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I have 2 children, and have used the same type of bath seat for both of my children. With my first it was brilliant I could not fault it at all, he loved sitting in it, and it was safe, the suction cups provided security, as it did not move at all whilst my son sat in the bath in it. It was also a bright colour which made it more fun for him, which made bath time fun, and also made washing him easier and less stressful for me.
With my 2nd son, I purchased the same thing again... but because he is a bigger size (a lot more chubby than his brother), he did not fit comfortably in it. When I took him out of the seat, his legs got stuck in the leg holes, I managed to get him out, but did not use it again after that. So ultimately, I would say that overall it is a great idea, it does make bath time easier, and more fun, but the seat needs to be re-designed, to make it easier for a bigger child to be able to get in and out of it better. Perhaps an idea would be to have the front or back open like a door, to make it easier for the bigger child.
Being on my own with twin boys it has been difficult but I have tried my best to find things which could help me with my daily routines. One thing I really needed help with was bath times, especially as my boys got older. I didn't want to keep asking for help from my mum as they are my kids and I needed to learn how to cope on my own. My safest option in the long run was to bath both my boys together, I was trying to think ahead and knew I wouldnt be able to watch one in the bath and the other rolling or crawling around the floor. I searched on the internet for my solution and came up with Safety First bath seats. I read no reviews about them and just purchased two hoping that they would be my miracle problem solvers.
You can buy these in many places I bought both of mine on Ebay to try save a bit of money as I was buying two but I have also seen them in Asda and Mothercare.
These seats come in a variety of colours mainly yellow, green and blue and are quite a sturdy plastic with 4 suckers on the bottom. You can either buy the ones which swivel which didn't appeal to me at all or the ones which just sit still - the ones which sat still like obedient seats are the ones I bought as I thought they would be safer I was using them from when my boys were quite young.
These suckers on the bottom are what keeps the seat secure in the bath for your child to sit in. Once wet slightly they you can feel the pull as they try to attach themselves to the bottom of your bath. Instead of yanking with all your might to remove the seat from the bath you have two tabs on either side of the base - when you pull these tabs the suckers loosen their grip allowing you to lift them out of the bath with ease and prevent the suckers from breaking too.
Being plastic though I did find that when wet the bottom of the seat became slippery so until my twins were sturdy enough sat up on there own without having to lean slightly on the backrest I had to lay a flannel on the bottom to prevent them from slipping and hurting themselves.
These can only really be used once your child can sit up unaided, even though the back of the seat and the front comes quite high up it is quite wide and does not give enough support to hold your child securely in one place. Usually when children first begin to sit up on their own they are a little wobbly and unstable so it is best to hold them in the seat and support their back to stop them from slipping as it could leave them in a panic and in even more of a mess.
Once my boys were able to sit up properly unaided and I knew they were confident doing so I was able to sit them both in their seats knowing they could sit without me having to help support both of them which made things a whole lot easier. The seats are wide enough to allow your child to sit comfortably but not quite wide enough to allow them to stand up and slide out so easy which I will come to shortly. There is quite a bit of leg space too but again my twins couldn't retrieve their legs from them either.
On the front bar of the seats which comes up near the waist of your child when they are a buit bigger has three turning plastic toys which are attached so you can't remove them. They don't do much except add a bit of colour and they turn, they are probably more fascinating to a younger baby being so brightly coloured and different to the colour of the seat itself. For an older baby they would be a little boring as all they do is turn around slowly.
The seats at first were secure and sturdy enough to allow me to bath my boys comfortably and with confidence knowing that they couldn't fall, slip or end up under the water which was my biggest fear. They could move their legs freely and kick and splash in the water as well as reach for bath toys around them to keep them occupied. Not once though did I leave them unoccupied. These seats were an absolute godsend for me when they could both sit up properly.
As my boys grew though they soon got bored of just sitting in one place and gradually learnt how to pull themselves up on the side of the bath. They must have had some extreme strength just for 8/9 month old babies at the time as the suckers soon lost their grip and within around 10 minutes both my boys were standing up with a plastic seat hanging off their backside grinning at me with glee! They had done it once and were not about to stop their. Once they had done it they knew they could do it and everytime they had a bath they kept pulling themselves up with the suckers losing grip and again a seat hanging off their bodies. It was a funny sight but now I had more troubles.
To be honest for the time I used them I found them to be an amazing help .. they enabled me to bath my boys the same time and even leave one in a seat sitting comfortably playing with toys while I got the other out of the bath. Unfortunately though they didn't last that long and I'm glad I bought them secondhand and not for full price - which I think is roughly £10 a seat. Even though we all know our children grow up quick sometimes we just don't realise just how time flies and once they both stood up that first time I knew my boys were getting that little bit older and that little bit more independant too. What I liked about them though is not only did they enable me to bath both my boys at the same time with ease and peace of mind they also allowed my boys to have a little independance in the bath, getting them used to being in the water without scaring them half to death and although they were just sitting there they could discover new things such as their toys, pouring water in and out of stacking cups and even the fact that they could kick their legs freely and splash as they pleased. Just sitting in these chairs I feel gained them confidence whilst being in water and now they love sitting in the baths, they don't panic when water splashes and of course with me sitting nearby keeping an eye they will play about in the bath now and enjoy every second of it. Even though they only lasted me around 2 to 3 months I can't reccomend these seats enough.
A friend of mine gave this to me when my oldest daughter was about 6 months old as her daughter had grown too big for it. It's now on its third child as my youngest daughter is now being bathed in it regularly.
I dont actually know how much this does cost in the shops to buy new but I believe its less than £10 to in my mine this is very good value for money as its not too expensive to buy. It is a very sturdy item of baby equipment but also very light to carry about(hence its done for 3 children and hopefully more!). The suckers attached to the bottom of the seat make it nice and easy to attach to the bottom of the bath so that the seat does not slide everywhere while you are trying to bath an exceptionally wriggly child!
Because it is so sturdy, it is great when you put 2 kids in the bath at the same time. My older child cant knock the seat over because it is stuck to the bottom of the bath and that gives me a little bit more peace of mind while I am bathing the two kids.
Because I have 2 girls I dont know how parents with little boys would fare with the sturdy and rigid bar that sits between the childs legs - maybe this might end up being uncomfortable for little boys I dont know.
Beware if your child grows fast. I knew when my oldest daughter had outgrown the bath seat as her legs got scraped when I was lifting her out of the seat - very uncomfortable and distressing for her and frustrating for me. This to me is the main fault with the seat. It is so rigid and sturdy that when she had grown it was easy to put her in the seat but not so easy to get her out of it without causing her distress. I havent encountered this problem with my youngest as she is like a little doll but Im keeping my wits about me as I dont want to go through that again!
Like I said earlier in my opinion it is really good value for money but as my youngest grows I am getting more wary about putting her in the seat as it did give my older one a nasty scrape on her legs when she was little. Its really something you need to keep an eye on if your kids are anything like mine with hollow legs!!
The safety aspects are fantastic as it means I can put the kids in the bath and if I have forgotten to get their towels I can run and get them without worrying about the little one. It gives me real peace of mind as well that she is safe while she is in the bath and (as someone with a bad back) the added extra that I dont have to support her all the time shes in the bath. I think that all the pros do outweigh the con of just how rigid and inflexible the seat actually is. To better this, I think the manufacturers should possibly have thought of padding the bar and above the legs as this would take away the possibility of scraped legs and screaming kids - maybe one day they'll come on here and see all the reviews and take notice!!! But all in all its a good buy and Id recommend it to anyone!!!
Why did I need a bath seat? This is kayleigh's forth bathing devise at the grand age of 14 months. Before she was born I bought a lovely Winnie The Pooh inflatable bath, for about £15. I had the lovely idea that I could just inflate and deflate as I needed it so that the bathroom would still look vaguely adult, unlike every other room being overridden by baby swings, crib, moses basket, gym, playmats, need I go on. Anyway, out popped by first child, Kayleigh, born on my birthday - Yippee, and she was so tiny there was no way I could put her in this huge inflatable boat so I washed her in a wasking up bowl - cheap and very effective for little babies! I tried her in her "boat" when she was about three months but considered it to not be steady and also leaked. So I purchased a Winnie The Pooh baby bath from Mothercare for £15 which served Kayleigh well until she was about seven months. I felt she had out grown a normal baby bath and I wanted her to feel safe in water and get used to water at an early age. I am not a big fan of baths or masses of water and I wanted to ensure I did not pass this on to Kayleigh. Why did I choose a Safety 1st Bath Seat? It is a name I trust as I already had a Angelcare baby monitor from them - I swear by this, it help detect breathing movement, or lack off as well as being a normal sound monitor. They make hundreds of baby products and I have only heard good feedback about them. Am pretty sure they are the largest manufacturers of baby bath seats in the World. I have to have a name I can trust as although I would never ever leave Kayleigh in the bath alone for a second, you need to feel safe as any fear gets passed on to your child. Although of course it is not the most important consideration when making a baby purchase, the price does effect your decision. I spent £9.49 on this seat from Mothercare, had a helpful 10% voucher off, very useful to be on their mailin
g list as you get free catalogues and special offers, which is a bargain. Seven months on I still use it so it was a very good investment. The design - as far as baby seats go, this is about as attractive as they come, believe me there are some right ugly bits of plastic out there! You have to remember that as much as you have the good intention of taking it out of the bath every time you have finished using it, to keep your "adult" bathroom, it is not always going to happen. It's not as big as you would think either so there is water and a little gap for toys to float around either side. What can I say about the "toys" on the seat to amuse and tantalise your baby senses! Em, no! Kayleigh may hit them once or twice, probably tring to get them off as they are boring, but they certainly don't provide any source of entertainment for her. It is patented plastic, no sharp edges for your infant to get hurt. There are four big suction caps which stick to the bath and they release easily, but at your request, not your babies! For extra safety it has a textured bottom so it won't slip. It is shaped for a babies bottom and back to rest gently in it too so your little one is comfortable and snug. I found it easier to get Kayleigh in and out of it when she was little as opposed to being a fighty, head strong 14 month! There is a nice leg gap for you to put their legs through but as you will know from getting them in and out of highchairs, pushchairs etc etc - it's a fight. You are able to rotate the seat around 360 degrees to make it easier to bath them. Though I always have this lock now as Kayleigh learnt to hold on to the sides and try and turn herself round, although she thought this was a fabulous game I was not so amused as I didn't want to risk her toppling over. Yippee - you will have hands again! Altough I would never ever leave Kayleigh alone in the bathroom you f
eel someone more safe with this. I feel that having Kayleigh in the bath without her seat would be like pushing her in her buggy without strapping her in. One mistake I have made with this seat is not cleaning the bath first! I know it sounds pretty disgusting but I had a bath that afternoon and didn't get a chance to clean the bath. I went to stick the seat down, luckily I always try and move it before I put her in it, anyway it moved along the bath, only a little but certainly taught me a lesson about cleanliness!! Presumeably then this seat would be unsuitable if you had a textured or anti skid bath - like your gran has - hee hee! Basically to sum up this is a must buy for your growing baby. It is a name you can trust, a good price, a sensible, safe design and it will make bath times more fun. Give it a go, you know you wanna!! Thanks for reading, sorry a yap too much, think your call gonna end up knowing everything about Kayleigh and I as I do waffle on!!
My baby boy has always loved his baths, even from day one. Since I have 2 other small children, I often bath them all together. This was easy when he was small and just laid there and let you bath him but when he reached about 4 months and wanted to sit up bathtime became a lot harder...........until my friend gave me this seat. The seat itself is made from a hard blue plastic. It has a high(ish) back to offer support, a ring that runs all the way round to hold the baby in and a bar that goes in between the legs. On the front of the seat there are 3 what I would call beads that spin around that are supposed to keep the child amused. On the bottom of the seat there is a suction cup to hold the seat still in the bath and also a lever that can be used to rotate the seat. In theory the seat is great.......but........My son found it very uncomfortable until he could sit properly as he used to slouch and the back rest used to dig into him and the bar in between his legs caused him rather a lot of discomfort! When he could sit properly at around 6 months he loved it because he could splash around to his hearts content and I could do all the things I needed to without having to sit him back up or keep him supported. When my son was about 8 months old we had a rather scary experience with the seat. We were doing all the usual bathtime stuff and he was loving it. He reached lightly in front of him to get a toy out of the water and the seat tipped up. Luckily I got him out of the water very quickly and no damage was done but I have never used the seat since. My son never really played with the beads on the seat as he always prefered "big kids" bath toys and found them rather boring, but I suppose other children may like them. I am very glad that I did not go out and but this seat as I only used it for about 4 months and even though it made bathtime slightly easier for me, I feel that my son did not enjoy himself as much
as he could have done due to the discomfort it caused. Like I said earlier a friend gave me her seat but I have seen them in the Argos Catalogue for around £9. I have never really had to clean the seat as it has always seemed to be clean after use but I have had to give it a wipe if my little one has been a little sick. I imagine if a baby did have a little accident in the bath it would be very easy to clean, but as this has never happened to me - touch wood - I cant be sure.
When our daughter was 6 months old, she suddenly sat up unaided. A decision was made that now she could come out of her big over the bath, baby bath and move into the big bath for bath time. Off we popped to Mothercare and bought a bath seat! It was blue,little seat which went round in a circle. one one side there is a bar which goes up the middle of the 2 rings and this is where you put baby's feet through and it enables them to sit. Just be careful with little boys as there isn't much padding if they were to have a little slip! On the bottom of the seat was 4 suction pads which stick to the bottom of the bath. This ensures that baby can sit in the bath seat without falling over, but unless the suction pads are stuck down firmly you can find the seat floats round in the water. So you need to ensure the seat is stuck down properly to ensure baby's safety. The seat once stuck down swivvels round so that you can play with baby or turn baby to wash them. Although it took me a few weeks to actually discover this feature. It wasn't until a friend who had the same seat mentioned it to me, That I tried it out that night! This feature can be quite good if you have some bath toys which stick on to the wall as you can turn baby round to play with them, without having to actually lift the seat and turn it and having to sort the suction pads out again. On the top ring of the seat, there are 3 cylinder type things which are attatched to the seat and can be spun round. I think they are there to amuse baby, but we've found that neither child had ever shown any interest in these and personally I feel they could have done something a bit more adventurous with the choice of some entertainment in this area. The only problem we have found with this seat is that when my nephew borrowed it, he was in a corner bath and with him being quite a big baby it wasn't an easy job to get him in and out of the seat as his legs w
ere a fair bit bigger than both of my children's legs. Also if the baby wishes to play with toys, it isn't easy for the child to reach over and reach toys without the hazzard of possibly tipping the seat over. We paid £12.99 for this seat but within months it had been reduced to £9.99 and I have seen them for as little as £6.99. Argos, Babies R Us and Mothercare all sell these seats and also have their own makes which are fairly similar to the safety 1st one. One little tip is to be careful when taking the seat out of the bath is not to haul it out as you will pull the bottom away from the seat part. I have found it better to ease off the pads gently. This is quite a bulky seat and you may find it spends most of the time in the bath! I find it fits under out bathroom cupboard quite well, but in our old house it was in the bath all the time!
I bought this from a car boot sale for three pounds and I have not been disapointed yet. Whereas I was struggling to lean over a very high bath to hold a very wriggly eight month old I am now able to play with her and her toys in the bath easier and wash her hair easier and she gets to spend longer in the bath she loves. I am also able to take her out of the chair at the end of bath time for a little splash about in the water as my back is no longer painful by this time. The chair is a nice blue colour and has three spinning toys on the front bar to keep baby occupied but I have found that since she has got older she has got bored with them. It has four suction pads underneath to keep it steady in the bath but my daughter still found a way to make it tip over the first time she used it. Still, there was no harm done and we learnt to always have one hand resting on the back of the chair. The chair is mainly circular in shape with bars coming down from the top edge so she can't slip through. There is lots of room for the water to flow through though. Kay loves her chair and has learnt to angle her legs at 45 degrees now to make it easier to get her in. The chair has definetly helped make her bath times less stressful and more fun and it makes the time all the more special as we both enjoy it and are not rushing to finish. I would recommend this chair to everyone as it has definetly made my life easier. Even though they do make life easier they can not be relied upon to give surport at all times and babies should never be left on their own in them. I have been informed that there was a case where a suction pad had come off of the chair and the mother left her child alone in the bath. It doesn't really bear thinking about does it. The chair is normally sold for 6.99 at Argos. Thanks for reading. Love Lex xx
I purchased the Safety 1st bath seat when my son was 4 months old. He was too long for the portable baby bath which is supposedly very safe yet so awkward to use after they are few months old. After two baths he loved it. We had to remember to take it with us on trips or he'd get so scared to get in the bath without it, even only 1" of water. This seat is awesome and safe. It is way better than others on the market and very affordable. The key to the slippery bottom is putting on your own "non slip" stickers where your child sits. Like some people put on the bottom of the tub. You can find Child "Themed" ones at Toys R Us. It kept my child from sliding around and then he could take advantage of the "swivel" action and chase floating toys around. The toy bar is useless but it's under $10.00 so I expected that. We absolutely loved this seat and we used it until my son was 16 months old, by then he was a bit big for it and I had difficulty maneuvering him in and out without rubbing his knees on the front bar. He was old enough to sit in the tub without it. I am keeping it around for the next one because it's wonderful and a "must have" for familes with babies. The toy bar can be improved but babies like sponge toys anyway floating in the tub. Remember the non slip stickers are the key to keeping a slippery baby from slipping, especially boys slamming into the front bar. :)
By the time my son was 4 months old it was already almost impossible to bath him in the baby bath that we had been using so it was into the ‘big bath’ he went. However, my husband, who baths him most nights was finding it very difficult to hold him safely by leaning over the side of the bath. There was only one thing for it, we had to by a bath seat. Although most bath seats are not really recommended until the baby can sit up on its own we decided that our son would be OK. Off we went to mothercare and came back with the cheapest they had in stock - it was the Safety 1st bath seat. It cost us £9.99 and in my opinion has been a very good buy. Our seat is bright blue plastic with three different coloured 'toys' on the front. These 'toys' are merely round pieces of plastic which can be turned round and round by baby. My son does this but doesn't even notice he's doing it, as it's hardly noticeable or eye-catching. There is a crossbar at the front of the seat which prevents the baby from slipping down into the bath, although my husband found it necessary to wrap a pieces of cloth round this to prevent my son from hurting himself (or more to the point to protect his chances of becoming a father later in life). There are three suckers that stick to the base of the bath to prevent it from slipping and so far (after 5 months of use) are working well. The other key point about this seat is that it can be swiveled round. Neither my husband nor myself ever use this function so I've no idea useful it is. It's supposed to make it easier to clean all of your child but I find that my arms are long enough to reach round him. When we first started using this seat my son used to slip a lot, this was largely due to the fact the he was unable to sit very well. However, now that he is 9 months old, and sitting unaided, he is able to sit up in the seat, lean over the edge of it and splash. I am
sincerely hoping that this seat lasts us for a good deal longer, although I feel that perhaps as he gets heavier the strain of him leaning sideways out of the seat will cause the suckers to give. However, only time will tell and I will update this opinion to let you know how long it does eventually last us.
I have owned one of these so called 'safety 1st' seats for some months now, and in my the words of Jim Royle from the tv show 'safety 1st my a**e!!!' This seat in no way inspires me to any sense of safety. Of course young babirs and children should never be left unattended in the bath, EVER. Yet this seat promotes a sense of wellbeing and that you can have your 'hands free'. Not so, as I found out the hard way. My son being eleven months old is quite wriggly in the bath now and has been for some time. Obviously leaning forward towards toys is a favourite. You would think in this seat that would be fairly safe? If you do your wrong. Our seat fails every time if any weight is bore on it and the suction pads come loose resulting in baby upturned with a seat round his waist if your not careful. Leaving one screaming baby and a mum having a coronary!! No matter what I try, this seat will not stick properly. The cause? My son suffers from eczema and I use Oilatum in the bath as well as baby oil. The greasy residue this leaves would appear to be too much for our valient safety seat. No where in the instructions can I see any mention or warning of this problem. To be fair I still sit my son on it as the base is not as slippery as the bath, but I wouldnt trust it as far as I can throw it (and being a iddy biddy liddle weed, thats not far!!) I have to hold the seat in place whilst my son plays with his bath toys, so it does not serve to free up my hands!! Come on manufacturers, how many thousands of babies suffer from eczema??? This must be a recurrent problem in so many households, lets design something a little more durable. Lets just say that if I knew when purchasing this seat what I know now, I wouldnt have!!!
I originally bought this seat for my 4 year son when he was a baby and thought it was great. I am now using again with our 2nd baby who is 6 months old but the suction pads underneath have started to wear abit thin now. It is really handy though as I can bath both boys at the same time and they have great fun together splashing about. It gives me a chance to get the eldest one washed and do his hair while my baby can have a little play. My son really likes the dips in the front of the seat as they collect water and he enjoys sucking the water as well as playing with the beads of course.
The Baby 1st bath seat is one of several types on the market. I was first drawn to it because it easily available and quite frankly cheap. I always had fears about my baby slipping out of my grasp or falling under the water, and when I found this product I was really pleased. The seat is suitable for babies from 6 months, but really depends on when you feel they are big enough to sit in it. It holds the baby in a secure upright position and has a swivel option, although I rarely used this as I felt it swiveled a little to much. The only real down side to the product is that I feel it could do with some padding in a waterproof fabric at the back for comfort, and at the front to protect little boys bits. Also, having used it so much, the suction pads have now snapped rendering the seat unsafe. However, because I used the product so much, and because of its value for money, I will be buying another one when my second child gets to 6 months.
When our daughter was able to sit upright almost unaided we found that bathtime was becomming a struggle. She was too big for the baby bath and looked almost lost in our bath. Bathtime meant that either one of us had to accompany her in the bath to hold her upright whilst she splished and splashed, which she loves doing. As you probably know (especially parents), babies have their baths a lot cooler so we get cold. Problem solved: We invested in the safety first bath seat. It is suitable from 6 to 15 months and can hold a maximum weight of 30lbs. I first noticed these whilst flicking through the Argos catalogue on evening. The next day I went to mothercare to see if they had any variety. We got the safety 1st one. It's fab it cost £9.99 and has a few spinning beads on the front bar for entertainment. It had 4 suckers to attach to the bottom of the bath. Now our daughter can splash away in the bath, without needing to be proped up by us. It's made bath time so much easier it's no longer a struggle. Splish .... splash....
I first bought this seat with my first son when he was 6.5 months old and sitting up - I have since used it for my other son who is now 16 months and no doubt will be using it again when my new baby (due in Feb) is sitting up. I can honestly say it was a godsend. I have always suffered from backache (family history gos wayback!) and found that as soon as my sons were in a "big bath" I was usually in agony after supporting them for so long as they splashed and played away. Like I said I bought this at 6 months and he was never scared of going in it, enjoyed the added freedom if anything. They both loved the fact they could throw their arms in any direction (and water!) and not fall over, this chair also swivels but neither of my children ever bothered with that and they were fine when it came to letting them go in the bath and out of the seat... The only slight problem I found with this seat is if you have quite a stocky baby getting them out occasionaly their legs would rub on the front bar but you can work around that and I would definitely recomend it even if you dont get backache its a very handy thing to have...
I was given this bath seat by one of my best friends after her daughter Catrina had grown out of it. My son absolutely hates his baby bath and everytime we put him in it he screams the place down so we agreed to use the seat as soon as we thought he would be able to handle it. We used it for the first time recently during one of my baths as we thought he would be more comfortable if one of us was in there with him. As soon as we sat him in the seat he loved it. He was all smiles and we had loads of fun splashing him with water before bathing him properly. He didn't get stressed out once, not even when we washed his hair. Even though he cannot sit up properly as yet he looked really comfortable and it was really easy to wash him all over and to rinse the shampoo out of his hair while he was in the seat. I highly recommend this seat but if I had to change anything I would put some padding at the back for those babies who cannot sit up properly yet in order alleviate the pressure on their backs caused by leaning heavily on it.