Bathing the apple of your eye in an adult bathtub will soon turn out to be the biggest mistake of your life. Kids can be messy and hyperactive. They like to move around in the bathtub and play with the bubbles. If they do all this in a bathtub designed for an adult, they may slip and fall or simply cause bathing discomfort for you.
What is the solution to this problem? You need a baby bathtub. They are small, cute and colourful and you can leave your baby in there for a while, without worrying about her slipping or drowning. Here is all you need to know to choose the right tub for your baby.
Scanning through the options
There is a wide variety of baby tubs available on the market. Depending on the perks and quirks you want in your baby’s tub, you can get anything from a simple hard plastic bathing tub to a luxury option that comes with bells and whistles even adults don’t get to enjoy.
The most popular variety is that of convertible tubs. You can buy them once and keep using until your baby grows into a toddler. The convertible tubs come with a hammock sling that helps in keeping the baby higher in the tub. As your baby grows, keep removing the inserts and your baby will get more room to accommodate itself. Most tubs have a little incline too so that newborns can be bathed while lying down.
Hard plastic tubs are also a good choice for your kid. They are no-nonsense bathing tubs. Just fill them up with water and let your baby bathe comfortably. If you are travelling, try the foldable tubs. They are equally good for bathing and very convenient as well. If you don’t want to buy a bathtub, you can buy bath pads. They are shaped like a little tub that can be placed in an adult-sized tub with ease. For fancier parents, there are spa tubs that come equipped with temperature monitors, jets and handheld showers too.
Features to look for:
Babies and soap aren’t a pleasant combination to handle. Therefore, you must make sure that your baby tub has a non-slip surface. This will help you in keeping slipping worries away. If the bottom is made of the foam cushion, your baby will be well placed in the tub. Just make sure the kid doesn’t eat or bite it.
The rim of the tub
Your baby will likely put her hands on the rim to support herself when she grows. You will also be supporting your hands on the rims while bathing her. Therefore, they have to be very comfortable and smooth. Of course, sponge padding is impractical in these tubs. However, a smoother surface is always a good deal.
Water holding capacity
Make sure that the tub holds enough water for your baby. It isn’t necessary that all babies of the same age will have the same height and weight. Some babies are taller and some are heavier. This makes bathtub options different for them. Ensure that your baby can keep her head up straight and not be drowned completely in the tub.
Lifting a heavy tub or drain is the last thing you want to do after the tiring task of bathing your baby. Therefore, look for a tub that comes with a drain plug. This will help you clean easily. Many cushion tubs are also available on the market. They create a separate bathing area for the baby in your adult-size tub. However, they may be more prone to mould and mildew.
Final assessment of a tub
Go tub shopping along with your baby and check if a tub is too big or small for her. A smaller tub will mean discomfort while a larger tub will increase the chances of slipping. A tub that grows with your baby is often the best option for you, especially if she is less than a year old. If you feel too overwhelmed by the options, opt for hard plastic bathtubs or bath buckets, a popular option from Europe. They are usually hassle-free and provide easy bathing and cleaning experience to stressed out mothers.