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I really am in two minds how to review this baby bath from mamas and papas. On the one hand it is well designed and feels sturdy and of good quality. On the other I find it a totally impracticable purchase, and one which has led to much hilarity from my other half!
***The good points***
I bought this bath after much internet research (goes to show that sometimes it is worth going into a physical shop to buy things!) and after reading some good reviews on the mamas and papas website. My primary concern with a teenie-tiny newborn baby was of course safety and I think this is incredibly important for bath time. I was rather nervous of bathing my baby so was willing to buy anything that would make it easier. The bath doesn't feel flimsy and is really cleverly designed. It is 'two stage' which means it has been specially molded to provide two different seating positions. I have only used the one for a newborn so far but it fits baby nicely keeping his head supported and fixing him in place so that he can't wriggle free.
***The elephant sized bath in the room***
All right so here's the problem. This bath is big. Not just big. BIG. Now my size issue with the bath is, I am happy to acknowledge, entirely my own fault. I should have read the sizes more carefully and paid more attention to the pictures. It is just huge, a meter wide and much more than that in length. It is about two inches too wide to fit in the bath which means I have to use it in the living room and get water everywhere. Again, this is my fault as I should have checked that it could fit in the bath.
***A good laugh***
If nothing else the bath has provided much amusement for my husband. This began from the moment it was delivered as it came in a huge box, maybe four feet tall. Oh dear. Of course the bath itself was not much smaller. So when not in use it sits in the normal bath which means every time I want to have a shower I have to haul the baby bath out into the corridor to get in.
So I give this three stars. Baby is certainly safe in the bath and it is very well made and good value at around 25-30 pounds. But I just can't see how it's practical. If you have a big enough house to store it then it is probably a worthwhile buy. If like me you have limited space and don't enjoy squatting on the floor to bath your newborn then save yourself the ridicule and buy something else.
This bath is fantastic. I was given it as a gift by a friend and as such had not done much research into baby baths before my son was born, it has only been since I have used friend's baths on the odd occasion or have seen others in the shops that I have realised how excellent this product is. From the first time we used it when my son was 2 days old we have been able to place him in the bath and have our hands completely free. The built in baby mould means that you can freely wash your baby without worrying that they might slip out of your arms. Now that he is bigger (5 months) he can lie in there and splash around and play quite happily without us having to hold on to him. The bath can be placed either inside or outside your big bath - we tend to keep it inside the big bath to limit the splashing water all around the bathroom and also it can be quite awkward to lift in and out of the big bath once filled with water. Our son can't quite sit up on his own yet and so we are still using the moulded part of the bath, however, even though he is quite a big baby I am confident there will be plenty of room for him to last in this bath for a few months to come. Overall a good investment as your baby will not grow out of this as quickly as other smaller baby baths.
I was given this bath as a gift and used it up until my Daughter was 5 months old. Only moving her into the big bath due to her growing very big in length!
A larger than normal baby bath with integrated bath supports which is suitable from newborn up to a seated baby aged 12 months.
The thing that I really liked about this bath is that you did not have to purchase any extra items, such as a bath support or a bath seat as it was already integrated into this item.
It is also made of solid material that will stand the test of time. I kept it's box and after use have put it back in for storage in the garage - until next time it is needed!
Description on Mamas and Papas website -
Age suitability: birth to 12 months approx.
Size: H: 26 x W: 93 x D: 54cm approx.
This bath has won two awards Practical Parenting's Best Buy and Pregnancy and Birth's Editor's Choice in 2007.
This item currently retails at £24 but at present a special offer at Mamas and Papas for £19.20.
I wasn't sure what method of bathing to opt for for my baby...in the main bath with a supporting seat/float?, or a separate baby bath? I quickly figured I would be best to buy a separate baby bath, as this would require the use of a smaller amount of water & could be positioned in baby's nursery or wherever was easiest.
OK, so that narrowed it down a bit. But then did I want an inflatable or folding bath which would store easily & be handy to take away, or one that positioned across the bath to give a bit of height, or one that went on a stand...? As usual, with all things baby, the choice was endless...
I finally decided on the Mamas & Papas Acqua Ergo bath, which is shaped to provide two integral support positions for both newborns and sitting babies. Described by M&P as 'An innovative and ergonomically designed bath which will accommodate your growing baby'. I felt this would be much easier & safer, especially with a slippery newborn! Also, the bath has won 2 awards (Practical Parenting magazine Best Buy & Pregnancy & Birth magazine Editor's Choice 2007)...so it must be good, right?!
One end of the bath features a gently sloping back with side supports & a raised support which sits between the legs. This keeps newborns nice & safe, but the downside I found was that it was hard to wash baby's bottom with the support being in the way. The other end of the bath features a chunkier support between baby's legs, & a straighter back so that they can sit upright.
My son is still not able to sit unaided, so I'm still bathing him at the 'newborn end' of the bath, but as he enjoys his bath more & more he wants to kick about in the water & this becomes difficult with the support being in the way. However, considering that I usually have to handle bath time on my own, then this bath is a safer option for me.
Other features of the bath are 2 ledges for soap/shampoo etc, & a plug. Personally I feel a plug on a baby bath is rather pointless as it's much easier just to tip the water out into the bath or sink.
Other useful details: Weight 1.8kg, Dimensions: H: 26 x W: 93 x D: 54cm approx.
The bath is a neutral ivory colour (another reason for choosing it), & currently retails for £22 (was only £20 when I bought mine a few months ago). The bath is currently (@ June 09) on a 3 for 2 offer at M&P, along with other bathing products.
Overall, the bath is a good idea, but if you feel confident in bathing your newborn (or have someone to help), I would suggest buying a plain & simple bath (& perhaps adding a removable support bought seperately).
I was given this bath from a friend in a big bundle of no longer needed baby stuff when I was pregnant (lucky me, it really helps if you get bits from other people). She had used with her daughter and said she would have kept had it not been too large to store. It cost £20 new.
The reason this bath is different from other baths on the market is that it has internal moulded parts which allow baby to be supported through his development from laying to sitting in the bath.
You will see from the picture that the first option is to lay baby in the bath. There is an integral support that is shaped to fit between baby's legs and under his arms so he is totally supported in the water. Handy for you as less strain on the back and safe for baby. It goes without saying that the support should not be used instead of adult supervision, always stay in arm's reach.
The second option is for when baby is sitting unsupported. Basically you sit the child at the opposite end and the support rises up rather as a potty support would do.
I only have one child but an added benefit is that you can put a baby and a toddler in the bath together. It would be a reasonably snug fit though.
The plastic is very good quality and there is a built-in plug and two soap etc holders.
It is larger than most other baby baths to accomodate the dual position. It did fit into our main bath - but only just. We have a standard size roll top bath.
**The reasons to buy it
It is safe and supportive for baby and puts less strain on your back than holding the baby would.
It's excellent quality and would easily last through several children.
It takes a lot less water than filling your main bath, so economic and eno-friendly, especially if you're bathing two children at once.
**The reasons not to buy it
It is quite large so check it will fit into your bath or that you can store it wherever you intend to use it.
My baby was quite small (6'11) at birth and I found he was too small to get his arms over the rest for a few weeks, not a big problem, we just tucked his arms inside the support.
Also. my baby, who absolutely loves bath time, was happier after 3 months if he was in the big bath where he had more room to kick and splash.
If you think you will want to use a baby bath for a long time, then this one is excellent quality and intelligently designed. I did not use it long enough to justify the price (had I of bought myself) and have passed on to a new mum friend as it is too bulky to store.
When my first daughter was born I bought a normal baby bath from mothercare but I found it really difficult to use. As a new mum, all fingers and thumbs, I just couldn't seem to hold the baby comfortably and once or twice she gave me a fright by slipping in my arms.
During a shopping trip, I went to a Mamas and Papas store, noticed this bath and bought it immediately. At around £20, this bath is without doubt, one of my best baby buys. I have used it continually for almost 5 years, with both of my children and it's still looks almost brand new.
Slightly larger than a normal baby bath, this is made from a pearlised plastic and is designed in a way that allows you to use one end for a small baby, in a reclined position and the other to be used by a baby or child who can sit unaided.
The 'baby' end has a moulded section which holds the baby securely, enabling you to have both hands free. The moulded part has a crotch support to hold baby's bottom, stopping them slipping down, 2 underarm sections and the back support, which holds the baby in a reclined position. This end also has 2 generously sized 'soap holder' sections, which allow any water to drain back into the bath. There is also a 'plug', which is a red stopper which can be turned and removed. To be honest, I have never used the plug, I use this in our main bath, so when bathtime is over I just tip the water out.
The 'Toddler' end is a slightly deeper end, allowing baby plenty of space to sit and play. The child's legs go either side of the crotch support, where there is plenty of leg room. In fact, there's an impressive amount of space - my daughter used this bath up to the age of 4! In this day and age of 'being green' this item really helps - no need to fill an adult bath! This is also a great selling point if you happen to have a water meter.
I love my M&P's bath and so does 'Practical Parenting Magazine' who awarded this product 'Value Buy and Best Baby Buy' Awards and 'Pregnancy and Birth Magazine' who awarded it 'Editors Choice Award' in 2007.
I'd definately recommend this bath to anyone, especially to those who lack a bit of confidence in handling a wet, wriggling baby!
An innovative and ergonomically designed bath which will accommodate your growing baby. Key Features: - Provides two integral support positions for newborn and sitting baby - Plug designed for quick, effective water drainage Suitable From: birth to 12 months.