Safer Baby Bath Tubs and Seats

Safer Baby Baths and Seats Shopping Guide

We've got the wide range of BPA, PVC and phthalate free bath toys covered, but what about safer baby bath tubs and seats?  You've probably noticed that most of the options out there aren't marked with a recycling code, making it difficult to know what type of plastic they're made from.  And many baby bathtubs are made with PVC (especially the inflatable ones).

But there is good news!  It turns out that you can make a pretty safe choice just by looking at the style of the product:

  • It's probably made from non-leaching plastic (like polypropylene) if it's hard and formed
  • It's probably made from safer fabric if it's a machine washable sling-style bath or stuff pillow-like stuffed ring (see the Leachco products below)
  • You can safely assume that all inflatable baths should be avoided, because they're most likely made from PVC.

We've updated our list of options to include the latest models, as well as bath tubs that are stable enough to keep babies safe (skip those unstable bath tub ring seats!).  Please note that we didn't research each and every product made by a particular manufacturer, so don't assume if one of their products is mentioned here that all of their other bath products are automatically BPA, PVC and phthalate-free too.

As always, we'll be adding to this list as we learn about more great options 🙂

P.S.  We've confirmed that the Puj Baby Bath is made from EVA foam that has been third party tested to ensure it's free of formamide.

Updated: 3/4/15

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57 Responses to Safer Baby Bath Tubs and Seats

  1. amievetter February 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Alicia
    I had purchased a blow up bath from Amazon.com made by Safety 1st. It is the Kirby inflatable tub & spout cover. I was weary about it but on Amazon it said it was PVC free, so I ordered it. I got it and it smells!! I contacted the company and they stated that they do not use PVC in any of their products. I read your article today and according to your guidelines all inflatables should be avoided.
    Do you know anything about the Safety 1st Kirby inflatable tub?
    Thanks
    Amie

  2. Alicia
    Alicia February 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Amie – I just checked on the Safety 1st Kirby inflatable tub listed at http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Kirby-Inflatab… on Amazon.com (not sure it's the same one?) and it's listed as “eco friendly, non phthalate vinyl”. Which means it is PVC, just phthalate-free.

    We have yet to run into a single inflatable product that is not made from PVC . . .

  3. amievetter February 23, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Oh Gosh! Thank you so much for checking that for me!! I feel SO silly! I just assumed one in the same, i don't know what i was thinking! I'm returning it!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

  4. Alicia
    Alicia February 23, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    You're welcome – but please don't feel silly! This dang stuff is SO overwhelming 🙂

    • Michelle September 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Lionheart wash pod has prop 65 warning on it

  5. nina1985 March 6, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    I have a question regarding the Safety First Tub-side Seat. Can you tell me if it's made from ABS or another type of plastic? Specifically, I'd like to know what plastic it's made of? It appears to be the only suitable option I can locate in Canada, either way my son is getting bigger and is almost ready for the big tub, so it should do.

    My other question would be whether or not you are aware about what type of plastic the Elfe Large Bathtub (http://www.tjskids.com/images/elfe/10000372_m.jpg) is made of – it is the cheapest kind in the Greater Toronto Area, so it is a popular product. I called the company in the beginning of the week and am still waiting for their reply – thought maybe you would know.

  6. Baby bath seat May 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Alicia, you are right to have any concerns of safety issues about baby tubs. Manufacturers have a duty of care to ensure that these products meet all safety requirements without any compromise.

  7. Christy May 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Does anyone know of a BPA, PVC and phthlate-free bathtub spout cover? I cannot locate one online. Thanks!

    • Michelle September 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      Skip hop whale

  8. Alicia May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Great question, Christy! I know the Boon Flo is a nice, safe choice.

    http://www.booninc.com/products/Flo/601

    Alicia

  9. Baby bath Seat June 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    You could try to use advanced search engine options.

  10. Erin June 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    I was wondering if it matters that the Leachco Bath n Bumper tub is filled with polystyrene beads?

    • Gen January 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

      I know I am concerned about it, I am very surprised this one was listed for that very reason!

        • Alicia January 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

          Hi Gen and Erin – thanks for your comments! The report you linked to is actually discussing the use of polystyrene foam, not resin (or hard plastic). I wouldn’t recommend using styrofoam, but I haven’t been able to find much research on the hard polystyrene at this point (especially when used in products such as bath toys). Of course we’re always on the lookout for new info and will update our lists as we become aware of it!

          • Michelle September 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

            It states made of polyester fabric which is known to cause cancer. Everything does it seems.

            • The Soft Landing Sisters
              The Soft Landing Sisters September 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

              Hi Michelle, we haven’t found research to support the idea that all polyester fabric is automatically toxic. We just completed a tremendous amount of homework for a spotlight post we did about e-cloth microfibers that made it clear that some polyester fabric is just fine (although it does depend on the manufacturing process used). For example, e-cloth microfibers are constructed of polyester and nylon formed through a mechanical process without dyes, nano particles (like silver), chemical treatments, or antimony (sometimes used as a catalyst). You can read more it at: http://thesoftlanding.com/non-toxic-ebody-microfiber-spa-collection-by-ecloth. ~Alicia

              • Michelle September 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

                Oh wow. Thanks. I know in California they put the warning on all polyester things is hard to tell. Most blankets and warm jammies are is has me worried.

                • Michelle September 12, 2014 at 11:36 am #

                  Organic is best, but unfortunately not always a realistic option to purchase all organic things

                  • The Soft Landing Sisters
                    The Soft Landing Sisters September 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

                    That’s true Michelle. Even if you can’t get organic cotton PJs, I’d recommend you go with cotton over polyester since the kids spend so much time in them everyday. ~Alciia

            • Michelle September 12, 2014 at 10:27 am #

              Why do we think phathlate free pvc is bad?

              • The Soft Landing Sisters
                The Soft Landing Sisters September 12, 2014 at 10:44 am #

                While it’s a step in the right direction, we’re still left to worry about with many other harmful chemicals common to PVC. Even phthalate-free PVC still isn’t a safe plastic because of the other harmful chemicals often used during production. The Center for Health Environment and Justice names the following possible concerns with PVC:

                May contain dioxin (a known carcinogen)
                May contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)
                May contain organotins
                May contain lead, cadmium and other metals

                You can learn more about it at: http://thesoftlanding.com/phthalate-free-vinyl-pvc-products-may-still-contain-other-toxic-chemicals

            • Michelle September 12, 2014 at 10:30 am #

              How do I know what polyester is safe? Like pjs, etc?

              • The Soft Landing Sisters
                The Soft Landing Sisters September 12, 2014 at 10:46 am #

                It would honestly take a lot of research with each of the individual manufacturers to see how they manufacture their polyester. I usually stay away from polyester in clothing for that reason. Organic cotton is always the best choice for PJ’s in my opinion. ~Alciia

  11. Baby Slings June 8, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Thank you for sharing this very useful guide.

  12. Sachi June 12, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    I got this little whale spout cover. BPA, PVC, and Pthalate free.

    http://www.amazon.com/Skip-Hop-Moby-Spout-Cover

  13. Baby Slings June 17, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    Maybe it only smells like PVC but the product itself is PVC free.

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  15. baby slings August 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    How cool is that Puj seat? I may just have to order that for my sister’s baby shower coming up!

  16. Mold Testing Illinois November 18, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Wow! These looks so cute.thanks

  17. baby pouches December 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    The aqua baby bath ring was so handy for us and most importantly, my son loved it. he hated bath time before we started using it so I suppose it made him feel more secure. 🙂

  18. Millerashy December 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m looking for a non-skid toddler bathmat that is PVC-free and is actually fun. The only ones I’ve come across are plain white, tan or blue. No bright shapes or colors. Our son loves the one we have because it has Elmo on it, but I am sure it’s made of PVC & would like to get away from that.

  19. mamato2 December 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    The Primo Eurobath is BPA, Lead, and Phlalate Free! We have one and love it!

  20. Noo757 June 28, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    I read all the comments above and have a question. I just bought the “Summer SuperSeat 3 Stage” from amzon and I was wondering if it’s safe (BPA and/or PVC free) for my 4 months old baby as it smells. Not sure if this baby seat is BPA/PVc free. Do you know anything about this baby seat? Thanks!

  21. Miss Grit September 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Hi Alicia, 

    You’re right about this stuff being overwhelming. I’m trying to find a newborn bath tub that fits on top of a deep kitchen sink, isn’t as huge as the Primo tub, and is BPA-, PVC-, and Phthalate-free. The Spa Baby tub is intriguing but I feel like it wouldn’t work with our deep sink. Also, we have a Victorian tub with really high sides so bathing baby in the tub isn’t an option. Can you help? I’ve spent hours on the Internet to no avail. 

    • Alicia October 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Miss Grit – Boy, that is a tough one! I’ll pass it onto my sister Joanie who is a baby planner with Itsabelly. She usually has great recommendations for unique situations like yours.

      • Miss Grit October 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

        Hey Alicia,

        Thanks for your reply! Any advice from your sister? Baby is due in less than three weeks. We actually bought the Primo tub and it’s too huge for our sink. Still searching…

  22. green mom September 15, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I purchased the dream baby bath seat and then contacted the company. They informed me that the suction cups are made of PVC.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters October 11, 2012 at 9:43 am #

      Thank you for taking the time to share your findings! I just contacted the Dream Baby bath seat manufacturer (Tee-Zed) directly, and fortunately they confirmed that the suction cups are made from polypropylene, not PVC.

  23. Jessica February 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Do you know of one that can go in both the sink and bathtub besides the bucket style ones?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters February 20, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Well, I guess it all depends on how big your sink is. A number of these options could potentially fit in a large sink. Other than that, we don’t know of any other safe baby bathtubs or seats.

  24. Caroline June 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi! I’ve heard of the Boon Naked baby bathtub, which is BPA, Pthalate, and PVC-free as well. 🙂

  25. melissa June 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    did anyone find a blow up bath tub safe and non toxic? for a 10 month old. Thank you

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters June 6, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      We’ve never been able to find a PVC-free inflatable bathtub in all of our research. Sorry Melissa! ~Alicia

  26. Rose September 24, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I was wondering the best bathtub for a 6 month old baby, already 20 pounds, and can sit up on his own (for the most part) I’m on a budget too, he’s so big for most baby bathtubs so I need a little help. I really want an inflatable one but i know that they’re no organic ones

  27. Novela March 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    There is a recall on the AquaBaby Bath Ring from Thermobaby. They are not safe. Look it up at babycenter.com

  28. Novela March 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I dont see the Primo Eurobath on this list. Its the safest tub around. All great reviews. Comes in pearl white, blue, and pearl mint green. A must have. Look it up. Can be found at walmarts, buybuybaby, etc free off bpa’s, lead, phthalates, etc!!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters March 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

      It’s there now Novela! We were actually in the process of updating our list when you commented 🙂 ~Alicia

  29. Brenda Dillingham March 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    I have the next big invention it is the ” Bath Time Bumper Guard ”
    My bumper guards products toddler and the elderly From getting hurt in the bath tub
    If a person false in the bath tub the padding would absorb the fall. I came up with this invention when my grandson who is two years old slipped in the bath tub he ended up in the emergency room with head injury.
    I need to find a manufacturer to make my product I have a patient on my product I have made 300 hundred and sold them in 2 days I make my product for $7.00 and I sale them for $60.00 I really need a manufacturer to help me with my product. Thank you Brenda Dillingham

  30. Kate May 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    We have a The First Years infant to toddler tub and liked it very much until our baby outgrew it. I am pleased to see it in the list.

  31. Jessica November 2, 2015 at 5:57 am #

    This post was truly needed! We never know what can harm our toddlers! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  32. Danielle Ossont January 12, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Does anyone know about the safety of Intime Plastics Baby bath? I ordered it off Amazon and when it arrived everything is in Chinese! I can’t read the ingrdients and it is making me extremely worried. I’m debating sending it back unless someone can point me to a resource. They don’t even have a website, just a Facebook page. Please help!

    • Danielle Ossont January 12, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      I just found that the tub is made of PVC film and PVC leather, does anyone know anything about these?

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