Baby bathtubs give parents a safe way to wash a wet, slippery baby. The angle of the tub helps free a parent's hands for washing. Things to keep in mind when choosing an infant bathtub: A tub made of thick plastic will stay firm in the center, even under the weight of the water. Inflatable tubs and bath buckets are dangerous. Bath rings and bath seats can tip over and should be avoided. The bathtub should have slip-resistant backing to keep it from moving. Bathtubs with foam cushions are dangerous because your baby could tear off pieces and swallow them. Don't choose a tub with rough edges, which can scratch your baby. An infant-to-toddler tub will last longer as it can be adjusted when your baby grows. Some bathtubs have plastic slots or indentations that can hold soap, shampoo, and other cleaning supplies. A plug at the bottom of the tub makes draining the water easier. SAFETY NOTES: Only adults or other experienced caregivers should give babies baths. Baths can be dangerous for babies, because babies can drown in as little as an inch of water. Gather all of your baby's bathing supplies ahead of time, including shampoo, soap, washcloth, towel, clean clothes, and a clean diaper/wipes. Always keep one hand on your baby while he or she is in water. Always touch the water to check the temperature before putting your baby in the bathtub. Water that is too hot can burn babies. Always take your baby with you if you have to answer the door or the phone or if you're needed elsewhere in the house. Always empty the bathtub and turn it upside down when it is not being used. Back to Articles Related Articles Household Safety Checklists Young kids love to explore their homes, but are unaware of the potential dangers. Learn how to protect them with our handy household safety checklists. Read More Household Safety: Preventing Drowning Water safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers. Here's how to reduce drowning risks. Read More Choosing Safe Baby Products Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one's safety. Read More Choosing Safe Toys Toys are a fun and important part of any child's development. And there's plenty you can do to make sure all toys are safe. Read More Water Safety Kids need constant supervision around water - whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here's how to keep them safe. Read More Childproofing and Preventing Household Accidents You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.