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I need a recommendation for a Toddler Tub. Our apartment
has only a shower, we've been using a infant/toddler tub for
our 15 month old since she was born. She's very tall, and
the tub we have is getting to be too small. We could use
our kitchen sink, but it's not very big either. I've seen
some inflatable models, but I'd prefer something more
stable. I've thought about getting a large tupperware
container, but a lot have sharp little plastic bits inside.
What do you use?
We measured our stall shower and then went to the hardware
store (Orchard, I think) and bought the largest steel wash tub
that would fit in our shower. We got it when our son was
about six months old and he stills bathes in it at 5.5 years,
although he's getting a little big for it! We store the tub
in the shower when we aren't using it and take it out when we
take showers. Our toddler girl uses it too now.
One Step Ahead has the largest tub we found and our 3 year
old still uses it daily as we also do not have a tub.
We got a tub at Ranch 99 (Pacific East Mall) to bath our
daughter when she was born. It's just a simple oval tub.
When she was an infant and couldn't sit up, we just held her
in our arms and bathed her. She's now 2 and sits
comfortably in there. Sometimes she even tries to swim in
it. I think it should fit in a shower stall as well.
Someone I know bought a large tall plastic tub, kind of like
what you'd buy to put drinks in at a party. Her kid is 2 as
well and soaks in them. It's definitely smaller in terms of
width but taller, which is great for soaking. For both, we
do bath outside and then put the kid inside the tub to soak
and play. I don't know how easy it would be to wash in the
Can anyone recommend a good bathtub for a baby? There are tons
out there and I can't tell what is good and ends up being useful.
I want to put it on my gift registry, but I don't know what to
mom to be
I don't remember the brand name of the tub we used, but I'd
recommend you get one that has a nylon/mesh sling insert to use
in the first months. It cradles the baby nicely and suspends
him/her in the water.
I don't think you can go wrong w/ a baby bathtub. They are all
generally the same, but it is really helpful to have some sort of
fabric, removable sling in it so that whn they are really tiny
they are supported. I think our tub is an evenflo. It has a plug
in the bottom that lightens if the water is too hot, which is
I have and like The First Years' Sure Comfort Tub Deluxe. It
has a sling for newborns, one side has a backrest for infants
and the opposite side for toddlers. It fits in kitchen sinks -
both the kind with one basin, or with two separate basins. My
son is only 3 months though, so don't know if its still as
great for older babies.
For a newborn, I don't have much of a recommendation. Most moms
I know actually prefer not to use a tub, but one of those sponge
things, in the kitchen sink. We had a baby tub handed down from
a neigbor and it worked well for us, but I don't even know what
brand or type it was.
But for an older baby -- as soon as he or she can sit up -- and
young toddler (who will outgrow it sometime around 20-24
months), there's no question that you MUST get an inflatable
tub! SnugTub is the most commonly available brand, I think.
Compared to using your regular full size bathtub, they're more
comfortable and safer for the baby, and they save on water and
energy. Compared to using a hard plastic baby tub, it's useful
much longer and allows more room for the child to play with the
water, and again the soft surface is more comfortable and
safer. Plus, you can deflate it and pack it for travel. And
they cost less than $20. What's not to love? We were very sad
when our son outgrew his!
The BEST Bathtub is made by SAFETY FIRST. It is bright blue and
has a yellow interior. It folds up in thirds, which is great
for storage. The yellow interior literally acts like baby glue.
Best of all, you can get one at Toys R Us (I've seen them at
Darla's too on occasion) for under $15. I think you can see it
on line at Toys R US website
We like the inflatable bathtubs that you place in your own
bathtub. They travel well, alleviating the late night trip to
the target store at your destination. There are two sizes, one
for infants and one for toddlers. When she was very small and
wiggly we bathed her in the sink on a little mesh hammock that
was a big help. As for plastic on the counter tubs, I think they
are fairly interchangeable. Babies do splash a lot, so you want
one with a decent lip and you don't need all the gizmos that
come with some (pitchers etc.)
I just had to offer a contrasting opinion to the baby bath tub
debate. I think they are unneccessary completely. We were given
one with our first baby..maybe we used it twice. After her
umbilical cord fell off, we just would either take her into the
bath with us, or wash her in the regular tub. When they can sit
up, what is the point of the little inflatable things? You are
in the bathroom with them anyway, right? It just seems to be
another baby ''product'' to have to buy and then store. You really
don't need one.
parent of two clean children, who never needed a baby tub
I think that the best bathtub was the Euro Bathtub by Primo.
You can purchase it at www.babycenter.com or, I believe, at
Babies R Us. It has 2 different positions that cradle both a
baby and a toddler. It's great!
We barely used our baby bath tub either. Our wonderful lactation
consultant mentioned bathing with the little one and nursing. So our
routine for a long time(til age 1 or so) was that I (the mom) would bath
with our daughter, nurse her, then dad would pick her up, dry her off, put on diaper and get her to sleep while I would luxuriate in a reheated
bath. I found it so lovely to have that close time WITH her (and then
WITHOUT her). It saves your back too.
We borrowed a convertible bathtub from some friends, for our
son's first few months. It is made by the first years and has a
few positions. It was nice as it has a foam back and holds the
baby in a seated position. The seat back folds into a lid,
which is useful later on when your child needs a step stool.
After our son was sitting up, we switched to an inflatable tub
which we got at toys R us. It fits right into the tub, saving
lots of water. Since it is soft, it cushions the baby so he
can't bang his knees and elbows. We have also used it outside
as a small splash pool for him. He loves it.
We give our 8 month baby a bath (almost) every night. It
involves one of us getting in the bathtub with her. She is
starting to get very active and I use all of my might to hold
her. Can anyone recommend a bath tub seat that they think is
effective? I want to have the option of not taking a bath with
her but still be sure she won't squirm and be submerged in
water. I've seen the inflatable ones and the ones that swivel
and stick to the base of the tub. Can anyone discuss the pros
and cons of each? I definitely want something that is geared
towards the coming months -- rather than by another product that
she soon might outgrow. Thanks.
We used a Safety First swiveling bath seat with suction cups
on the bottom from the time my son (now 2 yrs. old) outgrew
the baby bathtub until just recently. He was quite content to
sit in the seat (we did make sure he could reach the toys he
wanted), and it made bathtime a lot easier--we could use
our hands for washing and playing, not restraining a
slippery child! I think it helped him get the idea that the
bathtub is a place to sit (not stand). He can get out of it by
himself now (can't remember when that started), but hardly
ever tried to do that until the water was all gone and it was
time to get out of the tub anyway. We stopped using it in the
last couple of weeks mostly in order to give him a little more
freedom to play, since he is now quite good about sitting
down when he gets into the tub. (His legs are getting long
enough so that it's a little harder to get him into the seat
without banging his shins, but it does still fit--and he's a bit
taller than average.)
I think the suction cups and the rigid shape are good--I
never felt the swivel action was that big a deal. Can't
compare it to the inflatable kind because I didn't try those.
We hang it up on a towel bar at the end of the tub between
baths (using a piece of cord and an S-hook), which leaves
plenty of room for showering.
We used one of those rubber bath mats that has suction cups on
the bottom. It gives much more freedom of movement than a seat
which I agree would seem to be potentially much more unsafe.
I have a bath seat you can have for free if you'd like. It is a
First Alert, plastic with suction cups on the bottom (one of the
three suction cups broke off, but we never had a problem with it
moving or becoming unstuck). I can't remember what age we
started or stopped using it, but it lasted quite a while. We
found it very easy to use and the baby liked it fine. It
doesn't spin around (a friend had warned me that those are
difficult to deal with). Anyway, I can't bring myself to throw
it out and add it to the landfill, but it is also not resaleable
because of the missing suction cup, so I'd like to give it away
as it is still perfectly usable!
Please email if interested.
We had one of the small inflatable tubs -- a ''Snug Tub'', which we used from the time our son was about 7 or 8 months until we felt he was able to sit in the big tub alone (about 18 months).
For us, it worked wonderfully well. My son seemed to find it comfortable, it kept him safe (the times he toppled over, he fell against the nice inflatable padded sides, with no problem), it was easy to clean, and it lasted just fine. Also, we could fold it up into a small package and take it with us if we traveled for more than a couple of days.
We used an inflatable tub and LOVED it. I always thought the
plastic seats seemed very awkward and never tried one, so I
can't compare, but the inflatable tub worked great. It saves
time and water since it's smaller than the regular bathtub, it
keeps the toys contained, and provides a nice soft surface to
sit on and cushiness in case of slips -- much nicer to bonk your
head on an inflatable than on the side of the regular tub! And
it's terrific for travel, too, since it can be deflated and
packed easily; we used it at Grandma's house, in a hotel and at
vacation rentals. We didn't usually bother to deflate and
reinflate it for every bath at home; it's small enough to just
be stashed in a corner of the bathroom when not in use. It's
even cute. And it was inexpensive. I bought ours on eBay for
something like $10, but they're available at Target and similar
places for not a whole lot more.
He was about 5 or 6 months when we got it, and he started to
look a bit cramped in it (not enough room for the bath toys,
though I don't think he was actually uncomfortable!) at around
23 months, so we switched to the big tub. I think 18 months of
regular use for $10 is a pretty good value for a piece of baby
equipment, and it's still in good enough shape to use again for
(as-yet-hypothetical) baby #2.
A friend recommended this simple, yet brillant solution and it
works great - a plastic laundry basket! Just put one of those
bath pillows or even a folded towel in the bottom so baby can't
slide around. She can safely splash around and play while you
bathe her. The only problem, for me at least because I'm short,
is that it is somewhat of a strain on my back. I got a very
short stool to sit on, which helps some. She will eventually
outgrow it, but there are many other obvious uses for it.
What we did when our daughter was that age (actually, since she
was old enough to sit up on her own) was just to let her sit by
herself in the tub with just a few inches of water. That way she
could splash and there was enough water to wash her, but not to
make her unstable. It goes without saying that we did not leave
her in the bathroom alone...
I can't speak to the inflatable tub seats because I never used
them. But having used the swivel tub seat that suctions to the
bath tub floor, I cannot stress strongly enough: DO NOT PUT YOUR
BABY IN THIS SEAT. I was transitioning my son from an infant tub
(that I placed on the floor of our tub) and was worried that he
couldn't support himself on the slippery floor. So I bought this
type of tub seat. Then came the day when he was 9 months old
that he managed to slide down under the first bracket of the
chair. I had been sitting there with him the whole time, and I
still couldn't keep him from slipping. His head would not fit
through the top opening. The only way I found to get him out was
by unsuctioning the tub and drawing him down below the ''feet'' of
the tub. But the tub was full of water, and I didn't want my
baby to go under water. So I was bracing my son to keep his head
above the water while I let water out of the tub while he was
screaming bloody murder. I was scared to death. I am happy to
report that I got my son out without any injury. I never used
the seat again. If you're worried about slippage, I highly
recommend putting a towel or two on the bath tub floor or buying
a foam rubber bath insert to help give your baby some traction.
There has been a movement to recall and ban these types of tubs,
but even though there have been more than 70 deaths associated
with these seats (see
http://www.safetyalerts.com/t/g/babybath.htm), the CPSC
determined the deaths were caused by parental neglect. The logic
is that the babies drowned because the parents either left the
bathroom or weren't alert enough. But to this day I never leave
my son unattended in the bath (and he's 3 now), and still I had
my own scare that could have turned out very badly. So I urge
you not to get this type of tub seat.
When looking for a tub, I checked epinions.com (kids/family
health diapers/bath) and the Primo Euro baby bathtub was
highly recommended. We purchased it and it's great for both
newborns and toddlers. It's $25 and usually sold out at Babies
R Us (check back with them often). The only con is that it is
large and it could be difficult to store.
We started using the blue, swivel seat in the bath (the one
that sticks to the tub floor with suction cups)for our son when
he first started sitting up, around 6 months old. He's over a
year old now and we still use it and like it. It doesn't look
like he'll outgrow it any time soon. I feel like he's very safe
in there. I usually sit next to the tub while he splashes around
happily with his toys. And the open design is nice because it
doesn't impede access to critical washing areas. I also
like it that he is in the seat because he can't reach the
shampoo or any other thing (god forbid a rasor!)left accidentally
on the side of the tub. Another nice thing is that its small
enough to store under the sink, and acts like a container for his
bath toys. I think we got the seat for a little over $20. It was
definitely worth it. I've never used the blow up kind so I can't
a solo bather
I would borrow one of those plastic swivel seats before you
purchase. My first child never wanted to go into it, and the
second baby did, but for a short while (though I guess it was
long enough for her to get a little more stable sitting on her
own). With the first, we bought an inflatable tub from Right
Start that fits in your own bathtub...we still had to be
vigilant, but she had a lot of fun in it. We couldn't use that
with #2 because they tend to bathe together, so we used the
plastic seat for a while (maybe two months?), until she
protested. However, by then we felt more comfortable with her
just in the tub, with a parent close by.
To the parent whose child stands up in the tub: There are little plastic
bath chairs which have suction cups to stick to the tub. The child sits in
the chair, in the water. It worked really well for me when my daughter was
learning to stand and walk and wanted to keep practicing in the bath! They
cost about $10 at Home Depot or Payless (or whatever it's called these
My 9 month old also loves to stand. He started to try it in the bathtub, so
I went out and bought a bath seat. It is made by First Alert; Safety First
also makes one, but it looks rather uncomfortable. Both models have suction
cups, but the First Alert one has an adjustable tray and a smooth backrest.
The Safety First just has a waist-high ring. One friend of mine uses a small
laundry basket, which she says works fine. All of these options do not use
an infant bathtub -- you just put the safety device directly in the big tub.
Naturally, you still need to supervise your baby in the tub, but these seats
mean you can breathe a little easier.
I would try to be creative in your thinking and figure out a way to allow
your child to explore and practice new skills without it being dangerous.
Can you stand right there and "spot" them? And then pick them up and help
them to sit back down. So you are showing them they need to sit down,
instead of saying, "No standing." Are there other ways to help the baby get
clean? Showering with them? Taking a bath with them in the bathtub so they
could stand up and hold on to you? Hope these ideas help!
When my daughter was at that stage of constantly trying to stand up, I just
took baths with her. That way I could support her when she tried to stand
in the bath. I also told her over and over that this was only ok if I was
there holding her, not if she was alone. At that crawling age, she
definitely understood what I was saying, even though she wasn't talking much
yet. Also, we got lots of bath toys to keep her entertained while she was
in there. Before long, she learned that pulling up to stand was an
for the parent of the 9.5 month old who is trying to stand in the baby tub,
try getting rid of the baby tub and bathing with her in the bathtub. my
partner and i have been bathing with our son sans baby tub since shortly
after he was born. he's now 12.5 months old. when he started to stand in
the tub he would hold onto the adult in the tub or to the side of the tub.
this felt safe since someone was right there to support and steady him. we
also invested in a full length tub mat so our tub is not slippery. we
bought one at bed bath & beyond across from cost plus in the jack london
square area of oakland. it's longer than the standard tub mats and really
takes care of the slippery tub issue, though it does leave circle marks on
the tush! our son got accustomed to the bathtub in this way and now he can
be in the tub alone (with an adult right there on the side of the tub of
course). happy bathing.
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