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Best Baby Bath Tub
Choosing the Best Baby Bath Tub
I felt quite nervous as a new parent bathing such a small baby for the first time, so it was important to me to find a bath tub to help me feel as confident as possible at bathtime.
I found there are lots of great design features on baby bath tubs to help make it easy to bath babies from when they're newborn until they can comfortably fit into a bath tub. Here is a summary of what to look for.
- What kind of support is there for newborns and very young babies? - Some of the best bath tubs have slings so you its so much easier to bath your baby. You rest your baby on the sling while you wash them.
Others have supports to help babies until they can sit up unaided.
There are also bath pads which support babies while you bath them in the kitchen sink (which can be more helpful for your back) or in the bath.
Can the bath tub fit over the sink to save your back when bathing the baby? Some bath tubs fit over a kitchen sink which can prevent backache too.
Is there are place to store soap and accessories at bathtime? This can be useful as you won't be able to leave your newborn to go and get the shampoo or sponge you've left over the other side of the bathroom.
Is there a plug for easy drainage of water?
How long will the baby bath tub last for? - Some baby bath tubs cater for babies until they are 6 months, others until they are 24 months. Obviously if you pick a bath which caters for older babies too, it has the advantage that you won't have to fill up a huge bath tube every time you baby needs a bath when he/she gets older, just a smaller version. This is obviously quicker and saves water.
Storage of your baby bath - When I had my baby bath I used to find it annoying in between uses as it would be kept in the bath, so you always has to remove it when you wanted to have a bath or shower. Or it would be kept on the bathroom floor so it would quite often get in your way. Some baths have a hook and can hang on the back of the door for storage, which is quite handy especially if you have small bathroom and nowhere to store your baby bath.
Read on for more information about best bath tub for babies in 2014 as well as a few more options to choose from. There are also some tips for bathing a newborn baby.
Infant to Toddler Tub with Sling
This is the perfect baby bath tub that grows with your baby.
The sling is designed for newborn babies to rest on so its very easy to bath a newborn baby. When your baby gets a little older and bigger there is a backrest to support your baby. As your baby gets older, the backrest can be put upright so they are supported and sitting.
It will fit in your sink so you don't have to keep bending over to bath your baby. There is a plug in the bath so the water is easily drained and it changes color if the water is too hot. (However always check the water for yourself too). There is also built in caddy that will hold soap and accessories while you're bathing the baby.
The bath tub in blue - perfect for baby boys or if you like blue.
This is currently a bestseller on amazon in baby bath tubs and has great reviews too.
Perfect for baby girls - or if you are partial to pink.
This is also on the amazon bestseller list for baby bath tubs.
Fisher Price 4 in 1 Sling Tub
There are quite a few sling tubs but this is definitely another one worth considering.
It's more expensive than the bath tub above but you get a 4 stage convertible bath that also grows with your baby. The great thing about this bath is that it's long lasting, it should enable you to bath your baby from newborn right until they are a toddler. So although it's expensive it will last quite a while.
Another option for bathing your baby is to purchase a bath pad.
You can use these to bath your baby in the bath or even the kitchen sink. It can be easier to bath your baby in the kitchen sink in some ways because you don't have to bend over and put strain on your neck, shoulders and back.
The bath pad or pillow will keep your baby in place while you bath him or her. It's comforable for them to lie on which can help them enjoy bathtime more.
This bath pad keeps your baby's head elevated to keep the water out of their ears.
It has soft sides and is deeply contoured to safely cradle baby while bathing.
There's a hanger so you can hand it up to dry between uses.
Tips on Bathing a Newborn in a Baby Baby
It can be quite daunting to bath a small newborn baby. I have had two babies and I remember the feeling of having to bath them, the first few times. It can feel terrifying, as you have slippy hands and don't want to hurt them or drop them in the water. To help, here are some tips for bathing a newborn baby from a mother.Get everything you need ready first. Make sure you have everything you need to hand. Towels, cotton wool, sponge, diapers, clean clothes for after the bath and any toiletries you wish to use. There's nothing worse than not having what you need as you can't go and get it once you are bathing the baby. The first few times can be scary so have somebody with you for support. Choose a time when your baby is fresh and awake. Also make sure they aren't hungry. A tired and hungry baby is more likely to get upset and cry. Make sure your hands are warm before you undress your baby. Imagine cold hands all over your own body and the shock for the baby! Make sure the room is warm for bathing your baby too. The temperature of the bath should be comfortably warm but not too hot - remember a baby's skin is sensitive to temperatures. I always test it by putting my whole arm or elbow in the bath, if it feels comfortable to put in and keep it then it's normally a good temperature. Use a thermometer if you are unsure. Clean a baby's face with cotton wool before the bath. It's hard to do in the bath with only one hand. Change their diaper and clean the diaper area before the bath too. I was advised that newborns don't need any bubble bath or soap at first, so I just bathed my babies with water. If you do use baby soap or cleanser make sure it's unperfumed and PH neutral. There are obviously lots of baby washes available. Support your baby's neck and head with one hand while in the bath. Lower them into the water gradually so it's not a shock for them. Clean their bodies with a sponge or flannel.Lift your baby out of the bath and pat them dry with a towel. Newborn babies skin may be a little dry (especially if they were overdue) and I was advised to use olive oil on dry skin. Once dry dress in clean clothes.
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More Baby Bath Tubs
If you don't like the bath tubs with slings for newborns or the baby pads, here are a couple more options of baby bath tubs which you can explore and compare.
A good option of bath tub for use without a sling.
The baby bath is for ages 0-24 months (so long lasting).It's slightly more expensive than the infant to toddler bath tub but it claims to be the largest baby bath measuring 36 long by 21 wide by 10 deep so you will be able to use it a lot longer.
It supports bathing baby in 2 different positions as they grow. - you can see what they are in the photo.
It has two places where you can put baby soap and shampoo.
Its unique anatomical shape with safety supports for arms and legs keeps infant and toddler in the ideal bathing position
It's the largest baby bath available so your child won't grow out of it; it measures 36 long by 21 wide by 10 deep
You can hang the bath on a door hook for storage with the addition of a plastic looped tie from a hardware store
It also features easy to clean polypropylene non toxic plastic
Fisher Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
Sometimes as a new parent, you can worry that you are getting the bathwater temperature correct. This bath comes with a thermometer so you can eliminate this worry from your mind.
It also has some cool extra features
This is the last bath featured in the article and the reason I like it is because it features a thermometer so you don't have to worry that the bath water is too hot or cold for your baby.
It can fit over both single or double sinks which is a bonus as it won't put as much strain on your back.
It also features a rinse cup and integrated rinse cup holder.
The other interesting feature is that it allows fresh water to come into the bath and dirty water to seep out so the water stays clean as you wash you baby.
Best Baby Bath Tub in the UK
If your shopping from the UK, this article gives a great review of the Tippitoes Mini bath which the author reviews as the best baby bath available in the UK.
- Best Baby Bath in the UK
The Best Baby Bath in the UK currently available for newborns until about 7 months (maybe older) is definitely the Tippitoes Mini bath below. I used this with my son from newborn and I can't recommend it highly enough.....
How to Bath a Newborn
Baby Bath Accessories
They've invented lots of accessories and gadgets to make bathing a baby safer and easier.
Stay comfortable during bath time with the large, deluxe, anti-slip cushioned pad for your knees and extra padding for your elbows. It is easy to use. The kneeler unfolds in seconds. It is made from water friendly neoprene and it has pockets that are perfect for soaps and shampoos, keeping everything you need close at hand. The simple fold-away design makes for easy storage virtually anywhere and it fits any standard tub.
The Duckymeter activates instantly in water with no annoying buttons or switches. The Duckymeter dynamically calculates the bath water temperature every second, and displays the temperature with 3 different color screens, with blue indicating cold, red indicating hot, and green indicating just right
Moby is a spout cover that brightens up the bath while protecting baby's head from bumps in the tub. Its sleek design includes an adjustable fin strap that fits snugly on most tub spouts, and a tail that's also a handy hook, so Moby can hang around when bath time's done.