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Mr Frank and I have tried out a variety of bath options for Baby Frank since she outgrew her baby bath at around 3 months, and this is the best one we have come across so far.
As with most of our baby paraphernalia, this sponge came from my sister-in-law. She had sung its praises for a while and so I was surprised to see it was just a rather unassuming, large, yellowish sponge. This large, yellowish sponge has a baby shape contour in it, in which you put your baby during baths. Its RRP is £9.79, and it is available from Boots and Safety 1st's website. It is suitable for babies between 9kgs - 17kgs and/or approximately 6 months - 12 months, however we have been using ours since Baby Frank was 4 months old (around 6.5kgs) and have had no issues with her being too small.
Using the sponge is really simple. Fill up the bath to around 3 inches depth and, once it is the correct temperature, put the sponge in it. Squeeze the sponge so that it absorbs the water and becomes heavy and warm. You can then place your baby on the sponge and begin the bath time fun! The things we have really liked about the sponge are:
+ It is non-slip, so you can move your baby around to wash them without them sliding around.
+ It is warm and soft for your baby to lie on- different to all the plastic seats we have used.
+ The baby lies flat so the bath does not need to be filled a lot, meaning that you are not running a large bath for a very little person.
+ The baby can kick their legs and splash their arms in the water which is fun. Other seats we have tried do not allow the arms to reach the water.
+ The baby is flat and so they are covered by more water, meaning that they stay warmer for longer.
+ It keeps your baby secure and so you can use your hands to wash or play, making it a better, more relaxing experience all round.
The only disadvantage that we have come across, is that the sponge becomes heavy and waterlogged (as you would expect with a giant sponge) at the end of the bath. We have overcome this by standing up against one side of the bath when no in use, so that it drains. Before each use, we squeeze any remaining water out of the sponge so that Baby Frank is not sitting on a patch of cold water from the night before.
This sponge has been absolutely brilliant and I highly recommend it, even though it looks a bit odd.