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When you have a baby, you get inundated with a list of 'must have' items you need and a baby bath is one of them. I knew that I probably wouldn't use a baby bath for long, so I was reluctant to get one. I remember helping to bath my niece when she was a baby and we had to drag the baby bath from bathroom to bedroom and back again. It was big and bulky, despite it being filled with two inches of lukewarm water. It was no wonder, my mum bought my sister a washing up bowl to bath the baby in. Many of the baby baths I'd seen were at least £30 and I really didn't want to spend my money on something I knew I'd only be using for a few weeks at most.
I spotted the lattsam bath in Ikea for £5 and I snapped it up at that price, as it was such a bargain. The bath is one moulded piece of plastic in a transparent blue. The design is basic and it doesn't have cute pictures of teddy bears on it, nor does it come with matching towels or bottles. There is a seal on the bottom to stop it slipping and at has something similar in the bottom of the bath to stop baby slipping. The bath also has a hole in the rim to allow you to hang it up. This is handy if you are short of space.
As I said above, I'm not a big fan of baby baths and I only used this bath for a few weeks, preferring to bath the bsby in the bathroom sink, or I'd bath the baby with myself or my partner. Baby baths are really heavy and bulky even with a tiny amount of water, so I tended to put it in the bath. This makes it easy to empty. At the time I was using it, I really wanted it to have a plug, but other reviewers have said that plugs easily became dislodged, so I suppose it's probably better that it doesn't have a plug.
This bath saw me through two babies, plus I lent it to my sister, so it has done really well. I passed it in when I had finished with it and it was in excellent condition and looked brand new.
I bought the bath in 2010 and it cost £5. Accordingly to the Ikea website, it is now £6. The transparent blue had Bern replaced with white and the seal is green. I haven't seen the white one in person, but seeing the pictures on the website, I think I prefer the blue as the white is too plain. The white also means that you can't see hoe much water is in in the bath if you are looking at it from the side, whilst it us filling up.
I bought this bath for my small daughter to use it. It's a sturdy blue plastic thing and cost £5 from Ikea. The plastic itself is very high quality, you can drag it along the ground in frustration when massively pregnant because it's a pain to try and figure out how to carry it - and it came away without a scratch.
The thing itself is extremely basic, no frills no messing, although it does have a very sensible non-slip bottom so the baby doesn't slide under the water. It's a little under 40cm in height, so perfect for small babies as well as older ones - less splashing water can escape over the sides!
It doesn't have a plug in the bottom, which is good if you want to bathe the baby in somewhere other than the big bathtub - in winter you can bring it in front of the fire and nobody gets cold. However, once it's filled with water it's really heavy, obviously, and I found it much easier to bathe her in the baby bath in the big bath and cope with the backache than carry the giant heavy thing and risk spilling the contents all over my lovely hardwood floor.
The only other problem that I can see is that is space is a concern, having a baby bath that doesn't collapse is a waste of space. We tried keeping ours in the bathtub all the time but it still got in the way, so now the baby (over a year old) is washed in the big bath and we get on with it. I'm glad we had it for when she was smaller though.
We got the Ikea Lattsam Baby Bath for the main reason anyone would buy such an item - it cost just under a fiver in 2005.
Having a new baby at the time, we were somewhat overwhelmed by the various high-tech options for bathing the child that were available on the market. Relatives procured for us, for example, a child-pyschologist-certified bucket-shaped tub made out of a soft, rubbery material that was supposed to 'take the baby back to the womb' in terms of its shape, size and texture....enough said. (That one was far too small to use within a matter of months.)
The Ikea bath however, was refreshingly free of all such gimmikery. It's a pared-down, basic container for water, that's all - it doesn't even have a little tray for the soap and flannels at one end or a plug hole (features that are in my opinion, now we've got a more standard version of a baby bath to compare with the Ikea bath, almost completely useless in a baby bath).
The plug-hole - well most people bathe their babies in the baby bath in the household, bathroom bath, don't they? So the plug hole's pretty redundant as it's quickest to just tip the water over the side afterwards the baby's had the bath. And the soap tray just gets in the way when you're trying to the bath from the taps.
Yes, the Ikea basic bath was a winner. Apart from it commedable lack of frills and furbelows it comes in a very pleasant, slightly translucent blue plastic (which looks for some reason more appealingly hygenic than those awful off-white baby baths you get most every else). The plastic also has a fair bit of 'give' in it - a definite plus where we were living when we had our first sprog as we had very little storage space; the bath was flexible enough to be slightly squeezed into a cupboard, and yet it still sprung back into shape when we took it out again.
Admittedly, your newborn will really be 'swimming' in the bath as it's a big bit of kit and there's a heck of a lot of space inside, but that said once the baby is a bit bigger there's loads of room and the bath can be used basically until your child is big enough to be using the family bath.
Apparently the bath has a non-slip coating on the inside to stop the sprog slipping about. There is a layer of rubberized-feeling flat insets on the bottom of the bath but as with a very small sprog in the bath you're holding on to it constantly, and by the time you dare let them sit independently, they're pretty proficient at remaining upwards anyway, I didn't feel the non-slip stuff made vastly much difference really. But might as well have it as not.
Great baby bath! 'Nuff said.
We bought our Lattsam baby bath for when our children were small (they've since outgrown it and now use the big bath - but my youngest daughter was only 3lb when born so it would've been like swimming the channel for her!), because the large bath seemed just too large for newborns and we were used to bathing them in a tiny basin in the hospital.
Because you are filling a small baby bath with water, rather than a huge adult bath, it helps you save water. Also, bathing baby in a smaller vessel makes it easier to keep a wriggling baby under control!
We were looking for a practical bath, that wasn't too expensive. This one is light to carry, and you can just place it in the normal bath, fill it from the taps and it's ready. Also, it is convenient for travelling (if we're staying with a friend or relative), and it has raised rubber strips in the base of the bath to prevent baby from slipping.
The bath was quite cheap and is of good quality, robust and suitable for everyday use. This is a very practical product, easy to store and transport, and it is just the right size for a new baby, I think we used it until our children were about 9 months old.
I come from a very large family, one sister has 10 children and the other sister 2 children.
My sister with the 10 children swears by this Ikea baby bath and i have witnessed how good it is!
The baby bath come from Ikea, they only do it in a blue colour, they are quite large and about 40cms deep, so they are good for big and growing babies.
The baby bath is currently on offer at Ikea for £4.95. (I know as my other sistr brought one today!).
The bath is made of very strong plastic, if you push the sides it doesnt move an inch, which is great when you fill it with water and it wont buckle with the weight.
The bath has soft swirly ridges on the bed of the bath, this is great for stopping the baby from slipping, the ridges are soft so wont hurt the baby's skin either.
The bath is great value for money and a great size! Hey i wish they had an adult sized one!
When I had my first baby 12 years ago, I remember some of the things I wish I never wasted money on and one of them was a baby bath. As most baby baths then were huge and expensive and the plug in the bottom of the bath would sometimes leak or be easily knocked out. If you want to bath your little one in the comfort of your lounge you don't want to be mopping up water afterwards. You can use a baby bath in the 'big' bath but I don't see the point in buying a baby bath in the first place if you are going to be doing this.
When I became pregnant with my son who is now 13 month old, I was wiser to what I would need and remembered the bad buys from my first child.
Luckily now there are several different baby baths on the market to choose from, and they come in different shapes and sizes and vary in price - I still think a lot of them are overpriced for what they are. I live in a small house and my budget was tight as my daughter was just starting out in secondary school and we had just moved house so I had to put a lot of thought in to purchases I made.
I don't much like the original style of baby baths not only for the reason that the plug in the bottom of the bath is a bad idea but also because they are far too big! I don't think a baby will outgrow a baby bath before they start using the big bath! Also the price, most baby baths are around £20 - £30....why? I think that they are so over priced for something you will use for a couple of months if that.
I decided to bath my newborn in a washing up bowl - yes a bowl that you use to wash dishes, a new one of course. This did the job perfectly and didn't cost much. It was just the right size and I found it so much easier to fill and empty and bathing my baby was much easier too.
The only problem was my boy didn't stay small for long as he eats well, so he soon outgrew his 'bath' so I wanted to find something else to bath him in, as my bathroom is very small and it's not as easy to bend over the bath and you need more water to fill a large bath for a small baby so it doesn't make much sense, plus my bathroom is an extension on our house so it's quite cold in there.
So while out shopping in IKEA I came across this baby bath, it was on sale for £3.99 at the time of purchase which is a lot less than other baby baths available on the market. I liked the look and shape of it and it is a bit smaller than the standard baby bath, it only comes in the colour blue but I don't think that makes much difference. I decide it had to be worth the money and took one home with me.
This bath is good quality; it is a fair size and will last for quite some time. It does not come with a drainage plug which I was happy about, so this means that there will be no leaks I also find that bath plugs can easily be knocked or kicked out. I didn't find it hard to empty after bathing my son as you don't need a lot of water in the bath only a few inches is needed. It has rubber grips on the base so it won't slip about if it is used on a surface although it is safer to have it on the floor. Another nice added feature to this bath is the rubber grips on the bottom of the bath to stop baby from slipping around, the full length of the bath has wavy rubber grips which make a bit of a difference as my son is quite active in the bath.
There is also a hole on the top of the bath for hanging it onto a hook, which is useful as it can be hung in the bathroom to allow it to dry and means it is stored instead of having to find somewhere to put it. The rim around the top of the bath is a good size and my baby boy can easily hold onto the sides.
My son has been using this for several months, he is now 13 months old and I take him in the shower with me, but this bath comes in handy for when he just needs a quick wash.
This bath will be good when he is bigger to use for play purposes only with toys.
I think this bath is great value for money; it is just a basic bath with some nice added features that is perfect for use from newborn and will last for quite some time. It has been a good buy, and has been worth the money.
I recommend this bath it is excellent value for money.
Soft anti-slip protection in the bottom prevents the child from slipping.