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I was lucky enough to be given a Clevamama Baby Bath Towel when my son was born. The gift was from a friend of mine who, as a mum, could not speak highly enough of them. At that time, as a first time mum, I didn't really appreciate the concept and just accepted it gratefully as another bath towel (you really can't have too many of them!). Now, with my son at 10 months old, I completely appreciate the towel and the idea behind it.
As indicated in the title of the product, this is a baby bath towel. This means that it follows the basic design of all baby bath towels - one corner of the towel is folded into a hood that fits over baby's head. This is a good feature for baby towels as it allows you to cover their head (through which most heat is lost) straight after a bath and also use it to dry their hair. The towel is much larger than conventional baby towels (1040mm x 965mm) and has a feature where it can be fastened around your neck in a similar fashion to an apron.
The towel is available in various colours including white, cream and blue. It prices at around £13 online.
As I stated earlier, the design of the towel was lost on me when we first got this towel but now, having used it, I fully appreciate it. With my son at 10 months it is the only baby towel that we can still use with him as it is so much bigger than the average baby bath towels, which he outgrew at around 3 months. The fact that the towel fastens around your neck really makes bath time a lot less stressful and adds to the ease of removing baby from the bath as you can use both hands. This makes bath time safer too as you are not grabbing a towel with one hand or allowing baby to get cold as they can be wrapped up immediately after removing from the bath. As my son has grown older, and learned to love bath time and experimenting with what water can do, this has also served the purpose of protecting me from being soaked with splashes!
I found the towel especially beneficial when my son was newborn and I was first learning to bath him. It allowed me to fully concentrate on supporting his body in the bath and not have to worry about how to get him out and warm quickly. It also allows additional closeness between baby and you as you pull them right into you to wrap the towel around them and cuddle them. I found the towel very secure and the fastening around my neck held very well. The towel is also reasonably soft (it could perhaps be a little softer) and dries baby well.
We have the towel in white and it has washed up well. We have used (and washed) it a lot but it remains in very good condition.
Overall, this is a great baby bath towel and very useful to have. I wouldn't expect that this will last right up to when my son is two years old (as it is supposed to) as he will be too big for it by then but I think we still have a few months use in it. For a baby bath towel, this is a good product lifespan and I think this is great value for money. It also helped me learn to bath my baby confidently and safely and this is definitely a great present for baby showers etc.
A couple of years ago, I remember watching two mothers pitching a design idea on the BBC2 programme 'Dragons Den.' The product in question was a Cuddledry apron style bath towel, designed to keep a baby warm, but also keeping the mother dry, while lifting a child out of the bath. I thought this was an ingenious item, having endured several years of soaking wet trousers during the bath time stint.
I was disappointed to find that the Cuddledry robe cost the best part of £30 and decided that it was an overpriced luxury item that I could do without, however good an idea it may be. Luckily, thanks to Dooyoo, I discovered the Clevamama Splash and Wrap baby towel, which is essentially the same principle as a Cuddledry robe but considerably cheaper. These are currently on sale at Amazon for just over £12 (with free delivery) whereas the Cuddledry range is priced between £22-£25.
When I found out I was expecting a third child, I decided to treat myself to one of the Clevamama towels. Although I had clearly managed to successfully bath and dry two children without one of these, I always ended up with wet clothes. Usually, this was just from holding a wet child but, having boys, they always tended to wee on me too as soon as they were lifted out of the warm water when they were tiny babies! Lovely!
The Clevamama towel is made out of standard (but beautifully thick and soft) towelling material. It has an apron style design with a strap that goes around the parent's neck which closes with poppers. The towel is extra long and hangs from the neck right down to a hooded section at the bottom. The whole thing then ties into place around the parents back. The idea is that the parent attaches the towel to themselves before lifting a child out of the bath. They can them be cuddled straight away with the hood going over baby's head to keep them warm. The towel can then be unpoppered and untied, leaving the baby wrapped up in it.
My youngest son is now just over six weeks old and I have been using this towel since his first bath. I found the towel a little cumbersome to wear initially, as there is a lot of excess towelling hanging from my neck while I bath my baby. The poppers at the back of my neck are also quite stiff to both close and open, although there is the possibility that they may become less stiff the more this towel is used. The towel is a fairly unisex design, coming in a neutral but bright white, and size-wise is a generous fit so it should fit most adults. I find that there is slightly too much fabric around my back which means that it is very loose when tied with the attached ribbons. I must also say that this is not the most flattering item to wear either. Unlike the Yummy Mummy featured on the packaging , I look more like a butcher when wearing this - as my husband was quick to point out!
Much as the design might be a little uncomfortable and unflattering, it certainly fulfills its intended purpose and keeps my newborn baby lovely and warm and dry, whilst also ensuring that I don't end up cold and wet myself! It is brilliant being able to scoop my little boy out of his bath and cuddle him on to me without fiddling about holding hooded towels at the same time. He certainly seems snug and contact wrapped up in this.
The only drawback is that this towel inevitably ends up being soaked or soiled after each use. During the first week alone, this towel was covered with the aforementioned wee as well as baby poo, blood stains from the cord and regurgitated milk! This does mean that I need to wash the towel after each use. Fortunately, although the white colour might not seem very practical, this has washed well, remained soft and fluffy and hasn't stained at all. As it is so thick, it takes a long time to dry so I'm not always able to use this after each bath. As this is a relatively high priced item compared to the cost of standard towels, I couldn't justify buying another one. The occasions when I've had to make do with a standard hooded baby towel have certainly reminded me just how useful this towel is though. It really isn't pleasant to be covered in baby wee as you try and dry and dress a grizzly little baby!
I'll certainly continue using my Clevamama towel whenever I can. My only reservation would be the length of time that this towel could reasonably be used as a baby grows. The manufacturers claim that this towel is suitable from birth up to the age of two, but I really doubt whether this would fit a toddler of that age. At the moment, my baby is still a newborn and tends to curl his body back into the foetal position when held against my chest. As he gets older and stretches out, I can't see that there would be enough fabric to carry him comfortably wrapped in this towel. In all honesty, I'd be surprised if this is suitable much beyond the age of six months or so. Even so, I do feel that this has been a fabulous purchase, even for just those early days when bathtimes (specificially the drying part of the proceedings) can be quite a stressful experience for both babies and parents.
The towel itself comes packaged in an attractive box which, while arguably over-packaged, does mean that this would make a lovely gift for an expectant mother, perhaps as a work leaving present or for a baby shower. It certainly makes a change from the usual sleepsuits and cuddly toys and is a practical product that a new parent is unlikely to have already.
Whilst I couldn't say that this is an essential product to have with a newborn, it certainly is a useful item and it is relatively inexpensive, particularly when compared to its competitors. I do have a couple of minor quibbles but overall have found this to be a great product and I'm really pleased to have one for a reasonable price.
This towel has a hood embroidered with a design in one corner and a cut out with poppers at the opposite corner so you can fasten it around your neck. The idea is that you can attach the towel to you so that during bathtime you don't get splashes of water on your clothes, and when bathtime is over, you have the towel to hand so you can place the hood over your child's head and wrap them up in the towel.
I was skeptical about their usefulness, as I couldn't see the point of attaching the towel to you, but actually it is quite helpful. The towel is there ready when you need it, and it is easier to wrap your baby up in the towel than a normal towel. I discovered this when one day I picked up a standard hooded towel (without poppers), and found that I couldn't arrange the towel on my shoulder/chest area and pick my baby out of the bath very well and ended up holding him against my clothes and getting soaked!
Having the towel draped over your front (fastened with the poppers) does make it easier to take your baby out of the bath without dropping the towel and getting your clothes wet. And the hood is good as you can put this over your child's head and it keeps his head warm as you are drying the rest of him, and it keeps the towel up so it doesn't fall away from his shoulders and back. On the down side I find the popper difficult to open with one hand if thats all you happen to have free. I imagine the poppers are useful until your child can stand up as then you could wrap them in a normal hooded towel just as easily.
White. Suitable for 0-2 years.