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Everyone benefits from this bathtime god-send. Parents can take it a little easier at bath time, the days of constantly being on edge in case baby slips and slides around the tub are gone if you buy one of these. Babies will love this too as it opens up bathtime to be a lot more fun.
The seat is on big suckers which firmly stick to the bottom of the bath, the rest of the matt fits over it (for added safety) and sticks down too. The matt has a built in thermometer so you know what temperature the water is, from my experience this is usually a way off, but every parent knows what's hot enough.
The baby sits perfectly upright due to back and tummy support, allowing both parties to start having fun at bath time! At the end of the day, this matt will turn something of a chore into quality play time with your child.
We bought our first aquapod when my son was around 6 months old and had just started sitting confidently. It lasted about a year, by which point it was ready for the bin. We bought a new one when my second son arrived. I had looked at other bath seats and they just seemed too impractical to me for actually washing your baby! The great thing about this design is that the 'seat' part is actually open at the sides, with a back rest behind baby and a support across the front. This allows you much better access for washing.
Assembly for the aquapod is minimal - all you have to do is slot the hard plastic seat through the holes in the base mat and you're ready to go. There are large suckers on the underside of the seat and numerous small suckers on the underside of the mat to hold it securely in place. I find it tends to get a bit dislodged when the bath is running, but once I press the suckers back down they stay firmly in place. In fact, maybe a bit too firmly, it can be difficult to remove it. The best way I have found to get it off is to pull up all of the suckers on the mat, leaving the seat suckers attached, and then slide the whole thing up the side of the bath. If you just try to pull it up, the large suckers on the seat can be stuck so well that the seat will come up, but the suckers come out of it and remain stuck to the bath. It may be tempting to just leave it attached to the bath, but trust me, that's not a good idea! There are so many attractive places for mould to grow under there, that cleaning it off is a major task and not something you want to have to do!
Once the bath is run it's quite easy to get baby into place. Having said that, no matter how good a design it is, an uncooperative baby who refuses to bend his legs still poses a problem! I have to stand him up in the seat area and sort of swipe his legs from under him. He's very happy once he's sat down in it. He enjoys the freedom it allows him to lean and reach for toys. It was a bit unnerving the first few times we used it as I was afraid he would lean too far to the side and fall face first into the water. He soon learned though and I no longer felt the need to keep my hands hovering next to him. He really enjoys his baths and the aquapod keeps him safe enough to play happily for as long as he wants. I usually only keep him in ten minutes or so though, because by that point most of the water is all over the bathroom floor!
An added bonus with the aquapod is the long length of the mat. This allows you to place an older child in the bath at the same time without having to buy a separate non slip mat for him. My boys certainly enjoy having their baths together! There is also a version which has two seats if you have twins or babies close in age.
On the downside, the heat sensor on the mat is pretty useless. We have a few bath toys/accessories which claim to let you know if the water is too hot, but none of them are reliable. I just judge the temperature by dipping my hand in. Also, the longevity of the mat is not as good as I had hoped. I would have expected it to last for more than one child considering the price tag of £29.99, and the fact that it is Mothercare branded. Our original aquapod developed cracks in the mat, radiating outwards from where the seat slots in. It seems that the stress put on the mat when removing it from the bath is too much for it to take. Despite this, I was happy enough to buy a replacement, just a little annoyed that I had to!
My daughter has always loved bathtime and loves to splash. Our biggest problem has always been getting her out! However as she got more mobile and able to sit up we decided to buy an Aqua pod from Mothercare so that she could sit and play with her bath toys.
Our Aqua Pod is the same as the picture with the exception that ours is pink with butterflies. We paid £29.99. You can either buy from Mothercare stores or from their website.
The Aqua pad is a bath mat with a seat for your baby to sit in. The mat has suction caps to secure it to the bath. Once fitted it is very secure and does not move. The seat itself is shaped at the back and has bar in front with open sides. It is very easy to clean and very well made and durable.
The mat has hot spots- to identify when water is too hot for baby by changing colour and indicating the word hot. However we do not use these are find that even luke warm water is indicated as hot, and our little miss would most certainly not agree. We therefore use common sense to judge appropriate water temperature. It is a shame as this would have been useful but little miss would not appreciate a cold bath.
We also find that sometimes the mat is quite hard to remove from the bath- it tends to stick a litle too well and often removal has to be a Daddy rather than Mummy job.
We find the seat is great for bathtime play and holding our daughter securely. However it is not so easy in terms of washing as in order to wash her bottom half she has to be removed from the seat, which almost defeats the object of making bathtime easier and having enough hands.
It is also difficult to wash her hair whilst she is in the seat as she doesnt want to tilt her head back and its quite hard to get her to do this whilst washing the shampoo out and not getting it into eyes or mouth.
I actually find it easier to bath her without the seat so only really use it for longer baths when she will be playing with toys however I would not have brought the mat for just this reason.
For these reasons it is not for us.
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We first started bathing Bobby with a foam bath seat when he was tiny, then upgraded to the Aqua Bambino when he was about 8 weeks old. At around 6 months old he outgrew his Aqua Bambino and we purchased this 'Aqua Pod' from Mothercare for £24.99.
The Aqua Pod is essentially a giant bath mat which covers the entire surface of your bath. It has a seat at one end for smaller children, and would allow an older child to sit at the end without the seat. Which is handy if you have two children to bath!
The design is very bright, it is blue with brightly coloured rubber ducks. There is a duck which gauges the temperature of the water and will change colour to white and say 'too hot' when the water is getting to an unsafe temperature for a child to sit in. Which is very useful if you are anything like me and check the bath temperature about 20 times before putting your child in! The seat is made of two parts, the arched back, which has a slot in handy for removing it from the bath. And a curved t-bar front for baby to hold onto, without being very restricted. I found some bath seats can cover a lot of baby up.
It is very easy to assemble, and has two slots to put the back of the seat in, and another for the front of the seat, which makes it very easy to remove for cleaning. The seat has suction cups on the bottom of it for added safety in the bath. Once the seat is secure in the mat you simply roll it out and stick it to the bottom of the bath. The mat has suction cups running along the entire edge which means once it is in place it is very secure and very safe, this adds extra reassurance for when your child starts wanting to stand in the bath. It also means that you need some serious muscle power to get it out of the bath!!
I really like the Aqua Pod, and now Bobby is big enough to sit and stand in the bath we have removed the seat completely and just use the mat to stop him slipping. When he was younger it meant we were able to wash his hair, and play games with him without having to hold him with one arm. Due to the movement this seat allows it meant Bobby could start to play more in the bath, becoming more confident in water and enjoying bath time more. When we took him on holiday last year he loved the baby pool and was very confident in it, I think using the Aqua Pod made him start to look forward to getting in water and splashing about.
You may think £24.99 is a lot to pay for essentially a bath mat, but this can be used until the child is much older by removing the seat, which has been very cost effective for us.
The mat and seat are of very good quality and are very hardwearing. We have had this for about a year now, using it daily and there is no damage to seat or mat, and even better none of the pattern on the mat has faded, it still looks new! It is wipe clean and can easily be rolled up and put in a suitcase for holidays and travel.
The Aqua Pod gets a big thumbs up from me!
We purchased the aquapod after seeing our friends one and hearing their good comments on it, they had the duo version as had twins but the principal is exactly the same.
Our daughter had used an ergonomically shaped bath seat from newborn but at around 5 months she could sit up well unaided. When it came to bath times being the nosey character that she is she was increasingly trying to sit up in her seat and so we decided it was time to move onto the next stage. After looking to see what was available on the market there didn't seem to be an awful lot of choice and remembering what our friends had said we decided to go with the aquapod.
Bought from our local mothercare store at £29.99 it is a little on the pricey side but we feel we are going to get lots of use from it. It has loads of sucker pads on it which is great for holding it in place in the bath, there are 5 much larger ones around the base of the seat area which are a little tricky to prise off the bath when finished with but i suppose this is good in that the mat is definitely not going to move anywhere when baby is using it. This mat gives our daughter the freedom to sit up on her own with the safety of the bar and back support should she need it, she finds the mat interesting to look at as can see the colourful ducks on it, one of which is a built in thermometer which turns colour and says 'too hot' on it when the water is too hot, although ours always shows that as our daughter likes the water to be on the warmer side so think this is highly sensitive.
The aquapod enables parents to have 2 hands free when bathing baby and you don't have to worry about trying to support a slippery baby.
It is recommended from 6 months but our daughter started using this slightly before this as she was confident and strong at sitting up unaided.
When my baby grew too big for his baby bath, there seemed little option but to move him into the bigger bath, even though he still seemed too little! When we were looking around for bath aids to make this transition a little easier (for him as well as us!), there did not seem alot of choice available. He was already too big for the bath supports on the market so they weren't an option. The only thing that we could find was this aqua pod from Mothercare, priced at £29.99.
At 5 months, he was a little younger than the specified age for the product (6 months) but he was sitting up well unaided and had good head control so we felt that he was ready. The product is a blue rubber bath mat with suction pads on the bottem that attach it to the botton of the bath. There are two holes cut in it, through which you can slip the plastic seat (which is also suctioned to the bath tub). The grip provided by the suction is excellent and it holds in place really well (it can be a little tough to remove from the bath tub though!). The seat itself offers baby excellent support. His legs slip either side of the support at the front and he can hold onto the bar too for added support. At the back, the seat prevents any backward tumbles. Whilst the seat offers good support, it does not prevent the baby from slipping around completely, so I like to keep one hand on baby and use the other for washing. This isn't a problem as the support offered by the seat gives me more confidence in washing my baby (and as he is sitting, prevents me being splashed!). I find it really helpful for hair washing. Unfortunately, you can not reach all pasrts of baby whilst he is sitting in this, so you still have to remove him from the seat for washing some areas, but he can still sit on the padded mat for more comfort (and non-slip!).
The mat is designed nicely for baby, with bright colour ducks to catch the eye and my baby loves feeling the texture of the rubber too. One duck also acts as a bath thermometer and changes colour and reads 'too hot' if you run the bath too hot. I find this to be a little over-sensitive however and leaves the bath water too cold, so I don't really find this feature helpful. The mat would be great if bathing a baby and a toddler together as there is room on the mat for both to sit, facing one another.
I really love the aqua pod and find it so helpful at bathtime, I would really recommend it. It seems to be well made and is wearing well too, which at £29.99 I would definitely expect! When looking around I did not find a similar in pink for girls (they have a variety in pink with two plastic seats in that could be used) but, as water is blue I think that this could easily be used for both sexes.
Like I said earlier, the mat can be a little hard to remove if you want a bath, and it can pool cold water so you nedd to rinse it down well. However, it is well worth buying and if it was easy to remove, I would probably question if it would slip with baby in it! Definitely a recommendation from me.
We bought the mothercare aqua pod once our daughter was able to sit unaided. She is a very active child and even at that age she would squirm around, making bath time very slippery and dangerous. As soon as we first put her in the pod she looked comfortable and excited to be in a 'big girl' seat. The suckers on the base of the mat and the seat securely hold on to the bath and give a really solid base to support a small child. We have been using the pod for about a year and she can now climb out of the seat and sit directly on the mat to play, but at least we can be sure that she has a secure frame to steady herself on. The pod itself is very pretty (we have the pink one which has flowers, butterflies and hearts on) and she enjoys pointing at the shapes. The pod is a good size covering most of the base of a standard size bath. This would be something I would recommend a friend to buy and would be very useful if you were bathing two small children together.
I didn't discover the genius of this invention until my son had been sitting up unaided for a few months. I'd previously used one of those lie down frames with a terry towelling cover and was getting tired of rinsing it out, wringing it and finding somewhere for it to dry every day. I switched to a foam moulded bath seat, which went discoloured and smelt of damp after a few uses. I stumbled across the Aqua Pod whilst browsing in Mothercare and am so glad I did!
It's brightly coloured with cute fish on which my son loved to look at (I think the girls' one has flowers). The colours fascinated him- and set my bathroom tiles off nicely!
The suckers are completely reliable (you have to prise them off the bath surface after use) meaning that your baby is secure in his non-slip seat/mat.
The shape is ideal- really comfy for your little one to sit and play, and I've seen pictures in the ads of an older child sitting at the other side on the flat part of the bath mat, so you can have your baby's older sibling splashing away in the bath too!
It has a temperature gauge built in- one of the fish change colour as you add the water and the words 'too hot' will appear.
Easy to wash baby- you can reach all of his skin (just need to lean him slightly for a bottom wash!
Takes the stress out of bath time- you both have your hands free and can enjoy yourselves. My son always loved the bath, but I imagine if there were any bath time woes- this product may have helped to conquer them!
The shape of the seat is handy for when you've finished using the pod as you can flip it upside down and hook the seat over the side of your bath, leaving the mat at an angle draped into the bath- drainage/drying being easier this way.
Long lasting. I used mine for about 8 months and it still looks brand new.
Well sought after. Mine is currently online being auctioned and has already brought half the price I bought it for!
Nothing major but I personally think the temperature gauge is a little over cautious! It tells you the water is too hot when my elbow considers it to be luke warm. But really, this isn't a bad thing- better safe than sorry.
Over all- this is an excellent safety product and also great fun- both baby and parent have their hands free so that you can both play and splash away! Well worth the money (about £30) and if you look after it- sell it on afterwards!
This product has been a of great use to us while trying to bathe our daughter. We didn't buy it until she was about 6 months old as she had a fear of the bath for a while. When we managed to get her back in, we thought this would help her feel more secure in the water and help her to enjoy the bath again.
The Aqua Pod is a rubber mat that suctions to the bottom of the bath and has a plastic rigid seat that fixes through the mat with more suckers. The mat is decorated with pictures of ducks and one of them is heat sensor which changes colour if the water is too hot.
My daughter is very comfortable in this seat and can reach the toys in the bath easily. She is able to splash a lot more easily too which she really enjoys and can use hands and feet for this. It also makes it a lot easier for me to play with her and clean her as she stays in one place and doesn't slip anywhere. She feels more secure for the same reason as well.
My daughter is now 13 months and we still use this for her baths. She has now worked out how to climb out of this after I have washed her so she just sits on the mat afterwards and plays there. The mat is non slip so she still feels safer than if she was just in the bath.
I have two issues with this product. The first is that the temperature sensor is set a bit low and the water is still rather cold when it says it is too hot. This is not too much of an issue for me as I always used a digital bath thermometer anyway. The second issue is that it is hard to get the seat back out of the mat if you want to take it apart. We ended up ripping the mat when we tried to do this the first time.
I would still definitely recommend this product for peace of mind when bathing a baby who can sit up on their own.
I bought the aqua pod from my local Mothercare store when i was out shopping for a babywalker! I always find there is so much to look at in the store, that whenever i go i always end up buying something i didn't actually go for!!
When my daughter reached about 6months she was geting too big for her baby bath and i had wondered what i could buy to make bath time a bit easier as i was so worried about her going into a big bath (first time mum nerves and all that). I was on my way to the queue when i spotted the aqua pod on a shelf and i hadn't seen anything like that before so i just had to go and have a closer look.
The aqua pod is suitable for children from 6 months+ or when they can sit up unaided. The mat itself is a lovely pale blue colour with four brightly coloured ducks towards the end of the mat, joined by dotted lines to give the effect of "swimming". At the other end of the mat is where the seat is attached, i say attached but its totally removeable as it just slots through gaps in the mat but is very safe. The back of the seat is shaped for both support and comfort for baby and the t-bar at the front of the seat gives extra support too so baby can't fall forwards.
The red duck at the end is actually also a hot spot which the words "too hot" come up in if the water is above the recommended temperature. The suction cups on the base of the mat are extremely strong and once firmly attached to the bath i found them pretty difficult to lift back up!! However, the suction cups will not stick to a textured bath, so if you have one of those this definately isnt the mat for you. On the back of the seat is a handle so its easily transported. The mat is long enough for if you have an older child to share bathtime too so there's no risk of them slipping just because there is a baby seat in the bath.
I think this is a great bath mat/seat, and while i have nothing to compare it to i would say it is possibly one of the best around as i have spoken to many mums and we all seem to have chosen this one! Once baby is in the seat is it so easy to wash them as the sides are open so there's no restrictions, but the front can be a bit of a problem when they get bigger!!
Playing is so easy for the baby when they are in this seat as they have their hands free to reach for toys and play. Bathtime can last so much longer with one of these because your arms won't be aching with having to hold baby up.
The current price of the aqua pod is £29.99 which may sound like a lot of money, but considering it is a safety mat and gives your baby so much more fun in the bath i would say that is a decent price to pay - after all there isn't a price that can be put on your childs safety is there.
I totally recommend this aquapod and give it a big 5 out of 5 stars!!
We bought this when my daughter was around 7 months old and just sitting up. It meant we could bath her hands-free, which made life a lot easier.
There's space for another child to sit on the other side, so when our second daughter is sitting up we'll use it again.
There are a few minor disadvantages - firstly, the suction pads are so strong that they've actually come out of the Aquapod several times, and it's very hard to push them back through the little holes. Secondly, we have found the mat has 'wafted' to the surface in places from time to time, as it loses suction. Thirdly, it's quite expensive for what it is.
I would recommend this product if you'll have two young children (e.g. a toddler and a baby) close together, as it's much safer if both of your hands are free to catch little ones from falling etc. It's bright and colourful and livens up the appearance of the bath, which would otherwise be a dull green!
I purchased the aqua pod from my local Mothercare store when my daughter was around 5 months old. I paid only £24.99 for this item but have now noticed the price has gone up to £29.99. It is suitable from 6 months or as soon as your baby is able to sit up unaided.
The aqua pod comes in two pieces, the non slip mat and the seat unit. The non slip mat has a heat sensitive spot on it. When the water is too hot for your child the heat sensitive duck at the bottom of the mat will say too hot. This is a great way to give you piece of mind that you haven't made the bath too hot for your child and will not harm your child's skin. There is also enough room at the end of the mat to bath another child at the same time.
The aqua pod its self needs to be cleaned after every use. Otherwise it will build up a black substance which can be a pain to remove.
Under the aquapod seat and mats are a number of suckers which will stick to the bottom of the bat so that it won't move in the water. It can also be attached to the tiles on the wall to allow to drip dry.
The aqua pod is available in two colours a blue with fish and ducks on, or a pink with flowers on. You can also purchase the aqua pod duo which also has the non slip mat but contains two seat units which is great if you have twins. This is priced at £39.99
Although it's a pricey product, I feel its a must have and I couldn't live without it.
And as we've got another child on the way it'll have a lot more use.
We got the aqua pod for our son when he turned 6 months and was getting too big for his baby bath. It is a pricey item at £25 but I figured if it was good we'd be using it every day for a long time so we'd get our money's worth.
The 'pod' secures firmly to the bath and the seat supports the baby well but still allows the parent to get to them quite easily through the gaps in the side to clean them. The mat is very padded and comfy and also covers the baby seat so is much more comfortable than hard plastic.
Our son is 13 months now and still sits in the seat, as he'd probably be trying to run up and down the bath otherwise! It can be used just as a comfy bath mat as your baby gets older, or is long enough to have another child (or adult) sat at the other end.
The only disadvantage is that it takes a lot of cleaning as with any bath mat. We leave ours in the bath permanently as there is nowhere else to put it and I take it out and clean it at least once a week but you could still be forgiven for thinking that I'd never cleaned it in the 7 months we've had it from the way it looks on the bottom after a few days!
My daughter loves the bath and spends ages in there. Once she was sitting up at 7 months we knew we needed something to keep her safe from falling over and found the Aqua Pod. It is a blue rubber mat with lots of suckers on the bottom. Into this you insert a hard plastic seat that has a back support and front handle bar. This also has suckers on the bottom for extra security.
The shape of the seat makes it very difficult for your baby to get out of it or come out of the sides. A couple of times by baby lost her balance and bumped her head but compared to a baby that is free to move around the whole bath I think this is safe.
The rubber mat is nice and long so if you have an older child they can sit at the other end of it, making it safe for both. The mat also has ducks on it and is nicely presented. To make this the perfect bath support, one of the ducks is heat sensitive so if water is too hot it tells you.
I think this is a brilliant concept and it lasted us 8 months until my daughter just didn't want to sit down anymore. Its not the cheapest, cost me over £20 but you can't put a price on safety of your child.
Our son has loved bath time since he was very little. We had always used an ergonomically shaped bath support and found he loved the freedom it gave him to splash about and meant our hands were free to wash him in between splashing! When he started to try sitting up in it we knew it was time to look around for something else. We thought about just sitting him in the bath with us supporting him, but he is a very wriggly baby so would slip about and we were worried about him slipping under the water. It would also mean our hands were no longer free to wash or play. We then looked at a swivel style seat, but a few of my friends were already having problems getting their little ones in and out of them, and as our son is big for his age we realised that was a non-starter. I then discovered the Aquapod, and although it cost more than we had decided to pay it seemed so much better than our other options so we decided to give it a try!
The Aquapod is available from Mothercare and bought new costs about £24.99. It is suitable for babies over 6 months old or who can sit unaided. The Aquapod is available in 2 designs; blue with a duck design or pink with a flower design. It comes in 2 parts, a long bath mat which easily covers the bottom of the whole bath and a support seat which has a shaped back support and a t bar front support. The mat has 2 holes in it which the seat slots into. The mat and seat are secured to the bottom of the bath by suction cups which give a very firm connection. The Aquapod also has an inbuilt temperature gauge, or "hot spot". On the blue model it is one of the ducks, which changes to say "too hot" to insure your baby's bath is always at the right temperature.
This bath seat offers excellent support for your baby. The seat seems to be made from the same type of material as Bumbo seats, so is comfortable for baby and not too hard. As long as baby is able to sit up the support will keep them in a good position while still giving them the freedom to play. The front bar means they won't slip forward. Open side access means it is very easy to get baby in and out, but doesn't allow baby to fall or slip out. It also makes it much easier to wash baby.
The long mat allows an older sibling to sit in the bath safely at the same time as your baby allowing them to interact. This also means you will get a lot of use out of the Aquapod and will be able to use it for a long time so you get your money's worth out of it.
I am so glad we bought this for our son. I didn't think it was possible but he actually loves his bath even more now!
Suitable from 6 months or for children that can sit up unaided.