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How To Choose A Baby Bath

Throughout the early months, a baby bath allows you to bathe your baby without needing to stoop over the main bath and enables you do it in a room besides the bathroom. Bathing baby in the lounge alongside a warm fireplace, or in your bedroom or the nursery, might be easier and cosier compared to a cold bathroom (don’t forget bath towels round the bath for the unavoidable splashes). However, you don’t need to purchase a baby bath. A lot of parents enjoy having a bath with their baby — the skin-to-skin contact this gives is usually a pleasurable experience for both baby and parent.

Baby Bath 1On the other hand, you can bathe your baby in the kitchen sink lined with a bath towel or foam bath support for ease and comfort. So long as the washing-up is cleared away and the areas are thoroughly clean, the sink can serve as a handy, waist-height bathing platform. Newborns don’t actually need to have a total bath for two weeks or so, anyhow. Rather, you can opt to ‘top and tail’ them — you simply need two small bowls of warm water plus some cotton wool for washing the face/upper body and bottom individually. Or you can purchase ‘top and tail’ bowls with two individual chambers in one bowl (Babies ‘R’ Us sells them for $3).

The lifespan of a baby bath could be pretty short — when your baby is a month or two old, a typical baby bath is probably too small and the splashes too big to make it of ongoing usefulness. However for the short period prior to this, a baby bath is usually a beneficial item to own. Other bath products are employed in different ways and could have a lengthier lifespan. For those who have a changing unit this may feature a baby bath, which means you probably won’t have to purchase a separate one (for more on changing units.

Varieties of Baby Bath


An array of types of bath and bath supports can be obtained.

Regular baby baths

There exists a range of basic, oval-shaped baths or baths having a somewhat angled shape for added ease of handling and support. Whatever kind you opt for, a slip-resistant textured base is a crucial attribute (soapy babies are infamously slippery).

  • It’s also wise to make sure that the bath is sturdy and made of firm moulded plastic — cheap, thin plastic material can easily bend with the weight of the water.
  • A drainage hole and plug can be helpful for emptying the water, but are not essential. Easy-to-grip sides or handles are, however, because you may be moving the bath around when it is full of water.
  • Anticipate paying $8-15 for a regular baby bath from one of the main nursery products chain stores.

Pros:

  • Adaptable — you can make use of the bath in the main bath or elsewhere inside your home (even outside in the backyard on hot days).
  • Can be put on a secure table or bed so you can bathe your baby at a comfortable height
  • little babies may feel safer in the compact shape of a baby bath instead of an ordinary bath.

Cons:

  • Occupies a fair amount of storage space for a thing with such a brief lifespan.

Rest-on-rim baths

They are baby baths with either a very wide rim or supports at either end, developed to enable you to rest them about the rim of the main bath. They ought to possess a plug-hole to help you empty the water out quickly to the main bath.

Pros:

  • Your baby is put at a handy kneeling height so it’s not necessary to bend right over the bath
  • doubles as a stand-alone bath.

Cons:

  • Higher priced compared to regular baths (expect to pay $18-20) exact same lifespan and storage space limitations as regular baths
  • in case your primary bath is a non-standard design or is especially small or large, the rest-on-rim bath probably won’t fit.