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Welcome to our big baby bath seat test 2021. Here we present all the baby bath seats that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the Internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best baby bath seat for you and your baby.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a baby bath seat for your baby.




Summary

  • Baby bath seats allow you to bathe your baby safely and have your hands free at the same time.
  • Basically, a distinction is made between baby bath seats with a lying surface and baby bath seats with a sitting surface, whereby both variants are available in numerous designs and price ranges.
  • Bath seats with a reclining surface are suitable for babies who are not yet able to sit. Bath seats with seats help to safely bathe older babies.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a baby bath seat

What is a baby bath seat?

Baby bath seats come in a wide variety of colours and designs. Depending on the age of your baby and the shape of the bath seat, your baby can lie or sit in a baby bath seat while bathing.

A baby bath seat makes washing your baby much easier, as you have both hands free, can wash your baby in peace and your baby is held safely.

Thanks to the baby bath seat, it is also much easier to take your baby out of the bath after bathing.

Not all babies like to bathe from birth. A baby bath seat can help you get your water-shy pet used to the water. (Image source: unsplash.com / Henley Design Studio)

Who is a baby bath seat suitable for?

A baby bath seat is suitable for both newborns and older babies (approx. 18 months).

You have the choice between different models and different designs. As long as your baby is not yet able to sit on its own, you are well advised to choose a model with a reclining surface. If your child is already sitting on its own, a model with a seat and a ring around the body is suitable.

Especially if your baby is not yet able to sit freely, you often need three hands so that the body and head can be washed and your baby is still held securely.

A baby bath seat is an excellent everyday helper for you and your little water rat.

Why is a baby bath seat useful?

The range of different baby products is large and expensive, so purchases should be well thought through. For this purpose, we present the advantages and disadvantages of a baby bath seat below.

Regular bathing is immensely important for hygiene, but safety comes first. (Image source: unsplash.com / Khoa Pham)

A baby bath seat makes bathing your baby easier because you have your hands free and your baby still has a secure hold while bathing. This way it is no problem to bathe your baby alone.

As a rule, a bath seat is cheaper than a baby bath and therefore saves you the purchase of the same, because a bath seat can also be used in the normal bath. It also gives you the opportunity to bathe safely and in a relaxed manner with your little darling in the large bathtub.

Advantages
  • Safe hold during bathing
  • Parents have their hands free
  • No extra baby bath tub necessary (space and cost savings)
  • Bathing experience together with mum / dad possible
  • Gentle water familiarisation for water-shy babies
Disadvantages
  • Requires space in the bathroom
  • Theoretically higher water consumption than in a baby bath tub
  • If necessary, purchase two different models (depending on the age of the baby)

A baby bath seat makes bathing your baby much easier. Depending on the age of your baby, you can choose the right bath seat.

However, you should be aware that there is no such thing as an all-rounder from 0 - 18 months. So you may need 2 different models.

How much does a baby bath seat cost?

There is a wide price range between the different baby bath seats. Depending on the type, manufacturer and additional features of the bath seat, the price point will vary. The price range can go from about 10 to 50 euros.

Especially since all parents want to purchase a high-quality bath seat that is specially adapted to the needs of their own baby, the prices for baby bath seats seem reasonable to us.

Basically, baby bath seats for lying are cheaper than baby bath seats for sitting. You can find a baby bath seat for lying down for as little as 10 euros. The average price here is around 20 euros.

Type Price range
Model with lying surface approx. 10-25 €
Model with seat approx. 20-50 €

Baby bath seats for sitting cost between €20 and €50. The more functions a bath seat has, the more expensive it is. You can get a baby bath seat with toys from about 45 euros.

What are the alternatives to a baby bath seat?

Bath flower in the washbasin

Buying a bath flower can turn almost any sink into a baby bath for newborns. Because of its semicircular shape, you can comfortably bathe your baby standing up on the cosy bath flower.

A big drawback, however, is the small size of the washbasin. It will be too small for playing and splashing as your baby gets older.

In addition, the tap, which is located above your bathing baby for structural reasons, poses a high risk of injury. A bath flower is therefore only the right choice in the first months of your baby's life.

Baby bath

A baby bathtub can be found in many households with babies and toddlers. With a baby bath, you save water and give your baby its own space to play and splash around.

Many baby bathtubs come with a matching frame. This allows you to bathe your baby standing up. This eliminates the annoying bending down and the backache.

Since babies are not able to sit until they are about 6 months old, it is quite difficult to hold your baby and wash it at the same time. However, it is possible to place a bath seat with a reclining surface in the baby bath.

Parent bath / shower

Since there is a large bathtub or shower in every bathroom, you can also bathe your baby there. This way your baby has skin contact with mum or dad and you can bathe together.

However, this option is difficult to realise alone, as another parent must be present to receive the baby after bathing or showering. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to dry yourself and your baby at the same time.

Decision: What types of baby bath seats are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a baby bath seat, there are two alternatives to choose from:

  • Baby bath seat with reclining surface
  • Baby bath seat with seat

Depending on the age and the corresponding motor skills of your baby, you can choose the appropriate baby bath seat.

In the following section, we will give you an overview of the two different types of baby bath seats and the corresponding age specifications as well as other useful information.

Type Age of your baby
Baby bath seat with lying surface 0 - 6 months
Baby bath seat with sitting surface 6- approx. 18 months

What are the features of a baby bath seat and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The baby bath seat with a reclining surface is suitable for babies aged 0 to 6 months, or many manufacturers recommend using it up to the age of eight kilograms.

A bath seat for this age group is primarily intended to ensure that your baby can enjoy bathing better in a relaxed, inclined back position. These bath seats are often ergonomically shaped and have a step support so that your baby cannot slide too far into the water.

The baby bath seat for lying down can be placed in the baby bath as well as in the parent bath.

The crotch support is even adjustable on many models. This makes it possible to adjust the seat to the size of your little one.

What distinguishes a baby bath seat and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The other version of a baby bath seat is a bath seat with a straight backrest and a bath ring in front of the body. This model is suitable for babies who can already sit independently (from about 6 months).

In this case, your baby can kick its little legs in the water in the bath seat and get to know the water in its own way. In this way, your baby is guaranteed to have fun in the bath and can more easily get rid of any fear of water.

Toys integrated into the bath seat can provide further fun during the bath.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate baby bath seats

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible romper bags.

The criteria you can use to compare the romper bags with each other include:

  • Age-appropriate size
  • Safety for your child
  • Handling
  • Material

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.

Age-appropriate size

The age-appropriate size for baby bath seats comprises 3 criteria:

  1. Motor skills of your baby
  2. Weight
  3. Age

We have already presented the approximate age specifications for the two different variants of a baby bath seat above. However, the right choice of a baby bath seat is mainly about the motor skills of your baby.

If your baby cannot sit yet, a baby bath seat is the right choice. If your baby is already sitting independently, it is best to choose a baby bath seat for sitting.

Before buying the model of your choice, weigh your baby and pay attention to the maximum load capacity of the bath seat. The manufacturer's age specifications only serve as a guide, as every baby develops individually.

If you are unsure, you can always contact the manufacturer or go to your local baby store for advice.

Safety for your baby

In order to bathe your baby safely, the bath seat / bathing stretcher must have a stable stand in the bathtub. For this purpose, it should be equipped with strong suction feet on the bottom, which reliably fix it to the bathtub floor.

To ensure that your baby does not hurt itself when kicking, lying or playing in the water, the bath seat should have rounded corners and no sharp edges.

With the right baby bath seat, bathing is easier and safer than ever before. You have your hands free without putting your baby in danger. (unsplash.com / The Honest Company)

With a baby bath seat for sitting, a high backrest is essential. A reclining baby bath seat does not have this feature, but it should have an elevation between the baby's legs to prevent your baby from sliding down.

Handling

In order to be able to take your baby in and out easily, a baby bath seat for sitting should be equipped with an opening grab rail.

To prevent the grab rail from opening itself or being opened by your baby, the lock should ideally be equipped with a child safety lock. In the best case, the bath seat for sitting can be rotated 360 degrees, so you can offer your darling even more bathing fun.

Material

Since the bath seat or bath lounger is in direct contact with your baby's skin during use, the material should be BPA-free. Therefore, you should pay attention to the corresponding certificates from the manufacturer, which certify that the material is free of harmful substances such as BPA.

As a rule, a baby bath seat is made of plastic. It should be sturdy, but not too hard so that your baby can sit or lie down comfortably.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of baby bath seats

What safety measures should I take when bathing a baby?

Parents should always follow these safety measures and tips when bathing:

  • Do not leave your child unattended! At no time and for no reason! This also prevents secondary drowning.
  • Children's skin scalds very quickly. Do not put your child in the bath until you have taken the temperature.
  • If your baby has a fever or is sick, do not give him/her a bath. This puts too much stress on your pet's circulation.
  • If your child is reluctant to take a bath, despite all the care and patience, try to see if your little one is more comfortable bathing with you.

How do you bathe a baby properly?

Do not bathe too often

  • Daily bathing is not good for sensitive baby skin.
  • Once or twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes is perfectly sufficient.

Clean before bathing

  • Make sure you clean your baby's nappy area before bathing. This is easier to do on the changing table than in the bathtub.

The right bathing temperature

  • The ideal water temperature is between 37 and 38 degrees Celsius
  • The bathroom should also be pleasantly warm (not below 22 degrees Celsius)

Dry off well

  • Gently pat your baby dry (do not rub).
  • Make sure that all the folds of your baby's skin are dry.

Wash your baby gently by hand from face to feet. Only then should you wash your baby's hair so that his head does not cool down.

Picture source: 123rf.com / Pavel Ilyukhin

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