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I wasn't too sure what to buy in preparation for my first child when pregnant. At the time, I only had really heard of Mothercare in regards to baby clothes, pushchairs, accessories etc so I had nothing to compare prices or products to. It was handy that they had ( still have ) a website as I was time starved working full time hours, so browsing on the site then ordering was perfect and convenient. I bought this item from Mothercare.com for around £25.00-30.00 over 4 years ago. Why did I buy this? I knew that the baby would need something to be bathed in rather than plonking him in an adult bath. I also thought it would be a good idea to get something that could be foldable and easy to store/put away, as at the time where I was living it didn't have the hugest amount of space! What is this? It's a foldable bath designed for babies. Its blue in colour, made of some form of waterproof material. The rim is made of a white plastic, and this is where the bath is hinged so it can be folded and opened up. Size is 44.7 x 13.7 x 38.9 cm. How did I find it? I have to say I got my monies worth out of this one! My poor son was squeezed into this til he was 2 years old and I realised he wasn't a baby anymore and far too big! His sister subsequently took over but she didn't use it as long as her brother as being a second child, I was a lot more confident with her being in the adult/normal bath at a much younger age. I found the bath very easy to use and found it slotted into the bath absolutely fine. My son was comfortable, had plenty of room ( when he wasn't overgrown for it that is! ). It was high enough that I didn't feel I was breaking my back trying to reach/wash him and it was also deep enough to give him a full and plentiful bath if I chose to or equally less water so at least I had the option. I liked the fact that the bottom of the bath looked and felt slightly padded. It gave my children a sense of support and comfort, rather than having them being gently placed on a flat surface. It was very easy to wash out due to the material it was made out of. I never used the inbuilt plug hole to empty the water, as I found it so much easier just to pour the water away and then wipe it out to ensure it was clean. After purchasing and using for a good while, only then did I discover you actually had to pump air into the bottom to inflate it. I personally never needed to because the way it came, it was quite padded already and to be honest I had no idea it had that function! On afew occasions I did bathe my son in a different room when he was a baby, purely because I wanted to watch the tv! I found it easy to move it around when not filled with water, but a pain to move it when filled and get rid of its contents. Also found it could get alittle messy when not in the bathroom as my son did like to get a bit giddy with the water, but easy enough to wipe up. I never folded this bath up in its storage position. I never needed to. When I didn't use it I simply put it directly over the bath. I found that much more easier and handy if I needed to use the bath in an emergency' Ive pooed so much mummy I need to be bathed asap! '. When I stopped washing my daughter in this, it ended up being a storage ' solution ' were I just threw all their toys in it that they would play with in the bath. I finally got rid of it when I accidently ripped it ( with what I have no idea! ) and there was a hole at the bottom. At that point it was never in use anyway so made no difference. Would I buy this again? Probably not. The only reason why I say that is because it was quite expensive and is still roughly the same price as Amazon have it in stock right now and I didn't actually use the folding function to it so could have easily bought a standard baby bath for a third of the price and it would have done the same thing. Not knocking the quality of it as it was very good, but suited for someone who will fold it down regularly.
A freshly bathed baby is a lovely smell and this Summer Folding Baby Bath Tub is a great product in which to give baby a bath in. We got ours thanks to some Dooyoo vouchers on Amazon for about £22 which included the postage as it was a market place retailer who sold it. One of the reasons that we bought this model is that it will grow with your child until they are ready to go into a full sized bath, the fact that it folds also makes storage and taking it away for the weekend a lot easier. It also has an incline position for new borns to help keep them safe and comfortable as well. The outer white rim is made from plastic as are the four blue legs that snap into place to provide a stable base, there is a nozzle to blow up the inflatable base which makes it nice and soft your your baby and provides some protection as well if when they are a bit older and have some neck muscles they will not bang their head on the bottom as it is so soft, the sides are a strong vinyl lining which is very flexible and makes it easy to slide your hands down under your baby. It is also quite wide making it easy to access your baby to wash it. It only takes a minute or two to assemble. The incline position gives good support to the head and back which is very important and even though I was a bit nervous the first tuime I found bathing my child really easy and hassle free. There is a small pull out plug to drain the water away and it is an easy product to clean after use and it seems to dry out pretty quickly as well. I was really pleased with this purchase and we have taken it away with us once so far and it certainly made life easier.
I came across this baby bath by total accident. I had a voucher for littlewoods that needed spending and I needed a baby bath this one came up in my price range so I just bought it. I have since read several reviews and Dooyoo and have come to the conclusion I made a good choice. I still remember the first time I had to bath my newborn baby I was so nervous and didn't have a clue what to do. I ended up letting my husband give my son his first bath. I think perhaps I'd have been less nervous if I had the summer folding baby bath that I bought for my second son as I think it helps make bath time more safer than with a tradition baby bath with is usually like a plastic mini version of a normal bath. Here are the features of the summer folding bath Incline position for newborns Compact fold for easy storage/travel Carry handle Large open tub Extra soft inflatable base Durable vinyl liner Easy release drain plug When I first opened the boxed I wasn't sure how this bath was going to perform. It didn't look anything like a traditional baby bath all folded up and I wasn't sure how it was going to become a bath. It was however surprising easy to construct, it unfolds and has a solid plastic rim then it has 4 plastic legs that fold down and click securely into place which were in-fact surprising stable then inside is a strong vinyl lining with an inflatable base. You blow up the base in the same manner as beach ball. Once you've followed these steps your ready to go. I don't think I personally would be prepared to go through this process at every bath time so I leave mine inflated and just fold up the legs. I find this suits me just fine but if you were short of space and had to fold it up you'd need to be prepared to do this every use which is a tad faffy. It is quite small so it fills up quickly which is handy. I wasn't convinced of the claims it was suitable up to 3 years as it doesn't look big enough, so one day I decided to throw my eldest son who almost 3 in after bathing my new born and he did in-fact fit it. But you couldn't exactly give him a proper bath in it there just wasn't room for enough water to wash him in really, it would be struggle to rinse his hair. I have found it perfect for bathing my newborn. A major advantage this bath has over traditional bath baths is the incline position for newborns. It make it much easier as it offers extra support for babies head and back and makes me feel more securer when bathing. Also the inflatable base its lovely for a delicate newborn much softer and kinder than a hard plastic bath when their wriggling around. You only need a few jug fulls of water to fill it up so your not waiting long to fill and empty it. It has a pull out plug in the base for removing the water. I believe the bath now retails at around £21 which I do think is quite expensive but it does a good job so I am happy to recommend it.
The large tub grows with your child, starting with a gentle inclined position for infants and ending up with a spacious and comfortable bath tub for your toddler. The convenient and compact fold makes it easy to store or for travel purposes.