New segment…BABY STUFF REVIEWS!! I know you’re excited. But hey – I am a review addict, so maybe this will help someone.
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Anyway – baby baths. We didn’t even give Ainsley a bath until she was like 3 weeks old. I mean…she didn’t even poop for the first 5 days she was home (true story) and still is currently an every-other-day-ish pooper. So now we usually do once a week-ish baths, with maybe a mid-week hair washing with some Selsun Blue (doc recommended) for her cradle cap. We at first were using the LeachCo Safer Bather (Leachco Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad, Blue Fish), which worked well, but laid her flat and didn’t give her any water for splashy fun. Now that she’s an “assisted sitter,” I figured it was time to move up in the bathtub world.
Now…that presented a problem. See, there is this big baby consignment sale here twice a year, and I considered getting a tub there for pretty cheap. But those tubs, man. They’re BIG. And we not only have a small house, but we have a small bathroom. *A* small bathroom. As in ONE. So we don’t have a lot of room to store stuff. The LeachCo bath above was hung up to dry in the shower after each bath, then hung on the back of the bathroom door via Command Hook. So I had considered getting this duck bath (Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub), because it was inflatable (so could be deflated) and also had suction cups so you could stick it to the wall of the shower. Which would look kinda ghetto and maybe be in the way, but not too bad if we stuck it high enough. But THEN I was offered a chance to review the First Years Sure Comfort Newborn to Toddler Tub (with sling – you can get it without for a bit cheaper if you’re buying it for a non-newborn). And I figured oooooooh what the heck?
I opted for the blue version, so possible future boy babies aren’t embarrassed by pink tub bathtime. Ainsley is too big for the newborn sling, so we didn’t deal with that at all. I filled up the tub with some soap and enough water to cover her butt and maybe splash around a bit.
In her previous bath, she was pretty much indifferent. Didn’t like or dislike it. And more or less the same reaction here. My setup is to have the baby tub with soapy water (the design makes it easy to just sit under the tap to fill up, which is good), then another bowl full of clean water for rinsing. I also turn on our bathroom heater to keep things toasty. There is a reservoir in the tub that they say is for rinse water, but it’s way too small for that to me (its below the polka dot washcloth in the above pic). There is also a small plug drain in the bottom, which is nice and does the job pretty quickly. Because of the contours, you’ll still have a little water to drain via just flipping the tub, though. (Oh sidenote – this reportedly works on both double and single kitchen sinks, if you prefer to go that route.)
The seats did a pretty good job of keeping Ainsley upright without me having to keep a hand on her (just eyes) the whole time. She would get her butt past the little thing that props them up sometimes when she did her “buck up” as my dad says (arches her back to stretch), but it was easy to get her back in and she didn’t fight it. There’s a grippery material on all the seat areas so they don’t slip around all crazy.
Dad had to give her a bath mid-week (his FIRST bath since he helped with HER first bath!) because she had a poosplosion. I had to give her ANOTHER bath when I got home, because daddy had missed some poo (inevitable, since it was apparently pretty bad – she hadn’t gone for 4 days. TMI I know. Whatever.). I “supervised” him giving her another bath at his request, and when I told him to go ahead and fill he tub he was all “oooooh. Well there’s the first thing I did wrong.” lol. Dads. So yeah…fill the tub with water to wash your kid.
So anyway – I really recommend this tub. I like that it will grow with her (she moves to the other side when she can sit on her own) and gives her a pretty safe place to splash around before moving to the actual tub. The ONLY negative is the size/storage issue. If we had a kids only bathroom, we’d just leave it in the tub…but we don’t. So now it’s either on the tub or propped on the bathroom floor and pretty in the way, and half the time we forget to take it out of the tub before we start the shower, so it gets all wet before we take it out which is annoying.
So if you have a second bathroom, definitely go for this tub – it’s not expensive, and it’ll last you a long time. If you have space issues, maybe go for another one?
Disclaimer: I was offered this item to review by The Learning Curve/First Years, free of charge. I rely heavily on reviews for my own purchases, so all my reviews are honest.