Save Water with BPA and Phthalate-free Baby Bathtubs

We’ve received a couple emails asking us about BPA and phthalate-free bathtubs.  This Spa Baby European Style Tub claims to be BPA-free, and the baby in the picture appears to enjoy the “European spa” experience the tub offers.  At $45, it’s a bit pricier than the typical tubs found at Target, but if you are worried about toxins, it may be worth the higher price.

Of course it’s possible to go without a baby bathtub.  One water-saving option is to have the baby bathe or shower with a parent.  Babies can also use the full bath tub, but that can end up being a waste of water, especially in the early days when the baby isn’t interested in splashing around for the fun of it.

We ended up getting a free plastic bath tub at our local consignment shop.  Our kitchen sink was not suitable for baby-bathing, and we didn’t want to waste water by filling our gigantic claw-foot tub with water.  Also, it seemed much safer to have the baby contained in a small little tub in those first few months.  At the time, we did not worry about BPA or phthalates leaching into the bath water and into our baby’s bloodstream.  Honestly, I probably wouldn’t worry about it a second time around, either.  The baby is not drinking the water–just soaking in it for about ten minutes.

I do worry about bringing another hunk of plastic into the world, which is why I was glad I found a secondhand one.  Once Audrey had outgrown the tub, we passed it along so it could take part in another baby’s bathing adventures.


  1. Hey, that’s really cute!

  2. Hmmm. I guess you could use it as a bucket to hand wash clothes or something once the baby grows out of it:) Thanks for sharing – I’d seen this but didn’t know it was a more user-friendly plastic.

  3. I am still on the fence about what to do for a bathtub. I don’t like the idea of getting one of those huge pieces of plastic, but secondhand wouldn’t be bad. I would just have to find a place to store it… We may try the kitchen sink and/or bathing/showering with mommy or daddy.

  4. Erika, that is a good point about this tub: it does seem to have some uses beyond baby-bathing, unlike typical baby bath tubs.

    Amy, you can probably wait and see if you really need a tub. Our kitchen sink just wouldn’t work to bathe a baby for a few reasons, but that works for most people. If you end up needing one, it’s easy to get a used one and then give it away in a few months when you don’t need it any more. There is the space issue . . . we hung it on a hook on the door.

  5. We got a hand-me-down plastic tub from a friend. No guilt about another hunk of plastic, and although it would be great to have something not made of plastic at all, we needed to be frugal too. Yesterday we gave our baby his first bottle of pumped milk, and for that we bought a glass bottle – worth it, since he’s drinking from it.

  6. I wonder when somebody is going to come up with metal bathtubs like the old-fashioned kind? What about a very large stainless steel cooking pot? Or even a planting pot that is glazed on the inside (watch out for leaded glaze) and you could plug the bottom. Anything that holds water and is big enough to hold a baby would work as long as mom or dad is always there to supervise.

  7. Frugal Babe, we did pretty much the same thing you did! Eileen, I thought about metal tubs, but then I thought they’d probably scratch the bathtub (assuming you set the little tub inside the big one).

  8. My mom always used the kitchen sink to bath us as babies, it fits perfectly.

  9. I am looking too for those old fashion metal tubs we used to get our bath in. We can always place a rubber mat in the metal tubs to prevent scratching the bath tub. I would love to see those come back.

  10. I was searching to see if anyone sold the old fashion metal wash tubs. I would love to see those metal tub back. We could always put a rubber math underneath it to prevent scratching the bath tub. I am not a fan of plastic

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