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      25.08.2011 14:28
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      a must for new parents

      When I was pregnant I was really worried about bathing my baby and spent a lot of time researching aids to help me, I was under the impression that a wet baby would be like a wet bar of soap and I was sure I would drop him. I really wanted something that would help me support the child whilst he was in the bath and for me this was perfect. My midwife did say that this type of product was one of the most helpful. This aid is essentially a giant thick sponge which you lay the baby in whilst its in the bath. You run the bath so the water is shallower than the sponge, make sure that you get it wet before you put baby on it so baby doesnt get cold. The baby fits into the sponge and frees up a hand to wash them with. It is really easy to lift baby out of as it offers a bit of grip. I used this for the first few months with my newborn and it really helped me gain confidence with bathtime and it became an enjoyable part of our day. I would thoroughly recommend this to all new parents, just make sure that you rinse it out after each use to prevent it going mouldy.

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        21.06.2011 15:30
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        Get absorbed in baby bathtime fun, with this brilliant all rounder bath time sponge.

        Let me first start by saying I was absolutely nervous about bathing our daughter for the first time. It is a common feeling for new parents, I now know, but if you are reading this from the perspective of a first time parent, researching bath products, you will probably understand my first feelings, and how much thought I put into purchasing baby bathing items. In use every day, for me it was as important as the pram purchase, I did not want to waste time and money on a host of gimmick products. Along our journey into parenthood, preparing for the arrival of our bundle of joy, we had at some point decided against the traditional baby bath, deciding that for us storage would be an issue, we have a tiny bathroom. Any new parent will tell you how quickly the home becomes filled with all manner of baby paraphernalia, so it seems space saving is top of most people's list of criteria, and family and friends, who will inevitably share their experiences of all things new baby related, had warned us that a baby bath was potentially a nuisance to store. We were also aware it would be quickly outgrown too, a costly waste of time, perhaps? We listened, and so we looked into alternatives. We came across this Foam Bath Support in Mothercare, which I refer to throughout this review as the sponge, and didn't look back. ==What does the sponge look like?== Appearance and texture wise, our sponge is much like a traditional bath sponge that you may buy in any cosmetic store, yet this one is moulded to a distinctive baby body shape, and it is size free so should accommodate the smallest to the largest baby until it is no longer required ie. they are sitting up in the bath. Ours is yellow. ==How do you use the sponge?== We placed the sponge in the bottom of our regular bath tub, filling the tub with a couple of inches of water, squeezing the sponge as we did so, as once the sponge had absorbed the bath water, we found it stayed where we left it in the tub, not floating away as you try to get baby lowered into the water, especially useful if you are bathing baby on your own, who wants to be holding the wriggly one and chasing a sponge! So you lower the baby into the water and onto the sponge, which supports the baby whilst you have both hands free to wash them. Of course, you must never leave the baby unattended in the water. Once bath time is over you then just pull the plug, draining the bath tub, and I would always squeeze all of the water out of the sponge and pop it up behind the taps to dry off between baths which I think prolonged the life of the sponge by preventing mouldy growth. ==Our experience== We found that the sponge more than met our needs from that first bath and beyond in those first few months, providing a much needed support, that was safe, soft and warm (it's the same temperature as the water within, no cold plastic here). When bath time was over it stored away behind the taps, taking up next to no room. Months later, now that our daughter prefers to sit and splash around, and so has outgrown the sponge's initial purpose, I have recycled it, by cutting it up into sponge wedges, which are used to give the ducks a bath, chewed and sucked on, and sometimes we are even allowed to lather up and wash the baby with them, playtime permitting, so our purchase turns out to have been environmentally friendly too. ==My recommendation== At an original purchase price of £6.99 from Mothercare (increased to £7.99 since) we have more than had our monies worth out of this sponge, and have been really happy with the service it has provided, it has made bath times simple and enjoyable, and we have avoided the hassle of storing a bulky baby bath. I already recommend this sponge to family and friends who are having babies or looking to purchase a gift for new parents, as one that is economical, space saving, useful. Indeed, if we were welcoming a new addition at some point in the future, it would definitely be on the top of my to buy list. As long as you dry it out, as per my advice, apart from taking five minutes I can see no other real disadvantage, and am happy to award a whole five stars. Thanks for the read, and if you are about to welcome your own baby bundle, congratulations!!!

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          14.10.2010 10:04
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          When it came to bathing my new baby, it is safe to say I was terrified! I had no idea how to bath a baby and was worried about how I would manage and so roped my mum into helping me those first few times but I knew that I would have to start to do it myself sooner or later. My mum came home from shopping one afternoon with a foam bath support that she had found in Mothercare and she guaranteed me that I would find it easier using this. Putting my nerves aside, I used this for the first time bathing my daughter alone and I tried to use it in the baby bath but that wasn't practical at all so trying it in the main bath it was an absolute godsend! The bath support is basically a large piece of foam shaped so you can lie your baby in, and you will have a good support in the bath. The foam sits on the water, and the head end of the support is slightly higher than the feet end so their feet and body is in the water but their head is safe out of the water. I was worried that the support would sink under the water but that worry was totally unfounded as it never happened and I used it every time she had a bath until she was around six months and I replaced it with a different support. While the support does mean it is hands free I still held my daughter with one hand though it wasn't as restricting as when the support wasn't used. The bath support is recommended for use from birth up to the age of six months, although if baby is small enough you can use it past this age. My daughter did enjoy lying on the support and kicking in the water but towards the end of using this she wanted to sit up and play and would get somewhat frustrated at being made to lie down. The bath support costs £6.99 and is available instore and available for home delivery if you cannot get to the store. I think the price is very reasonable as it gives so much peace of mind and extra confidence in bathing baby. I give the shaped foam bath support four out of five Dooyoo stars! Thank you for reading my review :)

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          05.08.2010 14:32
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          Easy to use and helps parents keep hold of baby at bathtime

          We were recommended this to buy for my son by a friend and I am so glad she told me about it. How it works - this is a big piece of foam which a baby outline scored into it. You place it at the bottom of a bath and add the water. To use you place the baby on the foam. It's so easy! As first-time parents we were a little nervous about bath times but this support was so helpful. Not ony does it support the baby in the bath but it also stops the parents worrying about the baby slipping and sliding in the bath. I had been worrying about bathing my son by myself once my partner returned to work (less hands to help out at bath time!) but this really helped. Sometimes when I hadn't filled the bath very deep I would lie my son flat on top of the mat, knowing he couldn't slip and slide around (though of course I never left his side) and that the warm water was keeping him warm through the foam. Other times I used one arm around his back to support him whilst he reclined on it and could watch his feet kicking in the water. It can be used in almost any type of bath - we used this in a normal baby bath, a shaped baby bath and in the big bath all with great success! It is nice and soft against the babies skin and much cheaper and less complicated than many other bath supports I have seen. It is so easy to use, just pop it in the bath and away you go! We even took this away with us when we went on holiday as its made of sponge it is nice and light and squishes down to fit in small spaces in a suitcase. We were very happy with this product and used this until our son could sit up in the bath and even then we he used to sit on it (as its so soft) until we found time to go and buy a non-slip rubber mat.

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          18.06.2010 12:29
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          An adequate solution

          We have three children and two adults in a house that has one master bedroom and one cupboard sized bedroom so as you can imagine there isn't much storage space. One of our children is seven weeks only and we have no room for the baby bath that we used for the other two so that went off to the charity shop and I spent the first week bathing my baby with me, but after being wee-d on one too many times I went looking for a smaller option, I was thinking of a blow up bath or something. What I found was the Mothercare Shaped Foam Bath Support. This was the perfect solution. It's small and can be rolled up to store in the bathroom cupboard, because it's made of foam. It is thick enough and long enough to support my baby, with his legs dangling off the end. I tend to shower my children rather than bathing them, I can warm up the pad with warm water from the shower so the coldness from the bath doesn't seep through. It's very easy to fit in the washing machine or hand wash though in the bath so you can be sore that it's clean for your new born. The disadvantages are, it doesn't dry quickly unless it's pegged up, I tend to roll it up to squeeze most of the water out then peg it to a spare shower curtain ring so it can dry properly. It is easily torn, especially if you have small children fighting over it. It tends to float in the bath rather than staying put so it can be difficult to lift you baby onto it, what with it being a moving target and all. It does look old very quickly too. But it isn't too expensive at £6.99 so it's easy to replace if needed. All in all the Mothercare Shaped Foam Bath Support is an adequate bath aid. Definitely the best solution for us.

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          03.05.2010 15:04
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          Perfect for bathing baby right through to toddler

          The Mothercare Shaped Foam Bath Support is one of those baby products that I cannot fault and would recommend to any mum or dad to be. The foam cushion makes bathing baby so much easier whether you are using a conventional bath or a baby bath. The foam means that baby does not slip and slide around the bath which is so reassuring as the last thing any new parent wants to do is to lose grip of their precious newborn when bathing them. Is also means that you are not crouched over the bath getting terrible backache for fear of letting go of the baby as this supports means that the baby will not move unless they are at the stage of rolling over themselves. I am a mother of two and have used this product for both my children. My youngest is now 13 months and sits upright on the cushion alongside her elder brother who sits on a rubber non-slip mat. The bath support cushion has seen her safely through the last 13 months of bathing with a sibling which can be a bit manic at times. The cushion takes up alot less space that a baby bath or support seat and sees your child right through their early years bathing. The only downside is that the foam can go mouldy if your bathroom is a bit damp, but this really is picking at the product.

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          31.01.2010 17:21
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          great gift item for a baby shower

          This is always my favourite time of day with my baby, and anything that makes it easier and safer for myself and little one is definetely a must have. This is a god send to any nervous first time mums or to be honest any mum or dad bathing their precious bundle, simply fill the bath with water and when your happy with the temperature just submerse the sponge however deep you want it into the bath and your away to go the sponge supports the baby perfectly and it stops parents fretting and makes baby feel more secure also leaves both hands free to wash and play with the baby making bathtime a much easier and enjoyable time. the sponge can then be wrung out to dry ready for the next use and feels soft to touch and like new time after time. I bought another of these when my baby was tiny and i used to use it on the changing mat on his changing table which held baby secure when changing bums or getting dressed etc and the added bonus it wasnt cold on his little body as a plastic changing mat. These are a bargain for a few pounds each just for the peace of mind it gives you in the bath, i have bought quite a few of these for friends having babies as gifts and all have raved about them.

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          23.10.2009 21:53
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          Just really makes it a time to look forwards to.

          We all know bath time is meant to be a lovely soothing experience for both baby and parent. It really isn't. It is complete hell with a newborn baby, I felt myself feeling completely down trodden after bathing a screaming baby - it certainly wasn't a good bonding experience for me. When the boyfriend and I were out shopping, we were looking for something to make the experience a bit more easy and enjoyable for me and baby. My boyfriend was working at the time so I usually had to wash bubba by myself. We already had a baby bath but I really struggled with juggling everything. We bought the bath support from Mothercare for about £7 and it is the best £7, I have ever spent. Basically, it is a large foam support designed to support baby in the bath, and give you a hands free experience. The sponge sits in the water and the head part is raised higher than the feet part, so baby is in the water but their head is kept well clear. I was particularly worried about baby going under the water but there really is little possibility, It may be hands free but you still need to watch your baby. The hands free part allowed me to lather up bubba, get towels for her and so on without soaking myself as well. It is recommended by Mothercare from birth up until 6 months but my bubba used it way past that, she used to lay on it and just splash her legs in the water dangling off it. I like the fact that it stills allows movement and the baby doesn't feel restrained. I found bath time a much more relaxing experience. I really would defenitely recommend this to any parent, it will just make a bathing session so much more enjoyable and easy for both of you.

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          23.10.2009 18:06
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          A very useful product I would recommend for easy stress free bathing of newborn.s

          I purchased this bath support as I seemed to struggle to juggle my baby in one hand and everything else in the other when trying to give him a bath. After not being able to reach the towel I had put out once it was the last straw so I searched mothercare website for some sort of bathtime support. After finding this item I purchased it instore which wasnt very expensive. It can be placed in the baby bath before the water is put in, it is made of foam so it is very soft and it absorbs the warm water therefore it was nice and warm for my son to lie on. I found this a great help as I did not have to juggle my son and al of the bathing equipment. I now had two hands free, therefore it was so much easier, it also took the strain off my back as I was no longer hunched over the baby bath with my arm under my son. I would recommend this item to any parent with newborns, however I have now purchased a much bigger support as my son is too big for the baby bath and I found this item not useful in the big bath as it is not thick enough.

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          08.10.2009 16:43
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          A great product to save time and trouble

          Bathing an infant is one of those things that you think should be a wonderful bonding experience. It's not. The little newborn monster hates having its clothes taken off, doesn't want to cooperate with the hospital-mandated bit where you swaddle it in a towel and wash its various bits in rotation, and flails as though it was in the middle of a herd of fruit flies. We brought our little monster home from the hospital and approached the first bath with a great deal of nervousness. She's tiny, how do we avoid breaking her? That's where the bath sponge comes in. You fill the adult bath with about an inch of water and put the sponge in, then add the baby on top of the sponge and begin washing her, dodging flailing limbs as best you can. The advantages over traditional bathing are many: it's quicker than faffing about wrapping and unwrapping the towel, so the baby's washed and out before she realises she's a bit cold; it supports the baby so you have a hand free to wash her rather than having to break out the Magic Third Hand hospital nurses seem to assume mothers acquire once the delivery's over; you don't have to bother with a baby bath and can manage just fine with the adult bath. The main disadvantages are first that you're still using the adult bath, so you have to bend over and reach down to lift the baby out. If you've had a C-section or you have a bad back anyway this might not be the best option for you. The second thing is that you have to fill the big bath, which is a phenomenal waste of water for washing such a tiny scrap of person. Finally, a word of advice: sponges need to be squeezed free of water when you're done with them or they start to smell and go mouldy. This bath support needs it too.

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          16.08.2009 17:23
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          A great tool for making bathtime even more fun and enjoyable than it already is!

          This cost me £6.99 from Mothercare and it was one of the best purchases I made when my son was born! It is still available at Mothercare online, I am not sure about the shops themselves as I rarely visit them now. It is basically a sponge with a baby cut-out shape for your little one to lie on safely while you bathe them. I don't know how I would have coped without this! It is easy to wash (I put it in the washing machine at 40degrees), its a one-size-fits-all for all babies. The downfall for this item is storage. It is quite large and you have to give it a good wring out before storage. We used it daily so it's wrung out and hung on the back of the bathroom door in a bag! We used this with K until he was about is 9 months old and we wouldn't hesitate to purchase another. It is very important to remember though that babies can roll over remarkably quickly so while it gives you two hand to bathe etc don't leave the bath-side. We had to use a baby bath emollient to ease my sons dry skin, which makes the bath all the more slippery so this item was a definite must. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is cheap, good quality, lasts well and provides the all important peace of mind.

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            25.03.2009 09:17
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            I would recommend this to anyone.

            We knew almost nothing about babies when our daughter came along and so we were a little bit naive about some of our purchases. However, this foam support for the bath is one of the must have essentials for any newborn as it makes your life a million times easier! It's suitable from newborn so the littlest of babies can lie on this and have the support needed so mum or dad has a hand free to wash/splash/do whatever they need to do. This was perfect for us as it was often one of us who would give our daughter a bath and without the support, I have no idea what you would do as I would have had to support her with two hands. They are non slip and we didn't really have any trouble with our daughter slipping until she was reaching 4 months and wanting to sit up at all times. She was very early at crawling at 5 months so the bath support wasn't actually suitable until she was 6 months like mothercare advertise. I'm sure this was more to do with our daughter being so active rather than mothercares false advertising! As it says to stop using it when your baby becomes active or leans forward, we had to stop using it rather early. However, it was fantastic in those early days! We had a baby bath for our daughter and it was pretty much perfect size even though it wasn't a mothercare bath. So many places are size specific and things are only compatible with their own makes but this definitely wasn't the case. Our friend had bought one of these too and had the little boy in the adult bath with it and they were also fine. My only little criticism is that the foam didn't always drain properly and we would always have to wash it thoroughly before using it. This wasn't a major problem, just a little inconvenience but then you want to make sure everything is clean for your baby anyway. It's priced at £6.99 which seemed a little bit expensive at the time but it was definitely value for money. I have no idea what we'd have done without it! Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with a small baby as these give you perfect support whilst giving you a hand free to do whatever you need.

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              28.01.2009 23:09
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              Wish I'd started using it sooner...

              When we were shopping for baby essentials, my Husband and I decided to not go for a traditional baby bath and to buy one of these sponge bath supports from Mothercare instead. Unfortunately we were then given a baby bath and have been using that until very recently when our Daughter started to out grow it. However I am now so disappointed that we didn't just use this item from the start instead of the baby bath... Having used a normal baby bath for the whole of our little girl's life, we encountered an unexpected problem when putting her in the 'big' bath for the first time - she was terrified! Absolutely scared stiff, despite me being in the bath too to help put her mind at rest and to get her comfortable in her new, unfamiliar surroundings. We tried everything to try and relax her, but it wasn't working. Her bottom lip would wobble and that would be it! A couple of nights in when the situation wasn't improving, I remembered that we had bought this bath support months ago and decided to give it a go. I am so glad that I did. We put the support in a bath of shallow water and laid her on it and although she didn't smile, she didn't cry and actually looked more at ease instantly. As the night's went on, she became much more relaxed and is now enjoying her bathtime. It's so cute the way she looks like she's floating on a strange lilo! My little girl is now learning to splash and this bath support helps her to do so as her arms and legs can dangle over the side, so she's halfway there! So, what exactly is the item you may ask? Well it is basically a large foam sponge which is shaped (like in the picture above). The head part of the support is raised more than the bottom foot part and this means that your baby's head is further out of the water. The sponge sits in the bottom of the bath and the baby lies on it, leaving your hands free to wash them with (always useful when bathing a slippery baby)! It is a simple concept which really works, doesn't take up much space and is cheap at only £6.99. According to the Mothercare website, the bath support is suitable from birth to approximately 6 months. I would 100% recommend this product to any new parent, as it really does make bathtime easier and so much more enjoyable.

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                11.01.2009 18:23
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                Highly Recommended

                Bath time is one of the scariest experiences for a new parent. Babies are very slippery when wet and because in the beginning you are petrified of hurting them by holding them too tightly, holding them in a bath is really difficult. It becomes nearly impossible to hold them and wash them at the same time. That is why foam bath supports are so useful. Mothercare sells this one, which is exactly the same as the others on the market so if you can find one cheaper, buy that! But in general, these foam supports are brilliant. It is vitally important that you do not leave your baby unattended in the bath at any time, even with these supports but it helps you to support the baby and just gives you a little more confidence. You can wash them while this sponge supports them, due to the recess in the centre of it, that is shaped well for a little baby's body. The sponge is a little difficult to keep clean and takes ages to dry but it is still well worth it. This sponge from mothercare costs about £7, which is quite expensive but it is a good buy. Shop around for cheaper alternatives if you can.

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                09.01.2009 17:51
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                A great bit of kit which makes bathtime so much easier.

                This has to be the best piece of baby kit I purchased and so cheap aswell at £6.99. Basically this is a piece of foam cut into a baby sized shape with ridges at the side to keep the baby in place. You then place the bah support in either your baby bath or normal bath so as the head end goes slightly up the slope at the back which means that baby's head is supported out of the water. As this is foam it means that the support won't slip down the bath and also that your baby won't slip down the support. It is fantastic for helping you at bath time particularly when you have never bathed a baby before, like me, and also it gives you so much more confidence. It is also brilliant because it means you can have yourhands free to wash your baby instead oof trying to juggle your child with various lotions and potions and a sponge. Every new Mum should be given one of these as we leave the hospital as they really are brilliant.

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                A bath support that aims to provide comfort, support and reassurance for mother and baby at bathtime