My children have not had a bath in two months.
Because we moved house to a place with no bath. Fortunately there is a shower.
I was pretty gung-ho about it before we moved, and I’m proud of the way the kids have adapted. But I have caved in and bought a baby bath for our littlest one. I couldn’t bear sitting her down on the cold tiles in the cubicle. Call me soft.
Anyway, after much internet research, this is the bath I went for:
It’s called the Luxx Baby Folding Bath Tub by Karibu (affiliate link – big thank you) and it costs around $45.
I love that it:
- folds flat!!
Yes, this is music to my ears. We have a teeny tiny bathroom for 6 people and this bath basically takes up no room, just props up flat against the wall. You could hang it on the wall, store it under a bed, on top of a wardrobe etc.
- sits flat on the floor
Baby baths on stands give me the heebie jeebies – surely those get tipped over by somebody…
- is big enough for my 3 year old to sit in
Useful if there is is a particularly stinky incident. Or if they just need to play pouring things and lifeboats on a grumpy day.
- comes in a pretty range of colours
I actually bought the green one (because I have a favorite color, like I’m a nine year old) but I’m loving this yellow one now
- includes a non-slip bath mat and a heat-sensitive drain
- is “phthalate free, lead free, latex free” which all sounds like a good thing
The bath sits nicely in the shower cubicle so I fill it up using the shower head. In the base of the bath there is a plug, so the water drains away conveniently through the shower drain.
There were a couple of other products which I considered:
This is the Stokke Flexi Bath and it also costs about $45 (without the newborn insert), but I just don’t warm to the shape.
Another option is to go for inflatable rather than foldable, like this one:
This is the Hhobake Inflatable Baby Bath and it is around $26. It says it is for ages 0-5, but I’m not sure it looks sturdy enough for kids much beyond 2 years old, and my instinct says it would be trickier to keep clean.
But anyway, is a baby bath really necessary?
Honestly, I have never really seen the point of them if you already have a normal bath tub. In our previous house, I used to kneel beside the bath and cradle the baby with one arm, and scoop the water over with the other. And when they were really tiny kittens, I would just do that process in a clean sink.
But, with my 4th baby I have succumbed and bought a baby bath. And to be fair, my daughter does seem to be enjoying it a lot 🙂