“ General discussion on the best baby baths and changing products available on the market. „
I have been using 'Mamas and Papas 'Acqua Two Stage' ergo bath. it was recommended to me by a friend. I have found this product to be absolutely brilliant and helped boost my confidence to bath my newborn baby. As a nervous first time mum, this bath put me at ease at bath time and the design of the bath ensured that my baby was well supported. The inner support (plastic centre piece) allowed my hands to be free to wash and play with my baby rather than supporting her. Although my baby reached 23lbs by the time she was 6 months, she was still comfortable in the newborn section of the bath, until she was able to sit up unaided. We are still making good use of the bath although she is now 15 months old. She enjoys her bath times and feels secure because of the support. It is spacious and gives her enough space to splash and play with her toys. Standing up in the bath is now becoming the problem!
i bought a baby bath for my little boy with all the accessories it costs just over £30 and in my opinion was a waste of money. i definately wouldnt buy one again. when you first go to use them they are too big which makes the baby feel uncomfortable. i started off just washing my baby in a plastic basin which was much easier and less water got all over. however he feels comfortable in the bath now which is a shame as he is growing out of it. there isnt really an in between. i wouldnt reccommend people to buy them as they cost too much and are not very good. holds quite a lot of water but they are really difficult to fill.
you have to make a good few trips with a bowl to fill them up. and its also difficult emptying the water out of them. the chairs which go in a regular bath i would say are a lot more convenient as baby is safer and its a lot easier to wash them bath chairs also give baby a better support
The baby bath I am currently using is the Mamas and Papas, aqua two stage ergo bath, as this review isnt specifically for this bath it doesn't show a picture, not sure if it allows me to post links, but here is the link the bath so you can see what it looks like - http://www.mamasandpapas .co.uk/product-acqua-two-stage- ergo-bath-pearl-white/4538472/type-i/
The bath costs £20 and I feel it is the best £20 I have ever spent, I cannot sing the praises of this bath enough and would highly recommend it to everyone with a small baby. The bath I have is cream in colour and it measures 93cm long, 54cm wide and 26cm high, therefore I just big enough to fit into our standard bath. If you look at the link you will see that the inside of the bath has been moulded so there is a space to sit your new born baby in, this has a solid plastic piece that goes between the legs preventing them from slipping down into the bath water. So rather than having to hold a slippy baby up in the bath with one hand whilst washing them with the other, you can now sit your baby in the bath seat, where they are safe, this leaves your hands free to do all the washing! You just fill the bath up with tap water, following all the guidelines for the correct temperature (we have a bath thermometer that you simple drop into the bath water and it tells you when it is the right temperature), take care not to fill it up too much, so the water doesn't come over your baby's head. The bath is suitable from birth to 12 months, or until your baby weighs 1.8kg. The other good point about this bath is that you don't use as much water as you would if you were filling your big bath up every night, it therefore saves you money on your water bill!
This bath was especially helpful for my husband, as he has never really had any experience with small babies, so he was especially scared when he first started to bath Rhys, I think he was more afraid of dropping him when he was wet and slippy. Im sure any of you out there who have had babies will completely understand how he was feeling! This bath enabled him to enjoy bath times with my son, without feeling anxious.
The bath has a moulded seat at one end for when the baby is small, you can use this section until your baby can sit up by itself. You can then turn the baby around to the other end, where there is slightly more space for the baby to kick around. The baby must be able to sit up before moving them to this end as there is no support to hold them upright.
My first worry when seeing this bath was that Rhys wouldn't be able to splash around as he was a little bit restricted in the seat, but I was mistaken!! Rhys has now discovered that he can splash lots with his legs and has also found that if he arches his back up and down he can create a very big splash indeed!! Needless to say, bath times are becoming wetter and wetter, but I don't mind at all as my son thoroughly enjoys himself!!!
The Tummy Tub is basically a bucket with a rounded bottom. It has markings on the side that enable you to fill the tub acording to your child's weight. This enables the child to be placed in the tub and the water comes up to their shoulders. The original Tummy Tub is an opaque White, however they now come in blue and pink. It is light and easy to carry even when full as it has a lip around the edge of it.
I had never heard of this before until I purchased one for £2 at a local boot fair. It was the best £2 I spent in a while.
I bought it when my first child was around 10 months, he was able to sit up, and was getting too big for the small baby bath we then owned. What do you do when a child cannot stand in the shower & you don't have a big bath? The answer is .... buy a Tummy tub!
He loved it, but be careful how much water you put in as we nearly drowned him the first time! A child that size does look strange when placed in a "bucket" however he seemed comfortable enough and enjoyed splashing around. It can be a little dificult to keep the child in the bath once they are able to stand, and are intent on geting out, but that is the same as any bath. The thing with the Tummy Tub though, is that it is much easier to tip over as it only has a small base.
The Tummy Tub really comes into its own when you have a particularly small child to bathe. My second son was born weighing just under 4lb and three weeks early. The Tummy Tub was amazing as a child that small floats in the water - obviously you still have to hold the child, please do read the safety instuctions! It was great as it kept his little body nice and warm, something very difficult to do with a child that small.
I would sugest 2 people are around to take the child out of the tub as it can be a little tricky to manouver the towel around them until you have done it a few times
I bought this bath chair on recommendation from a friend, and started to use it regularly when Leah was about 6 weeks old. I tried her in it earlier as it is supposed to be suitable for newborns, but she screamed. Some babies might enjoy using it from birth, but Leah certainly wasn't ready for it.
I had a normal baby bath to use as well, but found having to fill it up and empty it hard, heavy work, and preferred to bath her in the sink. The alternative - the big bath - is a bit scary when you are that small and like to be held tightly!
This chair fits inside your own bath, and baby fits into the moulded shape in a semi-reclined position. They can't slip out of the chair when they are small, which leaves you with two hands free to wash or play with your baby. I was petrified of holding Leah with two hands in a bath to begin with, it's a terrifying experience before you get used to it as you have this little wriggly vulnerable life in your hands, and as a new mum I was scared I would drop her or hurt her in some way. This chair was very reassuring as I knew she was safe and couldn't fall out, or slide under the water!
She obviously felt secure enough in the chair when she was about 6 weeks old, and bathtime became enjoyable, and she started to smile and really relax in the bath. The chair meant that her arms and legs were totally free to splash around and it didn't take her long to get the hang of splashing her parents!
Leah is a big baby and now that she is four months old I have had to abandon the chair, which is a shame as I was hoping to get more use out of it. It would probably last an average sized baby until they were six months old, or longer if you have a petite baby. That means if you were lucky you would be able to move straight from this seat into a proper bath chair, which requires your baby to be able to sit up by themselves.
At four months Leah started to push herself up with her feet off the chair and then got a fright when she sat back down on it, and after a few nights of this the chair had to go.
She isn't yet able to sit up unaided, so I am in limbo between bath chairs at the moment, as the next step would be a round, bath seat, but she isn't yet at the stage where this would be suitable. Luckily I am not so terrified anymore and can easily bath her in a deep, big bath! However I do miss the hands-free aspect now and realise how good the chair was, while it lasted.
The chair is made of plastic and is very easy to wipe clean, should there be any accidents!
This type of chair is widely available - I got mine for £12.50 from John Lewis.
Although we got less than 3 months use out of the chair, I would still recommend it - most babies would probably get a bit more use out of it and it was a godsend in those early days making bathtime much more pleasurable!
After I had my baby (a long two and a half years ago) and she got too big for the baby bath, I decided to hang on to it 'just in case', and am so glad that I did! Like most toddlers, she has days when she decides that she is going to assert herself, and one of her favourite ways of doing this was to decide that she didn't want to have a bath...in comes the old baby bath! (Hang on in there, I'm getting there!)Whilst she doesn't always like having a bath, she does like 'boating'...and 'boating' is even more fun on water (getting there now, aren't I!)So what we do is put the baby bath in the ordinary bath, and let her go boating (unfortunately, the boat always sinks, but by this time she is in the bath and quite happy about it!) Apparently my parents used to use the same trick on me, and it worked then too, so if your toddler decides to be awkward, dig out the old baby bath and try it for yourself!
We were given this bath seat by a freind and i cant imagine not using one, it is only for babies that are able to sit up or have at least some body control. It is a rgid plastic disc on which stands the main frame seat, It has 3 coloured discs (to amuse baby) which were of little use really as he was more interested in the water. The seat swivels on the disk for easy postioning, and it had 4 rubber suckers to keep uit secure in the bath. It is definately worth wrapping a flannel or similar cloth around the middle piece as my son when he wriggled banged himself against it. It is an aide to bathing and not a safety device, a child should never be left unattended in the bath
£10, £15 sometimes even £20 why pay above the odds when its very unlikely you'll get your moneys worth out of a baby bath. The best bath I found was from Toys R' Us and it cost only £6, so if you're a new mother/father like me and you desperately want a baby bath try this one. It is very good quality and is very cheap. BUT don't be surprised if you use it more as a washing basket than you do a baby bath!!
Like all first time parents you feel that you absolutely need all the the baby equipment that you can lay your hands on. With baby baths I'm not sure if it's a good buy or not. We went into ELC and bought their standard £9 baby bath. When our baby actually arrived and we tried to use the bath, we found it to be most awkward. We always bathed our son together but even with the two of us we couldn't seem to get a real good grip on him. So whilst our son was very small we used to bring him in the bath with one of us and bathe him that way. Once he was big enough to sit up on his own is when we really started to make use of the baby bath. We would put a waterproof table cloth on the floor, place the baby bath on top of it and let him get on with it!! Obviously once he was big enough to sit up on his own he could have gone into our bath, but that would use up much more water than a baby bath. All in all I don't think that I would recommend baby baths to new mums as a necessity, I think you can manage perfectly well without them.
I was lent a baby bath by a friend, when my daughter was born, I probably use this bath about 3 times! This was due to the fact that I had difficulty in lifting the bath, either to fill it or to empty it, it took ages using a saucepan! Baby baths are extemely heavy even if you've put a minimal amount of water in them! I had problems lifting things due to the fact that I'd had a cesarian section. Also being fairly tall bending over a bath on the floor didnt do much for my back! I'd thought about buying a changing station with built in bath whilest I was pregnant, thinking this would be an ideal way to bath baby but again my height (I'm 5'11") rules these out they werent high enough for me, I'd be stooping over them! I found the easiest way to bath my daughter as a new born baby was the kitchen sink! It work perfectly for me! it was at the right height, no lifting heavy bathfulls of water - just pull the plug out! And no more stooping over a bath!! Obviously you do need to take care with this method, I ran the bath like I did using the baby bath , by putting in the cold water first and then adding the hot and then checking the temprature. Before putting my daughter in I then tightened up the hot tap and also wrapped a small hand towel around the tap to stop any hot water dripping on to my daughter. Ok so they dont tell you about this method in the books but with care it works very well!
When my daughter was newborn I hated bathing her, finding it so hard to keep a grip on her whilst also trying to clean her. She had very dry skin so Oilatum bath oil was prescribed making her and the bath really slippy. I discovered bath support sponges whilst on one of my many trips to Mothercare, and decided to buy one. It is a large sponge which you put in the bottom of the baby bath, stopping your baby from slipping around. It made it a lot easier as I could let go whilst I washed her. It also gave my husband a break from bathing her, as I had given him that job after my first couple of attempts. I have also used one for my second daughter, moving on to a bath seat when she went into the big bath.
If like us you don't have a bath you maybe wondering how to bath your baby. My first baby was 11lb 6oz and born by C Section so there was no question of my standing in the shower holding him. I had no way of moving around baby baths full of water. I bought one of the metal bath stands for £12.99 from Index and set it up over the toilet next to the shower. Use the shower head to fill the bath and position the plug hole over the loo so you just pull the plug and it drains out. Our shower room is tiny so this was the only way it would fit but it worked really well. Once he was to big for the bath (didn't take long). I racked my brains as to how I could bath him. He was just to heavy to hold in the shower. I spotted a big storage tub in Woolworths for about £3.99. It was just the right size to fit into the shower base and was nice and deep. I would fill it again with the shower and plonk him in. It was snug enough that he couldn't slip about and I could get in the shower for a wash too. Kills two birds with the one sponge. Once finished go back and just gently tip up to empty. I have since seen expensive glorified buckets called tummy tubs but this is much biggar so will last longer.