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Mothercare Supabath

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Brand: Mothercare / Type: Bath Basins & Seats

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      02.02.2011 14:59
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      A lot of money for something that could be better designed.

      Before Elliot was born, I decided that a baby bath was one of those 'nice to have but not essential' items. After all, we had a good sized bathroom sink, surely it would be easy to bath a tiny baby in there? Of course the actual reality was very different to my pre-baby rose tinted view and so after another stressful bath time wrestling with the sink taps whilst trying to hold on to my slippery bundle, off we trekked to Mothercare to see what we could find to make the process easier.

      There in the baby bath section, we discovered the Supabath which immediately appealed to me. Unlike a normal baby bath, which sits on the floor or in a stand, the supabath has large plastic 'wings' on either side so you can simply pop it on top of a standard bath, fill it from the taps and bath your baby at kneeling height. I realised this would be much easier on the back than bending down into a bath and would also be a great space saver, especially as we have such a small bathroom.

      Other features which drew my attention were the contoured base of the bath, designed to provide extra support to your baby and an integral plug, which meant no heavy lifting to empty it. The design also made good use of the 'wings' with a handy little soap dish on either side. At £21.99 (now £22.99 according to Mothercare's website) It is more expensive than a standard baby bath, however I decided the added convenience of the features was worth the extra money.

      Once we got the Supabath home, we couldn't wait till bath time to try it out. I rested it on top of our bath and went to turn the taps on... only to discover that our taps didn't actually fit over the top of the baby bath! Undeterred, I fetched a large bowl and proceeded to fill the bath from that. The good news is that it doesn't take a great deal of water to fill this bath so I was done within a few minutes, however I was rather disappointed that the bath wasn't as convenient to use as I was expecting. Of course, this may not be everyone's experience so if you are considering buying a supabath, I'd suggest having a good look at your bath taps beforehand to try and ascertain how low they are.

      I definitely found bath time with the supabath far easier than my previous attempts, with plenty of room to move Elliot around and the soap dishes came in very useful for leaving shampoo and bubble bath close to hand. I did find however, that the contoured base didn't really offer any support and I still needed to hold on to Elliot with one hand to make sure he didn't slip too far under the water. We had already been given a fabric bath support, which I found worked really well when used in conjunction with the supabath as it held Elliot at just the right height and left both my hands free.

      Unfortunately I wasn't too impressed by the plug, as the way it's designed means you have to pop it up from the bottom of the bath and hold it in that position whilst the water drains. You can't just undo it and let the water out whilst you get on with drying your baby, so you have to come back later on, pop up the plug and twiddle your thumbs whilst it drains, which seems a waste of time to me. In the end I found it easier and far quicker to tip the whole thing up to let the water out, so the plug was pretty much wasted. On top of this, after a few months I noticed that the plug wasn't even water tight as water was slowly dripping from it, not enough to have an impact but for the price we'd paid I expected better.

      One last little bugbear I discovered was that during bath time, the supabath would never stay in one position. Slowly, it would slide so that the far 'wing' wasn't right to edge of our bath and I'd have to push it back to the edge two or three times. It might not sound a big deal, but if it slides enough and you don't happen to notice, there is the possibility that the supabath could fall off on one edge and send baby and water down into the bottom of your bath. I'm surprised that there isn't some sort of non-slip material on the bottom the wings to stop any movement, perhaps I should suggest this to Mothercare!

      All in all, this bath may seem a great idea in theory but in practice it's not as convenient as you would expect for the price tag. I probably will use it again for baby number two as it does save your back, but to be honest if you already have a big kitchen or bathroom sink, save your money and use that with a cheap fabric bath support!

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        11.10.2010 04:08

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        love it

        i brought this product 2 years ago and won't sell it incase i cant get another one. its such a great idea it makes bath time so much easier. i suffer with back problems so when my mother in law saw this she brought it and im so thankful she did. i never suffered with back ache bathing my son which would of been a nightmare if id brought a 'baby bath' or bath support instead. its a great design and awsome product. if anyone see's one buy one!!!! i cant fault it. you just sit it on the top of your bath and it rests on either side of the main bath, fill it up using the bath taps bath baby or toddler and then to empty pull the plug at the bottom its just like a miniture bath without taps. 10/10. as i said easy and saves backache great produst thanks mothercare

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        17.11.2008 12:37
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        great product, worth the money

        I bought one of these 6 years old for my last child and its done the rounds with friends and family . Used it again for my daughter who loves it also and i'm still using it now. Its called the supabath and was £17.99 from Mothercare when i purchased. No going back and forth with buckets of water to a bath on a stand which is a right pain,you just slide it under the tap to fill and it has a pop up plug to empty straight out into the bath.Integral soap dish on both sides. No bending and getting backache. Made of strong plastic, i would say its excellent value for money and ideal if you've had a c section as nothing to lift but the baby


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        no weakness, i am completely sold on this item

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        truely great product from birth upwards. In a nice cornflower blue with white middle

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          20.09.2000 19:20
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          I bought this type of bath as it is designed to fit over the top of a standard bath. I thought this was a really good idea as I (and my very tall husband!) could kneel by the bath and not have to bend down too far - thus protecting our backs. The baby bath fits over our bath OK, I have no problem with that, my gripe is that it has it's own cheap plastic plug which leaks! I live too far from Mothercare and don't drive so haven't got around to demanding my money back or exchanging it. It might be a small complaint, but for £18.99 I expected something made a little bit better.

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      • Product Details

        Baby bath which rests over the rim of the bath. Aims to make bathing your baby easier.