We all know it: kids can be messy and that doesn’t change when traveling – quite the opposite! At home, you probably have the luxury of an actual baby bath on top of a bathtub and/or shower. But in general, you won’t have that while traveling.

How are you going to get your little one clean? Read on to find our information guide to bathing a baby while traveling and a comparison chart to find the best travel baby bath for your family.

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THE BEST PORTABLE BABYBATH 2019: QUICK COMPARISON

In a hurry?

  • The best portable bathtub that you can use from newborn to toddler: Baby Joy
  • The baby travel bath you will use the longest (from 6m-5 years): Fajiabao
  • The cheapest portable baby bath: Disney inflatable bathtub
  • The most lightweight and smallest to pack travel tub: Munchkin or Disney

We’ll help you decide which inflatable or collapsible baby bath tub will suit your family the best. Below we’ve made a detailed description of each baby bath based on all the reviews we could find, but you can first take a quick look at our comparison chart.

NAMETYPEWEIGHTAGEPRICEBUY ON AMAZON
Stokke Flexi Bath

foldable3.4 lbs (1.5 kg)birth (with seperate newborn support) - 3 years$$
Baby Joy

foldable5 lbs (2.3 kg)birth - 3+ years$$
Disney inflatable bathtub

inflatable1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)6m - 18/24m$
Fajiabao inflatable bathtub

inflatable 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)6m - 4/5 years$
Munchkin White Hot inflatable bathtub

inflatable 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)6m - 15m$

BUYING GUIDE

How do I bathe my baby on a trip?

IN THE TUB: in case your hotel room features a bathtub, it is possible to bathe your baby in there. However, you might not always have enough room to kneel comfortably. An alternative might be to get in the tub with your little one.

IN THE SINK/WITH A SPONGE: in case the sink is big enough, you can opt for bathing your baby over there. However, make sure to scrub it good really good first. Another option is to put your baby on a warm, flat surface (f.e. a thick towel) and use a sponge and the sink water to clean your baby.

IN THE SHOWER: showering your baby might seem like the easiest option because you can always count on having a shower at your room and you don’t need to drag additional items. However, it is also the most dangerous way of bathing your baby! It is easy to slip or drop your kid. Always make sure to keep a tight hold and block the water from hitting your baby directly.

WITH A SLING: if you are into babywearing or if you don’t want to drag along a portable babybath than this is a good option to bathe your little one. The downside is that you have to get wet as well. You can shower together without the risk of a slipping baby. Using soap might get more difficult as the fabric covers most of your child’s body.

TIP: If you’re interested in using a ring sling in the shower, take a look at our article on waterproof baby carriers.

WITH A PORTABLE BABY BATH: Not feeling comfortable with any of the above options? A travel baby bathtub might be the perfect solution! Yes, you have to take it along with you (though an inflatable infant bathtub doesn’t take up that much space), but it makes traveling with a baby that much easier!

Did you realize that a portable baby bathtub is right up your ally? Deciding which one you need, depends entirely on the way you like to travel? Do you always take a flight out to a foreign country? Do you prefer to go on an RV-roadtrip (read more about the best way to pack a motorhome here) or do you like to camping? Read on to find the best travel bath for your family!

Until what age do I use a travel baby bath?

How long you are going to use an inflatable baby tub evidently depends entirely on yourself. Some people never use one, others invest immediately in an inflatable toddler tub to last a couple of years.

Here at Travel Gear for Kids, we believe that those first 6 months are the hardest to cover without a portable baby tub. As long as your baby can’t sit independently, you’ll have the annoyances and dangers mentioned above.

But even if your baby is capable of sitting, you’re not out of the clear yet. You still have to hold your baby in the shower or sit on your knees in a too small hotel bathroom.

An inflatable or collapsible baby bath can generally be used until around 3 years old. Which makes them an even better option if you’re planning to use an inflatable bathtub for toddlers as well. 

What type of travel tub do I need?

Whether you’re traveling by public transport, car or plane, you really don’t want to be carrying around an actual baby bath. They are not made to be transported and while not necessarily heavy they tend to be rather bulky. In fact, there are only 2 types of baby baths that are an actual option to add to your travel gear.

Foldable baby baths: this kind of travel bathtub generally folds flat. That way, it will never be really tiny, but it’s more durable than the inflatable baby baths.

Inflatable baby bathtubs: this kind of travel baby tub can be inflated either by an air pump or by mouth. Like most inflatable products, it takes up very little space when deflated. The biggest con is the possibility of air leaks, especially when dragging it around in a suitcase.

REVIEWS

Stokke flexi baby bathtub foldable

PRO

  • from birth (with newborn support)
  • great for toddlers and even small preschoolers
  • easy and quick to set up
  • very sturdy, does not break
  • easy to store
  • heat-sensitive plug

CON

  • folds flat but still large, so takes up a lot of space in the suitcase
  • can be slippery
  • locking hinge might break
  • deep but small and narrow! Only 26″ (66cm) long, so no swimming for bigger kids

The Stokke Flexi Bathtub is a lightweight foldable baby tub that is very suitable to add to your list of travel gear for kids.

It weighs only 3.4 pounds (1.5 kg) and provides ergonomic and flexible support. The colored lines on the bottom are meant to prevent your child from slipping, but some parents mention that their babies have a hard time sitting because it’s a bit slippery.

It was designed to save space and thus folds flat so you can store it easily and even put it in your suitcase (although it would take up a lot of space and it won’t fit in a carry-on of course!). This results in dimensions of 26″ x 9.4″ x 13.7″ (66 x 24 x 34.8 cm) when in use and 8″ x 9.4″ x 3.9″ (20.3 x 24 x 10 cm) when folded.

A heat-sensitive rubber stopper makes it easy to drain the water. If you put the stopper under a corner it will be even easier. Many people choose to just dump the water because taking the stopper out and putting it back in is a bit of a hassle. The locking hinge holds the tub down when it’s folded, but might break after a while. The travel tub is very easy to clean.

You don’t have to use this portable baby bath solely while traveling, it is perfect at home as well! Babies tend to outgrow their baby baths quickly but are still too small for that grown-up bathtub. That’s where the Stokke bath can come in. It’s the perfect size for an in-between baby tub and it fits perfectly in a standard bath.

This foldable bathtub for baby is suitable from birth to 3 years, which makes it an excellent portable bathtub for toddlers too. However, when you use it for your newborn, you’ll need the newborn support, which isn’t foldable and thus not travel-friendly at all! Click here if you want to buy the Stokke Flexi Bath with newborn support in a bundle.

Be aware that Stokke states it is suitable up until 4 years, but many parents say it is too small for their preschooler. Don’t forget it is only 26″ (66 cm) long, which is not big at all! A toddler won’t be able to swim in it, but because it is quite deep, it will still be a comfortable bath.

The Stokke Flexi Baby is by far the best foldable bathtub for toddlers!


Baby Joy baby folding bathtub (former Costzon)

PRO

  • large, deep and spacious
  • sturdy, one piece
  • from birth (included baby sling) to 3+
  • adjustable back

CON

  • too big for a suitcase
  • plug can be easily removed by kids
  • slippery
  • seat might pop down because of warm water

The Baby Joy Baby foldable baby bathtub is made from safe and non-toxic materials.

Thanks to the deep and spacious tub, your baby (and even a toddler) gets to enjoy a very comfortable bath. Like a proper bath, it has a removable plug for quick water drainage. Kids tend to be quick in figuring out how to remove the plug, so keep a close eye if you want to prevent having to fill the tub over and over again.

The bottom legs are non-slip so you can use this travel bathtub on any flat surface. The inside is reported to be slippery, so if your little one can’t hold themselves yet, you might want to add some anti-slip stickers.

Because it comes as one piece, it is easy to clean and easy to transport without losing parts. It comes with a handy storage block for toiletries as well.

You can use the foldable baby bath tub with a newborn as well. It’s possible to recline the position and it comes with a special padded mesh sling. This way it is easy to keep your tiny baby’s head above water. One thing to mention is that warm water makes the plastic go soft and the upright position pops back down because it can’t hold the baby’s weight.

The Baby Joy portable bathtub is convenient as a travel companion, folding entirely flat by pushing 4 safety button buckles. The dimensions of the bath are 33.5″ x 20.1″ x 8.7″ (85 x 51 x 21.6 cm), while the height reduces to a mere 2″ (5 cm) when folded. The net weight is 5 pounds (2.3 kg).

Quite a lot of parents mention that this travel baby bath tub is too large for traveling and easy storage. Because of the dimensions, it is not very suitable for airplane holidays. However, it will do perfectly on a road trip or to use at home if you don’t have a tub or a baby who is scared of the large bathtub.

The folding bathtub is suitable for babies from birth to 3 years old (and it’s so big that even preschoolers could get in!) an is available in bright blue, green and pink.

The Baby Joy tub is the best foldable infant bath tub we could find and definitely the best portable infant to toddler tub!

The Baby Joy collapsible bathtub isn’t available on Amazon.ca. The Fome tub has similar dimensions and use but lacks a baby sling. You can check it out here.

The Baby Joy foldable baby tub isn’t available on Amazon.co.uk. There is however a very similar Costzon product with a baby sling or baby cushion. Click here to buy. The Costzon bath is rather expensive, so if you don’t need an infant bath, there are other (cheaper) options. For example, this one.


Disney baby bathtub inflatable

PRO

  • lightweight & easy to transport
  • large storage pockets that are great for playing
  • suction cup to let it dry

CON

  • small and undeep
  • non-detachable support pillow
  • slippery
  • temperature display isn’t useful
  • no drain

The Disney travel baby and toddler bath is a cheap portable baby tub that is going to be a whole lot of fun for you and your baby! The material is PVC that is free of BPA, Phthalates and heavy metals.

This baby inflatable bathtub measures 20.5″ x 7″ x 30.5″ (52.5 x 17.8 x 77.5 cm) and weighs 1.8 pounds (800g). It is not very deep, so your little one will only be splashing around in it, but as it is only suitable for small children that’s hardly a problem.

Bear in mind that this isn’t a large inflatable baby bath. The inside compartment measures 19″ (48.3 cm) but it comes with a non-detachable support pillow which limits the actual bathing space to 16″ (40.6 cm).

The features officially include a non-slip surface, a water temperature display and large storage pockets for soap and shampoo.

Many parents report that it is very slippery, so make sure you always stay near to your child! Also, buying some non-slip bathtub stickers won’t hurt. Check them out here.

The temperature display works but with very subtle shading, making it very hard to see. You should not rely on this!

The large pockets are usually a big success and great for some baby play time.

You should inflate this infant travel bath by mouth. If you find it hard, make sure you squeeze the inflaters because they are self-closing and only open up if you squeeze while blowing. The baby inflatable bath tub comes with two valves: one for the bottom and one to inflate the sides.

Unfortunately, there is no drain, so you’ll have to push it over to get the water out. Because the sides stick out a bit, the inflatable baby bath tub is hard to fill without a shower head or bucket.

The Disney inflatable tub for baby has a suction cup so you can hang it out to dry. Make sure to dry it really carefully afterward, because all the holes and nooks make it attractive for mold.

Please note that this is an inflatable bath tub for baby and thus susceptible to air leaks. Some parents manage to keep it over a year, while others mention it already started deflating after a couple of days. But in any case you probably won’t be able to use this tub for your child’s whole infancy and toddlerhood.

The Disney travel bathtub can be used for children from 6 months to 18/24 months. Toddlers that are over 18 months won’t have a lot of space in the inflatable infant tub. Parents report that it is bigger than the duck inflatable tub we mention below.

Your little one can choose their favorite Disney character: Mickey Mouse, Nemo and more.


Fajiabao baby bathtub inflatable

PRO

  • durable and sturdy for an inflatable tub
  • very big: up to 5 years!
  • inflatable pillow to prevent slipping

CON

  • too big for a baby
  • slippery

The Fajiabao portable bathtub is one of the most durable inflatable tubs for your baby.

As it is filled with air, leaks are likely to occur. However, this portable bathtub for kids will last somewhere between a couple of months and 2 years. Which makes it a lot more sturdy than the inflatable duck tub or the Disney baths. And they even add a small tube of glue to your package, to make sure you can keep on using your baby bath even if problems should arise in the future.

The outer size is 38.5″x25″x11″ (97.8 x 63.5 x 28 cm) while the inner size is 30″ x 15.5″ x 10″ (76.2 x 39.4 x 25.4 cm) and you can easily put it in your suitcase when folded. Because of this large size, it is suitable for kids until 3 years, but parents state that even kids up until 5 years fit in this baby inflatable tub!

The Fajiabao inflatable bathtub for kids is made from safe and non-toxic materials. Unfortunately, it smells quite a bit at the beginning, but the odor fades quickly. The bottom of the tub holds a special drainage outlet for easy emptying.

The ribbed design should prevent your child from slipping, but it still is quite slippery. An inflatable pillow in the middle makes it easier for your baby to stay upright. It has a separate inflation valve so you can just leave it flat for bigger kids, it won’t hinder them.

A storage pocket on the side and a loop to hang it to let it dry, makes this baby inflatable bath even more convenient. As does the curved back, which makes rinsing hair a lot easier.

You can use this inflatable bathtub for shower or you can put it in the regular tub. You can use the 3 valves to blow it by mouth or with an air pump. The high walls will prevent your little one from tipping over, unless they are into wall climbing for toddlers.

The Fajiabao travel bath weighs 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg) and is available in blue and pink. There are many inflatable baby tubs available on Amazon with a very similar design. It is suitable for children age 6 months to 3+ years.

It is the perfect travel bathtub for toddler, as a 3 year old will still have a lot of space and even older kids will fit in. Although in theory, it should be fine for a newborn, it is better to wait until a baby can sit independently because the inflatable travel baby bath is that large. It’s a great transitional tub as well!

The Fajiabao tub is the best inflatable baby bathtub for toddlers!

The Fajiabao inflatable bath tub baby isn’t available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk. There are a lot of similar (or even exact) designs. You can check them out here for Canada or click here for the UK.


Munchkin white hot inflatable bathtub baby

PRO

  • cheap
  • removable drain
  • cute design

CON

  • difficult to inflate and deflate
  • suction cup doesn’t work (well)
  • small (can only be used from 6 to about 15 months)

The Munchkin inflatable bathtub for baby is a good choice when you want a lightweight travel bath that is cheap above all.

Thanks to the padded design, your little one gets a safe and comfy environment. The ducks tail offers additional back support for your baby. It is sturdy and doesn’t fall over when it’s filled with water.

The Munchkin white hot inflatable duck tub should be inflated by blowing into the 2 valves (one for the bottom and one for the sides and head). It is recommended to use an air pump as many reviewers say that it takes ages and is a lot of hard work to get it filled by mouth. You should always squeeze the valves when blowing, but it might still take up to 30 minutes.

Deflating the inflatable duck bath isn’t that easy either. It might be useful to open the valves and let it deflate naturally overnight. This will save you a lot of time.

The White Hot safety technology tells you when the water is too hot for your baby’s skin. However, it doesn’t seem to work adequately for everybody. Some parents mention it already shows HOT with lukewarm water, while others say that the letters become unreadable when the water is too hot.

The bottom of the duck inflatable tub is textured, making sure the child doesn’t slip. However, parents report that it still is quite slippery.

It comes with a removable plug for easy emptying, but it is so small that it can be tipped over as well. Because of the form, it’s a little difficult to fill without a removable shower head.

The Munchkin inflatable duck comes with a suction cup at the back, which you can use to attach it to the large bathtub to prevent it from sliding around. Furthermore, you can hang the Munchkin inflatable tub to dry, but the suction cup doesn’t work all too well.

The material is a sturdy plastic, so normal bathing shouldn’t get it punctured easily. The reports on air leaks are so-so, meaning that some people get an inflatable duck bath tub that doesn’t stay inflated from the very start, but others use it for a couple of months without problems. However, don’t expect it to last all of your kids. The price makes up for that though.

The Munchkin inflatable safety duck tub was voted the best baby bathtub 2016 by Babycenter. The bathtub weighs only 1.6 pounds (0.7 kg). Inflated it measures about 31″ x 19″ (78.8 x 48 cm), although the inner size is only 19″ x 10.5″ (48 x 26.7 cm). It deflates to a package of about 9.3 x 2.9 x 8.8 inches (23.6 x 7.4 x 22.4 cm).

The Munchkin travel bath can in theory be used from 6 to 24 months, but is actually perfect for babies between 6 to 15 months. It is too small to suit a toddler and very few people can use it for kids over 18 months. The inflatable bathtub for shower or traveling is available in a duck or swan design, although, keep in mind that the latter is smaller.

FAQ

How do I bathe my baby while traveling?

There are many ways to give your baby a bath while traveling. Some options are gear-free like taking your child into the shower with you or using the sink. Others may require extra equipment like a travel baby bath or a water sling.
Click here to see all the ways for bathing your baby on a trip.

What kind of baby travel baths are there?

There are 2 types of portable baby tubs: inflatable and foldable.
The first category inflates by air and can be deflated to transport. They are very compact, but also prone to tears and leaks.
The foldable bathtub folds flat to take with you. They don’t pack that small, but they are more durable.
Click here to find out what the best inflatable and foldable tubs are.

What is the best portable tub for babies when roadtripping?

As you have a vehicle at your disposal, space isn’t the issue. Therefore, a foldable baby bath is a good idea. They are easy to set up and will usually last from infancy until the end of toddlerhood.
Click here to read in-depth reviews of the best collapsible baby baths.

What is the best portable baby bathtub when flying?

Less is more when you are traveling by plane. If you decide to bring a travel bath for your baby on your trip, it should be as compact as possible. Although they are more likely to leak over time, an inflatable baby bathtub is still your best choice. They are compact and easy to store in your carry-on or checked luggage.
Click here to read in-depth reviews of the best baby inflatable bathtubs.


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