A complete guide to baby bathtubs

Bath nests, seats, supports… searching for a baby bathtub can be confusing for new or expecting parents. Whether you’re still expecting a new arrival or up to your elbows in diaper changes and nighttime feedings, you’ll certainly have enough to worry about without trying to navigate the complicated world of baby paraphernalia.

So whatever stage you are in, take some of the stress out of your search by considering the key features to look out for – this article will detail them. Keep in mind that you can use this every day for at least the next few months, so it’s worth investing a little time and money to find the right product for you and your little one.

First of all, as a new parent, your baby’s safety is likely to be your number one concern. So save yourself endless dipping and guesswork by buying a bath with a built-in temperature gauge. A water diffuser system is a natural and safe heater that will keep the water at the right temperature for ten minutes while you wash your little one.

Second, you’ll want to think about the longevity of your purchase. Many new parents make the mistake of buying something that their children will outgrow in a matter of weeks, so it’s important to remember that the newborn stage doesn’t last forever. Look for something that is advertised for babies 0-6 months and up.

For your purchase to stand the test of time, it will need to allow babies to lie down or sit on it. Check to see if you need to purchase additional supports, mats, or rings to accommodate your growing child. Try to find something from a reputable vendor that has several compatible accessories.

The shape of a bathtub will vary between providers, and it’s usually up to you whether you go for a more traditional shape or a “nest” that your baby can lie down or sit in. It’s a good idea to read product reviews to see what other parents are saying about the different options available.

Many parents choose to opt for something that is easy to store and transport, such as an inflatable bathtub. The advantages of this type of models is that they are easy to take on vacation and can be stored after use, but keep in mind that you will have to inflate it every time you want to use it. They usually don’t come with temperature control either.

Bath seats are ideal for older babies 7-16 months and will accommodate little ones once they are seated. These can be used in your existing bathroom and will allow you freedom of movement while keeping your child safe. Look for one that is made of silicone for maximum comfort and make sure it has crotch straps to keep them in place.

Many supports now offer freedom of movement and comfort for the little ones. These should have suction cups on the bottom to help them stick to your existing tub or nest. Be sure to find one that is compatible with all bathroom types.

To save your back and knees, why not look for a bathtub support? This will allow you to stand up and wash your child in any room in the house. Some will even come complete with a drain pipe, so you won’t have to do heavy lifting or spill water.

Keep in mind that while all of these models and accessories will ensure your baby has the safest and most comfortable experience possible, they should never be left unattended for even a second. Babies can drain the slightest amount of water, so make sure you never take your eyes off them and always keep them within arm’s reach.

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