Rub-a-dub-dub, baby's in the tub! Before your little one is old enough for a regular bath tub, you're going to need a baby bath tub to safely support your baby while you bathe him or her. A small portable baby tub will save you from straining your back while attempting to clean your child in a traditional tub. Opting to wash your baby in a sink can be dangerous as the sink area can get slippery and may contain household germs. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when buying a tub for your baby.
What to Look For
* A contoured edge for comfort and easy carrying.
* A plug at the base for easy draining.
* Collapsibility for easy storage.
* An indented section for holding soap, washcloths, shampoo and other bath necessities might be helpful.
* While tubs were traditionally made of plastic, newer models are made of soft foam or cushions. If you prefer to go with the plastic models, look for a strong, sturdy one with a soft sponge interior.
* Models with hammocks or cradles for the newborns are especially helpful in keeping your baby in place without a slippery surface to worry about. Backrests are ideal for a baby old enough to sit up unaided. Some have both features so that the tub can grow with your baby.
* Bottom Line? You'll spend between $15 to $30 for this baby necessity.
It's always best to gather all of your supplies before starting to give your baby a bath. Make sure you have all of these things on hand to make the experience easier, and remember to never leave your baby unattended while bathing.