The Puj Tub

I was a bit weary of giving my daughter her bath when she was just a little one, but I eventually got used to bath time. We had your run-of-the-mill plastic baby bathtub at the time, and we also had a dedicated bathroom for giving our daughter her baths. We lived in a larger house then, and the baby bathtub wasn’t much of a nuisance since she had a dedicated bathroom.

Since we no longer need the baby tub, we don’t have a storage issue now that we are in a smaller home. However, I am intrigued by the Puj Tub as a solution to small-space baby bathing. It fits any standard sink, and lays or hangs flat for easy storage when not in use. There is no need to worry about where to store the large unforgiving plastic baby tub with the Puj Tub. The sink is a perfect place to bathe an infant, especially for a new mom who may have difficulty leaning over a large bathtub or lifting a plastic baby bathtub that is full of water.

We would love to hear from readers who have tried the Puj Tub. Leave us a comment and share your experiences.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.

40 Comments for “The Puj Tub”

  1. posted by L. on

    A great idea at $10. A good idea at $20. A laughable idea t $99.

  2. posted by Rue on

    I have to agree that $99 is a bit steep for a baby tub that you’ll only use for a couple of years. Maybe worth it if you’re going to have several children very close together, or if you also have a small dog to bathe!

    That being said, I think having a tub that lays flat is a great idea, whether it fits into a sink or not!

  3. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    I think it depends on how badly you need the extra space – the $99.00 may not be that steep if you are limited on where you can store it.

  4. posted by Kristen @TheFrugalGirl on

    Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool until I saw the price too. What in the world made them think $99 was a reasonable price point for a flat piece foam??

  5. posted by savvy on

    Wow, $99? My son is 14 months and we haven’t used a baby tub in probably six months… so $99 for something that will be used for maybe eight months?

    No thanks, if I’m that short on space I’ll just bathe with my baby.

  6. posted by nana jan on

    you know, when we had larger kitchen sinks, they worked really well to bathe babies, and actually doing a sponge bath isnt a far fetched idea either. the price for the pj tub is laughable as another person stated. in an age of economic undertainty, gathering more stuff is unadvisable. I have purchased wee leather shoes for my grand children, and they didnt cost $75 dollars, ouch, where is this business out of, California?? In Canada you can buy Robeez for much less. socks work fine too, you know.

  7. posted by Dorothy on

    And the problem with washing out the sink, bathing your little one in the actual sink itself and then washing out the sink again is . . . .??

    A Sink: An object designed for holding water and washing items. And, get this, there’s no issue, ever, in any household, in any first world country, of where to store a sink! What a concept!

    I’m ashamed of you! The PT should have been the Unitasker of the month!! Why must EVERYTHING be so complicated and have its own special expensive equipment??


  8. posted by Grammar Nazi on

    ‘weary’ or ‘wary’?

  9. posted by Kris on

    See, and here I thought I’d done well with my $20 Primo Eurobath, which is admittedly huge but can be repurposed for outdoor water play next spring and serves as toy storage/laundry hamper now.

  10. posted by Gabriel on

    Bad idea!
    Bad idea!
    Bad idea!

    This thing would have you running water from the faucet directly onto your baby’s skin. In my house, the water is rarely the correct temperature. If I had my baby under the faucet, they would either be freezing under cool or cold water or being scalded by too hot water. The risk of harming your kids is too great. This one should be recalled.

  11. posted by Lauren on

    I do understand not wanting to put a baby directly into the hard sink, especially a slippery, wiggly baby. We have a cushion called the Safer Bather that we use in the sink or in the regular bathtub. Easy to store, machine washable, and only about $20.

  12. posted by whyioughtta on

    It sure is a cute picture, though. Although it looks a little too much like they’re bathing the baby in a bidet…

  13. posted by eternalvoyageur on

    You can line the sink with a towel, or one of Ikea’s bathtub mats cut to size.

  14. posted by infmom on

    You don’t need a separate tub to give a baby a bath. One parent gets into the bathtub full of nice warm water as if he or she were going to take a bath. The other parent hands over the baby. Parent in tub sits crosslegged, if possible, and rests the baby in his/her lap. Then the baby is safe, secure, and much more easily washable (plus you can tip the baby’s head backwards easily to wash his/her hair without getting water in his/her face).

    I washed both my kids that way and we all lived to tell the tale. 🙂

  15. posted by Liz on

    Bathe baby in the sink. Place a facewasher in the bottom to cover the plug if it’s likely to scratch. Put the water in before you put the baby in. @Gabriel – who puts their baby in the bath and THEN puts the water in?

    Alternatively, take baby in the shower with you. It works, done it on occasion with all my three kids. Had a baby bath for #1 (was given to us) then saw reason and got rid of it and I’d never bother buying one again…

  16. posted by mamabigdog on

    We used a giant thick sponge for bathing our babies in the kitchen sink. Those huge, plastic baby bathtubs are a waste of money and space. The sponge was very thick and comfortable for our babies, and we could dry it out in the dryer after we rinsed it out post-bath. It probably cost less than $10, and was easy to store. If you’ve got a sprayer on your sink, it’s even better for getting baby clean!

    The other thing we would do, when we were getting the bath started, I would turn on the oven with the door closed. Once the bath was over, and baby was wrapped up in a towel, I would crack open the oven door a little bit, and all that nice heat would come up where I was holding Baby in her towel. Very cozy.

  17. posted by Gabriel on

    @Liz – with this thing, there’s no room for water to rinse the baby off after soaping up. It takes up all of the space available in the sink. If you wanted to run more water, you’d have to either pick up the slippery baby into the cold air or run it onto the baby.

    Who gives a baby a bath without rinsing off the soap?

  18. posted by rosie_kate on

    Yeah, I’m thinking you could re-run this tomorrow as a unitasker… the sink itself works pretty well and it’s only a few short months until the baby can sit up. A hundred bucks for a few months of use? Nah…

  19. posted by Alice on

    @Gabriel- I never had to run extra water to rinse my baby. Babies shouldn’t have a bubble bath, so we used a small amount of soap on the washrag and were able to scoop from the already perfect temperature water to rinse the soap off.
    I think either the giant sponge or a towel in the bottom of the sink is the way to go.

  20. posted by Lindsey on

    Both kids, I just take (took) them in the bath/shower with me. I need washing too, and I love baths. I think we only bathed my older one in the sink once before I figured this out.

  21. posted by Michele on

    We bathed our daughter in the kitchen sink or in the bath with one of us until she could sit up, then in the bathtub on her own until she could wash herself unsupervised. This product is crazy-priced, and I think a folded towel would work just as well to cradle a small baby in the sink and provide padding.

    I mean, not to add to the dogpile about this product. I guess if the choice is between the usual baby bathtub, which doesn’t collapse and takes up a lot of space, and this product, then the Puj Tub is the way to go. But I think that the better minimalist solution is “neither.”

  22. posted by Rebecca on

    Whoa, that price is a little high. Yikes. Crazy.

  23. posted by MadronaTree on

    We used a $5 bear-shaped sponge from BRU in our sink. Worked great.

  24. posted by Holland on

    I’ll agree with everyone else here – it’s overpriced and unnecessary.

    Grammar pet peeve – you’ve likely conflated ‘wary’ and ‘leery’. It’s a common mistake, but one that ranks up there with the lose/loose confusion for me.

  25. posted by Katie on

    Hi, this is Katie from Puj. I am happy to see so much enthusiasm for the new Puj soft Tub. I love the minimalist comments as it is our mission to simplify parenthood.

    The Puj tub is the best infant tub in existence. No question. It is calming for baby, simple for parents, and makes bathing easier. That is what we designed it for and that is what it does. We have numerous accolades we could post, but you should just try it.

    If any of you are wanting to try the Puj Tub out for yourselves I wanted to pass along a promo code to all of you Unclutterer readers. For 20% off of any Puj purchases just enter promo code “unclutterer” at the checkout.

    If you’re needing an international order shipped please email sales(at)pujbaby(dot)com

  26. posted by Sky on

    $99 is a crazy price! I always bathed my babies in the bathroom sink and they all 4 lived to tell about it.
    Less is more.

  27. posted by gmetoo on

    This is why people invented sinks and bathtubs. I ditched the plastic baby tub when I had baby #2…they seriously are a waste of space and money. There is nothing difficult about washing a baby in a tub or a sink, just lay a towel down before you put a little water in.

  28. posted by deimm on

    I found an eggshell foam (like convalescent mattress pads) shower mat with hole for the drain in the center. Mushed into the sink, it covered all the hard spots. After drying on a towel rack, it stored in a drawer.

  29. posted by Karen on

    I have a 6 month old and this would have worked for her for about…. I dunno… 8 weeks or so. After that, she would have wiggled too much and hit herself on the hard faucet.

    Somehow this comment ended up on today’s unitasker instead of here… trying again…

    We do have the storage problem, and knew from the beginning that a giant plastic tub would be a stupid idea.

    We had a folding mesh wedge stand thingy for the kitchen sink that cost about $15. It came in handy for letting the grandmas bathe the baby, but we didn’t even really need that. Baby bathed with me in the tub until she was able to sit up at 5 months. Now she sits on a squishy foam shower pad in the main bathtub, and we hang it up on the towel rack to dry when she’s done.

  30. posted by Lady in a Smalltown on

    It is now a year later and Unclutterer had this on their “A year ago on Unclutterer” today. I remember looking at this last year for a friend in a small apartment having a baby. The Puj Tub is now $39.99. That is a little more than 1/2 the FP tub I got as a gift. And it is about 1/3 the original price. It is finally a good deal.

  31. posted by luxcat on

    Yeah. as “survivor” who was bathed in a tub or sink with a towel in the bottom, I don’t get the special baby tub either.

    My cousins my age (30s) from outside the USA were washed in river water collected and then heated to the proper temperature in a bucket. No running water in the house. No baby tubs. No special disinfectant wipes and pads on the corners of the table. No deaths or illnesses. 7 kids. You know what they did? Kept an eye on them all the time and used common sense.

  32. posted by Laetitia in Australia on

    Talking with an older lady who is an occupational therapist and has back problems of her own, she said that washing babies in the laundry tub is ideal as you usually don’t have to bend far, if at all, and you don’t have to lift a tub to tip out the water – just pull the plug.

  33. posted by Harry on

    We bathed with our babies till they could do it themselves. It was very safe, comforting to a newborn who wasn’t used to all that water, and lots of fun. The few times a tub wasn’t available, we used a folded up towel in the sink.

    And “boo” to Katie, who seems to have mistaken scorn for enthusiam.

  34. posted by Emily Kangas on

    Unitasker alert! Had one that we found for free. Found storing it and fiddling with it while holding a baby was too much. Passed it on and used the sink until we could use a baby tub in the tub- which we could also have gone without and just used the tub.

  35. posted by Megan Shoemaker on

    I had two babies and never used a baby bathtub. I took the first baby in the tub with me, which was lovely. The second baby had a few kitchen sink baths, a few sponge baths on the bathroom counter, a few baths with me and by 5 months (she was sitting confidently and consistently) she was in the big tub with her sister. Baby bath tub = waste of money, space and plastic.

  36. posted by Marion Whittemore on

    Definitely a uni-Tasker – even without the outrageous price tag.

  37. posted by Maryann Aguilar on

    Price in 2018 is now $45 on Amazon.

  38. posted by Laura Chapman on

    Back in the early 80’s they made an inflatable oval baby bath tub that suctioned down to any hard flat surface (formica counter and so on). It worked really well and wasn’t very expensive, it was made of a durable plastic and you could let the air out between baths and store it away. I loved it, but when my children started having their own babies I looked for it and couldn’t find any like it for sale. A shame, because it was a really useful product. That being said they do still make inexpensive inflatable tubs, which are a good alternative for those short on space.

  39. posted by Julia on

    I only ever used the sink and the shower. Showering is a lovely time with a baby – with a partner on hand.

  40. posted by Tabitha on

    With my second, we have just used that giant sponge you can pick up for about $9 on amazon or Target. I put it in the sink and can use it in the tub also. And it’s perfect. Cushions her and I can use two hands to bathe her. Well worth the $9!!! Just make sure to squeeze it out afterwards and let it dry.

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