munchkin® Float & Play Bubbles™ Baby and Toddler Bath Toy, 4 Count & ® Learn™ Bath Letters and Numbers 36pc Toddler Bath Toy
Munchkin® Float & Play Bubbles™ Baby and Toddler Bath Toy, 4 Count & ® Learn™ Bath Letters and Numbers 36pc Toddler Bath Toy
  • Product 1: Includes 2 fun characters and 2 whirly toys that spin and rattle; you may receive a turtle and penguin or duck and whale
  • Product 1: Each bubble helps stimulate baby's sense of sight, hearing and touch
  • Product 1: Textured rings move freely around the bubbles
  • Product 1: Bubbles float in water
  • Product 2: Alphabet bath toys include 26 floating letters (A-Z) and 10 floating numbers (0-9)
  • Product 2: Educational letters and numbers stick to tub walls when wet
  • Product 2: Made of soft, durable, non-toxic foam
  • Product 2: Great for teaching letters, learn to count, spell simple words or identify or group by color
List Price: $ 15.68 You Save: $ 1.29 (-8%)  Price: $ 14.39 Buy now at Amazon

Interactive Water Toy

Our twins love taking turns filling up big cups of water and then pouring them into this toy to see the water flow out and the spinner spin around.

G-WACK Bath Toys for Toddlers Age 1 2 3 Year Old Girl Boy, Preschool New Born Baby Bathtub Water Toys, Durable Interactive Multicolored Infant Toy, Lovely Monkey Caterpillar,Strong Suction 2nd Edition
G-WACK Bath Toys for Toddlers Age 1 2 3 Year Old Girl Boy, Preschool New Born Baby Bathtub Water Toys, Durable Interactive Multicolored Infant Toy, Lovely Monkey Caterpillar,Strong Suction 2nd Edition
by G-WACK

【Fun Bath Toys Kit】Includes 6 water-squirting, floating ocean animal friends and a lovely monkey caterpillar toy. The monkey toy suck on the bathtub, water makes the monkey's eyes and stars rotate, the monkey's mouth will spit water, and the water at the outlet of multiple pipes below forms a beautiful waterfall, which drives the windmill to rotate.Your kids will love bathing from now on!

List Price: $ 16.99 You Save: $ 1.00 (-6%)  Price: $ 15.99 Buy now at Amazon

Stacking Cups

These are so simple but loved by my kids. There are different sizes that stack into each other and they also have different shaped holes on the bottom that the water can drain through. They are fun, educational (work on naming colors), and able to be stacked up and stored in small spaces.

The First Years Stack & Count Stacking Cups - Toddler Toys - Learning and Baby Bath Toys for Kids - 8 Count
The First Years Stack & Count Stacking Cups - Toddler Toys - Learning and Baby Bath Toys for Kids - 8 Count
by TOMY Intl.
  • Colorful Baby Toys: 8 brightly colored cups stack together with Unique Holes in the Bottom for water play
  • Stacking Cups: Children love to fit toy cups together, stack them up, or turn them over and hide things underneath
  • Baby Development Toys: Large numbers on the bottom to practice counting & number recognition
  • Made without BPA
List Price: $ 7.49 You Save: $ 0.63 (-8%)  Price: $ 6.86 Buy now at Amazon

Bath Toy Storage

If your tub doesn’t offer a lot of storage around the outside of it, there are many options for bath toy storage.

LARGE Mesh Toy Organizer

This one is HUGE which can be great but also keep in mind that if the toys you want them to use suction cup onto the side of the tub, ensure you still have enough wall space for those to be useable.

Original Tub Cubby Bath Toy Storage - Hanging Bath Toy Holder, with Suction & Adhesive Hooks, 14"x20" Mesh Net Shower Caddy for Kids Bathroom Decor, Bedroom Toy Organizer (Large Tub Cubby)
Original Tub Cubby Bath Toy Storage - Hanging Bath Toy Holder, with Suction & Adhesive Hooks, 14"x20" Mesh Net Shower Caddy for Kids Bathroom Decor, Bedroom Toy Organizer (Large Tub Cubby)
by Tub Cubby
  • Baby Bath Toy Holder - Keep all of your child's favorite bathroom toys within reach in a bin, ready for the next bath time adventure. Bath tub Toys not included.
  • 2 Hook Options Included - Smooth surfaces: Use heavy-duty locking suction cups. Rough tile: Use 3M adhesive hooks. Extra hooks for hanging loofahs & scrubbers
  • Neat & Clean - 14"x20", 3 small mesh bag cubbies, baby bath toy organizer, 1 large pouch provide ample sorting and bath toy storage for tub, allowing toys to dry completely. Perfect replacement for a baby toy basket to store your foam bath letters.
  • Safe & Soft - BPA-free non-toxic mesh bag shower caddy is double-stitched for durability, with lifetime guarantee. Bonus BPA-Free Rubber Duck!
  • Beyond The Bath - Uses everywhere include kids rooms, toy holder room, car activities, RVs, laundry rooms and so much more
 Price: $ 10.99 Buy now at Amazon

Smaller Toy Storage

This toy storage is about half the size of the one above and might be more usable, depending on what you want your kids to be playing with and how much wall space you have available in the bathtub.

Original Tub Cubby Bath Toy Storage - Hanging Bath Toy Holder, with Suction & Adhesive Hooks, 14"x20" Mesh Net Shower Caddy for Kids Bathroom Decor, Bedroom & Car Toy Organizer - Bonus Hooks
Original Tub Cubby Bath Toy Storage - Hanging Bath Toy Holder, with Suction & Adhesive Hooks, 14"x20" Mesh Net Shower Caddy for Kids Bathroom Decor, Bedroom & Car Toy Organizer - Bonus Hooks
by Tub Cubby
  • Baby Bath Toy Holder - Keep all of your child's favorite bathroom toys within reach in a bin, ready for the next bath time adventure. Bath tub Toys not included.
  • 2 Hook Options Included - Smooth surfaces: Use heavy-duty locking suction cups. Rough tile: Use 3M adhesive hooks. Extra hooks for hanging loofahs & scrubbers
  • Neat & Clean - 14"x20", 3 small mesh bag cubbies, baby bath toy organizer, 1 large pouch provide ample sorting and bath toy storage for tub, allowing toys to dry completely. Perfect replacement for a baby toy basket to store your foam bath letters.
  • Safe & Soft - BPA-free non-toxic mesh bag shower caddy is double-stitched for durability, with lifetime guarantee. Bonus BPA-Free Rubber Duck!
  • Beyond The Bath - Uses everywhere include kids rooms, toy holder room, car activities, RVs, laundry rooms and so much more
List Price: $ 9.99 You Save: $ 0.50 (-5%)  Price: $ 9.49 Buy now at Amazon

Scoop & Drain Bath Toy Storage

The Scoop & Drain Bath Toy Storage is great for younger kids as it’ll be easier for you to just scoop up all of the toys when they’re done AND easier for you to just dump them all in when it’s playtime.

Munchkin® Scoop Drain and Store Bath Toy Organizer, Blue
Munchkin® Scoop Drain and Store Bath Toy Organizer, Blue
by Munchkin
  • Scoop, strain and store bath toys in seconds
  • Large capacity basket holds many toys
  • Drain holes allow for rinsing and air drying
  • Attaches to tub wall with hanging bracket
 Price: $ 16.99 Buy now at Amazon

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