I bought the Mothercare Fabric Bath Support for use with my son. I bought a lot of my sons practical products from Mothercare because I think it generally offers quality and value, but unfortunately, in this case, I don't think I don't think it lived up to the quality I've come to expect from Mothercare. The idea of this product is that it sits in the bath so that your baby can lay in it and be supported while in the bath, which frees up your hands for washing the baby and for all important play. The Mothercare Fabric Bath Support is currently being sold for £9.99 (although there is currently a 10% off offer code) - and in view of my experiences with the product, I would recommend maybe spending your money elsewhere.
The design of this design is relatively simple and comprises of a metal frame which is a kind of baby seat shape which reclines backwards and provides a stand so that the frame is partially elevated in the bath. Then over this frame there is a white towelling sheet which slips over the frame easily and provides a base for the infant to lie on. It is a snug fit over the white frame and so it is taught over the frame, but there enough give in it which allowed my son to lie within it. Because it is made of towelling material, the base is non-slip. It is also a material which clearly washes well and also dries fairly quickly. After drying, it can feel a little stiff, but as soon as it is wet again in the bath, then it feels soft again.
My issue with this product is that the base material did not provide enough support to my son. Although is did give him something that was nonslip to rest on, which in some ways made it slightly easier for me because it meant I didn't have to hold him, I got the distinct impression that he didn't feel particularly safe or secure when in the device. It would allow him to roll around and, particularly when he was a really young baby, he just looked like he's been dumped in it. I found that particularly around his head and neck there was no support because the towel material was too soft and so essentially his head ended up sitting on his chest - and he didn't like it.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this product because I just think there are far better ones out there - including other ones that I have used.
This is a brilliant invention and I would definitely give the inventor a big pat on the back!
What is the towelling bath support like?
It is a piece of white towelling fabric stretched over a wire coated frame which is higher at the head end. We call it the 'sunlounger' as we think it reminds us of the ones you get by the pool on holiday a bit.
The fabric is not too thick so if you hang it up after use is usually dry to touch by the next evening's bath.
You place the bath support in the bottom of the adult bath and it does away with the need for a separate baby bath. You then fill the water up to an acceptable level for bubba and let the fun start!
What age are they best suited for?
Mothercare suggest that they are suitable for babies up to 6 months. I started using this when Little C was about 12 weeks and it was so easy I wish I had been using it from a lot younger. I would say that when your baby is able to sit up then it is probably time to give it up. So this will probably vary from baby to baby.
What are my personal experiences of the towelling bath support?
I bought this after seeing my cousin bath her baby on her own very easily using the support.
I was previously bathing Little C in a traditional baby bath (which I had set inside the big bath) whilst holding him with one arm. This was becoming more difficult as the poor wee mite had cradle cap and I needed to massage in the special shampoo quite firmly which when you only have one arm free is increasingly difficult and was leading to a stressed out momma and baby!
I bought the bath support and tried it out that very evening and I just have to say how much easier it was. Little C loved lying back and kicking his legs and I could use both hands to wash his hair without any crying or wriggling.
I felt confident and happy about bathing him on my own and felt it was so much easier than the ways the midwife had shown me at the hospital; rugby balls and alternate arm techniques - pah! He looks very comfortable and relaxed, actually I began to wish they made them in adult sizes!!
Little C really enjoys bath time now and there is no more tears (well except when he's hungry!).
Another very good plus point was that for a recent holiday I just popped it in our bag and it came along with us to the hotel. It was compact and easy to pack around. I certainly can't imagine carrying a big baby bath around with us.
What about its Quality and Health & Safety aspects?
It seems well made. The frame is sturdy and doesn't bend much. The towelling part does stretch and sag a little when wet but I just simply make allowances for this when preparing the water level.
Although this can be a hands free way of washing your baby I would still never take my eyes off Little C just in case he rolls or slides down. As I am sure all you dooyoo readers know you should never leave a baby unattended in the bath.
On the hygiene front this is easily washed in the bath by swishing it around in the water for a bit after use. It dries fairly quickly and seems to keep a nice shape. As mine is still fairly new the only thing I cannot state an opinion on is its longevity. Will it stand up to the test of time? I will have to come back and edit my review in a few months' time.
Where did I get it and for around how much?
I bought mine from Mothercare in July 2011 for £9.99 and I got money back towards Little C's savings through Kidstart. I also saw the same bath support for sale at the same price in John Lewis and Argos.
I'm not sure about buying a second hand one as it is in fairly constant use and it would be a bit like buying a second hand towel - I'm just not sure about that.
Littlemommabear plus points
* Great for more confident bath times and less stress
*The shape allows the baby to kick and splash their legs making bathtime more fun
*They hold the baby in a comfortable position, clear of water too near the head if used correctly
*Light and easy to pack for taking on holiday
Littlemommabear negative notes
*All babies are different and your baby might not take to the bath support
When I was pregnant with my son we went out and bought all manner of things, which looking back we could have saved money on. As we were first time parents though we weren't really sure what we needed and so we went ahead and bought lots of things! We bought a baby bath, as I am sure many people do, but I can honestly say that I wish we hadn't! A couple of weeks after having my son we were shopping in mothercare and spotted a fabric bath support which cost £7.99 at the time and we picked one up.
The idea of the support is very simple indeed, and you simply place the support in your big bath and then baby can lie on the support giving you two hands free for bathing. I remember whilst in hospital the staffs were trying to show me how to bathe Joseph with just one hand and I remember really fretting about it so this is a great tool! The support is suitable from birth to around six months old.
The support is made up of a solid, I presume metal frame, which is covered by a white soft terry towelling cover which really does feel nice to touch. The cover is removable and washable which is great for keeping the item fresh. I think we washed our cover just a couple of times, but we only used this product for around a month before we spent yet more money on a different bath support!
This product lasted us from around the time of our son being a couple of weeks old, to perhaps around twelve weeks old and even though it wasn't used for a huge amount of time I would still say that it was a decent buy. It really helped make bath time easier as our son was quite content laying back on the soft material and kicking his legs in the water whilst we had the flexibility of having all our hands free to wash him and of course take lots of baby photos of him in the big bath!!!
I think what I particularly liked about this product, other than the fact that it made bath time much easier, was that as the fabric was so lovely and soft it really did just absorb the water in the bath so that my son was still surrounded by the water and feeling the warmth of the water. We later bought a plastic moulded bath support and whilst I really liked that product too, at least with this fabric one the water was getting to my son's back too and keeping him warm.
The product is easily stored if you have a radiator in your bathroom as I just used to take off the cover and squeeze most of the water out of it and then leave it to dry on the radiator. I would then hook the main part of the unit over the radiator using the stand and this worked for us. However, the product really isn't big at all so you could store it quite easily somewhere.
I would really recommend this product if you are pregnant or have a newborn baby. It is cheaper than purchasing a baby bath and you could even use this in the big bath whilst you were having a bath too therefore sharing a really lovely moment with your newborn with confidence.
thank you for reading my review
When I was pregnant I knew I wanted to buy a bath support to make bathing my brand new baby a little easier, when I looked into them all I saw there are so many you can get so I had to do my research and pretty much had to just take a guess at what would be right for us.
We was browsing in Mothercare and came across them all, Plastic ones, fabric ones, bouncer chair ones. I was really impressed with the Fabric support, it was the cheapest for a start and because it is fabric it would mould to the babies body, and unlike the plastic ones I thought it would feel warmer for the baby too.
A couple of days after we arrived home with our new baby we got the bath and the support out and had a go at babies first bath, with this support it was so easy and stress free, whats more I felt I could confidently bath our son on his own when he was tiny and after id come to rely on this support I couldnt imagine bathing him alone without this support.
The support itself looks quite small but our son was big at birth and we still got a good use out of this support, and because its small its also very compact for storage. I think it lasted us to about 4 months before we started putting him in the big bath.
It has a white toweling cover so can just be left to dry after each use, after a few uses I used to wash the cover to freshen it up, this was really easy to do, the cover just slides onto the metal frame when cleaned.
This bath seat is great for helping you bath your baby. As an originally single mum (lol) I needed something to help me bath my son -especially after a cesarean. If I'm not mistaken i got mine from Mothercare for just under ten pounds which i thought was a very fair price.
The bath seat is basically a wire frame with a soft flannel cover that slips over it thus creating the seat.
I used to put my son in his chair in either his baby bath or the 'adult' bath and both worked fine. It gives him freedom to kick about as well as support and comfort for both him and you.
As it is in a reclined position it was relatively easy to do things such as washing his hair.
The only bad points about this is that it is very light. Handy for lifting the chair and him out together but if you want to put the chair in before baby it tends to try to float away making things a little bit difficult. Also It could probably benefit from having straps or at least something to keep baby from slipping off. It was also quite difficult to get the cover on and off and when it was on there was always a doubt that it would slip off of the frame.
Overall, as a cheap and basic product i feel it does the job well and is as good as would be expected.
I didn't use this one for my first child but a friend gave it to me for my 2nd baby. Its a towelling fabric streched over a metal frame whch is higher at 1 end slanting down. It costs £7.99 from mothercare.
You fill the baby bath up and put this into it and you rest your baby on top whilst washing them with hands free.
I found it to be rather big at the botom and I had to push it quite hard into the little bath to make it more secure. When I put my baby in I noticed her head was getting quite wet and even her ears were which I didn't like much I had to keep propping her up. Her feet kept slipping off the end.
I also didn't like the fact that whilst her head was getting quite wet only her legs and bottom were really in the water which defeated the purpose of the bath as I wanted to help her with trapped wind which a deep bath is good for.
I would say its probably good if your baby feels unsure with you holding them in the bath but once you and they get their confidence its just easier to hold them how they show you in the hospital and you get to wash them properly with your free hand.
The Mothercare Fabric Bath Support is made up of a terry towelling cloth covering a metal stand. It comes in white and is very reasonably priced. It is used to support baby in the bigger bath so you have a free hand to wash his hair and allows him a bit more movement than the baby bath would.
I would recommend using it until baby can sit up un-aided and it will prove to be a real help. It supports baby and keeps them nice and warm when they are in the water. The terry towelling is soft and comfortable and allows baby to feel secure. The only problem we had was when we had finished using it the metal rusted obviously because it had been in used water.
I would recommend buying one but I would suggest looking for one with plastic stands instead of the metal ones.
Good value for money and easy to clean and store.
Having never used a bath seat for our first child, we looked into it when we were expecting our second as we felt it would be useful to have the newborn supported so we had a few more hands free to deal with our toddler when we bathed them together. A friend gave us a big bulky plastic thing which was sold rather quickly in an NCT sale, and the funds use to purchase this one.
I thought the fabric would be a bit more comfortable and warm, and it didn't take up too much space. This was true for the first few weeks of our son's life, but as soon as he started growing longer we ran into problems. The part that turns up at the bottom isn't tall enough to keep him from wiggling down, and his body really is too long for the seat now. Also it's not very high so you can't put much water in the bath. This may be fine with one child but when you have another in there you want a bit of water!
At just 12 weeks we've gone back to the just supporting him with our hands method until he's old enough to sit himself and we can get an Aquapod.
Mothercare's fabric bath support is fantastic and makes bathing tiny babies soo much less stressful. It is not helpful for too long i would only say we used ours for a month or two however it made it soo much easier for that time. I don't know what we would have done with out it. It is hard enough to look after a tiny baby when they are soo new without them being wet and turning into a slippery eal. The bath support gave me that extra confidence to know that she was being supported which helped especially for washing her hair when i needed to have a hand free. IT ment that i could do this safe in the knowledge that she was being supported by the fabric of the support.
After each bath i left it to drain before hanging it over the radiator
My daughter seemed to be ok in it and it felt very soft next to her skin.
Not a big fan of this one but then you do get what you pay for and in all honesty, I wish i'd spent more money on a better product. Although as first time mum I didn't know what I was looking for. However, it does have some use in general support but the material sags greatley in the water under the weight of the child although it is a nice soft surface for the baby to rest against other than the slippy bath mat. The material is removable so you can pop it in the wash although trying to get the towelling off when wet is a nightmare so I would recommend leaving it to dry before attempting this. The towelling cover does actually cover the whole of the metal frame a bit like a pillow case so there is no danger of baby coming into contact with the bare metal.
The first couple of baths my son was given were in our sink, with me holding him and my husband washing him. Great until my husband was back at work and I needed to bath H by myself! I did manage the first couple but it was hard trying to hold a squirming baby and wash him too!!
So I looked in Mothercare next time I was there, and saw a range of bath supports, I chose this fabric bath support as it was cheap, small and I figured it wasn't going to be used for that long really!!
It is currently priced at £7.99 and is available on the mothercare website and in store subject to size and stock levels.
It is a simple metal frame with a terry towelling cover. It would be able to be used in both a baby bath and as we did in a full size bath.
It is stated as being suitable from birth to 6 months.
The cover is washable.
It is a simple piece of baby equipment, the cover is pulled on over the frame which is then the fabric support you lay your baby on. It is soft and appears comfortable for your baby enabling you to feel more comfortable that you baby is well supported and making it easier for you to wash your baby. It is easy to remove the cover to wash.
Although it is stated as being suitable up to 6months we probably stopped using it when H was about 3/4months as by then he'd worked out how to wiggle and ended up laying on the bottom of the bath so we stopped using it. I think by the time they are 5/6 months most babies would be too big for this support.
However I think that it was very useful when bathing my baby in the first few months, it was cheap so I don't mind that we only used it for 3/4months. It was was easy to store, I would hang it on the side of the bath, unlike som eof the moulded supports which would be more bulky to store
Being a first time mum I was petrified of bathing my son. He was so tiny I just didn't understand how you could hold a baby AND wash them at the same time. It took my husband and I to bath him, a bit like a tag team. This made it very difficult if my husband was working late, as we would have to wait till my husband came home to bath him. My brother had had a baby a few months before us and while we were talking he suggested I get the fabric bath support. I really think this was the best advice he has ever given me. We bought one the following day and although we bathed him together that night, it meant I could then do it on my own or even better, my husband could bath him while I had some time to myself. My son enjoyed lying on the comfortable terry towelling material, also liking the fact his head was slightly raised.
The cover comes off and can go in the washing machine. The metal frame is very sturdy and gives the parent assurance that the child is safe while they reach for the sponge etc. It is readily available in all mothercares for only £7.99, which is pretty cheap for a safe stress-free bath-time.
Being pregnant for the third time has made me slightly reminiscent of my previous pregnancy and baby experiences, it gives me a lot of food for thought as I decide what products I will or will not be reusing or replacing for baby Lumpys arrival in July. Back in 2004 when I was expecting my first child I was naturally a bit apprehensive, I'd not had much contact with babies and was unsure of how I'd cope with it all, bathing scared me in particular and I was always worried that I wouldn't support my baby properly, perhaps even letting him fall into the water, deciding it would be better to prevent even the risk of this happening we purchased the Mothercare fabric bath support in the hopes that it would ease my first time mum worries.
Mothercare Fabric Bath Support-
The Mothercare fabric bath support is made up of a terry towelling cover which slips over a basic sloped wire frame, the cover can be completely removed for washing and provides a level of "non-slip" security meaning the support should not move around much in the bath.
It is designed to fit within baby baths as well as regular full sized baths and is suitable up until 6 months of age, at which point baby should be sitting up and will be reluctant to lie back on the support happily. The towelling cover gives a good degree of support to the baby while still remaining comfortable.
It is important to remember that no baby or young child should be left unattended during bath times, whether you are using a support/seat or not.
Price & Availability-
The fabric bath support is found in Mothercare stores and their online site for £7.99
We never really got on with this bath support and though we persevered for a few weeks we soon found ourselves looking for an alternative. It didn't fit properly in the baby bath as the base points were too wide, it also kept baby at too high a level to actually be in the water and we found we had to use an unnecessary amount of water for such a small child.
Although the fabric design is meant to prove comfortable I found there was not enough give in the fabric and it didn't support Christopher very well, in fact he'd keep slipping down the slope of the support and we spent more time fighting to keep him in one place than enjoying bath times. To combat this slipping we tried using a rolled up towel at the base of the support but this only led to us having extra towels to dry everyday as well as the fabric cover which you couldn't really leave on the frame to dry as it took too long and would become damp and stagnant smelling. We also didn't find that the support was as non-slip as it promised to be and on the occasions where we used it in the big bath we would have to use it on top of a regular bath mat to prevent it moving around.
Minor plus points did include the fact that you could remove the cover and wash it, this would keep it fresh and clean, often babies poop in the bath so it's handy to be able to properly clean your baby bathing accessories. Of course it can be argued that a solid plastic seat is wipe clean and therefore equally easy to keep clean and hygienic. It's also not a bad price if you have success with the support, sadly we didn't have such success and the Mothercare bath support was quickly replaced, not to be used again.
I bought one of these because i felt it would be safer for baby whilst in the bath to have that extra "something" holding baby while you wash them..If you consider how quickly a baby grows and the fact that they do not stay still for very long then it doesn't seem a very good investment to buy one..
I think i paid £8 from mothercare for mine and truthfully only used it for a few weeks.I felt my son was held just as secure in my arms being bathed than sitting on this.
The size of the support truthfully is tiny..so as baby grows they end up hanging off the end plus they only have to move slightly and there is a chance that the baby slips to the side..
The good thing about this bath support is that it is made of terry towelling so when the time comes it needs to be washed you just slip the cover off the frame and pop it in the washing machine..
There are other bath supports and aids on the market for young babies that are maybe more expensive to buy but on the plus side they may be bigger and more suitable for you..
personally i would not bother buying one again..Thats my own opinion about this said product,
Sturdy frame with a non-slip, washable, terry towelling cover. Reassuring support and comfort. Suitable for use in all standard baby baths as well as full-size adult baths.