Before my daughter was born, we made a list of everything we'd need and then whenever we came across something we thought was a good deal, we got it. One of the things on the list was a baby bath. We came across this baby bath set in Mothercare one day, it was on offer at £24.99 and came with accessories too.
The package consisted of a baby bath, a top and tail bowl, a sponge, a thermometer and a towelling robe. Our set is slightly different to the picture shown here - it's similar but our thermometer is square and the bath and top and tail bowl are rounded all of the way around, rather than having corners. Everything is beige in colour and has a picture of a teddy bear on, with the exception of the thermometer which is white.
The baby bath is around 90cm in length and around 45cm wide, 35cm deep. The bath is a good size, it seemed big for my daughter when she was newborn but we're still using it now at 10 months and will be doing for the foreseeable future so we've had a lot of use from it! Obviously we always support her body fully at all times. It's shown no signs of wear and tear so the plastic it is made from is very durable. The bath has a small blue plughole at the bottom that is easily opened and closed to assist with draining the water out and in filling it up. The bath does get very heavy though when filled with water so be careful if lifting when full - I've felt my back twinge a couple of times now. The bath also has a small blue dish at one end that is perfect for holding a baby soap - it's removable too which makes it really handy to wipe after using.
The Top and Tail Bowl
The bowl has two sections that are fairly deep, around 10cm. There's also a round blue removable part in the middle of the bowl that again is ideal for putting a bar of soap in. I also use ours to hold cotton wool. The only thing I find with the top and tail bowl is that it seems to attract dust for some reason whereas the bath doesn't. There's lots of little crevasses in it though and they don't help. I seem to be constantly battling with it to keep it clean.
The sponge is a bit flimsy and there's not much to it. It is shaped like the face of a teddy bear. It's flimsiness actually was a positive at first though - it was one of the better ones I used when my daughter was small because it was much easier to bend when washing her!
This is designed to place into the water to check the temperature. It doesn't give a reading for an exact temperature, instead it has three indicators - one shows up if it's too hot, one if it's too cold and one if it's ok. The thermometer is very useful to have - I didn't realise the temperature that the water should be for a baby. When I first ran a bath for her, I aired on the cautious side but when I popped this in, it told me that it was too cold for her so I knew to add a bit more warm water - it's great to confirm the temperature before using.
The Towelling Robe
The robe is great. It's too small for my daughter now at 10 months, but it lasted us up until she was around 8 and half months, although she was a small baby when she was born so perhaps we were lucky to get so much use from it. It has a peaked hooded section to pop on top of baby's head so that they are all snug and warm when being cuddled dry in their towel. I also noticed that the towel was far softer to touch than some of the other towelling robes that we've used too. Even though it was part of the set, I didn't feel it was any less quality than ones bought individually.
I would thoroughly recommend this set to all first time parents. I also think it would make a great present too! There's other accessories that match the set, for example we also own a toiletries box that matches it and that too is very useful. I rate the set 5 stars because I think it represents excellent value for money.
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Our daughter was our first baby, and being novices not used to babyhood we bought pretty much everything Mothercare stocked.
One of the things we bought was this bath set. To be honest we only chose this one because the pink was out of stock. It cost £32.99 from our local Mothercare. This is quite cheap because included is not only the bath, but a hooded towel, thermometer, top & tail bowl and a sponge. The set comes in blue, cream, lemon or pink. It matches a lot of their other stuff like boxes, bedding, potty etc. so you can coordinate your nursery.
The bath has a cute teddy picture on which is the theme of the set. It has a unique 'non spill' flexi handle to reduce sploshing when you carry it around. The bath has a plug which makes it easy to empty after use. It also has a removable soap dish - I never really bothered with this though to be honest, but I did find it useful to help wash my daughter's hair! The bath itself is fairly tough and rigid, certainly not flimsy. It holds a decent amount of water - more than enough to bath a baby from newborn onwards. I found the bath quite light and easy to carry - a blessing when it is full of water! It was also easy to empty and sturdy enough that I wasn't worried it'd crack or split (I've been paranoid about this ever since my best friend told me her cheap baby bath cracked - eek!)
The top & tail bowl is again the same colour with the same design. There are two big sections - one has a picture of a baby's face and the other has a picture of the baby's bottom. In the middle is a much smaller section which I suppose is meant for the used cotton wool. I got a lot of use out of the top & tail when my daughter was little, and although I can see how handy it is having the pictures on the bowl so you don't mix up the cotton wool, it's not something I needed.
The thermometer is a good idea and very reassuring for new mums like me. You hold it into the water for 15 seconds and then take it out. It will display a green tick if the temperature is just right, a red plus if it is too hot and a green minus if it is too cold. I double checked it with another thermometer to be sure and it seemed to be accurate, about as accurate as you can expect! I always make sure I mix the water round thoroughly first to avoid any hot or cold spots. I used the thermometer for as long as I used the bath, and then when she went into the adult bath we had a heat sensitive mat and a different thermometer so we gave the Mothercare one to a friend.
The set also comes with a white hooded towel with a picture of the teddy on. The towel is quite large, certainly big enough to wrap a baby up nice and warm. I would say the towel would last into the toddler years as it is so big! Having said that, it did not wash that well and I found that after a couple of months it was too rough for my daughter's delicate skin, so I ended up buying more from a different place. The same can be said for the sponge - I never actually used this on my daughter because the moment I picked it up I was appalled at how abrasive it is. I certainly would not use this on a delicate newborn! As a result the sponge went straight into the bin without ever being used - a big disappointment from a leading baby store!
The bath set is perfectly adequate and makes a lovely gift. If you need a bath, then this is one I would choose.
However I must point out that I didn't use the bath for long, simply because it was too awkward trying to hold the baby and wash her with only one pair of hands. I think we only used the bath for a couple of months or so before we bought a bath seat that fit into the adult bath - thus freeing up my hands!
If you want or need a baby bath then this one is fab - but if I were to have another baby, I don't think I'd buy another baby bath.
While I was pregnant I made a list of what I wanted and a baby bath was one item on the list. My mum bought me the one pictured above from Mothercare. The set costs £32.99 it contains a baby bath, a top and tail bowl, a bath thermometer, a sponge and a hooded towel. There are a variety of colours and styles available which match other Mothercare products like their bedding and changing boxes so you can coordinate your baby's room.
The bath itself is very sturdy it's made from flexible plastic and it has a unique flexi handle to reduce spills when moving it around. There is a removable rubber soap dish in the bath which also has holes I use this to rinse my daughters hair. The bath also has a plug to make it easy to empty after use. The bath has a large waterproof sticker on the side which matches the other items in the set. The bath holds quite a lot of water you can fill it as desired. The first problem with using this is it's a nightmare to hold your baby and wash them at the same time, with only one pair of hands I struggled to do both! I also found it hurt my back constantly bending over. The main problem I found with the bath was that it wasn't long enough for my daughter, she likes to stretch out in the bath and she was 22 inches born so she was often hitting the sides with her feet. On the plus side the bath was easy to empy and carry around. The handle seems to move so you don't spill any water.
The top and tail bowl is a nice idea when I first brought my daughter home from hospital I only bathed her every few days and topped and tailed in between. The bowl is again made of a flexible plastic. It is devided into two sections one has a picture of baby's bottom and one has a picture of baby's face so you don't mix up the cotton wool! The bowl also has a smaller bowl in the middle which I find ideal for putting used cotton wool in ready to dispose of.
The towel that comes in the set is large and will do my daughter for a few years. It has a hood which has a picture embroidered on it again the picture will depend on which style of bath you choose. The towel is thick and fluffy it also washes really well and is a decent size so I can wrap my daughter up snuggly.
The sponge in the set is awful, it's in the shape of a bear which looks nice but it is really rough and I found it too harsh for her skin so I have thrown that away.
The thermometer is useful as a first time mum I had no idea what temperature to set her bath at it is simple to use, you simply mix the water thoroughly to avoid hot spots then hold the thermometer in the water for 15 seconds before removing it to check. It shows a blue minus if it is too cold, a green tick if it is just right and a red plus if it's too hot.
All in all this is a nice gift to recieve but I found it wasn't an essential for me, I have since gone on to purchase a bath seat for the normal bath, it's much easier as it allows me to have two free hands to wash the baby and she prefers it as she can relax and splash around without being held awkwardly in a baby bath!
I bought this bath set for my baby as it was much cheaper and better value to buy all of the included items as this set as it would have been to buy all of the individual items separately. However it was still much more expensive than a plain set which would have done the job exactly the same.
The bath set I purchased was identical, apart from the teddy bear design, which I believe has now replaced this design which is displayed on the image.
I found that the bath is a good size for a baby; it is deep enough to cover the baby with water and has a useful non slip pad on the inside which stopped my baby slipping towards the bottom of the bath. The bath was also easy to fill as the water flow from the taps in my bath reached straight into the baby bath. When I had my first child, her bath had a very large lip at the end and it was difficult to fill as the water flow from the taps just hit the lip instead of going into the bath, therefore I found this a huge advantage.
There is a plug in the bottom of this bath which would be of great benefit if you were to use this bath with a stand, you could just place a bucket underneath to empty the bath rather than trying to lift it, carry it and empty it. I never needed to use the plug as I always placed the baby bath into my own big bath so I just tipped it over to empty.
I used the mothercare bath foam support with this bath (I have also written a review on this product) as I found it a great help to bath baby hands free.
The super soft cuddle 'n' dry hooded towel, is exactly like it says, super soft! I don't think you can have enough of these towels with a baby as they stay over their head and are just the right size. This towel washed very well, I am still using it now on my baby boy who is 4 months. I have washed it many times and the quality is still perfect.
The baby sponge is a good advantage to the set it is soft and gentle and very useful to wash delicate little faces with. It is also a very cute little paw print shape.
I have found the top and tail bowl perfect for the job. It has the two sections the same as most top and tail bowls, however it is just the right size and not big and bulky, with a very handy little soap tray which I found ideal to place my used damp cotton wool.
The thermometer is also a cute little accessory which I found very accurate, however in my opinion the good old fashioned elbow test just as good if not better.
When I was a first time mum I brought one of every thing in mother care twice lol.
This bath set includes, bath, top and tail bowl, cuddle and dry hooded towel, sponge and bath thermometer.
The bath is cream with a teddy bear on the side which is very sweet. It has a built in plug , non slip bottom and a soap dish on the side.
To be honest this as baby baths go ok, it holds water. I didn't think the plug helped a lot with draining. As with all baby baths once full of water it was very heavy to move. As I had had a C-Section I could not do this and when I was alone I always bathed my baby in the sink in the washing up bowl. I did use this bath some times when my husband was home but I found my baby screamed more when being bathed in this. I think this was due to the fact which the washing up bowl she could but her feet on the sides and felt more safe.
The cuddle and dry hooded towel
This is a square towel where one corner had a hood on it to help keep the baby warm after bath time. This is a very pretty towel in cream with the teddy bear logo on it. For me when my baby was tiny I found the hood to big and kept covering my babies face and once the hood fitted the towel was to small to go round their body.
The Top and tail bowl
This is a bowl with tow sections so that one section can be used for the face and body and the other sections for the bottom area. The bowl comes in cream with the teddy logo on the side. This was the item from the set I used the most and found it was handy instead of having to carry in two bowls of water.
Paw shaped sponge
I thought this was a very sweet shaped sponge and it did the job of a sponge which is what you want from a sponge.
This was one item I didn't use as I didn't use the bath very much, but I think if you unsure of your self and if you can tell if the water to hot this would be great for you.
Even tho this set only cost £30 I think it was a bit of a waste of money as the only item I used more than a hand full of times was the top and tail bowl which I could of brought for £5.
This set is a "must have" - apart from the obvious cute theme the items are all necessary and you will find you use them daily - the bath itself is super - i still use it with my 8 month as he loves it. The only thing is i would recommend buying a support to go in it especially for the first month or so when you really need 2 hands and are probably nervous. Initially i thought the hooded towel was unnecessary and that any towel would do but when i bathed my son at the start i found he really did shiver as soon as he was out of the bath as he couldnt control his temperature well yet and the hood was great for keeping heat in on his head and i actually bought more of these towels. The top and tail basin will be used daily - i found the cream colour good as you could clearly see when it needed a good clean! The floating thermometer also just gives you peace of mind with the temperature of the bath water but make sure you submerge - my husband just placed it on top but the water at the bottom was hot so be extra careful though that wasnt a fault of the product just our mistake but worth being careful over.The sponge is very soft and cute too!
I was given this set just before my little boy was born, i love the mothercare 'teddy wash day' products. So first the towel well iv been using mine (with others) since the day he was born and hes now 16months and its going storng washes really well and kept its colour still nice and soft and i love the hood on it altho for a new born it covers there whole head but great for when they get older, and has a little teddy on it.
The sponge sweet little thing nice and soft it was the softest he had which is great for under the chin and sensative areas it comes in a paw shap too.
the thermometer i still use this now even though hes in the 'big' bath its great and is still working to this date again with the cat and teddy from the range on it.
Now the top and tail bowl to be honest i never used it all a bit to much messing about for me.
And the bath again witht he teddy good soild plastic with sope holders and shaped well for the babies body it also has a plug to let the water out.
I only did use this bath for a few months then just used the big bath as it can be a pain to fill up you either do it with a bowl and pour the water in or fill it up in the bath and put it on the floor which is VERY heavy ( i had to do this as im 4 foot 8 and cant reach to the bottom of the big bath with my son laying down) short ass hehe
I belive it was about £30 which is quite a lot i think,
i would happiley pay for the hooded towel as its great quality
In all a handy bit of kit but not used for very long.
Before my baby was born I was told I was having a girl, but friends and family kept winding me up by saying I was going to have a boy! This made me paranoid so when choosing a theme for her nursey I chose a safe unisex colour and design.
I decided to go for a range from Mothercare called Teddy's Wash Day as they were a browny beige colour, had teddies on and were very cute. I brought a bath set which included:
- A large plastic beige bath tub (with teddy on one side)
- A fluffy beige towel with built in hood (with teddy on washing line embroided on hood)
- A paw shaped sponge
- A beige top and tail bowel (with teddy and cat on one side)
- A beige thermometer with colourful edges (with teddy and cat on)
The set cost around £30 - £35 and came in transparant packaging (a bit like clingfilm so the bits didn't go missing). I feel the price I paid for it was a little too much as I could have got the same set without the teddies for half the price. Still it did match her other stuff which was nice - but I suppose a bath set doesn't exactly count as nursery furniture and looking back it wasn't actually that neccassary that it matched her other stuff. Teddy's Wash Day was also available as change mats, highchairs, bedding, curtains, rugs, borders, moses baskets and lanterns, to name a few. This range is no longer available at Mothercare but you can still purchase it at certain places over the internet (just google it).
The bath tub
The bath tub was a complete waste of time. I only bathed my daughter in it a couple of times. It was awkward supporting her in the bath, using the other hand to wash her and bending over in some back breaking position. There was a plug in the bottom of the bath you could put the plug in, fill the bath up, put it on the floor in another room and when you were finished put it in the bath and unplug it to drain out. The plug was useless though and the last time I used it the plug came out and the water soaked my bedroom floor. The plug couldn't be fixed and just kept popping back out everytime I tried to put it in. The bottom was supposed to be non slip but it wasn't. There was also 2 soap holders on the edges of the bath (who actually uses a bar of soap on a baby!?) which kept falling off and going missing.
The towel was a good quality towel. It had a hood attatched to it so I could dry her hair (or lack off) at the same time as I dried her body and she wouldn't get cold after bath time. No bobbles or bits ever came off the towel and it was soft and fluffy - suitable for newborn skin. I still have the towel now and even though she can't fit her head into it anymore it still comes in useful.
The sponge was soft and suitable for newborn skin, although I never really found much use for it - I prefered just using my hands. I don't really know what else to say about a sponge to be honest!
Top and tail bowl
I personally find top and tail bowls a great invention - the bowl is split into 2 sections - one part to wash the babys upstairs (face etc) and a seperate part to wash babys downstairs. This was an invaluble piece of equipment for the first couple of months after she was born.
This was probably the most useful bit of equipment I had for bath time - infact I used it up until she was about 1 years old. The thermometer was made of a waterproof cardboard and had a thermometer strip in the middle of it. To use it you just placed it in the bath - if the bath was too hot it would glow up red, if the bath was just right it would glow up orange and if the bath was too cold it would glow up blue. The coloured sections also had a temperature underneath so you knew exactly what temperature the water was at.
Overall I thought the bath tub was a waste of time. I wouldn't advise getting a baby bath, instead use a normal sized bath and put something like a foam support in - that's what I'll be doing with my next one anyway. It was overpriced and I would remind people that it doesn't matter if your babys bath set doesn't match his or hers furniture because it's not a piece of furniture, it's a piece of equipment and nobody will even notice if it matches or not!
As for the hooded towel, top and tail bowl and thermometer - they were all very useful to have for a newborn.
The sponge wasn't a must have but I suppose one always comes in handy.
I found the Tilly and Thomas bath great for when my daughter was under four months. The bath has a plug which is very good for letting out the water without damaging your back by heaving it over! Also the bath is shaped so its easy to get right next to the taps, the square shaped baths are almost imposible to fill if your own bath is narrow. However, the shape of the Thomas and Tilly bath meant my daughter was too big for it quite quickly, which meant i had to borrow one of the bigger square shaped baths anyway for the time in-between her being too big for the Thomas and Tilly bath and too small for me to feel comfortable in the big bath. My advice would be to get this bath if You have quite a small baby who may well fit in it untill he/she is big enough to go in an adult bath or if your adult bath is very narrow and you would have trouble fitting one of the bigger shaped baths in.
I bought this bath as part of the bathtime gift set of the Tilly & Thomas bathtime collection. It includes bath, top and tail bowl, sponge and cuddle and dry robe. It has a cute picture of a dog and cat on it and costs just £20.00 which I think is a real bargain. The bath is very lightweight, even when full of water, I can carry it through to a warm room to bathe him. It has aplug to let all the water out easily. Although my son now usually bathes with me, this is very useful for when he needs a quick bath and Im not having one. The top and tail bowl isn't a necessity, and if it hadn't come as part of the set I wouldn't have bothered with it, a normal bowl does the same job. But as the whole set was £20.00, it is worth it, as it is cheaper than most others, I would recommend this to a friend, especially if they were on a budget.
I bought one of these on sale for my son before he was born. It was fine for the first couple of weeks, but now at only 6 weeks, he is getting too big for it, as I hold him in the crook of one arm and wash him with the other, and he is now able to kick out with his legs and push himself (and my poor arm!!) quite hard towargs the end of the bath and I have to hold him very tight to stop him bumping his head... I don't know whether it's just me, but it is quite awkward now as he is too small to sit up but too long to lie safely. I understand it would be the same with all baby baths, so I am thinking a baby bath is perhaps a non-essential item...... I think it's time for the big bath!!
i bought this set from my freemans catalogue, i chose it because i absolutely adore winnie the pooh and it worked out cheaper than buying everything individually. it was good value for money and had a lovely design, it included a bath robe, flannel, sponge, top and tail bowl, and of course the bath with a built in let out plug at the bottom. i found this very useful, it saved making a splash when tipping it out. i also loved the robe with the adorable pooh hood. however it turned out that the bath rarely gets used as my son has most of his baths with me as he prefers a big bath. but i would recommend it to anyone who doesnt like the idea of sharing a big bath with their newborn.
I bought this in the classic winnie design to match all my other bits from Mothercare. Although it looks very nice having everything matching, is it really necessary? We could of got exactly the same things for half the price without the design on. All you are paying for is the design at the end of the day. Although it was nice to have everything in one pack - bath, top and tail bowl, hooded towel, wash mit and sponge, it's still unnecessary when you have so much stuff to buy, you could save yourself a few quid here. I have never used the top and tail bowl I found it much to big and bulky. The plug in the bath is a very handy feature though. When shopping on a budget I would just buy a plain bath, it's not as if they use it for very long either!
The pack contained; a baby bath, top and tail bowl, sponge, wash mit, and a hooded baby towel, all in a matching design. Whilst it is a bit pricey, getting everything together proved easy, as we had nearly forgotton to get these items, and went on ANOTHER trip to Mothercare at hte last minute. All the items are still bright and colourful (our daughter is now 9 months old), the towel is soft, as is the wash mit, so perfect for use on her skin from day one. The bath has a useful plug in the bottom that helps to the ease of use, and is secure enough that little fingers cant pull it out!
Ergonomically shaped baby bath with integral plug, soap dish and non-slip pad. Super-soft cuddle 'n' dry hooded towel. Bath thermometer.