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Bath Seats

Final Rule:  June 4, 2010

Effective Date: December 6, 2010

Rule Revised: December 9, 2013

Revision Effective Date: March 24, 2014


Infant bath seats are used in a sink or tub to provide back and front support to a seated infant while he or she is being bathed. They are marketed for use with infants between five and 10 months of age.

The federal requirements for infant bath seats enhance the current ASTM voluntary standard by adding:

  • stricter stability requirements to prevent the bath seat from tipping over, 
  • tighter leg opening requirements to prevent children from slipping through the leg openings and 
  • a larger permanent warning label alerting parents and caregivers that bath seats are not safety devices and that infants should never be left unattended in a bath seat.

The federal standard incorporates current voluntary standard provisions requiring latching and locking mechanisms, and compliance with CPSC’s standards for sharp points and edges, small parts, and lead in paint.

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