You are spoilt for choice when it comes to buying a bath seat for your baby - they are available in a wide of range of styles, colours and materials.
A cheap bath seat or chair will costs around £10 but prices rise to more than £30 for a deluxe product, featuring built-in extras to add to the bath time experience with your baby boy or girl.
Most bath seats are made from polypropylene, polycarbonate plastic, EVA or PVC, so they are very easy to keep clean and generally just require a wipe down with a damp cloth after use.
A T-bar mechanism is used in most baby bath seats - this drops forward to allow parents to easily get their child in and out of the device. Bath seats are attached to the surface of a bath with strong suction pads to ensure they are safe and there's no risk of them sliding around the bath or tipping over.
It's important to stress that a baby bath seat is a bathing aid and not a safety device. With this in mind, parents must always be extra attentive when their child is using a bath seat. A baby or infant should never be left unattended, not even for a very short period of time.
Let's take a look at some of the most popular types of baby bath seat available to buy in the UK. We also give you some information about a few other bathing aids which enable a newborn, an older baby or infant to sit or lie back in a full-size bath.
Budget Bath Seat
This type of seat is very cheap - usually costing around £10 - and is very basic in design. It won't have any little extra features like some bath seats, such as an integral water level indicator or attached toys and roller balls.
It makes sense to read the reviews to some previous buyers of a budget price seat to ensure the locking mechanism to keep your child safe is reliable. You should also ensure any seat you buy meets all the necessary safety standards.
A swivel bath does just as the name implies - it swivels on its base to allow a baby to reach out to all areas of the bath. It also enables a parent to turn a baby around in order to access all body areas for washing. The Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat, which costs around £10 to £15 and is available in blue, pink, green or white, is the UK's best seller for this type of bath seat.
Deluxe Baby Bath Seat
There are some really impressive bath seats in the deluxe price range, generally around £25 to £50. These are very robust and stylish in appearance, often featuring appealing little built-in accessories to provide some extra fun for your baby at bath time.
These extras can include sensory dials and little plastic toys on the front area of the seta which twist, spin and make noises to capture a baby's attention while mum or dad get on with the washing duties.
Other more practical features on a luxury baby bath seat or chair include water level indicators, a water scoop for easy washing,
Big sellers in the deluxe bath seats include the Dreambaby Premium Baby Bath Seat, the Vtech 2 -in-1 Splashing Fun Bath Seat, the Angelcare Soft-Touch Bath Seat, the Jane Aqua 2-in-1 Hammock and Bath Seat and the Aquababy Bath Ring.
Some bath seats feature a sturdy swivelling arm that fits over the side of the side of the bath tub and keeps the device firmly fixed. These include the popular Safety 1st Tubside Bath Seat which has a cleverly designed arm which has a space where parents can rest their elbows then bathing a child.
This type of bath chair folds up to a very compact size, meaning it takes up very little space when stored away until the next bath time. Foldable bath seats are also a great choice for parents who want to give their baby a bath during a holiday or when visiting friends away from home.
The Jane Fluid Bath Ring Seat is a very popular folding seat which costs around £30. It is lined with a lovely soft non-slip material which is very gentle on a baby's skin.
Baby Bath Support
This is not a bath seat as such in that it does not enable a baby to sit upright, but it does enable newborns and very young babies to lie back safely in a bath setting. A child using a bath support can still enjoy many of the bath time fun and activities associated with a proper bath seat.
Bath supports are similar to bath seats in that they are used in the main bath tub. They are also attached with suction cups to prevent them from slipping.
Babies are positioned in a support so they are not completely immersed in the bath water and can be washed easily. Many come with little straps or safety bars which allow parents to be hands free to carry out the washing process.
Supports come in a range of colours and styles and are usually made from plastic, foam fabric or towelling on a wire frame. The fabric and foam designed supports are very popular in the UK and many parents believe they are the most comfortable choice for a baby.
As with a bath seat, a bath support is designed as a bathing aid and not as a safety device.
The following devices are not bath seats, but they are bathing aids which are worth considering if your baby boy or girl is not quite ready to use an adult bath.
This style of baby bath is a device that you attach to your main bath tub. They have an extra wide rim which allows them to be fitted to the top of a 'big' bath. They also feature a plug hole for emptying the water into your main bath after your have got your baby clean.
A rest on rim bath is the perfect solution for parents with more than one young child who want to bath them at the same time in an adult bath. The way that this style of bath is attached to a main bath means there is no kneeling and bending over associated with a standard baby bath placed on the floor.
Top and Tail Bowl
This is something you should consider buying for a newborn or very young baby who just needs a hygienic freshen up, rather than a full bathing experience.
These little plastic bathing accessories features two small bowl sections for warm water, plus a few little deep or shallow compartments for soaps, lotions and other baby care products.
The warm water from one bowl is used to wash your baby's head and upper body with a sponge, soft cloth or cotton wool, The other bowl provides water to wash you little one's bottom and legs.
They are quite small and very portable so you can move them from room to room or even put one in your car when you are staying away from home with your baby and want to give your little one a freshen up. These little bowls are cheap to buy at around £5.
This style of bathing aid, sometimes referred to as a bucket bath or barrel bath, has become increasingly popular with parents in recent years. They are designed for smaller babies, allowing them to sit upright and feel very secure, as there were in their mother's womb. They feature ergonomic hand grips for easy carrying and their restrictive design provides a stress free way to bath your little one.
Tummy Tubs are available in various colours including pink, blue, grey and clear. They cost around £20 to £30. Popular variations on the Tummy Tub theme are Washpods and The Shnuggle Cosy Bath Tub.